for the Major
New curriculum requirements for the undergraduate major in Art History are effective as of Fall Quarter 2015 as outlined below. Continuing students who declared their major prior to Fall 2015 must fulfill the older requirements. Please contact Student Affairs Officer Erika Santoyo with any questions regarding major requirements.
Required Courses in Preparation for the Major: Two courses from Art History 20 through 24 and two courses from Art History 27 through 31. It is strongly recommended that these courses be taken prior to enrollment in upper division courses. Note that some of these courses serve as prerequisites for certain upper division courses.
The department strongly encourages completion of the general education requirements in conjunction with preparing for the major. While the department does not require language training beyond the college requirement, we strongly encourage art history majors, particularly those planning graduate work, to study foreign languages beyond what is required by the College.
for the Major
01. Historical Period Courses:
Three courses with one taken from each of the following historical periods: Ancient/Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern/Contemporary.
02. Geographic Regions Courses:
Three courses taken from at least three of the following geographic regions: Africa, Asia, Europe and US, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Mediterranean, Middle East, and Near East.
03. Art History Electives
Five additional art history electives selected from courses 100A through C187A; course 197 may also be included. With prior approval of the Undergraduate Advisor, one of these classes may be taken in another department.
The honors program is designed for Art History majors who are interested in carrying out an independent research project that culminates in a departmental honors thesis of approximately 30 pages. The program gives qualified students the opportunity to work closely with individual professors on an in-depth supervised research and writing project.
All senior Art History majors who have completed a minimum of six upper division art history courses with a departmental grade-point average of 3.5 or better and an overall GPA of 3.0 or better are eligible to apply. Consult Student Affairs Officer Erika Santoyo no later than the beginning of Fall Quarter of the senior year.
The Art History minor is designed for students who wish to augment their major with a series of courses that analyze the history, theory, and criticism of diverse visual traditions in world culture. On the lower division level, the minor exposes students to overviews of these traditions in broad time periods from ancient to modern, from the regional to the global, as well as to courses that trace the historical significance of art in the context of specific thematic and media concerns. Upper division courses offer more specialized content that explores crucial episodes or areas
with more intense and rigorous theoretical and methodological strategies.
To enter the minor students must be in good academic standing with an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better, have completed 45 units, and file a petition with Student Affairs Officer Erika Santoyo in Dodd Hall 206A. Students are advised to declare the minor early and meet with the student affairs officer to plan a coherent program.
The UCLA Department of Art History is pleased to welcome transfer students to undergraduate study in Art History; please refer to the UCLA Transfer Admission Guide for up-to-date information regarding transfer selection for admission. Transfer applicants to the Art History major with 90 or more units must complete as many of the following introductory courses as possible prior to admission to UCLA: two art history courses in Ancient, Renaissance and Baroque, Medieval, or Modern art and two courses in African, Asian, Pre-Columbian art.