Wayne State University

Art History Courses

1000 (VP) 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

Offered for four credits only to Honors students.

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.

1120 (VP) Survey of Art History: Renaissance through Modern

Offered for four credits to Honors students only.

Traditions and developments in visual expression in the West, Renaissance through twentieth century. Art in context of its cultures; techniques of visual analysis.

1130 (VP) Encounters with the Arts of Global Africa

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

3070 Art and Archeology of Ancient Egypt

An introduction to the history and development of Egyptian artistic style in architecture, sculpture, painting and the applied arts; historical, social and religious background.

3240 Mythology in Greek Art

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

3470 Islamic Art and Architecture

Survey of art and architecture of Islam from its origins in the seventh century to the Ottoman Empire.

3560 Special Topics

Students examine specific issues related to art history.

3700 Contemporary Art

Prereq: one 1000-level art history course.

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.

3750 African American Art

Historical inquiry of African American art from the eighteenth century to today.

3760 Art of the African Diaspora

Examines art of the African Diaspora and how this history of dissemination affected art making in various geographical, cultural, and sociopolitical paradigms.

5210 Hellenistic Art

Prereq: AH 1110 and AH 1120.

Sculpture, painting and architecture of the Greek world from Alexander the Great to Cleopatra.

5310 The Ancient City of Athens

Prereq: AH 1110 and AH 1120.

The history of Athens as an urban center in antiquity. Public monuments, buildings and landscape as reflecting the city's aspirations and fortunes.

5450 Art and Architecture in the High Middle Ages

Prereq: AH 1110 and AH 1120.

Art and architecture in western Europe, 1050-1250. Development of Romanesque and Gothic styles in architecture, painting, and sculpture.

5510 High Renaissance and Mannerism in Italy

Prereq: AH 1110 and AH 1120.

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

5560 Special Topics

Prereq. junior standing or higher. Offered for undergraduate credit only.

Students examine specific issues related to art history.

5710 Trends in Nineteenth Century Art

Prereq: AH 1110 and AH 1120.

Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes.

5720 Twentieth Century Art

Prereq: AH 1110 and AH 1120.

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

5735 Art 1900-1945

Prereq: A H 1110 and A H 1120.

European and American avant-garde art, Dada and Surrealism, the interwar period, and Abstract Expressionism.

5780 Topics in Twentieth-Century Art

Prereq: AH 1110 and AH 1120.

Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes.

5855 Museum Practicum

Prereq: AH 1110 and AH 1120.

Cooperative arrangement between the art history program and the Detroit Institute of Arts, in which the student applies art historical training to a current project or exhibition in the museum.

5990 Directed Study

Prereq: written consent of instructor. Open only to art history majors in B.A. or M.A. program.

Supervised advanced reading and research in the history of art.

5993 (WI) Writing Intensive Course in Fine Arts

Open only to undergraduate art history majors in B.A. or B.F.A. program. Prereq: junior standing, satisfactory completion of the IC requirement, completion of AH 1110 and AH 1120 and one other AH course at 2000-level or above; coreq: AH course at 3000-level or above. Offered for S and U grades only. No degree credit. Required for all majors.

5997 Seminar

Prereq: junior standing or above; AH 1110 and AH 1120. Open only to art history or art majors in B.A., B.F.A., M.A. or M.F.A program.

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

Open only to undergraduate art history honors majors. Prereq: completion of honors major in art history requirements. Offered for undergraduate credit only.

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

7200 Seminar in Greek and Roman Art

Open only to art history majors in M.A. program.

Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes .

7300 Seminar in Medieval Art

Open only to art history majors in the M.A. program.

Topics to be announced in the Schedule of Classes.

7700 Seminar in Modern Art

Open only to art history majors in M.A. program.

Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes .

7999 Master's Essay Direction

Open only to art history majors in M.A. program.

8999 Master's Thesis Research and Direction

Open only to art history master's candidates in M.A. program.