Major Requirements

Students will choose a concentration either in Art History or in Studio Art. Each concentration consists of twelve courses or 48 units, depending on the concentration, chosen in consultation with the major adviser.

Concentration in Art History

The concentration in Art History consists of three foundational 100-level ARTH survey courses (12 units), three ARTH courses at the 300-level (12 units), two additional ARTH electives at either the 200- or 300-level (8 units), two ARTH writing seminars (ARTH 390, which fulfills the Second Stage Writing Requirement for graduation; and  ARTH 490, senior seminar) (8 units), and two Studio Art courses (ARTS) for breadth of study (8 units).

Introductory Courses

Students must select three courses from the list below:

ARTH 150History of Urban Design

4 units

ARTH 160Introduction to East Asian Art

4 units

ARTH 170Introduction to Early European Art

4 units

ARTH 180Introduction to Later European and American Art

4 units

Advanced Courses

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).

In consultation with their 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 elective courses.

Breadth Requirement

Students must complete at least two courses (8 units) in Studio Art (ARTS designation)

Writing Seminars

Art History majors must complete ARTH 390 (4 units), offered with rotating topics each year. 

Art History majors must complete ARTH 490 as two 2-unit courses, or as one 4-unit course.

ARTH 390Seminar in Art History

4 units

ARTH 490Senior Seminar in Art History

2 units

Concentration in Studio Art

The concentration in Studio Art consists of three introductory ARTS courses (12 units), two intermediate ARTS courses at the 200-level (8 units), two advanced ARTS courses at the 300-level (8 units), two ARTH courses (8 units), an additional ARTS or ARTH elective (4 units), a four-unit writing seminar in ARTS or ARTH 389 to satisfy the Second Stage Writing Requirement for graduation, plus the studio senior seminar (4 units).

Introductory Courses

ARTS 102Painting Fundamentals

4 units

ARTS 103Sculpture Fundamentals

4 units

ARTS 105Printmaking Fundamentals: 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

ARTS 230Interdisciplinary Arts

4 units

Advanced Projects

Students must select two courses from the list below. At least one of these must be completed prior to the start of the senior year.

ARTS 303Advanced Projects in Sculpture

4 units

ARTS 310Advanced Projects in Painting and Drawing

4 units

ARTS 330Advanced Projects/Printmaking

4 units

Art History (8 units)

ARTH 180Introduction to Later European and American Art

4 units

ARTH 389Modern and Contemporary Art

4 units

One Additional ARTS Elective (4 units)

Senior Seminar

Students must complete a total of four units of ARTS 490 to satisfy this requirement.
ARTS 490Studio Senior Seminar

2 or 4 units

Additional Information

The sequencing of courses is crucial: students should take beginning fundamentals and intermediate courses in the frosh and sophomore years along with ARTH 180; 300-level courses (ARTH 389 Modern and Contemporary, Advanced Projects) in their junior year; and ARTS 490 (Senior Seminar) and any elective studio courses in the senior year. Students may not take a required 100-level course as a senior.  At least one 300-level Advanced Projects course in the area of comprehensive project emphasis must be completed before the start of the senior year. ARTS 101 may only be taken as an elective, and does not count as one of the three required introductory courses. Because the maturation of creative ability requires time as well as effort, students who wish to 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.