Requirements for the A.S. Degree

Common Core Requirements

Advisor Notes: Art History

Common Core Categories Courses Credits
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-101: English Composition 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1A. ENGL-102: English Composition II 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1B. MA-321 Mathematics in Contemporary Society 3
REQUIRED CORE: 1C. Life & Physical Sciences (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A. World Cultures & Global Issues (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2B. U.S. Experience in Its Diversity (Select one course) 3
Creative Expression (Recommended: ARTH 101, ARTH 202, ARTH 115, ARTH 116, ARTH 117, or ARTH 120)1 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2D. Individual & Society (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2E. Scientific World (Select one course) 3
FLEXIBLE CORE: 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D or 2E Select one course from 2A, 2B, 2C, 2D or 2E2 3
Subtotal 30-31

Major Requirements

Students select 21-24 credits in consultation with a departmental adviser as follows:

Courses Credits
The following courses are required (6 credits):
ARTH-101: History of Art I 3
ARTH-202: History of Art II 3
15-18 credits from3:
ARTH-115: Modern Art 3
ARTH-116: American Art 3
ARTH-117: History of Photography 3
ARTH-120: Contemporary Art 3
ARTH-126: History of Asian Art 3
ARTH-128: History of African Arts 3
ARTH-150: Art Administration 2
ARTH-225: History of Graphic Design 3
ARTH-251: Art Curating 3
ARTH-252: Art Institutions and the Business of Art 3
Subtotal 21-24

Additional Major Requirements

Courses Credits
SP-211: Speech Communication4
HE-101: Introduction to Health Education
HE-102: Health Behavior & Society
One course in PE-400 or PE-500 series or DAN-100 series 1
Laboratory Science5: BI-132, BI-171, CH-102, CH-111, CH-121, ET-842, PH-112 0-1
Subtotal 5-7


Courses Credits

Free electives

Subtotal 0-3

Total Credits Required


1 Students taking the Art History concentration should not take ARTH-100. Rather they should take ARTH-101 and ARTH-202. Students taking the Art and Design concentration may take ARTH-100.

2 Recommended: select course from 2C in concentration discipline.

3 One studio art course may be substituted for an art history course in consultation with a departmental adviser.

4 Students who have taken SP-211 in the Common Core are recommended to take a Foreign Language course; or HIST-110, HIST-111, HIST-112; or a Social Sciences course.

5 Students who have taken a STEM Variant course in the Common Core 1C have fulfilled this requirement.

All students must successfully complete two (2) writing-intensive classes (designated “WI”) to fulfill degree requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes for Academic Programs

A.S. in Art: Art History Concentration

General Education Outcomes

A robust general education is founded on the knowledge, concepts, methods, and perspectives that students gain through the study of many academic disciplines. These disciplinary studies stimulate intellectual inquiry, global awareness, and cultural and artistic appreciation: they equip students to make informed judgments and remain engaged beyond the classroom. To that end, QCC promotes educational activities that allow students to demonstrate that they can:

  1. Communicate effectively in various forms
  2. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions
  3. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life
  4. Apply information management and digital technology skills useful for academic research and lifelong learning

To support these institutional general education outcomes, the academic departments-;through their programs-may also assess the ability of students to:

  • Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  • Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study
  • Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives

Approved by the Academic Senate on February 13, 2018.

Program Outcomes

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study
  2. Make ethical judgments while recognizing multiple perspectives, as appropriate in the program of study.
  3. Work collaboratively to accomplish learning objectives
  4. Utilize vocabulary of discipline
  5. Place works of art in historical and stylistic contexts and demonstrate appreciation of cultural milieu in which they were created
  6. Examine different manifestations of cultural symbolism (iconography) within a work of art in relation to geographic, historical, and cultural contexts
  7. Recognize and discuss social, psychological, emotional, and aesthetic implications of works of art in our culture, as well as other cultures or times
  8. Use design principles, theories, and practice, and art historical analysis to approach and apprehend the diversity of human culture and expression in theory and life.

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