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Art History Minor

Art History
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 14 to 20
Art history is the study of the visual world, both past and present. It looks closely at a wide array of images, objects, buildings, and sites in order to better understand human societies. Art history operates with the understanding that visual/material artifacts may speak more directly and deeply about a culture than its written record. Put another way, if a picture is worth a thousand words, then Art History equips students to read it. This is called "visual literacy" and it is an invaluable skill in our increasingly visual world. Students in art history learn to analyze a wide variety of artifacts from all geographic regions and historical eras, including our own. Not limited strictly to the so-called "fine arts," art history seeks to understand visual and material culture more broadly: from paintings and sculpture, to architecture and urban design; from films and photographs, to ceramics and textiles; from scientific illustration and political posters, to performance art and street graffiti. Through engaging closely with these and other forms of visual expression, students of art history become adept practitioners of the following skills: visual analysis and interpretation, original research and careful argumentation, image-based thinking and communication, and clear and persuasive writing in a variety of modes (e.g., analytical, creative, and journalistic). Engaging visual approaches to learning and thinking, art history prepares a diverse student body for a variety of professional tracks, including the visual arts (e.g., art criticism, art appraisal and sales, art therapy, fashion, interior design, museums, and conservation), the humanities (e.g., grant writing, historic preservation, and philanthropy), media and marketing (e.g., advertising, film, journalism, radio, and television), K-12 and post-secondary education (e.g., teaching and administration), information science and collections management (e.g., libraries and archives in public, non-profit, and corporate contexts), and medicine and law, two fields that have long prized art history alumni for their analytical precision, skills at information mastery, and "right-brain/left-brain" balance. For these and other reasons, students of art history go on to enjoy higher job satisfaction and lower unemployment rates over the course of their working lives than peers in vocational tracks.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Students may earn a BA or a minor in art history, but not both.
Minor Courses
Students must take courses from at least 2 different eras and at least 2 different areas. At least one course must be taken at the 5xxx-level.
Take 5 or more course(s) totaling 14 or more credit(s) from the following:
Era I: Ancient to ca. 1300
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
Area: North America and Europe
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· ARTH 5112 - Archaic and Classical Greek Art (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3009 - Medieval Art [AH] (3.0 cr)
or MEST 3009 - Medieval Art [AH] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3152 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3152 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3162 - Roman Art and Archaeology [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3162 - Roman Art and Archaeology [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· Area: Middle East and/or Islamic World
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· ARTH 3182 - Egypt and Western Asia: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Western Asia [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
or CNES 3182 - Egypt and Western Asia: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Western Asia [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3182 - Egypt and Western Asia: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Western Asia [AH, GP] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5115 - Hellenistic and Iranian Asia: Art and Archaeology of Hellenistic, Scythian, Kushan, and Sogdian Asia (3.0 cr)
or CNES 5185 - Hellenistic and Iranian Asia: Art and Archaeology of Hellenistic, Scythian, Kushan, and Sogdian Asia (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5192 - Persia and the Ancient Iranian World: Art and Archaeology of Achaemenid to Sasanian Persia (3.0 cr)
or CNES 5192 - Persia and the Ancient Iranian World: Art and Archaeology of Achaemenid to Sasanian Persia (3.0 cr)
· Area: South and/or East Asia
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· ARTH 5765 - Early Chinese Art (3.0 cr)
· Era II: ca. 1300 to 1800
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
Area: North America and Europe
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· ARTH 3309 - Renaissance Art in Europe [AH] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3311 - Baroque Art in Seventeenth Century Europe [AH] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3312 - European Art of the Eighteenth Century: Rococo to Revolution [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5323 - Art of the Italian Renaissance: 14th-16th Centuries (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5324 - 15th-Century Painting (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3315 - The Age of Curiosity: Art and Knowledge in Europe, 1500-1800. [AH, TS] (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3708 - The Age of Curiosity: Art and Knowledge in Europe, 1500-1800 [AH, TS] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3600 - The Renaissance (3.0 cr)
or FRIT 3600 - The Renaissance (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 5335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital (3.0 cr)
or HIST 3706 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· Era III: 1800 to Present
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
Area: North America and Europe
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· ARTH 3005 - American Art [AH] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3012 - 19th and 20th Century Art (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3484 - The Art of Picasso and the Modern Movement (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3577 - Photo Nation: Photography in America [AH] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3929 - Cinema Now [AH] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5411 - Gender and Sexuality in Art Since 1863 (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5417 - Twentieth Century Theory and Criticism (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5575 - Boom to Bust: American Art from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5577 - Art of the Harlem Renaissance (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 3627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3655 - African-American Cinema [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 5655 - African-American Cinema [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 3655 - African-American Cinema [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3926 - The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock [AH] (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 5926 - The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock (3.0 cr)
· Courses Spanning Across Eras and Areas
Consult the departmental adviser to determine which requirements these courses fulfill.
