Bachelor of Arts in Art History – ARTH Associate Degree for Transfer Roadmap

This is a sample pathway for students who transfer to San Francisco State University in the current Bulletin year with an AA-T in Art History. Nine units in the major (one lower division studio course, two lower division art history courses) and all lower division GE requirements have been satisfied. Check with a major advisor about the most appropriate course sequence. Degree completion guaranteed in 60 units; see the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) section for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
Major Upper Division Art History – Group A – Pre-20th Century (from the list below) 3
US History 3
or University Elective if US History met before transfer
Upper Division GE: UD-B, UD-C, or UD-D 3
University Elective - Take Two 6
Second Semester
ARTH 306
Modern and Contemporary Art in a Global Context: 1945-Present (Major Upper-Division)
or Art History: 20th and 21st Century - Special Areas
ARTH 400GW Writing About Art - GWAR 3
Major Upper Division Elective (300–600 level) 3
U.S. and California Government 3
or University Elective if US/CA Government met before transfer
University Elective 3
Third Semester
ARTH 417
The Art and Architecture of Islam (Major Upper-Division)
or Art History: Global Perspectives - Special Areas
ARTH 516 Advanced Topics in Art History (Major Upper-Division) 3
Upper Division GE: UD-B, UD-C, or UD-D 3
University Electives – Take Two 6
Fourth Semester
ARTH 602 Art History Seminar (Major Capstone) 3
ART 619
Exhibition Design (Major Upper-Division)
or Independent Study
Major Upper Division Art History – Group A, B, or C 3
Upper Division GE: UD-B, UD-C, or UD-D 3
University Elective 3
 Total Units60

To Do at SF State:

Enough total units to reach 120 minimum for graduation; 40 units minimum at the upper division level; to include the following:

University-Wide Requirements: 9–15 Units

  • American Institutions (0–6 units): US History, US Government, California State and Local Government requirements if not taken before transfer
  • Upper division GE, areas B, C, and D (9 units): Courses required for the major may double-count if approved for UD GE.
  • Students entering the major with the AA-T in Art History are not required to fulfill SF State Studies requirements.
  • Complementary Studies: consult with a department advisor on how transfer units and/or SF State units can be applied to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

Art (Art History) Major: 30 Units

Lower division requirements satisfied in transfer – six units of art history and three units of studio arts.

  • Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (3 units): ARTH 400GW
  • Upper Division Art History (12 units): 300–400 level, including at least one course from Groups A, B, and C.
  • Advanced Topics in Art History (3 units)
  • Elective (3 units): one additional 300–600 level art history course selected by student
  • Internship (3 units)
  • Capstone (3 units)

University Electives: Eighteen or More Units

Units depending on course choices made at the community college, how transferred units are applied to the requirements above, and course choices at SF State – some courses may meet more than one requirement, e.g. both in UD GE and the major.

Upper Division 300–400 Level Art History Lectures
Group A

ARTH 401/CLAR 420Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece3
ARTH 402/CLAR 425Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome3
ARTH 403/SXS 405Queer Art History3
ARTH/HUM 405Art, Literature, and Power in the Renaissance3
ARTH 406Renaissance Art3
ARTH 418Art History: Ancient to 19th Century - Special Areas3

Group B

ARTH 306Modern and Contemporary Art in a Global Context: 1945-Present3
ARTH 419Art History: 20th and 21st Century - Special Areas3

Group C

ARTH 417The Art and Architecture of Islam3
ARTH 421Art History: Global Perspectives - Special Areas3