Art History Course Descriptions (ARTH)

100 Level Courses
ARTH 153: Visual Literacy - Art History and Culture. 3 hours.

Using a range of visual objects, from contemporary advertisements to works of art, from ancient artifacts to architecture and graphic novels, this course introduces students to the skills of critical seeing, analysis and interpretation to help them make meaning from, and discern cultural values encoded within, visual imagery.

200 Level Courses
ARTH 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours.

Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.

ARTH 291, 391, 491: Research. Variable hours.

Many academic departments offer special research or investigative projects beyond the regular catalog offering. Significant responsibility lies with the student to work independently to develop a proposal for study that must be approved by a faculty mentor and the appropriate department chair. The faculty member will provide counsel through the study and will evaluate the student’s performance. Sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. Students must register for research (291, 292, 391, 392, 491 or 492) to receive credit and are required to fill out a Permission to Register for Special Coursework form. It is recommended that students complete not more than 12 hours of research to apply toward the baccalaureate degree.

300 Level Courses
ARTH 300: Prehistoric Artifacts and Culture. 3 hours.

This course examines the artifacts of the Upper Paleolithic and Neolithic periods of Europe. Emphasis is given to works of painting, sculpture and architecture and the analytical methods employed by art historians to situate these works in their cultural environment.

ARTH 305: Ancient Art and Architecture. 3 hours.

An in-depth examination of art and architecture in early historic cultures such as Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek and Roman.

ARTH 310: Medieval Art and Architecture. 3 hours.

An in-depth examination of art and architecture from the collapse of the Roman Empire through the end of the Gothic era. The course covers early Christian, Byzantine, early Medieval, Islamic, Romanesque and Gothic developments.

ARTH 315: Renaissance Art and Architecture. 3 hours.

An in?depth examination of Italian art and architecture from c. 1250 to 1550. The course covers the development of the Renaissance style in Italy from the late Gothic period through the High Renaissance and into the Mannerist period.

ARTH 316: Venice and the Veneto. 3 hours.

This course examines Venetian art and architecture in its cultural context from the city’s foundation through its expansion of territorial domination during the Renaissance, its 19th?century decline and current status as museum city and center for contemporary arts.

ARTH 320: Baroque Art and Architecture. 3 hours.

Examines European art and architecture from the counter-reformation (c. 1563) through the death of Louis XIV (1715), with particular emphasis on the relationship between works and their social, political and cultural contexts.

ARTH 350: Modern Art. 3 hours.

An in-depth examination of art from the Romantic period (circa 1800) to the emergence of the Modern Period (1850) and through the twentieth century to 1990. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

ARTH 356: Contemporary Art. 3 hours.

This course presents an international survey of contemporary art from 1970 to the present. It examines such topics as post modernism, feminist art, instrumentalism and outsider art. Course may include on-site visits to galleries and museums.

ARTH 360: History of Photography. 3 hours.

A survey of the aesthetic and technical development of photography from its origin to the present. Particular emphasis will be given to the contextual relationships of photographic imagery to the visual arts and to the culture at large. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

ARTH 362: History of Museums and Collecting. 3 hours.

An examination of the history of museums as institutions that collect and preserve works of art and other cultural artifacts. The course emphasizes the ways in which museums and collectors influence how art is made, presented and received. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

ARTH 364: The Printed Book as Art and Artifact, 1450 to 1850. 3 hours.

An introduction to printing history and the history of the book. This course examines the development of printing, including the development of allied arts such as type-cutting and casting, papermaking, bookbinding and illustration. It also seeks to study the cultural contexts of printing and the book, with special emphasis on the rise of a reading public. Students will examine and handle examples from the library’s rare book collection.

ARTH 370: Asian Art and Architecture. 3 hours.

A survey of the arts of China, Japan, Korea, India and South Asia. The course covers the major movements in Asian art and architecture from pre-historic cultures to the present.

ARTH 371: Early Islamic Art and Architecture. 3 hours.

An in-depth examination of Islamic art and architecture in its formative period from the seventh through the fourteenth centuries. This course seeks an understanding of Islamic art and architecture in its cultural context by locating both its unique characteristics and its roots in Sassanian, Byzantine and Arabic traditions.

ARTH 373: Indigenous Arts and Cultures. 3 hours.

A survey of the arts from indigenous cultures such as African, Oceanic, Native American and others. The course covers the visual and decorative arts and architecture.

ARTH 380: Field Studies: Art History. 3 hours.

A course designed to promote first-hand, in-depth experience with works of art and/or architecture in order to foster the integration of theoretical and applied learning skills in the art history major. Students will participate in an off?campus field study or internship program of their choice, the exact nature of which will be determined by the interests of the student and must be approved in consultation with an art history faculty member.

ARTH 395: Historiography. 3 hours.

Prerequisite:  ARTH 153 plus one 300-level ARTH course. Must be a declared art history major to take this course. 
An historical study of the principal theories and methodologies of visual analysis.

ARTH 397, 497: Internship. Variable hours.

Interns must have at least 60 credit hours, completed appropriate coursework and have a minimum GPA of 2.5 prior to registering for academic credit. Also, approval must be obtained from the student's faculty sponsor and required forms must be completed by the deadline. Note: *Architecture, Music Therapy and Education majors do not register internships through Career Planning & Development. These students need to speak with his/her advisor regarding credit requirements and options. S/U grading.

400 Level Courses
ARTH 410: The Medieval Architect: Practice and Product. 3 hours.

This seminar examines the profession of the medieval architect: his training, design procedures and methods of construction employed to transform ideas into built form. Aspects of patronage, material usage and the economy will be considered. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

ARTH 411: Medieval Women: Image, Text, Experience. 3 hours.

This seminar analyzes the history of medieval women from two perspectives: that of the medieval theorists, a primarily masculine tradition informed by misogynistic tendencies, and the reconstructive work of modern social historians and art historians. Through a critical reading of primary (visual and textual) and secondary sources, this course illuminates the multifarious roles women played in medieval society.

ARTH 495: Capstone Research. 3 hours.

This course requires the student to design, research, write and present an in-depth art history project. Utilizing works of art or architecture, the student will apply theoretical perspectives and critical analysis methodologies of the discipline to their topic. Topic must be chosen in consultation with an art history faculty mentor. Functioning independently as an art historian, the student will present their research findings and reflections in the Art History Symposium at the end of the semester.