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

Art History Pre-Major, AA-DTA Planning Guide

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How to use this Planning Guide:

This planning guide is a tool to help you understand what classes are recommended for this pre-major; review this information with your advisor as you develop an educational plan. 

  • Use the fillable AA-DTA Degree Planning Guide  with the information below to plan your path to completing this pre-major. 
  • Click on “print degree planner”  for a print-friendly version of this planning guide
  • The Class Schedule will tell you which classes each quarter meet requirements for your pre-major. 
  • The Annual Schedule  can provide information about when classes are typically offered throughout the year.

Where does my path start?

You will complete an Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer Agreement (AA-DTA) at Shoreline.

Once you complete your Shoreline degree, you can transfer to a four-year school to earn a Bachelor of Arts in Art History.

Art History is also an excellent major for graduate studies in Fine Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Business and Education.

What courses should I take?

This unofficial guide is intended to support you as you prepare for your major. Please consult with an advisor and your chosen four-year school(s), as program and admissions requirements vary and may change without notice.

General Education - 20 Credits

Courses used in General Education (Gen Ed) Core may not be used for distribution.

Multicultural Understanding (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following courses:

HUM 105 , CMST 203 , CMST 285 , GWS 284 , HIST 245 , MCS 105 , PSYC 230 .

Quantitative/Symbolic Reasoning (5 Credits)

Choose one of the following classes:

MATH& 107 , MATH 111 , MATH& 141 , MATH& 142 , MATH& 146 , MATH& 148 , MATH& 151 , MATH& 152 , MATH& 163 , MATH 207 , MATH 208 , MATH 211 , MATH& 264 , PHIL& 120  

* Students planning to transfer to the University of Washington must consult Math Advising, mathadvising@shoreline.edu.

Distribution Requirements - 45 Credits

Humanities (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Art and Drama) in Humanities . Maximum of 5 credits allowed in Performance/Skills courses. No more than 5 credits in a world language at the 100 level. Recommended: ART& 100 , ART 109 , ART 110 , ART 121 , ART 122 , ART 123 , ART 131 , ART 132 , ART 133 , ART 144 , ART 246 , ART 251 , ART 252 , ART 253 , ART 271 , ART 272 , ART 273 , ARTH 204 , ARTH 210 HUM 111 , HUM 112 , HUM 113 , Literature, Philosophy. World language may be required for university admission or graduation. Strongly recommended: ARTH 224 , ARTH 225 .

Natural Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g.Biology and Physics) in Natural Sciences . At least 10 credits required in Physical, Earth, and/or Biological Sciences, including at least 5 credits of lab science. Maximum 5 credits from Other Science courses.

Social Sciences (15 Credits)

Select from at least two different disciplines (e.g., Psychology and History) in Social Sciences . Recommended: ANTH& 100 , ANTH& 204 , ANTH& 206 , History, Philosophy, Sociology

General Electives - Minimum 25 Credits

Comprised of other college-level courses or unrestricted courses. A maximum of 15 credits allowed for restricted/vocational courses, and a maximum of 3 credits allowed in Physical Education. Please see the lists of Restricted Electives  and Elective Courses (Non-restricted) . Recommended: ART& 100 , ART 109 , ART 110 , ART 121 , ART 122 , ART 123 , ART 131 , ART 132 , ART 133 , ART 144 , ART 246 , ART 251 , ART 252 , ART 253 , ART 271 , ART 272 , ART 273 ARTH 204 , ARTH 210 , Anthropology, History, Literature, Philosophy, Sociology. World language may be required for univeristy admission or graduation. Strongly recommended: ARTH 226 .

Where can I go for help?

General Academic Advising

FOSS (5000) Building, Rm. 5229

International Advising

9000 Building, Rm. 9302

Career Planning


Art History Faculty Advisors

Matt Allison
206-533-6792 mallison@shoreline.edu Rm 2053

Where can I transfer and what does my chosen four-year school require?

Before choosing classes, become familiar with the four-year program where you want to apply: visit the website, email the department, and/or speak with a Shoreline advisor. Below are examples from Washington schools with different admissions and graduation requirements. Check with the school for world language requirements. (Non-native speakers of English are often exempt from this requirement.)

Major Information General Transfer Information
Eastern Washington University https://www.ewu.edu/apply/transfer/
Pacific Lutheran University https://www.plu.edu/admission-transfer/
Seattle Pacific University http://spu.edu/undergraduate-admissions/apply/transfer-students
Seattle University http://tinyurl.com/z3kjpcm
The Evergreen State College http://tinyurl.com/zhyjy3s
University of Puget Sound http://tinyurl.com/h7yqx8s
University of Washington - Seattle https://admit.washington.edu/Apply/Transfer/
Washington State University http://tinyurl.com/jk3a2v2
Western Washington University https://admissions.wwu.edu/transfer
Whitman College http://tinyurl.com/z8vuwn9
Whitworth University http://tinyurl.com/zcdww66

What is Art History?

Art History is the study of visual arts within a cultural and historical context. Art historians understand the importance of human creativity and artistic expression that represent the ethnic, aesthetic, social and cultural traditions over time. Through observation and investigation, art historians seek to understand the styles, techniques and methodologies of the visual arts created throughout the ages. In doing so, they uncover the cultural aspects of societies from a global perspective to gain a deeper understanding of the human experience.

Contemporary issues in Art History: Historical Methodologies, Cultural and Societal Influences, Beliefs and Traditions, Historical Interpretation, Conservation and the Role of Art in Culture.

What can I do with a Bachelor’s Degree in Art History?

Students who major in Art History develop knowledge and skills that can be applied to a variety of careers that include teaching, research and development, public relations, collection and curatorial management, appraising, marketing, sales, journalism and publishing.

Potential employers include: Museums, galleries, historical societies, public and private schools, colleges and universities, libraries, auction companies, publishing and media companies, businesses, government agencies and non-profit organizations. For more, please visit http://www.shoreline.edu/counseling-center/career-counseling.aspx

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