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Creative Arts and Design & Global and Human Studies

Art History

All our courses are transferable to UC and CSU campuses and several satisfy multicultural studies requirements.

Art history provides and develops visual literacy and critical thinking to better understand visual arts across time and multiple cultures by focusing on the power the visual arts.

Students enrolled in art history courses learn about the subjects, forms, and purposes of art within each historical period that they study. They learn about the artists, the patrons, and the audiences who viewed the works of art. Students learn to accurately identify and describe art works, as well as to use the principles of art history in their critical writing about art. They also learn about related approaches of visual analysis which reflect changes in the discipline of art history, and which become an additional basis to critical thinking and writing about art.

Career Information

Art History Careers



Museums and Galleries

Art Librarian

Arts Organization

Academic Researcher

Travel Guide

Art Consultant

Art Business and Management

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Student Experience
Heather Gray and the entire Art History department have been nothing but helpful to me.

Bianca Jimenez Graduate 2020

Art History Activity Make a Meme
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Resources for Art History Students

Tutoring at Visual Resource Center

Need help on your assignments, readings, research papers or finding images?

Tutoring is free, in person or online.

Contact Andrée LeBourveau, Visual Resource Curator

Library & Tutoring Center at HUB

Library; Research, Articles & Databases, Ask a Librarian

HUB; Tutoring and Academic Support

Spring 2024 Opportunities
Art History Scholarship