Take 0 or more course(s) from the following:
· ARTH 1001 - Introduction to Art History: Prehistoric to Contemporary [AH] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 1002W - Why Art Matters [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 1004W - Introduction to Asian Art [HIS, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 1921W - Introduction to Film Study [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3013 - Introduction to East Asian Art [GP] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3401 - Art Now [AH, CIV] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3434 - Art and the Environment [AH, ENV] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3464 - Art Since 1945 [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3921W - Art of the Film [AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3940 - Topics in Art History (1.0-4.0 cr)
· ARTH 5301 - Visual Culture of the Atlantic World (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5413 - Alternative Media: Video, Performance, Digital Art (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5466 - Contemporary Art (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5766 - Chinese Painting (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5781 - Age of Empire: The Mughals, Safavids, and Ottomans (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5785 - Art of Islamic Iran (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5950 - Topics: Art History (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 3014V - Art of India [GP, AH, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ARTH 3014W - Art of India [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ALL 3014W - Art of India [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
or RELS 3415W - Art of India [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3015W - Art of Islam [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
or RELS 3706W - Art of Islam [AH, GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3205 - Art of Central and South America Before Columbus [AH] (3.0 cr)
or ANTH 3205 - Art of Central and South America Before Columbus [AH] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3322 - Art of Central and South America Before Columbus [AH] (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5930 - Junior-Senior Seminar (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 3930H - Honors: Junior-Senior Seminar (3.0 cr)
· ARTH 5802 - Art of the Inka and their Ancestors (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 5802 - Art of the Inka and their Ancestors (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5326 - Art of the Inka and their Ancestors (3.0 cr)
· Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ARTH 3975 - Directed Professional Experience (1.0-2.0 cr)
· ARTH 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· ARTH 5993 - Directed Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· ARTH 5994 - Directed Research (1.0-4.0 cr)
· ARTH 5777 - The Diversity of Traditions: Indian Art 1200 to Present (3.0 cr)
or RELS 5777 - The Diversity of Traditions: Indian Art 1200 to Present (3.0 cr)
 
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ARTH 5112 - Archaic and Classical Greek Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Sculpture, painting, architecture, and minor arts in Greek lands from the 9th through 5th centuries B.C. Examiniation of material remains of Greek culture, archaeological problems such as identifying and dating buildings; analysis of methods and techniques. prereq: jr or sr or grad or instr consent
ARTH 3009 - Medieval Art (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02292
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Medieval art in Western Europe, from around 1000 to the mid-14th century. Works from France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and England examined in their historical context. Cross cultural relations, development of completely new forms of art and techniques, and the processes of realization.
MEST 3009 - Medieval Art (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02292
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Medieval art in Western Europe, from around 1000 to the mid-14th century. Works from France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and England examined in their historical context. Cross cultural relations, development of completely new forms of art and techniques, and the processes of realization.
ARTH 3152 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00992 - ArtH 3152/CNES 3152
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Introduction to history of Greek/Hellenistic art, from formation of Greek city states, through conquest of last Hellenistic Kingdoms in Mediterranean (Egypt) and South Asia (Punjab).
CNES 3152 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00992 - ArtH 3152/CNES 3152
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Civilization of ancient Greece as revealed through art/ material culture. Case studies of selected monuments/sites.
