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Department of Art History

Welcome to Mt. San Antonio College's Department of Art History and Visual Culture, home of the Art History and Humanities programs, where you can study the history of art and architecture in one of the strongest Art History programs in the California community college system!

The academic discipline of Art History involves the study of visual objects as works of art and as artifacts of the historical and cultural contexts in which they were created. We provide students with a solid foundation in both European and non–European art and visual culture from the periods of pre–history through the present-day and train students to critically analyze visual objects from a variety of perspectives. 

In addition to western, global visual culture, ancient and modern art and architectural history, the Art History Department houses the popular HUMA 1 course (The Humanities).

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A Message from Our Department

  • BLM logo with black font, white background, three yellow underlines and text "BLACK LIVES MATTER"
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    Black Lives Matter. Mt. SAC's Department of Art History values Black lives and takes this time to honor Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Tony McDade and the many other lives lost due to a longstanding history of systemic and violent racism, oppression, and injustice. 

    We do not condone nor do we support any form of racism or state-sanctioned violence against Black people.

    As educators, we stand unified against discrimination, racism, and oppressive authority. We speak out against injustice to work toward creating an equitable society. We continue to do work individually and internally as a department to learn how to be better educators, to continue practicing anti-racist pedagogy, and to support all of our students.

    President Barack Obama has put together a list of readings, resources, and actions. In his words, "While now is a time for grief and anger, it is also a time for resolve. Find resources below to learn what you can do to create a more just and equitable world." Please join us in visiting Anguish and Action to learn more and get involved.


 

Our Professors

 

Department of Art History

Building 26D-2481 O-P
(909) 274-4946
Sandra Esslinger