Major Requirements

Twelve courses (44 or 48 units, depending on the emphasis) chosen in consultation with the major advisor.

EMPHASIS IN ART HISTORY

Survey courses

Students must select three courses from the list below:

ARTH 160Introduction to East Asian Art

4 units

ARTH 170Introduction to Early European Art

4 units

ARTH 180Introduction to Later Western Art

4 units

ARTH 190American Indian Art History: Contemporary Issues

4 units

Upper division

Students must complete three ARTH courses at the 300-level.

Additional electives

Students must complete two ARTH courses at the 200- or 300-level (or equivalent).

Writing Seminars

ARTH 390Seminar in Art History

4 units

ARTH 490Senior Seminar in Art History

2 units

Breadth requirement

Students must complete at least two courses (8 units) in Media Arts & Culture and/or Studio Art. 

*In consultation with the advisor, a student may substitute a course outside the department (such as history, literature, religious studies, politics, or philosophy, preferably related to the topic area of the senior thesis) for one of the art history courses.

EMPHASIS IN STUDIO ART

Beginning courses

ARTS 102Painting Fundamentals

4 units

ARTS 103Sculpture I

4 units

ARTS 105Basic Printmaking: Relief and Intaglio

4 units

Intermediate courses

Students must select two courses from the list below:

ARTS 203Intermediate Sculpture

4 units

ARTS 209Photography Against the Grain

4 units

ARTS 210Intermediate Painting

4 units

ARTS 216Lithography

4 units

ARTS 217Photo Processes in Printmaking

4 units

Advanced Projects

Students must select two courses from the list below:

ARTS 310Advanced Projects in Painting and Drawing

4 units

ARTS 320Advanced Projects in Interdisciplinary Arts

4 units

ARTS 330Advanced Printmaking

4 units

Senior Seminar

ARTS 490Studio Senior Seminar

4 units

Art History

ARTH 180Introduction to Later Western Art

4 units

ARTH 389Modern and Contemporary Art

4 units

One Media Arts & Culture (MAC) elective, 4 units

One additional ARTS elective



Additional Information

The sequencing of courses is crucial: students should take beginning and intermediate courses in the Frosh and Sophomore years; 300 level courses (Advanced Projects) in their junior year; and ARTS 490 (Senior Seminar) and any elective studio courses in the senior year. You may not take a required 100 level course as a senior. In addition, the two Art History courses (ARTH 180 and ARTH 389), and one 300 level Advanced Projects course must be completed before the start of the senior year. ARTS 101, ARTS 104, ARTS 106, and ARTS 109 may only be taken as electives and do not count as required beginning courses. Because the maturation of creative ability requires time as well as effort, students who may desire a major in studio art should consult with departmental advisors and begin taking studio courses as early as possible in their first year, and should declare a major early in the sophomore year.

COMBINED EMPHASIS

Four introductory courses

Students must complete two course in Studio Art and two courses in Art History from the lists below:


ARTS 101Drawing Fundamentals

4 units

ARTS 102Painting Fundamentals

4 units

ARTS 103Sculpture I

4 units

ARTS 105Basic Printmaking: Relief and Intaglio

4 units

ARTS 107Digital Photography

4 units

ARTH 160Introduction to East Asian Art

4 units

ARTH 170Introduction to Early European Art

4 units

ARTH 180Introduction to Later Western Art

4 units

ARTH 190American Indian Art History: Contemporary Issues

4 units

Six courses at the 200- or 300-level

Students must select three courses in studio art and three in art history.

Senior Seminar

ARTS 490Studio Senior Seminar

4 units

Or

ARTH 490Senior Seminar in Art History

2 units

SECOND-STAGE WRITING REQUIREMENT

All students majoring in the department must successfully complete the second-stage writing requirement by completing a junior-year 300-level course, with a grade of C or better, as follows:

Studio Arts:

ARTS 301Writing Art and Writing As Art

4 units

Or

ARTH 389Modern and Contemporary Art

4 units

Art History:

ARTH 390Seminar in Art History

4 units

Combined Emphasis:

Students will complete one of the above 300-level courses determined in consultation with the student’s Academic Advisor. 

HONORS

A student with an overall GPA of at least 3.2 and 3.5 in the major who has demonstrated excellence in departmental courses can submit a proposal for an honors. For the Studio Art emphasis, the proposal is submitted in the fall of senior year for completion in the spring of senior year. For the Art History emphasis, the proposal is submitted in the spring of junior year, for completion over the course of the senior year. For further information, consult your faculty advisor on honors requirements and timelines in your particular program.