ARTH 3162 - Roman Art and Archaeology (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00991 - ArtH 3162/CNES 3162
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Introduction to history of Roman art, from formation of city-state of Rome under Etruscan domination, to transformation of visual culture in late antiquity under peoples influenced by the Romans.
CNES 3162 - Roman Art and Archaeology (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00991 - ArtH 3162/CNES 3162
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Introduction to art and material culture of Roman world: origin, change, continuity. Progress/decay in later empire, its legacy to modern world.
ARTH 3182 - Egypt and Western Asia: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Western Asia (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01830
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will provide students with foundational knowledge in the art, architecture, and archaeology of Egypt, East Africa, Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Iran and Central Asia from the Neolithic through Late Antiquity (ca. 7,000 B.C.E. - 650 C.E.). Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between the visual material and the social, intellectual, political, and religious contexts in which it developed and functioned. In this regard, students will also gain an understanding of the evolution of, and exchanges and differences among, the visual cultures of these time periods and regions. It will also expose them to the preconditions for contemporary geopolitics in the region.
CNES 3182 - Egypt and Western Asia: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Western Asia (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01830
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will provide students with foundational knowledge in the art, architecture, and archaeology of Egypt, East Africa, Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Iran and Central Asia from the Neolithic through Late Antiquity (ca. 7,000 B.C.E. - 650 C.E.). Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between the visual material and the social, intellectual, political, and religious contexts in which it developed and functioned. In this regard, students will also gain an understanding of the evolution of, and exchanges and differences among, the visual cultures of these time periods and regions. It will also expose them to the preconditions for contemporary geopolitics in the region.
RELS 3182 - Egypt and Western Asia: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt and Western Asia (AH, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01830
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course will provide students with foundational knowledge in the art, architecture and archaeology of Egypt, East Africa, Asia Minor, Mesopotamia, Iran and Central Asia from the Neolithic through Late Antiquity (ca. 7,000 B.C.E. - 650 C.E.). Students will gain an understanding of the relationship between the visual material and the social, intellectual, political and religious contexts in which it developed and functioned. In this regard, students will also gain an understanding of the evolution of, and exchanges and differences among, the visual cultures of these time periods and regions. It will also expose them to the preconditions for contemporary geopolitics in the region.
ARTH 5115 - Hellenistic and Iranian Asia: Art and Archaeology of Hellenistic, Scythian, Kushan, and Sogdian Asia
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02025
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Transformations of Greek architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaic, and decorative arts beginning of the eastern Mediterranean and Hellenistic Asia. Art and archaeology of the post-Hellenistic Iranian world. Religious, political and historical contexts of archaeological sites, monuments, and art objects.
CNES 5185 - Hellenistic and Iranian Asia: Art and Archaeology of Hellenistic, Scythian, Kushan, and Sogdian Asia
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02025 - ArtH 5115/CNES 5185
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Transformations of Greek architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaic, decorative arts beginning of eastern Mediterranean/ Hellenistic Asia. Art/archaeology of post-Hellenistic Iranian world. Religious, political, historical contexts of archaeological sites, monuments, art objects.
ARTH 5192 - Persia and the Ancient Iranian World: Art and Archaeology of Achaemenid to Sasanian Persia
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01829 - ArtH 5192/CNES 5192
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Art, archaeology of ancient Persia and the wider ancient Iranian world from the rise of the Achaemenid empire in 650 BCE to the advent of Islam in the seventh century CE.
CNES 5192 - Persia and the Ancient Iranian World: Art and Archaeology of Achaemenid to Sasanian Persia
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01829
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Art and archaeology of ancient Persia and the wider ancient Iranian world, from the rise of the Achaemenid empire in 650 BCE, to the advent of Islam in the seventh century CE.
ARTH 5765 - Early Chinese Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Art/material culture of early China from Neolithic age (ca. 10000-2000 BCE) to early imperial period (221 BCE-906 CE).
ARTH 3309 - Renaissance Art in Europe (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major monuments of painting/sculpture in Western Europe, 1400-1600. Close reading of individual works in historical context. Influence of patrons. Major social/political changes such as Renaissance humanism, Protestant Reformation, market economy.
