Academic Catalog 2022-2023

Art History

College of Arts & Humanities

Department of Arts and Design

Program Description and Features

The Department of Art and Design programs at California State University, Dominguez Hills are characterized by a unique and close correlation among the Art History, Studio Art, and Design Options, and by strong coordination among the different studio areas. These Options introduce students to potential careers in the art world as well as provide personal fulfillment through creative and scholarly endeavors. Although a minor is not required, those who foresee a career in art are encouraged to complete a minor in the Department of Art and Design.

The Art History option offers a diverse range of courses with an emphasis on the cultures of the Americas, Asia, and Africa, as well as the achievements of contemporary and women artists. The Studio Art Option offers students a solid background in both traditional and contemporary media in closely supervised small classes. The Design Option introduces students to careers in the graphic design field. In addition to the major and minor options, the Department of Art and Design offers courses for both General Education and Liberal Studies.

The Department of Art and Design is centrally located in Southern California, allowing access to major art institutions and galleries throughout the area. The students graduating from the Art and Design department at CSU Dominguez Hills receive a high-quality education because of the small class sizes, accessibility of instructors, and personal advisement throughout their years on the campus.

The Objectives of the Department of Art and Design are:

  1. To offer courses for both art majors and non-majors that acquaint them with the art of world cultures and provide them with artistic experiences;
  2. To improve students' artistic skills and comprehension of the creative process;
  3. To introduce students to career-oriented skills for use in the various fields of art;
  4. To provide artistic experiences for both the university and local community through the activities in the Art Gallery.

The Fine Arts facility is located in LaCorte Hall. All of the traditional visual arts areas have generously sized studios and the majority of these adjoin exterior patios, which further extend their usable space and take advantage of Southern California's mild climate. The studios are furnished with a wide range of equipment for various media.

The University Art Gallery contains over 2,000 square feet of exhibition space. The Gallery has frequent exhibitions, including guest lectures by exhibiting artists, and provides two Senior Art Exhibitions for graphic design and studio art respectively, each spring semester.

Students have additional access to studios outside of class time.

The mission of the B.A. in Art History is to provide a comprehensive program of study in the history of Art. Students experience the opportunity to develop knowledge in the histories of art from several different regions of the world and time periods. Upon completion of the introductory survey courses, students pursue a set of Upper Division required courses that address periods in Western Art from the Renaissance to the Contemporary. Students are also required to take elective courses in New Western Art at the Upper Division level. A range of specialized Upper Division elective courses allow students to focus on particular interests including the histories of architecture and design.

The B.A. in Art History is intended to prepare the next generation of Art Historians who will serve as educators, researchers, and museum professionals. The pedagogical approach emphasizes critical thinking, writing, research, and oral presentation skills. In all courses, students gain experience analyzing problems in the field and learn to locate and evaluate a range of peer-reviewed sources and visual examples to support their inquiries and theses. Through the presentation of their findings to peers, they learn how to respond to questions and develop constructive feedback. In this manner, students emerge with skills necessary t perform key competencies required for work in the arts.

The Minor in Art History offers students a background in the history of Art and allows them a choice of three courses at the Upper Division level in are that my be of particular interest to them in any combination of traditional, modern, and non-Western Art. 

Academic Advisement

Advising for Art & Design majors and minors is done by Art and Design faculty members as well as the College of Arts and Humanities advisors in the Student Success Center. Students must stop by the Department of Art and Design to be assigned to an advisor. The advisor will facilitate the student's smooth passage through his/her educational experience. Students must consult their advisors each semester before registration to discuss their program. For General Education information and advisement, contact the University Advisement Center located in WH 220, (310) 243-3538.


High school students planning to major in art and design at CSU Dominguez Hills will be best prepared by taking a maximum variety of art and/or design courses offered in their school, especially in traditional studio art areas, such as drawing, painting, ceramics, and 3-D studies, as well as an introduction to Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. In addition, they should have some general exposure to the history of art. It is assumed that students will have the necessary precollegiate academic skills of reading, writing, and mathematics.

Students entering the B.A. in Art History program must complete the following:

  1. Earn an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better in courses taken outside of the department.
  2. Earn a grade of “C” or better in each course taken within the department.
  3. Earn a grade of “C” or better in all direct and indirect prerequisite courses listed in the catalog before advancing to the next level course in a sequence for English, Mathematics, and Science courses. 

Student Organizations

Ceramics Guild, Jim Keville, Advisor

Arts Collective, Devon Tsuno, Advisor


The Winston Hewitt Art and Design Endowed Scholarships are awarded on merit to Art History, Design, and Studio Art majors who are continuing, full-time students at CSU Dominguez Hills. Winston Russell Hewitt  (1922-2006) had a long career as an artist, traveler, multi-linguist, an OSS officer, and a Distinguished Professor of French Literature at California State University, Dominguez Hills. Applications are available annually at the beginning of the fall semester. The deadline for application submission will be the first week of October. Please contact the Department of Art and Design for additional scholarship requirements.

Graduation With Honors

Undergraduate students may be candidates for graduation with Honors in Art if they meet the following criteria:

  1. A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;
  2. A minimum grade point average of 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper-division requirements for the Art major;
  3. Recommendation by the faculty of the Department of Art and Design.