Art History and Visual Culture Program


About the Art History and Visual Culture Program

The mission of the San José State University Art History area is to enrich the lives of its students by providing an in-depth knowledge of cultural traditions and the skills necessary for applying that knowledge in the service of our multicultural society. The program also provides students with the communication skills, research techniques, and methods of critical inquiry that have become a vital part of modern life. Course offerings include a wide range of themes and topics in ancient, Renaissance, Baroque, modern, contemporary, Islamic and global art. Examination of the visual culture of these diverse areas encourages students to become responsible citizens through an understanding of the aesthetic, cultural and ethical choices inherent in human development.

Undergraduates majoring in the history of art undertake a 45-unit program to gain a basic knowledge of the field with a concentration in one or two areas of their choosing. The program requires students to take at least one non-Western art history course, 6 upper division units in related areas of history and the humanities, and a minimum of six units of a second language. Students are also encouraged to take at least one studio course in order to gain a functional knowledge of the creative process.


  • BA Art History and Visual Culture
  • Minor Art History and Visual Culture


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