ARTH 3311 - Baroque Art in Seventeenth Century Europe (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Dominant trends/figures of Italian, French, Flemish, and Dutch Baroque period. Works of major masters, including Caravaggio, Bernini, Poussin, Velazquez, Rembrandt, and Rubens. Development of illusionistic ceiling decoration. Theoretical basis of Baroque art. Art's subservience to Church and royal court.
ARTH 3312 - European Art of the Eighteenth Century: Rococo to Revolution (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Major developments in 18-century painting, sculpture, and interior decoration, from emergence of Rococo to dawn of Neoclassicism. Response of art to new forms of patronage. Erotics of 18-century art. Ways art functioned as social/political commentary.
ARTH 5323 - Art of the Italian Renaissance: 14th-16th Centuries
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Chronological/thematic study of painting, sculpture, and architecture. Emphasizes major artists/commissions, but lesser schools/followers also considered.
ARTH 5324 - 15th-Century Painting
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The origin, character, and development of painting in Northern and Southern Europe. prereq: Jr or sr or grad or instr consent
ARTH 3315 - The Age of Curiosity: Art and Knowledge in Europe, 1500-1800. (AH, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01480
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Diverse ways in which making of art and scientific knowledge intersected in early modern Europe. Connections between scientific curiosity and visual arts in major artists (e.g., da Vinci, Durer, Vermeer, Rembrandt). Artfulness of scientific imagery/diagrams, geographical maps, cabinets of curiosities, and new visual technologies, such as the telescope and microscope.
HIST 3708 - The Age of Curiosity: Art and Knowledge in Europe, 1500-1800 (AH, TS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01480
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Diverse ways in which making of art and scientific knowledge intersected in early modern Europe. Connections between scientific curiosity and visual arts in major artists (e.g., da Vinci, Durer, Vermeer, Rembrandt). Artfulness of scientific imagery/diagrams, geographical maps, cabinets of curiosities, and new visual technologies, such as the telescope and microscope.
ARTH 3600 - The Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01888
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Relationships between the visual arts, literature, science, philosophy and politics in Europe from about 1300-1600. Works of artists, writers, and intellectuals (e.g., Michelangelo Buonarotti, Niccolo Machiavelli, Michel de Montaigne), different artistic and literary forms (e.g., portrait, sonnet, essay), and broad thematic issues, including the individual, antiquity, the state, and discovery. Team taught.
FRIT 3600 - The Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01888
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Relationships between the visual arts, literature, science, philosophy, and politics in Europe from about 1300-1600. Works of artists, writers, and intellectuals (e.g., Michelangelo Buonarotti, Niccolo Machiavelli, Michel de Montaigne), different artistic and literary forms (e.g., portrait, sonnet, essay), and broad thematic issues, including the individual, antiquity, the state, and discovery. Team taught.
ARTH 3335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01505 - ArtH 3335/ArtH 5335/Hist 3706/
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Center of baroque culture--Rome--as city of spectacle and pageantry. Urban development. Major works in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Ecclesiastical/private patrons who transformed Rome into one of the world's great capitals.
ARTH 5335 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01505 - ArtH 3335/ArtH 5335/Hist 3706/
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Center of baroque culture--Rome--as city of spectacle and pageantry. Urban development. Major works in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Ecclesiastical/private patrons who transformed Rome into one of the world's great capitals.
HIST 3706 - Baroque Rome: Art and Politics in the Papal Capital (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01505 - ArtH 3335/ArtH 5335/Hist 3706/
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Center of baroque culture--Rome--as city of spectacle and pageantry. Urban development. Major works in painting, sculpture, and architecture. Ecclesiastical/private patrons who transformed Rome into one of the world's great capitals.
ARTH 3005 - American Art (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Artistic practice in the United States: colonial period to cold war. America as idea/identity shaped, expressed, represented, and contested through art. Canon of American art history. Works by individuals outside of traditional channels of art instruction/reception. Questions about what does/does not count as art history.
ARTH 3012 - 19th and 20th Century Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Major monuments/issues of modern period. Sculpture, architecture, painting, prints. Neo-classicism, romanticism, realism, impressionism, evolution of modernism, symbolism, fauvism, cubism, dadaism, surrealism, abstract expressionism, pop art, conceptualism, postmodernism.
