Art History

Art History Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer 2020-2021

(Major # C.5204.AA-T)

The Art History Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer emphasizes the study of cultural activities and artistic expression of human beings. Students will evaluate and interpret the ways in which people, throughout history, in different cultures and geographic locations, have responded to the world around them through artistic and cultural production. Students will learn: Fundamental art and art historical terminology. Appreciation for the creative process. In addition, to analyze works of art in order to articulate the historical, social and aesthetic functions of art.

Major requirements (18 units minimum)
A grade of “C” or better is required in the following courses:

Required Core:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
ART 5 Art History 1 3 ARTH 110
ART 6 or
ART 6H
Art History 2 or
Honors Art History
3 ARTH 120
ART 7 Beginning Drawing 3 ARTS 110
List A – Select one course from the following:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
ART 26 Arts of Africa, Oceania, Indigenous North America, and the Pre-Columbian Americas 3 ARTH 140
List B – Select one course from the following:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
ART 3 Two Dimensional Design 3 ARTS 100
ART 4 Three Dimensional Design 3 ARTS 101
ART 8 Beginning Figure Drawing 3 N/A
ART 9 Beginning Painting: Oil and Acrylic 3 ARTS 210
ART 19 Intermediate Painting: Oil and Acrylic 3 N/A
ART 30A Illustrator®: Beginning Computer Drawing & Design 3 ARTS 250
ART 37A Photoshop®: Digital Visual Art 3 ARTS 250
ART 41 Computerized Multimedia 3 N/A
ART 42 Computerized Animation 3 N/A
PHOTO 1 Basics of Digital Photography 3 N/A
List C – Select one from the following or any course not used from list A or list B:
Course Course Description Units C-ID
ANTHRO 1 Biological Anthropology 3 N/A
ANTHRO 2 Cultural Anthropology 3 ANTHRO 120
ANTHRO 3 Introduction to Archaeology 3 N/A
ART 2 Art Appreciation 3 ARTH 100
CHIN 1 Beginning Chinese 4 N/A
CHIN 2 High-Beginning Chinese 4 N/A
ECON 1A Principles of Macroeconomics 3 ECON 202
ECON 1B Principles of Microeconomics 3 ECON 201
FRENCH 1 Beginning French 5 N/A
FRENCH 2 High-Beginning French 5 N/A
FRENCH 3 Intermediate French 5 N/A
FRENCH 4 High Intermediate French 5 N/A
HIST 1 Western Civilization to 1648 3 HIST 170
HIST 2 Western Civilization from 1648 3 HIST 180
HIST 11 History of the United States to 1877 3 HIST 130
HIST 12 or
HIST 12H
History of the United States from 1865 or
Honors History of the U.S. from 1865
3 HIST 140
HIST 20 World History I, to 1600 3 HIST 150
PHIL 1 Introduction to Philosophy 3 PHIL 100
PHIL 1C or
PHIL 1CH
Ethics or
Honors Ethics
3 PHIL 120
PHIL 1D World Religion 3 N/A
PHOTO 1 Basics of Digital Photography 3 N/A
SPAN 1 Beginning Spanish 5 SPAN 100
SPAN 2 High-Beginning Spanish 5 SPAN 110
SPAN 3 Intermediate Spanish 5 SPAN 200
SPAN 3NS Spanish for Spanish Speakers 4 SPAN 230
SPAN 4 High-Intermediate Spanish 5 SPAN 210
SPAN 4NS Spanish for Spanish Speakers 5 SPAN 230
SPAN 15 Practical Spanish Conversation, Intermediate Level 3 N/A
SPAN 16 Practical Spanish Conversation, High-Intermediate Level 3 N/A

Total units for major does not include required general education or pre-requisite courses.

Additional Information

  1. Apply knowledge of art historical terminology to the description of artwork.
  2. Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing in order to describe and analyze the artistic contributions of diverse peoples.
  3. Utilize critical thinking to discuss works of art in a personal, cultural, and global context.
  4. Evaluate and analyze the strengths and weaknesses of an artworks effectiveness to visually communicate.

  • Completion of 60-semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
    1. The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth requirements.
    2. A minimum of 18-semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
  • Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. Associate Degrees for Transfer (ADTs) also require that students must earn a “C” grade or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
  • Certification of either the California State University General Education Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC-CSU version) is required.


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Faculty Advisor(s): Dent, Johnson, King, Ledgerwood


2020-2021 Art History Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer