Art Foundations: Art History (A.A.)

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Art History

The Department of Music and Art offers the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree program in the Art Foundations – Art History concentration. Art History majors take courses in major historical periods as well as the arts of diverse areas of the world. A thesis course guides students to a final comprehensive research paper.

As New York City is a major cultural center with no less than 145 museums (as of 2023) and countless art galleries, there are numerous opportunities to explore art outside the classroom. Our faculty includes established art history scholars who have organized and participated in colloquiums, some held here at BMCC.

Transfer Options

BMCC has active articulation agreements for graduates with the A.A. in Art History and the A.S. in Studio Art with Queens College–CUNY. These agreements allow students to make a seamless transition to four year colleges, assured that the courses they have taken at BMCC will count towards their major.

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Required Common Core

Flexible Core

Curriculum Requirements

Survey of Art History II
Modern and Contemporary Art
Final Thesis Lab
Choose 1 from:
ART 251
Asian Art History
ART 221
Pre-Colombian Art of Mesoamerica & the Andes
3 CRS.3 HRS.
ART 125
Latin American Art
3 CRS.3 HRS.
ART 126
African Art
3 CRS.3 HRS.
ART 295
African American Art
Choose 1 from:
ART 290
Medieval Art
ART 294
18th & 19th Century Art: The Age of Enlightenment & Industry
ART 292
Renaissance & Baroque Art
ART 293
Ancient Greece & Rome: Classical Art
General Electives
Program Electives
Select 9 credits from any 3-credit art history 200-level and above, studio art, anthropology, sociology, history, ethnic studies or 300-level English courses.
Total Curriculum Requirements
Total Program Requirements


Please note, these requirements are effective the 2019-2020 catalog year. Please check your DegreeWorks account for your specific degree requirements as when you began at BMCC will determine your program requirements.

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