ARTH 3484 - The Art of Picasso and the Modern Movement
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01755 - ArtH 3484/ArtH 5484
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Works of Picasso in all media. Blue, Rose, Cubist, Classical, and later periods of Picasso's development against innovations in media; collage, utilization of found-objects, printmaking and ceramics. Autobiographical nature of imagery gives methodological basis for exploring frequently personalized themes.
ARTH 3577 - Photo Nation: Photography in America (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Development of photography, from 19th century to present. Photography as legitimate art form. Portraits/photo albums in culture. Birth of criminal justice system. Technological/market aspects. Politics of aesthetics. Women in photography. Ways in which idea of America has been shaped by photographs.
ARTH 3929 - Cinema Now (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Course examines contemporary cinema, including fiction films, documentaries, animation, and avant-garde experiments. Focuses on feature-length theatrical films, but will also consider other aspects of the contemporary media world: graphic novels, video games, television series and the Internet (e.g., Youtube). Examines media production, distribution, marketing, exhibition, and reception. Course will also present a survey of developments in contemporary cinema studies, since the choice of films will support a variety of critical approaches including economic, aesthetic (generic, auteurist, formalist), ideological (race, class, gender), and reception studies.
ARTH 5411 - Gender and Sexuality in Art Since 1863
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
History of art from late 19th to early 21st century. How gender/sexuality have been central to that period?s artistic production, art criticism, and aesthetic theorization. How gender/sexuality are important themes for artists. How the writing of history reveals assumptions about gender/sex. Critical reading/writing.
ARTH 5417 - Twentieth Century Theory and Criticism
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Trends in 20th-century art theory, historical methodology, criticism. Key philosophical ideas of modernism/postmodernism: formalism, semiotics, poststructuralism, feminism, marxism, psychoanalysis, deconstruction. prereq: 3464 or instr consent
ARTH 5575 - Boom to Bust: American Art from the Roaring Twenties to the Great Depression
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
American art/culture from 1917 to 1940. Boom of post-WWI affluence, bust of stock market crash, Midwestern Dust Bowl. How tumultuous times influenced painting, sculpture, photography, and industrial design.
ARTH 5577 - Art of the Harlem Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Visual side of Harlem Renaissance, as represented by painters, illustrators, sculptors, and photographers. How African-Americans in 1920s/30s tried to reclaim visual field for purpose of racial redefinition.
ARTH 3627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00703 - Afro 3627/Afro 5627/ArtH 3627/
Typically offered: Every Fall
Review Harlem Renaissance from variety of perspectives. Literary, historical, cultural, political, international. Explore complex patterns of permeation/interdependency between worlds inside/outside of what W.E.B. Du Bois called "Veil of Color."
AFRO 3627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00703 - Afro 3627/Afro 5627/EngL 5597
Typically offered: Every Fall
Review Harlem Renaissance from variety of perspectives. Literary, historical, cultural, political, international. Explore complex patterns of permeation/interdependency between worlds inside/outside of what W.E.B. Du Bois called "Veil of Color."
ARTH 3655 - African-American Cinema (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00577 - Afro 3655/ArtH 3655/ArtH 5655
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
African American cinematic achievements from silent films of Oscar Micheaux through contemporary Hollywood and independent films. Class screenings, critical readings.
ARTH 5655 - African-American Cinema (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00577 - Afro 4655/ArtH 3655/ArtH 5655
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
African American cinematic achievements, from silent films of Oscar Micheaux through contemporary Hollywood and independent films. Class screenings, critical readings.
AFRO 3655 - African-American Cinema (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00577 - Afro 3655/ArtH 3655/ArtH 5655
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
African American cinematic achievements from silent films of Oscar Micheaux through contemporary Hollywood and independent films. Class screenings, critical readings.
ARTH 3926 - The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02150
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Achievement/significance of Alfred Hitchcock. Career including both British/American periods. Major films/television program. Characteristic themes/concerns, traditions that shaped him, influence he had on other films/filmmakers. Biographical, historical, technological, industrial, aesthetic issues surrounding his achievement.
