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Art History Minor

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Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Required credits in this minor: 24
Art history involves the interdisciplinary study of the numerous ways in which the visual arts reflect, react to, and shape the world’s cultures. Given art history’s dynamic intersections with such fields as anthropology, history, philosophy, psychology, studio art, literature, and languages, it is not only a quintessential liberal arts major, but it allows many of our students to successfully double-major. By teaching visual literacy, the art history curriculum prepares all students to critically analyze works of art, architecture, and other forms of material culture, allowing them to become more knowledgeable interpreters of the visual world in which we live. In-depth research projects allow majors and minors to not only synthesize existing scholarship, but also to formulate and articulate their own ideas. Research, teaching, and administrative assistantships, in addition to museum or gallery internships, allow art history students to further engage with the field and gain invaluable practical experience. Objectives, Recommendations, and Program Student Learning Outcomes: The purposes of the art history curriculum are: 1) To develop students' understanding of a variety of historical traditions and methods of interpretation in the visual arts. 2) To develop and improve students' ability to analyze and interpret works of art through oral and written means. 3) To help students discover the rich and complex relationship of art to other aspects of culture. 4) To encourage students to have direct contact with art by means of studio art courses, class field trips and assignments, gallery internships, and study abroad experiences. The discipline also recommends four semesters of college-level courses in a foreign language. Through the various program objectives listed above, students will be introduced to, review, and have the opportunity to master at different levels the following UMM student learning outcomes: • Knowledge of human cultures including core studies in the liberal arts, in-depth study of a particular field, and engagement with big questions. • Relevant intellectual and practical skills including critical thinking & problem-solving; creative thinking and artistic expression; visual literacy; and written, multi-media, and oral communication. • An understanding of the roles of individuals in society including intercultural knowledge and competence, as well as aesthetic/artistic engagement. •Capacity for integrative learning, including synthesis and advanced accomplishment across general and specialized studies and through co- and extra-curricular activities; application of knowledge, skills, and responsibilities to new settings and progressively more complex problems; and skills for sustained learning and personal development.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S/N, unless offered S/N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
ARTH 1101 - Interpreting the Visual World: An Introduction to Art History [FA] (4.0 cr)
ARTH 1111 - Ancient to Medieval Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
ARTH 1121 - Renaissance to Modern Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
Take 12 or more credits from the following, but no more than 8 credits from 2xxx-level courses
2xxx-Level Electives
Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 2102 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 2103 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 2104 - Irish Art and Archaeology [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 2106 - Rome, Jerusalem, and Constantinople: The Art of Three Ancient Capitals [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 2107 - Global Modernisms: Modern Art in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Beyond [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 2111 - Contemporary Art, Environment, and Climate Change [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 2501 - Art & Archaeology of the Alps [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 2xxx
· IS 2502 - Castles in South Tyrol [IP] (4.0 cr)
3xxx- and 4xxx-Level Electives
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ARTH 3112 - Faith, Image, and Power: Art and the Byzantine Empire [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3113 - Early Islamic Art and Culture [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3132 - Castles and Cathedrals [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3142 - Art of the Italian Renaissance, 1300-1520 [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3161 - After Leonardo: Mannerist and Venetian Renaissance Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3171 - Baroque Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3191 - American Art to 1900 [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3201 - Nineteenth-Century Art in Europe [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3211 - Modern European Art from Impressionism to Surrealism [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3221 - Global Contemporary Art, 1945 to the Present [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3222 - History of Twentieth-Century Design [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3231 - History of Photography [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3272 - Athens, Art, and Theatre [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3273 - Ars Otii: The Art of Roman Leisure [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3274 - Modern Art in Germany [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3281 - Women and Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3291 - Facing the Past: Portraiture and Social History [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3xxx
· ARTH 4xxx
 
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ARTH 1101 - Interpreting the Visual World: An Introduction to Art History (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
We live in a visual culture - yet to what extent do we look deeply at, or think critically about, the art that surrounds us? This course introduces students to the field of art history and develops their abilities to more carefully observe, analyze, interpret, and appreciate works of art of the past and present.
ARTH 1111 - Ancient to Medieval Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of the major works of art of western Europe from its origins in the Paleolithic period through to the full development of the Gothic era. Includes the monuments of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome as well as those of the Early Christian and Romanesque periods. Also includes some treatment of non-Western traditions in this era.
ARTH 1121 - Renaissance to Modern Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of the major works of art of western Europe and the United States from 1400 to the present.
ARTH 2102 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or sophomore status or #
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Beginning with the Bronze Age civilizations of the Aegean (Minoan, Cycladic, and Mycenaean), this course follows the development of the painting, sculpture, and architecture of ancient Greece, concentrating on the Classical period in Athens and the Hellenistic period in the Mediterranean. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or sophomore status or instr consent
ARTH 2103 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or sophomore status or #
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
In-depth study of Roman art and archaeology beginning with the Villanovans and Etruscans and ending with the rise of Early Christian art. Focus on the public and political art of the various emperors. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or sophomore status or instr consent
ARTH 2104 - Irish Art and Archaeology (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Ireland looms large in our imaginations and remains a bucket list item for many. Yet, what is it exactly that one sees when one visits the emerald isle? This course introduces students to the rich artistic and architectural heritage of Ireland and the various historical, literary, social, political, and environmental forces that shaped it. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or soph status or instr consent
ARTH 2106 - Rome, Jerusalem, and Constantinople: The Art of Three Ancient Capitals (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Rome, Jerusalem, and Constantinople were important capitals of the medieval world and their study offers an exciting window into the major empires of the time. This course introduces students to Byzantine, Islamic, and Late Antique art and architecture as reflected in the monuments of these three cities over their long histories. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or soph status or instr consent
ARTH 2107 - Global Modernisms: Modern Art in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Beyond (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
An exploration of key examples of modern art in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and elsewhere. Examination of modern art in a global context, the intersection of modern art with imperialism and colonialism, and cross-cultural artistic exchanges. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or sophomore status or instr consent
ARTH 2111 - Contemporary Art, Environment, and Climate Change (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course examines environmental approaches in the visual arts in the postwar era, from land art to recent climate activism in the arts. It introduces concepts and debates including environmental justice and the Anthropocene in relationship to the visual arts and highlights local, U.S, and global environmentally oriented artistic practices. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or sophomore status or instr consent
ARTH 2501 - Art & Archaeology of the Alps (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
What effect does the vibrant atmosphere and varied landscape have on the art and archaeology that was, and continues to be created in the Alps? Is it typically Italian? Swiss? German? Or is it something else entirely? We will use the local monuments and museums as our extended classroom, examining the answers to these questions in person!
