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ART HISTORY

COURSES

  • 100 Level Courses

    ARTH 121A : Introduction to the Visual Arts

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. An introduction to the various media, techniques, styles, and content in the visual arts as they are manifested in the world's cultures. Relevant assignments will develop students' critical, analytical and writing skills.

     

    ARTH 127A : Honors: Introduction to the Visual Arts

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Open only to students in the Honors College. A special honors section of ARTH 121A.

     

  • 200 Level Courses

    ARTH 211 : Ancient and Medieval Art

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Co- or prerequisite: ENGL 211C. A survey of the history of art from the ancient cultures of the Mediterranean world to the Gothic period of the Middle Ages. Museum visits and writing assignments will help to develop students' analytical, critical and writing skills.

     

    ARTH 212 : Renaissance and Modern Art

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Co- or prerequisite: ENGL 211C. A survey of the art of the Renaissance and Baroque to the Modern World culminating in a look at art from our own era. Relevant assignments and museum visits will develop students' analytical, critical and writing skills.

  • 300 Level Courses

    ARTH 309U : Architecture of the Middle Ages

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 211 or permission of the instructor. This course traces the history and construction techniques of medieval buildings from 300–1500 A.D. It examines the wood-roofed building, centrally planned domed structures, innovations in plan, the rediscovery of stone vaulting techniques and culminates in a study of the pointed ribbon groin vaults and stone skeletal systems of the Gothic cathedrals.

     

    ARTH 310U : Women in the Visual Arts

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ARTH 121A, 211 or 212 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. The contributions of women in the various fields in the visual arts painting, graphics, sculpture, architecture, and the crafts from pre-history to the present.

     

    ARTH 314 : Northern Renaissance Art

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 211 or 212 or permission of the instructor. The painting, sculpture, and graphics of the Netherlands, France and Germany from the late fourteenth to the mid-sixteenth century with discussion of artists such as Jan van Eyck, Hieronymus Bosch, Pieter Bruegel, and Al-brecht Durer.

     

    ARTH 315 : Early Italian Renaissance Art

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 211 or 212 or permission of the instructor. Painting, sculpture, and architecture in 14th and 15th century Italy, chiefly Florence and Siena, from Giotto to Botticelli.

     

    ARTH 316 : Later Italian Renaissance Art

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 211 or 212 or permission of the instructor. Painting, sculpture, and architecture in 16th century Italy, with emphasis on painting in Rome, Florence, and Venice.

     

    ARTH 319 : Baroque Art

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 212 or permission of the instructor. The painting sculpture and architecture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries in Italy, Flanders, Holland, France, Germany with discussion of artists such as Caravaggio, Bernini, Rubens, Rembrandt, Vermeer, Poussin, and Watteau.

     

    ARTH 320W : History of Design

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or 221C or 231C; junior standing or permission of instructor. A study of the historical development of the design arts in both utilitarian and communicative areas including graphic design and advertising, crafts, film and video, the decorative arts, fashion, furniture, and the built environment. (This is a writing intensive course.)

     

    ARTH 323 : Nineteenth-Century European Art

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 212 or permission of the instructor. Survey of the mainstreams of European art during the first century of the Modern era. Includes discussion of architecture, sculpture, painting, and the graphic arts.

     

    ARTH 324 : Twentieth-Century Art

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 212 or permission of the instructor. Beginning in the 1880's and continuing through the present, a survey of modern art and architecture, which stresses the growing interpenetration of the arts.

     

    ARTH 325 : American Art Before 1865

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 212 or permission of the instructor. A survey of American art in the decades before 1865, focusing on the development of a native style in painting, sculpture, the decorative arts, and architecture.

     

    ARTH 326 : American Art Since 1865

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 212 or permission of the instructor. A survey of American art in the decades since 1865, with attention to the development of internationally influenced styles in painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture, and the decorative arts.

     

    ARTH 327 : History of Photography

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ARTH 121A or 212 and junior standing or permission of the instructor. An examination of the development of photography as a scientific curiosity, a tool for artists, and as a fine art in itself, from its invention to the present day.

     

    ARTH 350W : Art Criticism

    Prerequisite: ARTH 211 or 212 or permission of the instructor; grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or 221C or 231C. A study of the analysis, theoretical approaches, methodologies, and effects of the practice of art criticism, with practical experience in each model. (This is a writing intensive course.)

     

    ARTH 351W : Research Methods in Art History

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 211 or ARTH 212; grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or 221C or 231C. An investigation of past and present approaches to scholarship in art history. Students participate in a series of writing assignments designed to strengthen their research and writing skills, culminating with the presentation of original research in oral and written form. (This is a writing intensive course.)

     

    ARTH 360 : Asian Art

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ARTH 121A, 211 or 212 or permission of instructor. An introduction to the architecture, sculpture, calligraphy, pottery, ink painting, miniature painting, and gardens of India, China, and Japan. Emphasis will be placed on the connections among the cultures: Buddhism and pilgrimage, the importance of the scholar painters, the role of trade routes and the emergence of native writing. (cross-listed with ASIA 360)

     

    ARTH 368 : Internship

    1-3 credits. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: approval by the department chair and Career Management is necessary prior to registration. Available for pass/fail grading only. A structured work experience involving aspects of design or craft, filmmaking, video, museum or gallery work, either with or without remuneration. Criteria for evaluation will be determined by work supervisor and cooperating faculty advisor. (qualifies as a guaranteed practicum experience)

     

