*Program was changed after publication of catalog. Please see addendum for details.
Art History combines a close study of art and visual culture with historical investigation and analysis. Students gain an understanding of the development of art in cultures around the world and throughout time, as well as an appreciation for the complex ways in which art is connected with broader social and cultural concerns. As an academic discipline, Art History approaches art as a uniquely rich artifact for the understanding of human history. Core courses in the Art History program cover the history of art in the Western world, from prehistory to the present, and provide instruction in the fundamentals of drawing. Electives offer students the opportunity to explore art outside the Western tradition, go deeper in their study of a particular period of art, and develop their hands-on understanding of the materials and techniques of art-making. Art History courses build skills in visual analysis and interpretation, critical thinking, research, writing, and the formal presentation of ideas. A degree in Art History supports a wide range of careers both within and outside the art world. Art History students find success in education, art education, gallery and museum work, library and information sciences, marketing, public relations, writing, graphic design, web and media design, among other fields.
The Associate in Arts in Art History for Transfer (AA-T in Art History) is intended for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree in Art History or Art with an Emphasis or Option in Art History or a “similar” major at a CSU campus. Each CSU campus determines which of the degrees it offers are “similar” and can be completed with the preparation included in the AA-T in Art History within 60 units once a student transfers, so which majors are “similar” varies from CSU to CSU. For a current list of what majors (and what options or areas of emphasis within that major) have been designated as “similar” to this degree at each CSU campus, please refer to CSU’s Associate Degree for Transfer Major and Campus Search webpage and seek guidance from an Oxnard College counselor. Students completing this degree are guaranteed admission to the CSU system, but not to a particular campus or major. The AA-T in Art History may not be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a college or university that is not part of the CSU system.
To earn an AA-T in Art History degree, students must
- Complete a minimum of 60 CSU-transferable semester units including both of the following:
- Certified completion of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University General Education – Breadth (CSU GE-Breadth) requirements.
- A minimum of 18 semester units in the Art History major as listed in the Oxnard College catalog.
- Obtain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 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.
- Obtain a grade of “C” or better or “P” in all courses required in the major. Even though a "pass-no-pass" is allowed (Title 5 § 55063), it is highly recommended that students complete their major courses with a letter grade.
- Complete requirements in residency. For students in the Ventura County Community College District, a minimum of 12 units must be completed in residence at the college granting the degree.
Students transferring to a CSU campus that accepts the AA-T in Art History degree will be required to complete no more than 60 units after transfer to earn a bachelor’s degree. This degree may not necessarily be the best option for students intending to transfer to a particular CSU campus or to a 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.
|Required Core Courses||9|
|Western Art I: Prehistory through the Middle Ages|
or ART R102H
|Honors: Western Art I: Prehistory through the Middle Ages|
|Western Art II: Renaissance to Contemporary|
or ART R103H
|Honors: Western Art II: Renaissance to Contemporary|
|Drawing and Composition I|
|List A - Complete one course from the following:||3|
|Art of the Ancient Americas|
or ART R172H
|Honors: Art of the Ancient Americas|
|ART R174||Latin American Art||3|
|or ART R174H||Honors: Latin American Art|
|List B - Complete one course from the following:||3|
|Color and Design: 2-D Foundations|
|Life Drawing I|
|Introduction to Digital Photography|
|Beginning Oil Painting|
|Beginning Acrylic Painting|
|Introduction to Digital Art|
|List C - Complete one course from the following:||3|
|Any course from List A or B not already selected|
|History of Film|
|Music of Latin America|
|History of Rock Music|
|Introduction to Theatre|
|Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
or ANTH R102H
|Honors: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology|
|Introduction to Archaeology|
|Sex, Gender and Culture|
|The Anthropology of Native Americans|
|People of the World: The Cultures of Globalization and Change|
|Ancient Civilizations of the Americas|
|African American Culture and Experience|
|Introduction to Language and Culture|
|Introduction to Chicana/o Studies|
|Chicana/o Cultural Identity|
|History of Mexicans in the United States|
|Sociology of the Chicano Community|
|English Literature I|
|English Literature II|
|American Literature I|
|American Literature II|
|Literature by Women|
|Introduction to LGBTIQ Literature|
|ENGL R126||Introduction to Chicana/o Literature||3|
|ENGL R129||Introduction to Latinx Literature||3|
|Introduction to Global Studies|
|History of California|
|History of Mexico|
|History of the Middle East|
|History of American Women|
|History of Latin America|
|History of the United States I|
or HIST R130H
|Honors: History of the United States I|
|History of the United States II|
or HIST R140H
|Honors: History of the United States II|
|World History I|
or HIST R150H
|Honors: World History I|
|World History II|
or HIST R160H
|Honors: World History II|
|Introduction to Philosophy|
or PHIL R101H
|Honors: Introduction to Philosophy|
|Survey of World Religions: East|
|Survey of World Religions: West|
|History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy|
|History of Modern Philosophy|
|Comparative World Religions|
or PHIL R115H
|Honors: Comparative World Religions|
|Elementary Spanish I|
|Elementary Spanish II|
|Intermediate Spanish I|
|Intermediate Spanish II|
|Spanish for Heritage Speakers I|
or SPAN R220H
|Honors: Spanish for Heritage Speakers I|
|Spanish for Heritage Speakers II|
or SPAN R230H
|Honors: Spanish for Heritage Speakers II|
|Introduction to Urban Studies|
|Total Required Major Units||18-19|
|Double-Counted Units||- 9-12|
|Free Electives Required||10-15|
|Total Units Required for AA-T Degree||60|
|Double-Counted Units||- 9-12|
|Free Elective Required||12-17|
|Total Units Required for AA-T Degree||60|
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Identify artworks from major periods of Western history and from at least one other cultural tradition.
- Analyze artworks in relationship to their historical context and the broader social and cultural concerns of their time.
- Demonstrate familiarity with the fundamental concepts and methods of art historical investigation.
- Demonstrate ability in art historical research, including locating and using sources correctly.
- Demonstrate ability in the application of logic and critical thinking in written or oral exposition of art historical subject matter.