Art History Major

Prior to selecting a major, students should consult with their advisor and the chair of the department of art and art history. All students who decide to major in art or art history should officially elect a faculty member from the department as their formal advisor and consult with that faculty member prior to course registration each semester.

This major is for students who wish to develop an appreciation and increased understanding of the various roles that the visual arts have played in different historical contexts from the prehistoric period to the present. This major is also appropriate for students who are considering application to graduate school for art history, museum studies, art criticism or art-architectural conservation. It is strongly recommended that art history majors spend a semester studying abroad.

Please note that ARTH 495: Capstone Research should be taken in the fall semester of the year the student graduates.

All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses.

Introductory Course (3 hours)
Choose one course from the following:

ARTH 151: History of Art and Architecture I
3 credit hours

An analytical survey of western traditions in art and architecture from the Paleolithic through the Middle Ages, including such periods and styles as Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Early Christian, Romanesque and Gothic. Analysis of these traditions develops an awareness of non-western traditions.

ARCH 251: History of Architecture, Urbanism and Art I
3 credit hours

Formal, theoretical, material, pragmatic and conceptual aspects of architecture, cities and art, examined in relation to their cultural contexts, from pre-history to circa 1400. Offered fall semester.

Required Courses (6 hours)

ARTH 152: History of Art and Architecture II
3 credit hours

An analytical survey of western traditions in art and architecture from the Renaissance to the present, including such periods and styles as Baroque, Neoclassical, Romanticism, Modern and Contemporary. Analysis of these traditions develops an awareness of non-western traditions.

ARTH 495: Capstone Research
3 credit 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.

Studio Course (3 hours)
Choose one ARTZ course

Electives (15 hours)
Select five courses from the following

ARCH 252: History of Architecture, Urbanism and Art II
3 credit hours

Formal, theoretical, material, pragmatic and conceptual aspects of architecture, cities and art, examined in relation to their cultural contexts, from circa 1400 to the present. Offered spring semester. 

ARCH 356: History of Modern Architecture
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ARCH 251ARCH 252.  
An introduction to the history of modern architecture from its intellectual and artistic origins in the nineteenth century through the present day. Special emphasis is placed on the consideration of modernism in architecture not just as a narrowly defined stylistic movement, but also as a broader cultural phenomenon through which architects engage a changing world. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.

ARCH 426: Travel Journal: Mediterranean Cultures
3 credit hours

Co-requisite:  ARCH 418ARCH 456. 
Students will apply cultural theories from CORE 201 Global Foundations to disciplined observation of the diversity of practices, rituals, habits and artistic productions of the peoples of the Mediterranean as the crossroads between Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Offered only with the Drury international semester program in Greece.

ARTH 310: Medieval Art and Architecture
3 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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.

ARTH 356: Contemporary Art
3 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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 credit 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 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics
1-3 credit 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 395: Historiography
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  ARTH 151ARTH 152 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 410: The Medieval Architect: Practice and Product
3 credit 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 credit 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.

ARTZ 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research
1-12 credit 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.

ARTH 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship
Varies credit 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.