Current Requirements

Major Requirements

A major in fine arts includes class work in the history of art and in studio art. In addition to the general graduation requirements, a minimum of eight units is necessary for the major; the maximum number of units allowable is 14. This includes both transfer units and courses taken abroad. Transfer students are required to take at least four units of credit in the department. Two of these units must be in studio art and two must be in art history.

Majors are required to take

Fine Arts 121 (Introduction to Studio Art) and Fine Arts 116 or 117 (Survey of Art History I or II) as early as possible, and at least two additional art history units, at the 200 level or above, and two additional studio units.

Further, it is suggested that majors take one unit in philosophy of art or a course in theory or an art seminar. Students interested in studio work should acquire more units in studio art; students interested in the history of art should acquire more units in art history. Students interested in attending graduate school in art history are strongly encouraged to study at least one foreign language appropriate to their areas of interest.

A suggested program follows:

• History of art: 3 to 11 units

• Studio work: 3 to 11 units

Majors are expected to obtain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in department courses, although a better-than-average grade level is recommended.

Minor Requirements

(Note that the requirements for the minor will change for students who matriculate in 2011 and after.)

A minor in fine arts comprises a combination of the history of art and studio art.

Minors are required to take Fine Arts 121 (Introduction to Studio Art); either Fine Arts 116 or 117 (Survey of Art History I or II); and four upper-level courses, with diversity of selection.

Distribution-Credited Courses

The department offers courses to a large number of undergraduates each term; these are intended to satisfy the needs of both majors and non-majors.

Fine Arts 116, 117, 212, 215, 217 and 218 (Survey of Art History I and II, Icons of Islamic Architecture, West African Arts, Buddhist Art and Ritual, Arts of South Asia) satisfy the distribution credit in humanities;

Fine Arts 121 (Introduction to Studio Art) satisfies distribution in arts and forms of expression;

Fine Arts 212, 215, 217, 218, 235, 246 and 319 (Icons of Islamic Architecture, West African Arts, Buddhist Art and Ritual, Arts of South Asia, Abstract Drawing: Uli and Other Forms, Art and Politics in Nigeria, Gender Issues in Asian Art) satisfy distribution in diversity.