Art History

Associate of Arts Degree with Designation

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Art History is the study of human expression through an examination of the history and development of painting, sculpture, architecture, ceramics, furniture and other decorative objects. Art Historians translate from the visual to the verbal, through analysis and interpretation, using a number of different approaches and methodologies. The Associate of Arts (AA) degree with designation in Art History includes courses that are common to all four-year institutions in Colorado and will prepare you for continued study at a four-year institution in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or a Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree in Art or Art History. With a degree in Art History you may be employed in one of the following career areas: museum and gallery management, media, research, arts administration, journalism, arts education, exhibition and events coordination or antiques dealer.

Content criteria, competencies, and student learning outcomes associated with the general education courses required for this degree can be found on the Colorado Department of Higher Education website.

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours

ENG 121

English Composition I: CO1


ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2





ENG 122

English Composition II: CO2


ENG 201

English Composition III: CO3





HIS 265

Writing About History: CO3



Three (3) credit hours

  • GT - One GT Pathways course (GT-MA1) prefer MAT 120

Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Arts and Humanities courses (AH1, AH2, AH3, AH4)

EXCEPT the courses listed in the Additional Required Courses section below


Three (3) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - One GT Pathways History course (HI1)

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Social and Behavioral Sciences courses (SS1, SS2, SS3)

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven or eight (7 or 8) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

  • GT - Two GT Pathways Natural and Physical Sciences courses (SC1). One of these courses must have the required Laboratory (GT-SC1)

Additional Required Courses

Eighteen (18) credit hours. Full list of requirements.

Please note: if these credits are not required for the major at a receiving four-year institution, they will be applied to the Bachelor’s degree as elective credit towards graduation. Please check with the receiving institution to determine in which way these courses will be applied.

ART 111

Art History Ancient to Medieval: AH1


ART 112

Art History Renaissance to 1900: AH1


ART 121

Drawing I


ART 131

Visual Concepts 2-D Design


ART 132

Visual Concepts 3-D Design


ART 207

Art History–1900 to Present: AH1



Ten-eleven (10-11) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list.

Students planning to transfer to CSU-FC will be required to complete a 200-level foreign language for completion of the BA in Art – Art History. Students will be expected to be prepared upon completion of the associate’s degree to take an intermediate foreign language or be able to pass the CSU-FC Foreign Language placement exam at the sophomore level. It may not be possible to complete the BA in Art – Art History concentration in two years without this prior foreign language competency.

Total Credit Hours


Additional information available on the Art History Department website at