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

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 (VP) 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 (VP) 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 (WI) 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

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. Offered for undergraduate credit only.

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.