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2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Art: Art History, AA with Designation

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Additional information available on the Art History Department website.

Recommended basic skills courses are

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.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Art History program, students should be able to:

  • Accurately place a piece of art within its proper context in time and significance
  • Write an MLA formatted scholarly research paper and discuss various artistic trends and periods
  • Analyze various media, techniques, and individual artists both traditional and contemporary

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.

Full list of requirements can be found at Associate of Arts Degrees, AA .

Written Communication

Six (6) credit hours


Three (3) credit hours

Arts and Humanities

Six (6) credit hours.


Three (3) credit hours.

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Six (6) credit hours.

Natural and Physical Sciences

Seven or eight (7 or 8) credit hours.

Additional Required Courses

Eighteen (18) credit hours.

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.


Ten-eleven (10-11) credit hours selected from the AA approved course list can be found at Approved Electives Course List of AA Degrees and Course of Study .

Students planning to transfer to Colorado State University-Fort Collins will be required to complete a 200-level world 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 world language or be able to pass the CSU-FC World 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 world language competency.

Total Credit Hours: 60

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