Art History

Art History focuses on the development of the visual arts in the context of global history. The course options provide students with a strong foundation in the art of Western society as well as expose students to the art of Non-western cultures. The program aids students in developing critical thinking, writing and analysis skills in preparation for careers in a variety of art and non-art related fields. Students will develop an understanding of the artistic techniques and cultural factors that have shaped the various types of visual media throughout global history. 

Career/Transfer Options

Common university majors in the field of Art History include:


  • Art
  • Art History
  • Art History/Administrative Studies
  • Art History/ Religious Studies
  • History of Art and Architecture
  • Museum Studies
  • History of Art and Architecture
  • History of Art and Visual Culture
  • Visual and Public Art
  • Visual Arts


Students planning to transfer to a four-year college or university should complete courses required for the university major and the general education pattern required by that transfer institution. See catalog TRANSFER INFORMATION section. Additional courses may be required to meet university lower division requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete the Art History Program will be able to:

  • Identify the theoretical, cultural, and historical context of art
  • Discuss the significance of visual expression and use of materials in art throughout history
  • Critically analyze, interpret, and evaluate works of art
  • Explain the social, religious, and political highlights of Western and Non-Western cultures and their effects on art forms from prehistoric to modern times
  • Apply skills-based practice, art theory, and research methodologies to understand the creative process of art-making and compose visually effective images

Catalog Pages

261 (ARTF), 316(DFLM)

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Degrees & Certificates

AA Degree AA or AS for Transfer AS Degree Certificate of Achievement Certificate of Performance Catalog Pages
        261 (ARTF), 316(DFLM)

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Program Faculty

Office Phone
Josh Alley H-110B (619) 388-7463

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