Wayne State University

Art History Courses

1000 Introduction to Art

An introductory survey of art and culture designed to equip students to look purposefully, critically, and contextually at images and events, mindful of the ways that meaning is produced and perceived.

1110 (VP) Survey of Art History: Ancient through Medieval

Survey of traditions and major developments in visual expression in the West, prehistory through Medieval period. Art studied in context of its cultures; techniques of visual analysis. Offered for four credits only to Honors students.

1120 Survey of Art History: Renaissance through Modern

Traditions and developments in visual expression in the West, Renaissance through twentieth century. Art in context of its cultures; techniques of visual analysis. Offered for four credits only to Honors students.

1130 Encounters with the Arts of Global Africa

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

Introductory survey of the arts of Africa and the African Diaspora, focusing on the visual culture of cross-cultural contact within Africa and beyond.

3240 Mythology in Greek Art

The myths of the Greeks as they appeared on painted vases, and the strategies of visual storytelling employed.

3410 Medieval Art and Architecture

Prerequisites: ([AH 1110])

Monasticism as a driving force in medieval culture; art and architecture produced by and for Christian religious communities, A.D. 300-1400.

3560 Special Topics

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

Students examine specific issues related to art history.

3650 Nineteenth-Century European Art and Architecture

Introduction to European art and architecture from 1780 to 1900; survey of major developments in 19th century painting, sculpture, printmaking and photography.

3700 Contemporary Art

Prerequisites: ([AH 1000])

Introduction for studio art majors: ideas and styles of modern art. The gap between those who make art and those who write about it. Access to the discipline of art history through tracing the origins of a variety of contemporary art practices.

5260 Classical Greek Art

Prerequisites: ([AH 1110 with a minimum grade of C and AH 1120 with a minimum grade of C])

Greek painting, sculpture and architecture of the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. Emphasis on decorative programs of temples and cult statues.

5500 Early Renaissance in Italy

Prerequisites: ([AH 1110 with a minimum grade of C and AH 1120 with a minimum grade of C])

Art and architecture from Giotto to Botticelli; transformation of late medieval art prior to Black Death, classical revival in Florence; North Italian artists such as the Bellinis and Mantegna.

5510 High Renaissance and Mannerism in Italy

Prerequisites: ([AH 1110 with a minimum grade of C and AH 1120 with a minimum grade of C])

The art of Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo, Titian, and their contemporaries.

5560 Special Topics

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

Students examine specific issues related to art history. Offered for undergraduate credit only.

5710 Trends in Nineteenth Century Art

Prerequisites: ([AH 1110 with a minimum grade of C and AH 1120 with a minimum grade of C])

Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes.

5720 Twentieth Century Art

Prerequisites: ([AH 1110 with a minimum grade of C and AH 1120 with a minimum grade of C])

European and American paintings, sculpture, and new media surveyed from 1900 to present.

5755 Gender and Race in Visual Culture

This course will interrogate the ways in which gendered and racialized bodies are epitomized in the myriad of form that comprise visual culture.

5990 Directed Study

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Art History or Art History Honors; enrollment limited to students in a Bachelor of Arts or Master of Arts degrees.

Supervised advanced reading and research in the history of art.

5993 Writing Intensive Course in Fine Arts

Prerequisites: ([AH 1110 with a minimum grade of D-] OR Completion of Intermediate Composition Requirement) AND ([AH 1120 with a minimum grade of D-]) AND ([AH 2000 with a minimum grade of D-]) AND (May be taken concurrently: [AH 3000 with a minimum grade of D-]) Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Art or Art Honors; enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students; enrollment limited to students in a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.

Required for all majors.

5997 Seminar

Prerequisites: ([AH 1110 with a minimum grade of C and AH 1120 with a minimum grade of C]) Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Art History, Art History Honors, Art or Art Honors; enrollment limited to students in a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts or Master of Fine Arts degrees.

Readings, discussion, and research paper on special topics in art history; topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes. Graduate students undertake research paper in addition to other assignments.

5998 Honors Thesis

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Art History Honors; enrollment is limited to Undergraduate level students.

Students write a substantial research paper on subject determined by the student in collaboration with his/her professor. Offered for undergraduate credit only.

7200 Seminar in Greek and Roman Art

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Art History; enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in a Master of Arts degree.

Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes .

7700 Seminar in Modern Art

Restriction(s): Enrollment is limited to students with a major in Art History; enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in a Master of Arts degree.

Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes .

7999 Master's Essay Direction

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Candidate Masters; enrollment is limited to students with a major in Art History; enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in a Master of Arts degree.

8999 Master's Thesis Research and Direction

Restriction(s): Enrollment limited to students with a class of Candidate Masters; enrollment is limited to students with a major in Art History; enrollment is limited to Graduate level students; enrollment limited to students in a Master of Arts degree.