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Art History (ARTHIST) Courses

Lower-Division

ARTHIST 101 SURVEY OF WESTERN ART I (3-0-3)(F,S,SU)(DLV). An historical survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from prehistoric art through the Middle Ages.

ARTHIST 102 SURVEY OF WESTERN ART II (3-0-3)(S). An historical survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance to the present.

ARTHIST 103 SURVEY OF FAR EASTERN ART (3-0-3)(F/S). A survey of the arts of India, China, Korea, Japan, Tibet, and Southeast Asia, as they developed from the earliest times until the first influences of Western culture.

Upper-Division

ARTHIST 301 NINETEENTH CENTURY ART HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). A study of important artists and movements from Neoclassicism through Post-Impressionism. Critical writing will be assigned. PREREQ: ARTHIST 102 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 302 HISTORY OF TWENTIETH CENTURY EUROPEAN ART (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). An analysis of important European artistic movements up to World War II, including Fauvism, German Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Constructivism, Dada, and Surrealism. Critical writings will be assigned. PREREQ: ARTHIST 102 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 335 ART OF THE BRONZE AGE (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). A survey of the art and architecture of the Bronze Age (3000-1100 BC) Mediterranean civilizations including Egypt, Mesopotamia, Minoan Crete, and Mycenaean Greece. PREREQ: ARTHIST 101 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 336 GREEK ART (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). A survey of the art and architecture of ancient Greece, from the Iron Age through the Hellenistic Period (1100-33 BC), with emphasis on the artistic achievements of Classical Athens. PREREQ: ARTHIST 101 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 337 ART OF ANCIENT ITALY (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). A survey of the art and architecture of ancient Italy from the time of the Etruscans through the Roman Republic and Imperial Periods (700 BC – 330 AD), with emphasis on the artistic achievements of the Roman Empire. PREREQ: ARTHIST 101 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 338 MEDIEVAL ART (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). A survey of the art and architecture of the Medieval world (5th-15th centuries AD) including Byzantine Greece and Turkey, the Islamic Near East and Spain, and Europe from the time of the migrations through the Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic periods. PREREQ: ARTHIST 101 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 354 NORTHERN RENAISSANCE ART (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). An examination of the painting, sculpture, architecture, and decorative arts of the Netherlands, France, England, and Germany from 1400-1550 and the role these arts played in the culture that produced them. PREREQ: ARTHIST 102 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 355 ITALIAN RENAISSANCE ART (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). A survey of the key artistic monuments in Renaissance Italy (1200-1600 AD), from the work of Cimabue to that of Caravaggio. PREREQ: ARTHIST 102 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 356 ART OF INDIA (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). A survey of the art and architecture of India from the earliest times until the end of the Mughal period, emphasizing artistic expression as a reflection of the general culture and religion. PREREQ: ARTHIST 103 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 359 PRE-COLUMBIAN ART (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). A survey of the Middle American art of the Olmecs, Nayarit, Colima, Maya, Teotihuacan, Zapotecs, Toltecs, and Aztecs from ancient times until the arrival of the Spanish in the 16th century. PREREQ: ARTHIST 101 or ARTHIST 102 or ARTHIST 103 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 365 BAROQUE ART (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). A survey of European visual culture during the late sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship of the arts to such concurrent events as the exploration and expansion into the New World, urban growth, the development of nation-states, and religious controversy. PREREQ: ARTHIST 102 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 366 EIGHTEENTH CENTURY ART (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). A survey of the art of the Enlightenment from the time of Louis XIV through the Napoleonic Wars. Emphasis will be placed on the relationship between eighteenth century visual culture and developments in science, philosophy, and the changing political and social ideologies of the newly industrial nations of Europe and North America. PREREQ: ARTHIST 102 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 370 HISTORY OF MODERN ARCHITECTURE (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). History of modern architecture from mid-18th through late 20th centuries. PREREQ: ARTHIST 102 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 371 HISTORY OF TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICAN ART (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). Beginning with a short survey of American art from the Ashcan School through the Thirties, with concentration on Abstract Expressionism, Pop, Op, and Minimal. PREREQ: ARTHIST 102 or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 373 HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY (3-0-3)(S). Examines key photographers, movements and critical debates in photography. Emphasis on developing student’s proficiency at analyzing and interpreting photographs. PREREQ: ARTHIST 102.

ARTHIST 386 COLLOQUIUM IN NON-WESTERN ART HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S). Intensive studies of a particular period, topic or problem in non-western art history. Lecture and discussion format will address critical issues in non-western art. Consult current class schedule for specific selections offered each term. May be repeated. PREREQ: ARTHIST 101 and ARTHIST 102, or ARTHIST 103, or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 450 ART HISTORY PRACTICUM (3-0-3)(F,S). Directed practical experience in organizing and illustrating art history classes, leading exam review sessions, and evaluating student performance. Students will receive credit for working as an assistant in selected classes designated by art history faculty each semester. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. PREREQ: 12 credits of art history and PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 451 CONTEMPORARY CONCEPTS IN ART (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). An exploration of contemporary art in the context of current theoretical concepts. The pluralistic nature of art during the postmodern era will be emphasized and recent developments in criticism will be introduced. Critical writings will be assigned. PREREQ: ARTHIST 302, ARTHIST 371, or PERM/INST.

ARTHIST 452 METHODS AND THEORY IN ART HISTORY (3-0-3)(F/S)(Alternate years). A critical analysis of the historiographical, theoretical, and methodological approaches taken by art historians in their considerations and interpretation of visual culture, past and present. PREREQ: ART 298, ARTHIST 101, ARTHIST 102, and 3 credits of upper-division art history.

Art History Programs