Art and Art History Department

BA - Art, Concentration in Art History and Visual Culture

The Art History and Visual Culture major enriches the lives of its students by providing an in-depth knowledge of cultural traditions and creative accomplishment, and by providing the skills necessary for applying that knowledge in the service of our multicultural society. Course offerings include a wide range of themes and topics in Modern, Contemporary, Classical, Renaissance, Islamic, and Nineteenth Century art, architecture, and design. Examination of these diverse areas encourages students to become responsible citizens through an understanding of the aesthetic, cultural, and ethical choices inherent in human development. Students in this program acquire the communication skills, research techniques, and methods of critical inquiry that have become a vital part of modern life.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Transfer Degrees (ADT) pathway roadmaps can be found here.

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements35
Core Lower Division General Education27
Of the 39 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education
Of the 9 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
Chicana and Chicano Studies6
CCS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
CCS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
Preparation for the Major12-14
ANTH 160. Reconstructing Lost CivilizationsR3
Complete one course from:
CA 172. The Arts in U.S. SocietyS3
RELS 191. Religion in AmericaS3
RTVF 110. Media and CultureS3
URBP 101. The CityS3
WOMS 101. Sex, Power, and PoliticsS3
Complete 2 World Language OR 2 Art Foundation courses from:
World Language Course3-4
World Language Course3-4
ART 012. Two-Dimensional Design and Color Concepts3
ART 013. Three-Dimensional Design Concepts3
ART 014. Color3
ART 024. Drawing I3
Requirements of the Major51
Core Requirements6
Complete two courses from:
ARTH 070A. Art History, Prehistoric to MedievalC13
ARTH 070B. Art History, Renaissance to ModernC13
ARTH 070C. Arts of AsiaC13
Highly Recommend Students take ARTH 070B
Upper Division Requirements42
ART 100W. Writing Workshop: Fine ArtsZ3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 101. Introduction to Practice of Art History3
ARTH 175. Theories of Art History and Art Criticism3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 193A. Worlds of Art and CultureV3
ARTH 193B. East Meets West in ArtV3
Additional Coursework33
Complete 33 units from the coursework below. A minimum of one course from each of the following three areas with a minimum of 3 additional courses selected from one of the groups. Courses can not be taken again if taken in another requirement area. One course may be studio art.
Area 1: World Art
ARTH 182A. Art of the Americas3
ARTH 183B. Art of Islam-Early Islam to the Seljuks3
ARTH 191B. Women in Art3
ARTH 193A. Worlds of Art and CultureV3
ARTH 193B. East Meets West in ArtV3
ARTH 194A. Art of China3
ARTH 195. Art of Japan3
Area 2: Ancient and Early Modern Art in Europe
ARTH 183A. Art of Egypt and Mesopotamia3
ARTH 183C. Art of Islam 13th-19th Century3
ARTH 185. Art of the Classical World3
ARTH 187A. Art of the Italian Renaissance, Fifteenth Century3
ARTH 187B. Art of the Italian Renaissance, Sixteenth Century3
ARTH 187C. The Art of Renaissance Venice3
ARTH 188A. Northern Renaissance Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries3
ARTH 188B. Northern Renaissance, Sixteenth Century3
ARTH 189A. Baroque Art and Architecture in Italy and France3
ARTH 189B. Northern Baroque Art and Architecture3
Area 3: Modern and Contemporary Art
ARTH 110. History and Theory of New Media3
ARTH 126. History of Photography3
ARTH 160. Modern Architecture3
ARTH 161. Contemporary Architecture3
ARTH 162. California Architecture3
ARTH 163. Twentieth Century Urban Design3
ARTH 176A. Graphic Design History and Theory3
ARTH 176B. Industrial Design in Society3
ARTH 182B. American Art3
ARTH 190A. Art of the Nineteenth Century3
ARTH 190B. Early Modernist Art3
ARTH 190C. 20th Century Art: from Dada to Pop3
ARTH 191A. Issues in Contemporary Art3
ARTH 192A. Modern Design3
ARTH 192C. History of Interior Design3
Complete one course from:
ARTH 199. Art History Capstone Seminar3
ARTH 270. Seminar in Ancient Art3
ARTH 271. Seminar in Medieval Art3
ARTH 272. Seminar in Renaissance ArtGWAR3
ARTH 273. Seminar in Baroque Art3
ARTH 274. Seminar in Nineteenth Century Art3
ARTH 275. Seminar in Twentieth Century ArtGWAR3
ARTH 276. Seminar in Oriental Art3
ARTH 277. Seminar in Historiography3
ARTH 278. Seminar in Myth and Symbol3
ARTH 279. Seminar in Interdisciplinary Studies3
University Electives20-22

Total Units:120