Bachelor of Arts in Art History


Art history is an academic discipline concerned with the production, consumption, and experience of art, architecture, design, mass media, and other artifacts that manifest themselves visually or tangibly. Art historians may study any period, region, or cultural tradition. To analyze the so-called “visual culture” of every period and place, and to understand its relationship to cultural contexts and social functions, art historians may employ diverse methodologies. Students pursuing the B.A in Art History must practice verbal and written communication as well as skills of interpretation, critical-thinking, and research.

Common career paths for students with the B.A. Art History include teaching at all levels, art-museum curating, art auctioneering, art-collection consulting, art-related editing and publishing, art conservation, and careers in art law. Most professions require graduate degrees or additional coursework in related areas. At Cal Poly Pomona, there are many opportunities for students to minor in an additional area of their choice.


The goals of the program leading to the BA in Art History can be summarized as follows:

  • Expose students to globally diverse artistic traditions.
  • Develop discipline specific vocabulary and tools of analysis.
  • Develop skills of research.
  • Enhance critical thinking skills.
  • Prepare students for art history related careers and graduate studies.

Student Learning Objectives

Students obtaining the B.A. in Art History should be able to

  • Identify important works of art and design, artistic movements and trends.
  • Analyze works of art and design using art historical tools of visual analysis and discipline appropriate vocabulary.
  • Explain how works of art and design are related to their context of production and reception.
  • Write a research paper that constructs a coherent argument, critically examines appropriate sources and properly uses scholarly documentation.
  • The creative process in the visual arts via the production of a visual artwork.
  • French or German language via courses in these languages.
  • Other humanities disciplines via courses in history, foreign languages, general-education courses, and electives.


Admission to the undergraduate program is possible either as a first-time freshman or as a transfer student from a recognized college. Undergraduate admissions are processed and managed by the University.

Recently, the University has been designated as an impacted campus, altering the admissions process by instituting required filing periods and giving priority to students based on their geographical proximity to campus. This has limited enrollment of students who would have previously been admitted to the University.

Admission to the Bachelor Arts in Art History, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, is subject to the standard admissions requirements of Cal Poly Pomona.

For specific information, and application instructions, please refer to the Office of Admissions & Outreach:

Freshman Applicants

Generally, admission of undergraduate students from high school to the university is determined by a formula that combines the high school grade point average and ACT (American College Test) or SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) score. In general, students in approximately the upper third of the high school graduating class are eligible for admission.

Freshman applicants must meet the minimum California State University eligibility requirements to be considered for admission. If you meet the minimum CSU requirements, Cal Poly Pomona will consider your application using supplemental criteria that may vary depending on the academic major you have chosen.

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Transfer Applicants

Admission of transfer students from community colleges is based on college grade point averages. As of fall 2004 admissions, the University is only accepting upper division transfers.

Upper division transfers must complete 60 semester (90 quarter) units of transferable coursework, including 30 semester (45 quarter) units of courses equivalent to general education requirements, with a grade of “C” or better by the end of the spring quarter to be considered for the next fall quarter.

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International Applicants

Known for its outstanding academic programs, Cal Poly Pomona offers excellent education for international students who wish to pursue a degree in the United States.

Current and future International Students in Cal Poly academic programs must contact the International Center for information regarding visas, guidelines for maintaining academic progress, and procedures for internships and post graduation work.

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For more information regarding admissions to the BA in Art History, please contact:

Patricia Martinez
(909) 869-3508



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