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2019-2020 University Catalog 
2019-2020 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art History, B.A. : 120 units

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Offered by: College of Environmental Design, Art Department

The Art History Major includes global art from antiquity to the present. Students develop skills in visual analysis, analysis of cultural context, and in scholarly research.

Program Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Students obtaining the B.A. in Art History should be able to:

  1. Identify important works of art and design, artistic movements and trends;
  2. Analyze works of art and design using art historical tools of visual analysis and discipline-appropriate vocabulary;
  3. Explain how works of art and design relate to their contexts of production and reception;
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking about art historical, critical, or theoretical texts;
  5. Demonstrate skills of research and proper use of scholarly documentation.

Major Electives: 39 units

All major electives and approved electives courses must be passed with a grade of “C-” or better to receive major credit.

Foreign Language Electives: 6 units

At least two semesters of a single foreign language of the student’s choice (C2).

Groups A, B, and C: 21 units

Choose at least two courses from each group below (A, B, and C) for a total of 7 courses or 21 units.

Approved Electives: 12 units

Select four upper-division courses (3000- and 4000-level) from among the following subject areas for a total of 12 units: AH (Art History), ANT (Anthropology), CHN (Chinese), COM (Communications), ENG (English), FRE (French), FRL (Finance, Real Estate, and Law), GER (German), HST (History), IBM (International Business and Marketing), MHR (Management and Human Resources), PHL (Philosophy), PLS (Political Science), SPN (Spanish), and TH (Theatre).

Unrestricted Electives: 3-15 units

Select a sufficient number of courses so that the total from “Major Required”, “Major Electives”, “GE”, and “Unrestricted Electives” is at least 120 units.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

Students should consult the Academic Programs website https://www.cpp.edu/~academic-programs/general-education-course-listings.shtml for current information regarding this requirement. Unless specific courses are required, please refer to the list of approved courses under General Education Requirements, Areas A through E.

  Course Term Taken Grade
Area A. English Language Communication and Critical Thinking (9 units)
At least 3 units from each sub-area
1. Oral Communication      
2. Written Communication      
3. Critical Thinking      
Area B. Scientific Inquiry and Quantitative Reasoning (12 units)
At least 3 units from each sub-area
1. Physical Sciences      
2. Life Sciences      
3. Laboratory Activity      
4. Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning      
5. Science and Technology Synthesis      
Area C. Arts and Humanities (12 units)
At least 3 units from each sub-area and 3 additional units from sub-areas 1 and/or 2
1. Visual and Performing Arts      
2. Literature, Modern Languages, Philosophy and Civilization      
3. Arts and Humanities Synthesis      
Area D. Social Sciences (12 units)
At least 3 units from each sub-area
1. U.S. History and American Ideals      
2. U.S. Constitution and California Government      
3. Social Sciences: Principles, Methodologies, Value Systems, and Ethics      
4. Social Science Synthesis      
Area E. Lifelong Learning and Self-Development (3 units)      

For an alternative and interdisciplinary way to complete some of their GE requirements, students may choose the Interdisciplinary General Education program, see below. 

Interdisciplinary General Education: 21 units

An alternate pattern for partial fulfillment of GE Areas A, C, and D available for students is the Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) program.  Students should see an advisor for specific GE coursework required by their major.  Please refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for additional information.

How IGE fulfills General Education Requirements:

Year Completion of IGE Courses Satisfies GE Requirements
Freshman IGE 1100 , IGE 1200   A2 and C2
Sophomore IGE 2100 , IGE 2200   C1 and C2
Junior IGE 2300 , IGE 2400   D1 and D3
Senior IGE 3100   C3 or D4

American Institutions: 6 units

Courses that satisfy this requirement may also satisfy GE Areas D1 and D2.

American Cultural Perspectives Requirement: 3 units

Refer to the University Catalog General Education Program section for a list of courses that satisfy this requirement.  Course may also satisfy major, minor, GE, or unrestricted elective requirements.

Graduation Writing Test

All persons who receive undergraduate degrees from Cal Poly Pomona must pass the Graduation Writing Test (GWT).  The test must be taken by the semester following completion of 60 units for undergraduates.

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