History of Art and Visual Culture Minor

The history of art and visual culture (HAVC) minor works well when combined with other programs offered at UC Santa Cruz. Many students choose to combine HAVC with other major/minor programs such as anthropology, art, business management economics, classical studies, education, history, legal studies, literature, politics, psychology, and sociology.

For the minor, a student may transfer up to three lower-division art history courses (from three different geographic regions) taken from other institutions. HAVC minors must take a minimum of six regularly scheduled HAVC courses from members of the HAVC faculty. Refer to the articulation agreements at www.assist.org for approved lower-division courses offered at community colleges. Transfer credit for courses from four-year institutions or community college courses not included in the ASSIST system is evaluated on a case-by-case basis; students must submit a Petition for Transfer Credit, Substitution, or Waiver and course syllabus to the HAVC Department for review.

Course Requirements

The HAVC minor requires three lower-division and six upper-division courses for a total of nine courses.

For specific course offerings, please see the Course List by Geographic Region.

For a current list of courses offered this academic year, please visit the HAVC website.  

Lower-Division Courses

Three courses from three different geographic regions listed below:

  • HAVC courses 10-19: Africa and its Diaspora
  • HAVC courses 20-29: Asia and its Diaspora
  • HAVC courses 30-49: Europe and the Americas
  • HAVC courses 50-59: Mediterranean
  • HAVC courses 60-69: Native Americas
  • HAVC courses 70-79: Oceania and its Diaspora

HAVC 80 may be used to fulfill a lower-division requirement for one of the following geographic regions: 10s (Africa), 60s (Native Americas), or 70s (Oceania). 

Upper-Division Courses

Six courses planned in consultation with the undergraduate adviser. These are HAVC courses numbered 110-191.