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Art History

Degrees & Certificates

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Art History 2019-2020

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The Art History program prepares students for upper division study at other institutions and provides fundamental training in world art studies. The Art History faculty are intensely involved in their disciplines and are professionally dedicated to promoting each student's understanding of the place of art in history.

The study of art history provides the student with an awareness of art, economic, political, religious, and social history, a heightened sensitivity to art-related issues, and the ability to think critically about art and art history. Knowledge of art history engenders a heightened understanding of history, a familiarity with the major issues in human cultural development, and exposure to the artistic expressions of varied cultures and civilizations.

Program Learning Outcomes:

-Students will be able to collect and assess primary and secondary source information and successfully analyze and comment on that information in the form of a reasoned 8-10 page term paper, complete with a full bibliography (works cited page), utilizing the MLA format.
-Students will be able to demonstrate in written form a strong awareness of the political, social, religious, and technological factors that influence cultures and change in those cultures.

Career Opportunities:

Career opportunities include the following: college professor, teacher, arts administrator, museum/gallery curator, corporate art advisor, museum docent, consultant on historical style for film and TV production, museum conservator, historical conservationist, art critic, tour guide, travel consultant, research assistant, and art dealer.

Units Required

  • Major: 48
  • Certificate(s): 48

Degree Requirements:

-English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
-Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 180, or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.
A minimum of 90 units is required* to include:
-Completion of one of the following general education patterns: Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
-Core courses (36 units)
-Support courses (12 units)

*Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree or certificate.

AA = Associate in Arts Degree.
CA = Certificate of Achievement.

Additional Information:

NOTE: One to two years of French, Spanish, Italian, or German is strongly recommended for students intending to continue in Art History at a 4-year institution. Students who wish to specialize in Asian Art should consider one or two years of Japanese or Mandarin.

Core Courses (36 units)

ART 1* Introduction to Art (4.5 units)
ART 2A History of Art: History of Western Art from Prehistory through Early Christianity (4.5 units)
or ART 2AH Honors History of Art: History of Western Art from Prehistory through Early Christianity (4.5 units)
ART 2B History of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (4.5 units)
or ART 2BH Honors History of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance (4.5 units)
ART 2C History of Western Art from the Baroque to Modernism (4.5 units)
ART 2E A History of Women in Art (4.5 units)
ART 2F Introduction to Asian Art (4.5 units)
ART 2J American Art (4.5 units)
ART 3 History of Modern Art from Post-Impressionism to the Present (4.5 units)

* Recommended before taking Art History courses if no previous experience in art.

Support Courses (12 units)

ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology (4 units)
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology (4 units)
ART 4A Fundamentals in Drawing (4 units)
or ART 5B 3-D Foundations (4 units)
HIST 4A History of Western Civilization to 800 CE (4 units)
HIST 4B History of Western Civilization: 700-1800 (4 units)
HIST 4C History of Western Civilization 1789-Present (4 units)
or HIST 4CH Honors History of Western Civilization 1789-Present (4 units)
PHIL 24 Comparative World Religions: East (4 units)
or PHIL 25 Comparative World Religions: West (4 units)
PHIL 30 Introduction to Critical Thinking (4 units)
PHOT 10 History of Photography (4 units)
or PHOT 10H Honors History of Photography (4 units)

Certificate Requirements

Certificate of Achievement in Art History

Units: 48

The certificate of achievement is awarded upon completion of the core and support courses. General education courses are not required.

Control Information:
2019-2020 | Status: Approved | Modified: 2019-05-30 10:53:35 | Dept Code: ART