ARTH 5926 - The Cinema of Alfred Hitchcock
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02150
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Achievement/significance of Alfred Hitchcock. British/American periods of career, major films, television program. Biographical, historical, technological, industrial, aesthetic issues surrounding his achievement.
ARTH 1001 - Introduction to Art History: Prehistoric to Contemporary (AH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major monuments/trends in art, prehistoric to present. Style, subject matter, patronage. Reconstructing artworks' original setting: religious, political, and social contexts. Western canon, occasionally in comparison with non-Western works.
ARTH 1002W - Why Art Matters (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to history of topics that investigate power/importance of art both globablly and in its diverse forms, from architecture and painting to video and prints. Sacred space, propaganda, the museum, art/gender, art/authority, tourism.
ARTH 1004W - Introduction to Asian Art (HIS, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtH 1004W/1004V/1016W/1016V
Typically offered: Every Fall
South, Southeast, East Asian art/material culture from Neolithic Age to twentieth century.
ARTH 1921W - Introduction to Film Study (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00388
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamentals of film analysis and an introduction to the major theories of the cinema, presented through detailed interpretations of representative films from the international history of the cinema.
ARTH 3013 - Introduction to East Asian Art (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ArtH 3013/EAS 3013
Typically offered: Every Fall
A selective examination of works of art produced in China, Korea and Japan from the neolithic era to modern times. Nearly every major type of object and all major styles are represented.
ARTH 3401 - Art Now (AH, CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Analysis of visual representations in fine arts and popular media, in context of social issues. Obscenity, censorship, democracy, technology, commerce, the museum, propaganda, social role of artist. Understanding the contemporary world through analysis of dominant aesthetic values.
ARTH 3434 - Art and the Environment (AH, ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Historical development of land, earth, and environmental art since 1968. Artists' engagement with environmental problems. Responses to changing aesthetic, political, biological, economic, agricultural, technological, and climactic conditions from global perspective.
ARTH 3464 - Art Since 1945 (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Broad chronological overview of U.S./international art movements since 1945. Assessment of critical writings by major theoreticians (e.g., Clement Greenberg) associated with those movements. Theoretical perspective of postmodernism.
ARTH 3921W - Art of the Film (AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
History of the motion picture as an art form; major films, directors, genres, and styles. Films discussed include THE BIRTH OF A NATION, CITIZEN KANE, BICYCLE THIEF, RASHOMON, and JULES AND JIM.
ARTH 3940 - Topics in Art History
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ARTH 5301 - Visual Culture of the Atlantic World
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Visual culture of Atlantic world, from Columbus to American Revolution. Visual objects, practices considered in context of Europe's colonization of Americas. Slavery, religious conflict, international commerce, production of scientific knowledge addressed in terms of their impact upon visual imagery.
ARTH 5413 - Alternative Media: Video, Performance, Digital Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
In-depth examination of development of alternative media in 20th/21st century art. Video technologies. Performance, time based art. Digital art. prereq: 3464 or instr consent
ARTH 5466 - Contemporary Art
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Survey of the art and important critical literature of the period after 1970. Origins and full development of postmodern and subsequent aesthetic philosophies. prereq: 3464 or instr consent
ARTH 5766 - Chinese Painting
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Major works from the late bronze age to the modern era that illustrate the development of Chinese landscape painting and associated literary traditions.
ARTH 5781 - Age of Empire: The Mughals, Safavids, and Ottomans
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Artistic developments under the three most powerful Islamic empires of the 16th through 19th centuries: Ottomans of Turkey; Safavids of Iran; Mughals of India. Roles of religion and state will be considered to understand their artistic production.
ARTH 5785 - Art of Islamic Iran
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Architecture, painting, and related arts in Iran from the inception of Islam (7th century) through the 20th century. Understanding the nature of Islam in Persianate cultural settings and how artistic production here compares to the Islamic world.
ARTH 5950 - Topics: Art History
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ARTH 3014V - Art of India (GP, AH, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00709 - ALL 3014W/ArtH 3014W/RelS 3415
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Indian sculpture, architecture, and painting from the prehistoric Indus Valley civilization to the present day.
