UC Santa Barbara General CatalogUniversity of California, Santa Barbara

History of Art and Architecture

Division of Humanities and Fine Arts
2830 Ellison Hall
Telephone: (805) 893-2417
Undergraduate e-mail: ug_arthi@arthistory.ucsb.edu
Graduate e-mail: gd-arthist@arthistory.ucsb.edu
Website: www.arthistory.ucsb.edu
Department Chair: Ulrich Keller


The Department of the History of Art and Architecture offers an undergraduate program directed toward a B.A. degree and a graduate program leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. The undergraduate program is designed to provide an understanding of the history and significance of the visual arts. It also prepares students for graduate work leading to careers as academic historians of art, museum curators, or critics, and in other fields such as art administration, historic preservation, and gallery work. The program is supported by an excellent arts library, visual resources collection, architectural drawing collection, and university art museum.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in art history who are interested in pursuing a California Teaching Credential should contact the credential advisor in the Graduate School of Education as soon as possible.

The department publishes a list that describes the content of courses offered each quarter; the publication is available prior to registration in classes. Advising is available in the department through the undergraduate advisor, faculty undergraduate advisor, and the department chair.

Honors Program

The departmental honors program is designed for students interested in advanced research in art history. Students must receive the signatures of the department chair and a faculty supervisor, in addition to having an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0, 12 upper-division units in the major, and a major grade-point average of at least 3.5.

Once admitted to the program, honors students may choose between two options leading to the completion of an honors thesis: (1) one two-quarter seminar, or two seminars in relevant areas within art history or (2) two consecutive quarters of independent study (Art History 199). Alternative options must be approved by the department chair. After projects are completed and submitted, they are evaluated by a committee consisting of the student’s faculty supervisor and at least one other departmental faculty member, usually a specialist in a neighboring field. Among the criteria used in evaluating honors theses are scholarly presentation, originality, and quality of research. Deadline for the thesis is the Monday of the eighth week of the second quarter of honors studies. Students successfully completing the honors project will receive Distinction in the Major at the time of graduation.