Art history is the study of art created in the past by individuals
from various cultures and parts of the world. It is the study
of the historical development of art as social and intellectual
phenomenon, the analysis of works of art and art conservation.
Students study specific periods, cultures, styles and themes. The
art historian seeks to interpret and understand works of art of
many types, ranging from the monumental to small scale, by
learning about artists’ lives and their societies. Students are prepared
for a wide range of professional careers – in museums,
galleries, auction houses or publishing including antique dealer,
art appraiser, art dealer, art restorer and museum curator.
This major may also lead to many other careers. For additional
possibilities, visit the Career Services Center on campus
to utilize computerized career information systems and other
valuable career resources.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year college should
complete the lower-division major requirements and the general
education pattern for the appropriate transfer institution.
Santa Monica College has articulation agreements for this
major with the following UC, CSU, and private institutions.
ASSOCIATE IN ARTS DEGREE – 60 UNITS
Students must complete major requirements in effect at
the time enrollment begins or major requirements in effect at
graduation as long as continuous enrollment is maintained.
(See page 48 for definition of continuous enrollment).
At least 50% of the required major units must be completed
at Santa Monica College.
All coursework for the major must be completed with a
grade of C (2.0) or higher.
Art History (18 units)
REQUIRED Core courses : (15 units )
AHIS 1, Western Art History I (3)
AHIS 2, Western Art History II (3)
AHIS 3, Western Art History III (3) (formerly Art 8)
Art 10A, Design I (3)
Art 20A, Drawing I (3)
REQUIRED FOUNDATION COURSES: Choose one course
from the following (it is strongly recommended you take these
courses after completion of core classes)
AHIS 11, Art Appreciation: Introduction to Global Visual
Culture (3) (formerly Art 79)
AHIS 15, Mexican Art (3) (formerly Art 9)
AHIS 17, Art of Asia-Prehistory to 1900 (3) (formerly Art 5)
AHIS 18, Introduction to African American History (3)
AHIS 21, Architectural History: Ancient to 1850 (3) (formerly Art 6)
AHIS 22, Architecture History and Theory-1850 to Present (formerly Art 7)
AHIS 52, History of Photography (3) (formerly Art 73) (same as Photography 52)
AHIS 72, American Art History (3) (formerly Art 72)
Art 21A, Drawing III (3)
Art 40A, Sculpture (3)
Art 52A, Ceramics (3)