ARTH 3014W - Art of India (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00709 - ALL 3014W/ArtH 3014W/RelS 3415
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Indian sculpture, architecture, and painting from the prehistoric Indus Valley civilization to the present day.
ALL 3014W - Art of India (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00709 - ALL 3014W/ArtH 3014W/RelS 3415
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Indian sculpture, architecture, and painting from the prehistoric Indus Valley civilization to the present day.
RELS 3415W - Art of India (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00709
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Indian sculpture, architecture, and painting, from prehistoric Indus Valley civilization to present.
ARTH 3015W - Art of Islam (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01322
Typically offered: Every Fall
Architecture, painting, and other arts from Islam's origins to the 20th century. Cultural and political settings as well as themes that unify the diverse artistic styles of Islamic art will be considered.
RELS 3706W - Art of Islam (AH, GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01322
Typically offered: Every Fall
Architecture, painting, and other arts from Islam's origins to the 20th century. Cultural and political settings as well as themes that unify the diverse artistic styles of Islamic art will be considered.
ARTH 3205 - Art of Central and South America Before Columbus (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01995 - AmIn 3205Anth 3205/ArtH 3205/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Art/architecture of native peoples of Americas from twelfth century B.C. until arrival of Europeans in sixteenth century. Ways that people living in diverse areas of South America/Mesoamerica used art/architecture. Tools to investigate Pre-Columbian art at more advanced levels.
ANTH 3205 - Art of Central and South America Before Columbus (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01995 - AmIn 3205Anth 3205/ArtH 3205/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Art/architecture of native peoples of Americas from twelfth century B.C. until arrival of Europeans in sixteenth century. Ways that people living in diverse areas of South America/Mesoamerica used art/architecture. Tools to investigate Pre-Columbian art at more advanced levels.
RELS 3322 - Art of Central and South America Before Columbus (AH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01995 - AmIn 3205Anth 3205/RelS 3322/
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Art/architecture of native peoples of Americas from twelfth century B.C. until arrival of Europeans in sixteenth century. Ways that people living in diverse areas of South America/Mesoamerica used art/architecture. Tools to investigate Pre-Columbian art at more advanced levels.
ARTH 5930 - Junior-Senior Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Major art-historical theme, artist, period, or genre. Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: [Jr or sr] ArtH major, instr consent
ARTH 3930H - Honors: Junior-Senior Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Major art-historical theme, artist, period, or genre. prereq: Honors [jr or sr] ArtH major
ARTH 5802 - Art of the Inka and their Ancestors
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02039 - AmIn 5802/ArtH 5802/RELS 5326
Typically offered: Every Spring
Art/architecture of people of Andes, from first appearance in archaeological record until Spanish invasion in 16th century. Problems, theoretical/methodological approaches. Analysis of scholarly writing, focusing on evidence.
AMIN 5802 - Art of the Inka and their Ancestors
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02039 - AmIn 5802/ArtH 5802/RELS 5326
Typically offered: Every Spring
Art/architecture of people of Andes, from first appearance in archaeological record until Spanish invasion in 16th century. Problems, theoretical/methodological approaches. Analysis of scholarly writing, focusing on evidence.
RELS 5326 - Art of the Inka and their Ancestors
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02039 - AmIn 5802/ArtH 5802/RELS 5326
Typically offered: Every Spring
Art/architecture of people of Andes from first appearance in archaeological record until Spanish invasion in 16th century. Problems, theoretical/methodological approaches. Analysis of scholarly writing, focusing on evidence. prereq: Jr. or Sr. or grad student
ARTH 3975 - Directed Professional Experience
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Internship or research assistantship in approved program, art institution, business or museum. prereq: instr consent
ARTH 3993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
TBD prereq: instr consent
ARTH 5993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
TBD prereq: instr consent
ARTH 5994 - Directed Research
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
tbd prereq: instr consent
ARTH 5777 - The Diversity of Traditions: Indian Art 1200 to Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02521
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Issues presented by sculpture, architecture and painting in India, from prehistoric Indus Valley civilization to present day.
RELS 5777 - The Diversity of Traditions: Indian Art 1200 to Present
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02521
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Issues presented by sculpture, architecture and painting in India, from prehistoric Indus Valley civilization to present day.