CCPS Art History Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses
ARTH 151: History of Art and Architecture I. 3 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. Dual Credit Course Only.

ARTH 152: History of Art and Architecture II. 3 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. Dual Credit Course Only.

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.

300 Level Courses
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.

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.

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 prehistoric 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 14th 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 374: Native American Architecture. 3 hours.

Prerequisites: ARTH 151.
This course examines the architectural traditions of indigenous peoples of North America and their relationship to historical, environmental, religious, economic and social imperatives.