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? The Bachelor of Arts in Art History gives students the opportunity to learn about the visual cultures of the past and present around the globe. The 36 unit degree offers a series of increasingly focused courses—200 level survey courses, more specialized 300 and 400 level lecture courses, 500 level Advanced Topics, and the 600 level senior capstone seminar—in which students learn how to analyze and interpret visual art within diverse historical, social, political, and cultural contexts. The program takes advantage of the Bay Area's rich cultural resources, galleries, and museums. Students are encouraged to gain hands-on experience and practical knowledge of the field through an internship. The art history major prepares students for many kinds of careers, including administrative or curatorial positions in museums, galleries, and auction houses, writing editorial positions, or for graduate school in art history, museum/curatorial studies, or conservation.
Does your department have a major planning sheet for me as a guide? Yes: School of Art Current Advising Sheets
When should I first meet with my major department? Students should meet with a faculty adviser at least once a semester to remain on track for a timely graduation. Faculty advising is available during fall and spring semesters with limited advising during the summer and winter. Students can meet with an adviser prior to entering the University.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Students are assigned an advisor based on their last name. Advising assignments and contact information for advisors is available here: 
Where can I find information about major advising? The Art Department website has an advising page:
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? Email the art office Also email the instructors of the courses you wish to take and show up on the first day of class to see if there is space. Usually there is enough space in Art History courses for students to complete the degree in a timely fashion. ARTH 201 and 202 sometimes fill up. 

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?
Any 300-400 level Art History (ARTH) classes or cross-listed CLAR classes
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?


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?
-two lower division art history classes:  ARTH 201, 202, or 205 
- any 200-level studio art (ART) class
Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?


Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major?
Yes, we will count AP credits for lower division Art History and Studio Art classes, up to 6 units.



College of Liberal and 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