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 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

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.

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

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.

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.

5310 The Ancient City of Athens

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

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

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.

5520 Art of Renaissance Venice

Art of fifteenth and sixteenth century Venice considered in its socio-political milieu.

5560 Special Topics

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

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.

5780 Topics in Twentieth-Century Art

Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes.

5990 Directed Study

Supervised advanced reading and research in the history of art.

5993 Writing Intensive Course in Fine Arts

Required for all majors.

5997 Seminar

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

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

7500 Seminar in Renaissance Art

Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes.

7700 Seminar in Modern Art

Topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes .

7999 Master's Essay Direction

8999 Master's Thesis Research and Direction