Art: Concentration in Art History

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? As an Art History major you will learn about the history of art around the globe and analyze and interpret visual art within diverse historical, social, political, and cultural contexts..
When should I first meet with my major department? Students should meet with an advisor at least once a semester. Advising is available beginning the second week of classes.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? We assign advisors by the first letter of the student’s last name. Make an appointment during your advisor's office hours. Assigned advisors and contact information/office hours for advisors are available on our website:
Where can I find information about major advising? 
 Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? No.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? Students should speak with an Art program advisor  and/or contact the instructor of the class you wish to take. 

Does this major have GE courses that are met in major?

[These courses are deemed “met in the major” upon completion of the courses listed (even though the courses are not approved for GE). This is true whether or not the student completes the major.]


C1 (Arts): ART 201 AND 205

Is there anything else I need to know about starting in this major? Art and art history classes are in high demand and many fill before the end of the first registration period. See an advisor to stay on track. 

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major?
ARTH 400 GW: Writing About Art  
ARTH 401 Greek Art and Archaeology
ARTH 402 Roman Art and Archaeology
ARTH 403 Queer Art History
ARTH 417 The Art and Architecture of Islam
ARTH 418 Art History: Ancient to 19th Century - Special Areas 
ARTH 419 Art History: 20th and 21st Century - Special Areas
ARTH 421 Art History: Global Perspectives - Special Areas 
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

It is recommended that you take at least 2 lower division art history courses (ARTH 201, ARTH 202, ARTH 205) before taking upper division art history courses. Most transfer students have already fulfilled their lower division art history courses. If in doubt, see an advisor.

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them? No.
Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap?


Art History (AA-T) — Click here for Roadmap.

Freshmen Student Info

 Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?
Take two art history classes: 
ARTH 201: Western Art History I
ARTH 202: Western Art History II
ARTH 205: Asian Art History
Take one studio art class: 
ART 235: Printmaking I
ART 240: Sculpture I
ART 245: Ceramics I
*ART 210: Introduction to Digital Media Arts
*ART 222: Introduction to Textiles Arts
*ART 231: Drawing I
*ART 260: Photography I
*not GE courses
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
AP in Art History

College of Liberal & Creative Arts Advising Resource Center (ARC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students pursuing a major, minor or certificate in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.

Services offered: Academic planning, general education advising, academic probation advising, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), study abroad, connecting with communities and discovering campus resources.

Phone: (415) 338-1486
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