Undergraduate Study

Art History Minor

The Art History minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major with a series of courses that analyze the history, theory, and criticism of diverse visual traditions in world culture. On the lower-division level, the minor exposes students to overviews of these traditions in broad time periods from ancient to modern, from the regional to the global, as well as to courses that trace the historical significance of art in the context of specific thematic and media concerns. upper-division courses offer more specialized content that explores crucial episodes or areas with more intense and rigorous theoretical and methodological strategies.

To enter the minor students must be in good academic standing with an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better, have completed 45 units, and file a petition with the student affairs officer in 206B Dodd Hall, 310-825-3992. Students are advised to declare the minor early and meet with the student affairs officer to plan a coherent program.

Required Lower-Division Courses (15 units): Three courses selected from Art History 20 through 31.

Required Upper-Division Courses (20 units): Five art history courses as follows:

  1. Two courses from at least two of the following three historical periods; (a) ancient/medieval before 1400 — Art History M110A, M110B, M110C, M111, M112A through M112D, M113A, M113B, M114A through C114D, C115A through C115F, C116A, C116B, C117A, C117B, M118A, 119A, 119B, CM139A, C148A, C148B, 154A, (b) early modern, 1400 to 1700 — courses 121A through 121D, 124, C125A, 125B, C126, C139B, C139C, C141, C148C, C148E, C152B, C152C, 154B, and (c) modern/contemporary, 1700 to present — courses M118B, 127A, 127B, M127C, C128A, C128B, C128C, C129A, C129B, C129C, 130, C131A, C131B, C131C, 132, C133A through 133E, CM135A, CM135B, C142A, C142B, C145B, C148D, 154D, C160, C170A
  2. Two courses from at least two of the following five geographic regions: (a) Africa — Art History C145A, C145B, (b) Asia — courses C148A through C148E, C149, 150A, C150B, C151, 152A through C152D, C153, 154A through 154D, C155, 156, C158A, (c) Europe and U.S. — courses C115B through C115F, 121A through 121D, 124, C125A, 125B, C126, 127A, 127B, M127C, C129A, C129B, C129C, C131A, C131B, C131C, C133A through 133E, CM135A, CM135B, 137, C170A, (d) Latin America and Caribbean — courses CM139A, C139B, C139C, C140, C141, C142A, C142B, 143, 144, and (e) Mediterranean, Middle East, and Near East — courses M110A, M110B, M110C, M111, M112 through M112D, M113A, M113B, M114A, M114B, M114C, C115A, 119A, 119B
  3. One additional art history elective selected from courses 100 through 185; course 197A may also be included

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.

By petition, one upper-division course with substantial art historical content and methodology applied toward the students’ majors may also be applied toward this minor.

Each minor course must be taken for a letter grade (unless the course is graded only on a P/NP basis), and students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better in the minor. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.