    ARTH 369 : Practicum

    1-3 credits. Prerequisite: approval by the department chair. (qualifies as a guaranteed practicum experience)

     

    ARTH 377/378 : Extracurricular Studies

    1-6 credits each semester. Prerequisite: approval by the department and the dean, in accordance with the policy on granting credit for extracurricular activities. Extracurricular activities may be approved for credit based on objectives, criteria, and evaluative procedures as formally determined by the department and the student prior to the semester in which the activity is to take place. Such credit is subject to review by the provost. (qualifies as a guaranteed practicum experience)

     

    ARTH 395/396 : Topics in Art

    3 credits each semester. Prerequisite: appropriate survey or introductory course or permission of the instructor. A study of selected topics designed for nonmajors, or for elective credit within a major. These courses will appear in the course schedule booklet, and will be more fully described in a booklet distributed to all academic advisors.

  • 400/500 Level Courses

    ARTH 421/521 : Early Medieval Art

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 211 or permission of the instructor. The art and architecture of the Latin West and Byzantium from the early Christian centuries and the fall of Rome to the Carolingian and Ottonian empire and the fully developed Romanesque of the twelfth century, included manuscripts, metalwork, ivories and enamels.

     

    ARTH 422/522 : Gothic Arts and Architecture

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 211 or permission of the instructor. The painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Gothic period from the mid-twelfth century to the refined and courtly art of the later International Style in France, England, Germany, and Italy as seen in both the monumental and the decorative arts.

     

    ARTH 423/523 : Romanesque Art and Architecture

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 211. This course will cover art of the period from about 1000 to 1150 in western Europe. The period witnessed the first 'international style' of the Western Middle Ages from the first millennium up to the Gothic era. The style manifests in monumental architectural forms, monumental painting and increased book production.

     

    ARTH 425/525 : The Illuminated Manuscript

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 211 or permission of instructor. A study of the development of the illuminated manuscript from the form of the scroll in the ancient world to the fully illustrated and decorated codices (books) produced in the Middle Ages. A history of painting within the miniatures of the book from the early Christian era to the late Gothic period.

     

    ARTH 434/534 : Romantic Architecture

    Lecture. 3 cr. A survey of the aesthetic, technological, and social forces that transformed international architecture in the 18th and 19th Centuries. Prerequisite: ARTH 212.

     

    ARTH 435W/535 : Modern Architecture

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 121A or 212; grade of C or better in ENGL 211C or 221C or 231C. An examination of the architecture, planning, and related design of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries around the globe. Special emphasis is placed on the formation of the international style between the world wars and its disintegration in the recent past. (This is a writing intensive course; the course also satisfies the general education impact of technology requirement.)

     

    ARTH 438/538 : Fin de Siecle European Art

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 212. An intensive examination of the major styles, movements, and individuals working in Europe's avant-garde at the end of the 19th century to the beginning of the first world war.

     

    ARTH 439/539 : Art Between the Wars: 1919–1939

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ARTH 212, 324 or permission of instructor. A study of the international movements in visual arts and design in the interwar years from Dada to the New York World's Fair.

     

    ARTH 440/540 : Mid-Century Modern Art (1940–1960)

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 212. An intensive study of the two decades when modernist styles and theories in art, design, and architecture were codified and challenged internationally.

     

    ARTH 460/560 : Art Since 1960

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ARTH 212, 324 or permission of the instructor. Lectures and critical discussion of the development and configurations of the various styles emergent since 1960, both in America and Europe.

     

    ARTH 480 : Senior Thesis

    3 credits. Prerequisites: 12 hours of art history electives at the 300 and 400 levels and senior standing. The research and writing of a thesis on an advanced topic in art history to be determined by the student in concert with a faculty advisor. The thesis option is intended for students preparing for graduate study in the field, and it may be taken in place of another upper-level art history elective within the major.

     

    ARTH 495/595 & 496/596 : Topics in Art

    3 credits each semester. Prerequisite: appropriate survey or introductory courses or permission of the instructor. The advanced study of selected topics in art, designed to permit qualified students to investigate subjects, which due to their specialized nature, may not be offered regularly. The courses will appear in the course schedule booklet, and will be more fully described in a pamphlet distributed to all academic advisors.

     

    ARTH 497/597 & 498/598 : Tutorial Work in Special Art Topics

    3 credits each semester. Prerequisites: senior standing and permission of the department chair. Independent research on a topic to be selected under the advisement of the instructor. Conferences, papers, and portfolios as appropriate.

  • 600 Level Courses

    ARTH 600 : Graduate Seminar: Art Criticism

    Lecture 3 hours; 3 credits. An examination of critical methodologies as they relate to art, with readings in the recent past and the contemporary scene. Required of all M.A. and M.F.A. students.

     

    ARTH 610 : Visual Arts Across Media and Time

    Lecture 3 hours: 3 credits. This course is an introduction to and overview of emerging creative, curricular, and research activities in contemporary art, design, art education, and art history. Through lectures, readings, discussion, critical analysis, and creative work, students will engage with ideas and artwork across the broad spectrum of contemporary education.

     

    ARTH 668 : Internship

    3 credits. A structured work experience in a museum, gallery, or related arts setting.

     

    ARTH 695 : Special Topics in Art History

    Lecture 1-3 credits. Topics to be specified in the class schedule. Intensive critical investigations of specialized areas in art history. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

     

    ARTH 697 : Tutorial in Art History

    Lecture 1-3 credits. Individually arranged with the appropriate professor and with the permission of the graduate program director.

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