Art History


Learn how to approach visual culture with a solid foundation and a critical eye. Understand the impact art has on society, politics and your own sense of self.

Why Minor in Art History?

Our world is made up of visual images—from Instagram stories to architectural gems like the Getty Center. By studying art history, you will be able to understand why a work of art was made and its cultural and historical significance. You will also develop effective ways to write and discuss your own ideas on art.

Because art history is interdisciplinary in nature, it fits well as a minor with other majors. It will allow you to view political science, anthropology, sociology, business, journalism and other areas of study from different angles. A background in art history can open the doors to a number of careers in education, museums, galleries, auction houses, publishing, design and advertising. It trains you to understand how visual communication functions in any field, from engineering to banking.

Why Study Art History at CSUN?

Interdisciplinary & Multicultural Approach

The greatest art doesn't fit in a box and neither should its study. You will take courses in art history from all over the world, examining different time periods and cultural traditions. You will study the unique relationships of art to the philosophies, politics and economics that defined world history. You will also learn how underrepresented communities have used art to build power and make their voices heard in the world.

The Country's Creative Capital

Studying in Los Angeles means you live in the vibrant heart of the creative industry in the United States and the world. Check out a new exhibit at the Broad Museum, talk to street artists in Boyle Heights or build your resume with an internship at the Getty.

What You'll Learn

All art history minors begin with introductory courses in World Arts, including the Western tradition, the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and the arts of Asia. You will experience the creation of art through a lower division studio course. From there, you will take advanced upper-division courses in art history and studio to fulfill your requirements. You can choose classes that complement your major, spark your professional interest or open a new door. Elective topics could include:

  • History of Women in the Visual Arts
  • History of Native North American Art
  • History of Greek Art and Architecture
  • History of Roman Art
  • History of Near Eastern Art
  • History of Chinese Art
  • History of Japanese Art
  • History of Photography
  • History of Contemporary Art


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