(College of Letters and Science)
Department Office. 101 Art Building 530-752-0105; http://arthistory.ucdavis.edu
The Major Program
Art History studies the changing visual expression of values, beliefs
The Program. The major begins with a series of courses that surveys major landmarks in the history of visual culture, art and architecture in Asia, Europe, and the United States. More advanced lecture courses and proseminars focus on particularly important periods and issues. Students are encouraged to personalize their training with internships, independent study, and focused upper-division study. Top students considering graduate study are encouraged to engage in more
Career Options. A major in Art History develops critical thinking and the integration of research, interpretation and understanding. It provides an excellent liberal arts basis for professions as far ranging as advertising, law, medicine, politics and business. The major prepares students for advanced study in Art History, Architecture, Museum Studies and Cultural Studies. It also serves as the foundation for careers in teaching, arts, administration, museums, galleries, historic preservation, art libraries, publishing, journalism, advertising, art conservation, and art investment. As the world becomes increasingly flooded with images, the critical visual literacy gained through the study of art history becomes more important for a wide variety of careers.
Honors Program. The Honors Program is encouraged for Art History majors who are considering attending graduate school. To be eligible for the program, a student must have a grade point average of 3.700 in the major or consent of the major advisor. In addition to meeting the standard major requirements, the honors student completes one undergraduate seminar (course 100 or 190A-L), and writes an honors thesis (course 194H) after completing Art History 100 or equivalent, and after satisfactorily preparing a preliminary thesis draft through a preparatory special study (Art History 199), supervised by the prospective thesis advisor. Students participating in this Program are candidates for Departmental recommendation for graduation with High or Highest Honors. See the Academic Information chapter, Letters and Science honors section, of this catalog and consult the department website for more information.
Teaching Credential Subject Representative. Department Chairperson; see the Teacher Education program.
Graduate Study. The Program in Art History offers studies leading to the Master of Arts degree in History of Art as preparation for further graduate study or professional work. For more information, contact the Graduate Staff Advisor at 530-752-8710, or see http://arthistory.ucdavis.edu.