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 including but not limited to anthropology, art, business management economics, classical studies, critical race and ethnic 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 taken from other institutions. Each course must satisfy a different geographic regional requirement. HAVC minors must take a minimum of six regularly scheduled HAVC courses. Refer to the articulation agreements at www.assist.org for approved lower-division courses offered at California 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 course offerings that satisfy specific geographic regional requirements, please see the Course List by Geographic Region.
  • For a tentative list of courses offered this academic year, please visit the HAVC website.  
  • For a comprehensive list of all HAVC courses, please see the 'Courses' section of the general catalog.

Lower-Division Courses

Three lower-division courses, each from a different geographic region 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 upper-division courses planned in consultation with the undergraduate advisor. These are HAVC courses numbered 110-191.