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.

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

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.

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.

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.

5500 Early Renaissance in Italy

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

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

5560 Special Topics

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

5570 Performance Art of the Americas

Explores Performance Art created in North, Central, and South America, as well as in the Caribbean. Performance Art is a Western visual art movement in which the artist's body is the primary medium of expression, and this art form's evolution will be examined from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries.

5710 Trends in Nineteenth Century Art

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.

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.

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