Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer Degree

This program provides the academic and practical experience to prepare students for a career, or further education at a four-year institution, in art history and related fields, such as museum studies, art education and administration. The Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer, also called the Art History AA-T Degree, provides the academic and practical experience to transfer into the CSU system to complete a baccalaureate degree that will prepare students for a career in the Art History industry. The Art History AA-T is especially designed for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Art History at a CSU campus. Students completing an Art History AA-T are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. The Art History AA-T degree requires students to complete 60 CSU transferable units including completion of CSU GE or IGETC and 18-20 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students are advised to consult with a counselor to verify transfer requirements.

Required Core CoursesUnits
ART 001ABeginning Drawing & Composition3
ART 002AHistory of Western Art I: Prehistoric To Medieval3
ART 002BHistory of Western Art II: Renaissance To Contemporary3
List A
Select one course from the following:3
Survey of Asian Art
Art of Africa, Oceania, & Indigenous North America
Art of the Ancient Americas
List B
Select one course from the following:3
Basic Design & Color
Three-Dimensional Design
Beginning Figure Drawing
Beginning Ceramics
Beginning Sculpture
Beginning Black & White Photography
List C
Select one course from the following:3-5
Any course from List A or B not already used
History of Modern Art
Introduction To Art
History of Photography
History Of Architecture I
Cultural Anthropology
Archaeology, Introduction to Prehistory
Composition & Literature
American Literature I
American Literature II
Survey Of English Literature
Survey Of English Literature
World Literature I
World Literature II
History Of World Civilization I
History Of World Civilization II
US History Through Reconstruction
US History/Reconstruction To Present
Introduction To Music
Introduction To Philosophy
Ideas Of The Great Philosophers
Religions Of The World
Perspectives On Death & Dying
Introduction To Film
Introduction To Race & Ethnicity
Mexican American Culture & Society
Introduction To Theatre
Elementary French I
Elementary French II
Intermediate French I
Intermediate French II
Elementary German I
Elementary German II
Elementary Spanish I
Elementary Spanish II
Intermediate Spanish I
Intermediate Spanish II
Required Subtotal18-20
Select one of the following: 137-39
Transferable Electives (as needed to reach 60 transferable units) 2

Units for the major may be double counted for CSU GE or IGETC, confer with Counselor.


Elective units to reach 60 unit total must be CSU transferable, confer with Counselor.


California Community Colleges offer associate degrees for transfer to the CSU system. These may include Associate in Arts (AA-T) or Associate in Science (AS-T) degrees. These degrees are designed to provide a clear pathway to a CSU major and baccalaureate degree. California Community College students who are awarded an AA-T or AS-T degree are guaranteed admission with junior standing in the CSU system and given priority admission consideration to their local CSU campus or to a program that is deemed similar to their community college major. This priority does not guarantee admission to specific majors or campuses.

Students who have been awarded an AA-T or AS-T are able to complete their remaining requirements for the 120-unit baccalaureate degree within 60 semester or 90 quarter units.

To view the most current list of College of the Desert Associate Degrees for Transfer, please go to Academic Programs. Current and prospective community college students are encouraged to meet with a counselor to review their options for transfer and to develop an educational plan that best meets their goals and needs.

Requirements For The Associate In Arts For Transfer (AA-T) Or Associate In Science For Transfer (AS-T) - SB 1440

The Student Transfer Achievement Reform Act (Senate Bill 1440, codified in California Education Code sections 66746-66749) guarantees admission to a California State University (CSU) campus for any community college student who completes an “associate degree for transfer”, a newly established variation of the associate degrees traditionally offered at a California community college.

The Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) or the Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in a similar major at a CSU campus. Students completing these degrees (AA-T or AS-T) are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. In order to earn one of these degrees, students must complete a minimum of 60 required semester units of CSU-transferable coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students transferring to a CSU campus that does accept the AA-T or AS-T will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree (unless the major is a designated “high-unit” major).

This degree may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to university or college that is not part of the CSU system. Students should consult with a counselor when planning to complete the degree for more information on university admission and transfer requirements.


The following is required for all AA-T or AS-T degrees:

  1. Completion of 60 CSU-transferable semester units.
  2. Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.0 in all CSU-transferable coursework. While a minimum of 2.0 is required for admission, some majors may require a higher GPA. Please consult with a counselor for more information.
  3. Completion of a minimum of 18 semester units in an “AA-T” or “AS-T” major as detailed in the Program of Study section of the catalog. All courses in the major must be completed with a grade of "C" or better or a “P” if the course is taken on a “Pass/No Pass” basis (Title 5, section 55063).
  4. Certified completion of the California State University General Education-Breadth (CSU GE Breadth) pattern (see page 65 for more information); OR the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) pattern (see page 67 for more information).
  5. Students do not need to complete the local requirements of Kinesiology and Reading 51 or 61.