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Art History

Art History studies the changing visual expression of values, beliefs and experiences across diverse cultures and over time. It provides training in historical, social and aesthetic understanding, critical thinking, scholarly research, and lucid, thoughtful analysis and writing. More than any other discipline art history sharpens its students’ visual acuity and deepens their visual literacy. In so doing, it prepares them to face the increasingly complex visual world we find ourselves in today.

Requirements: 

20 units

Choose three courses (12 units)​

    At least one course from the following groups:

  • Ancient Mediterranean Art
    • AHI 172A Early Greek Art and Architecture (4 units)
    • AHI 172B Later Greek Art and Architecture (4 units)
    • AHI 173 Roman Art and Architecture (4 units)
    • AHI 175 Architecture and Urbanism in Mediterranean Antiquity (4 units)
       
  • East Asian Art
    • AHI 163A Early Chinese Art (4 units)
    • AHI 163B Chinese Painting (4 units)
    • AHI 163C Early Modern Chinese Painting (4 units)
    • AHI 163D Art from China 1900 to the Present (4 units)
    • AHI 164 The Arts of Japan (4 units)
       
  • Islamic Art
    • AHI 120A Art, Architecture, and Human Rights (4 units)
    • AHI 155 The Islamic City (4 units)
    • AHI 156 Arts of the Islamic Book (4 units)
       

    At least one course from the following groups:

  • European Art before 1700
    • AHI 178B Early Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture (4 units)
    • AHI 178C High and Late Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture (4 units)
    • AHI 179B Baroque Art (4 units)
       
  • Western Art 1700-1900
    • AHI 110 Cultural History of Museums (4 units)
    • AHI 130 Landscape, Nature, and Art (4 units)
    • AHI 168 Great Cities (4 units)
    • AHI 182 British Art and Culture (1750-1900) (4 units)
    • AHI 183A Art in the Age of Revolution, 1750-1850
    • AHI 183B Impressionism and Post-Impressionism: Manet to 1900 (4 units)
    • AHI 188A The American Home (4 units)
    • AHI 188B Architecture of the United States (4 units)
    • AHI 188C American Art to 1910 (4 units)
       
  • Art after 1900
    • AHI 148 Theory and Criticism: Painting & Sculpture (4 units)
    • AHI 163D Art from China 1900 to the Present (4 units)
    • AHI 183C Modernism in France, 1880-1940 (4 units)
    • AHI 184 Twentieth Century Architecture (4 units)
    • AHI 185 Avant-Gardism and its Aftermath, 1917-1960 (4 units)
    • AHI 186 Contemporary Art 1960-Present (4 units)
    • AHI 189 Photography in History (4 units)

 

Choose two additional upper division AHI courses (8 units) which may include an Undergraduate Seminar, AHI 190A-H strongly recommended.

One lower division course may be substituted for upper-division study in any of these areas. Other appropriate substitutions may be made for the course options listed above with the prior consent of the major advisor.

Total = 20 units

 

Minor Advisors

J McGilvray
jmcgilvray@ucdavis.edu
(530) 752-6244