2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog 
    Jun 18, 2024  
2021-2022 Humboldt State University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art, Art History Concentration, B.A.

Humboldt State’s Art History program gives students an opportunity to study the visual culture of the world, from prehistoric cave art to works being produced by artists active today. Majors learn about works of art and about the different geographies, histories, social and political contexts and cultural traditions that informed their making. Our program is particularly strong in the areas of art of the European Middle Ages, Renaissance, Baroque, Latin American, United States, 20th Century and Contemporary periods.  

The art history curriculum focuses on the analysis and interpretation of art, with a particular emphasis on developing critical thinking and writing skills. Lower division courses take broad views of particular movements and periods while upper division classes examine issues and themes in greater depth. The capstone class for the major, the Seminar in Art History, provides students with a forum to conduct advanced art historical research and craft a scholarly research paper.

Art History majors also take classes in studio art in order to learn about the creation of art. They study the history and theory of museums as well as the function of museums within contemporary culture, and gain hands-on experience in museum practices. They also study a language to better understand how language and culture influence the creative act. 

Art History Concentration (51 Units)

Lower Division Art History Electives

Complete three courses (9 units) from the ART 104 series.


Complete one year of a language other than English at the college level (French, German, and Spanish are recommended).

Upper Division Courses (22 Units)

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will be able to:

  1. Distinguish and comprehend diverse forms of visual culture in their aesthetic, historical and cultural contexts using discipline-specific terminology and concepts.
  2. Develop effective oral and written art historical arguments using established methodologies and supported by the use and interpretation of primary and secondary resources.
  3. Understand the impact of visual art and arts institutions in addressing ethical issues, implementing positive social change and promoting equity and inclusion.
  4. Apply art historical and museological skills and knowledge toward professional practices in museums, galleries and arts organizations.