Art History AA-T Degree

The Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer, also called the Art History AA-T Degree, prepares students academically to transfer to a university or other four-year college to complete a baccalaureate degree in Art History or a related field.  More broadly, Art History majors develop critical thinking and communication skills, along with a knowledge of global history and culture, that are sought after in a wide range of employment sectors, including hospitality, health and human services, and education.

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 units in the major with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better. Title 5 requires that students must earn a “C” or better for each course in the major or area of emphasis. There are no additional graduation requirements. Students are advised to consult with a counselor to verify transfer requirements.

Students with an Art History undergraduate degree are prepared for entry-level career opportunities in the arts, humanities, and education, and for graduate-level education. Art History majors may find work in museums and art galleries as curators, educators, exhibition designers, researchers, in marketing and outreach, and in art restoration and conservation; curatorial and conservation work often requires an advanced degree. There are also teaching opportunities at the elementary and high school levels for Art History majors with proper teaching credentials, while post-secondary teaching requires at least a master's degree in the field.

Course Code Title Units
Required Core Courses
ART 001ABeginning Drawing & Composition3
ARTH 002AHistory of Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval3
ARTH 002BHistory of Art II: Renaissance to Contemporary3
List A
Select one course from the following:3
ARTH 012AArts of Asia3
ARTH 012BArts of Africa, Oceania, & Indigenous North America3
ARTH 012CArts of Latin America3
List B
Select one course from the following:3
ART 003ABasic Design & Color3
ART 004Three-Dimensional Design3
ART 005ABeginning Figure Drawing3
ART 007Ceramics3
ART 011ABeginning Sculpture3
ART 030ABeginning Black & White Photography3
List C
Select one course from the following:3
Any course from List A or B not already used
ARTH 002CHistory of Modern Art3
ANTH 002Cultural Anthropology3
ANTH 003Archaeology, Introduction to Prehistory3
HIST 003History of World Civilization I3
HIST 004History of World Civilization II3
PHIL 012Religions of the World3
SOC 014Introduction to Race & Ethnicity3
SOC 015Mexican American Culture & Society3
Required Subtotal18
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.

Please refer to Associate Degree for Transfer (SB 1440).