IS 2502 - Castles in South Tyrol (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Come explore how history and politics helped to shape the castles that dot the landscape outside your very windows! This course provides a thorough introduction to one of the major forms of architecture in the Middle Ages. We will explore the very large variety of South Tyrolean castles and best of all, we will actually visit as many as possible!
ARTH 3112 - Faith, Image, and Power: Art and the Byzantine Empire (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
How are the seemingly unrelated strands of faith and power combined to make art in the Byzantine Empire? This course explores this question through a chronological and socio-political treatment of Byzantine art and the various roles that it acquired. Examine political art, religious art, and the many ways in which they were combined. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3113 - Early Islamic Art and Culture (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
An investigation of Islamic art and architecture in both the secular and religious realm. Examination of these works in the context of the cultures and historical periods that produced them. Begins with the birth of Islamic art and continues up until the Ayyubid dynasty (14th century). prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3132 - Castles and Cathedrals (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
An investigation of the two major forms of architectural construction in the Middle Ages. Exploration of the development of the cathedral and castle as architectural forms and examination of the circumstances surrounding their evolution through the medieval period. Examples are drawn from continental Europe, the British Isles, and the Levant. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or instr consent
ARTH 3142 - Art of the Italian Renaissance, 1300-1520 (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
A variety of methods (including stylistic, gender, and contextual theories) are used to explore the painting and sculpture of such artists as Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3161 - After Leonardo: Mannerist and Venetian Renaissance Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
An investigation of the fascinating trends in Italian 16th-century art considered through the lenses of art theory, biography, social history, and style. Includes discussion of such artists as Michelangelo, Parmigianino, Bellini, and Titian. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3171 - Baroque Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
A sociohistorical consideration of the stylistic and thematic diversity present in the works of such 17th-century masters as Caravaggio, Bernini, Velazquez, Rembrandt, and Vermeer. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3191 - American Art to 1900 (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
A thematic exploration of the role of painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts in American society, from colonial times to 1900. Topics include the landscape and Manifest Destiny, American icons, folk art, and the representation of American Indians, African Americans, and women. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3201 - Nineteenth-Century Art in Europe (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of major movements from Neoclassicism through Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism, considering these in their theoretical, historical, social, and artistic contexts. The course also highlights issues of class, imperialism/colonialism, and gender. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3211 - Modern European Art from Impressionism to Surrealism (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of major modern movements including Impressionism, Symbolism, Expressionism, Dada, Constructivism and Surrealism, considering these in their theoretical, historical, social, and artistic contexts. Particular attention is given to modern art's relationship to popular culture and to issues of gender and race. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3221 - Global Contemporary Art, 1945 to the Present (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of select global artists and movements from the end of WWII to the present, considering these in their theoretical, historical, social, and artistic contexts. Particular attention is given to contemporary art's relationships to economic, cultural, and technological shifts in postwar society and to globalization, as well as issues of gender and race. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3222 - History of Twentieth-Century Design (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of key styles, works, individuals, and issues in twentieth-century European and American design history. Considers themes including handcraft, industrial and mass production, standardization, planned obsolescence, sustainability, and globalization, as well as colonialism, gender, and race in modern and postwar design. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or junior status or instr consent
ARTH 3231 - History of Photography (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of global photography from the period if its invention to the present. Major photographers and tendencies are examined in the context of a variety of theoretical, technical, social, historical, and aesthetic issues. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3272 - Athens, Art, and Theatre (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or #; attendance at evening UMM theatre performance required
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Classical Athens was a special place. It produced works of art and theatre that are still considered cultural treasures today. Combining archaeological, art historical, and textual sources, explore the context of these great works and looks at their interaction with one another and with performances on the Morris campus today. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or instr consent; attendance at evening UMM theatre performance required
ARTH 3273 - Ars Otii: The Art of Roman Leisure (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
What did Romans do in their free time? Explore the art of daily life in ancient Rome focusing on themes and activities related to leisure. Outside the home, Romans bathed, hunted, and went to the theatre. Inside the home, they held lavish dinner parties. In all of these activities, status and social display were of central concern. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or instr consent
ARTH 3274 - Modern Art in Germany (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Survey of modern art in Germany from the late 19th century through WWII, examining many important movements, tendencies, figures, and issues. It includes the Secessions, Die Brücke, Blue Rider, Dada, the Bauhaus, New Vision, and New Objectivity and studies painting, photography, film, and design. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3281 - Women and Art (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
A historical survey of women's roles as creators and patrons of the visual arts in Western European and American societies, from antiquity to the present. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent
ARTH 3291 - Facing the Past: Portraiture and Social History (FA)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This seminar examines functions and formats of portraits created primarily in Western Europe between 1400-1800, in order to gain greater insight as to how various social identities (such as that of husband and wife, child, friend, and freak of nature) were visually constructed and verbally interpreted. prereq: any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or instr consent