Bachelor of Arts in Art: Concentration in Art History Roadmap

120 Total Units Required
Minimum Number of Units in the Major: 36

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterUnits
Select one of the following: 3
Western Art History I  
Western Art History II  
Asian Art History  
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 1 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication (A2) 2 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
 Units15
Second Semester
Major Studio Requirement 3 3
GE Area A: Oral Communication (A1) or Critical Thinking (A3) 3
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) 3
 
GE Area D: Social Sciences (D1) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
 Units15
Third Semester
Select one of the following not already completed: 3
Western Art History I  
Western Art History II  
Asian Art History  
GE Area A: Written English Communication II (A4) if not already satisfied 3
 
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 5 3-4
GE Area C: Humanities: Literature (C3) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
 Units15-16
Fourth Semester
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 5 3-4
GE Area C: Arts (C1) or Humanities (C2) 3
GE Area D: U.S. History (D2) or U.S. and California Government (D3) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 4 6
 Units15-16
Fifth Semester
ART 400GW Writing About Art - GWAR 3
Upper Division Art History Lecture – Select one from Group A 6 3
Upper Division Art History Lecture – Select one from Group B 6 3
GE Area UD–B: Upper Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
 Units15
Sixth Semester
Upper Division Art History Lecture – Select one from Group C 6 3
Upper Division Art History Lecture – Select one from Group A, B, or C 6 3
GE Area UD–D: Upper Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 4 6
 Units15
Seventh Semester
ART 516 Advanced Topics in Art History 3
Art History Elective: Select One 300–600 Level Art History Course 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Three 4 9
 Units15
Eighth Semester
ART 602 Art History Seminar 3
ART 619
Exhibition Design
or Independent Study
3
GE Area UD–C: Upper Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective – Take Two 4 6
 Units15
 Total Units120-122
1

To avoid taking additional units, it is recommended that you meet LLD and SF State Studies requirements (AERM, GP, ES, SJ) within your GE or major.

2

ENG 114 can only be taken if you complete Directed Self-Placement (DSP) and select ENG 114; if you choose ENG 104/ENG 105 through DSP you will satisfy A2 upon successful completion of ENG 105 in the second semester; multilingual students may be advised into alternative English courses.

3

Major Studio Requirement
ART 210 Introduction to Digital Media Arts (3 units)
ART 222 Introduction to Textile Art (3 units)
ART 231 Drawing 1 (3 units)
ART 235 Printmaking 1 (3 units)
ART 240 Introduction to Contemporary Sculpture (3 units)
ART 245 Ceramics 1 (3 units)
ART 260 Photography 1 (3 units)

4

Complementary Studies

All candidates for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Art must complete 12 units of complementary studies from courses bearing a prefix other than ART, and not cross-listed with ART.

Students may satisfy this requirement in a variety of ways designed to facilitate timely graduation. Under advisement students may complete one of the following:

  • 12 units of coursework in a single foreign language,
  • Museum Studies Minor
  • an approved study abroad program,
  • partial completion of a second major, minor, or
  • 12 units of coursework in a related area of study.

Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their major advisor toward completion of this requirement. 

Students who have earned AA-T or AS-T degrees and are pursuing a similar B.A. degree at SF State are required to fulfill the Complementary Studies requirement as defined by the major department. Students should consult with a major advisor about how transfer units and SF State units can best be applied to this requirement to ensure degree completion within 60 units.

5

Consider taking a class combined with a laboratory or a separate lab to fulfill B3 if not already satisfied. 

6

Upper Division 300–400 Level Art History Lectures (12 units)
Group A
ART 401/CLAR 420 Greek Art and Archaeology (3 units)
ART 402/CLAR 425 Roman Art and Archaeology (3 units)
ART 403/SXS 405 Queer Art History (3 units)
ART 405/HUM 405 Art, Literature, and Power in the Renaissance (3 units)
ART 406 Renaissance Art (3 units)
ART 418 Art History, Ancient to 19th Century: Special Areas (3 units)
Group B
ART 306 Modern and Contemporary Art in a Global Context: 1945-Present (3 units)
ART 419 Art History, 20th and 21st Century: Special Areas (3 units)
Group C
ART 416 Contemporary Asian Art (3 units)
ART 417 The Art and Architecture of Islam (3 units)
ART 421 Global Perspectives in Art History: Special Areas (3 units)