Art History Courses (ARTH)
200 Level Courses:
ARTH 293: History of Animation
300 Level Courses:
ARTH 300: Prehistoric Artifacts and Culture
ARTH 305: Ancient Art and Architecture
ARTH 310: Medieval Art and Architecture
ARTH 315: Renaissance Art and Architecture
ARTH 316: Venice and the Veneto
ARTH 320: Baroque Art and Architecture
ARTH 350: Modern Art
ARTH 356: Contemporary Art
ARTH 360: History of Photography
ARTH 362: History of Museums and Collecting
ARTH 364: The Printed Book as Art and Artifact, 1450 to 1850
ARTH 370: Asian Art and Architecture
ARTH 371: Early Islamic Art and Architecture
ARTH 373: Indigenous Arts and Cultures
ARTH 380: Field Studies: Art History
ARTH 390: Selected Topics
ARTH 391, 392: Research
ARTH 395: Historiography
ARTH 397, 398: Internship
400 Level Courses:
ARTH 410: The Medieval Architect: Practice and Product
ARTH 411: Medieval Women: Image, Text, Experience
ARTH 490: Selected Topics
ARTH 491, 492: Research
ARTH 495: Capstone Research
ARTH 497, 498: Internship
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.
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.
This course will study all forms of animation from around the world. Animations, and the animators who created them, will be analyzed in a historical and cultural context. Theories of techniques, technological developments and criticism of animation are all studied in relation to historical developments, cultural influences and styles in the visual and performing arts.
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.
An in‐depth examination of art and architecture in early historic cultures such as Egyptian, Near Eastern, Greek and Roman.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Prerequisite: ARTH 151, ARTH 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.
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.
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.
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.