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Art History

Requirements for the Major in Art History. The Bachelor of Arts in art history requires 48 semester hours in art history and studio art with grades of C- or better.

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12      Art History Requirements

4 ARTH-101 Introduction to Art History I: Prehistoric to Late Middle Ages
4 ARTH-102 Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance to Modern
4 ARTH-403 Senior Thesis

28      Art History Electives

28      Choose elective art history courses selected with faculty adviser guidance (may include internship or independent study credit).

8      Studio Art Electives

8      Choose two studio art courses (ARTS-111 Foundations of Art I and a photography course are recommended).

Reading knowledge of a second language is helpful for undertaking research in non-English scholarship.

Minor in Art History. The minor in art history requires 20 semester hours of art history courses with a grade of C- or above. Required courses include ARTH-101, ARTH-102 and three additional art history courses.

ARTH-101 Introduction to Art History I: Prehistoric to Late Middle Ages

A survey of painting, sculpture and architecture from cave painting to A.D. 1400. Emphasizes standards of artistic achievement and basic principles of form and style viewed in social context. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression.

ARTH-102 Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance to Modern

A survey of painting, sculpture and architecture from A.D. 1400 to World War II. Emphasizes standards of artistic achievement and basic principles of form and style viewed in social context. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression.

ARTH-205 Greek and Roman Art

A survey of art and architecture of ancient Greece (Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic) and Roman cultures. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Team Intensive.

ARTH-211 Survey of Non-Western Art

A study of the diversity of non-Western or ethnographic traditions. Possible topics include the art of Islam, India, China, Japan, Africa, South America, Meso-America and Native America. Emphasizes the relationship between non-Western art and general historical developments. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Diversity.

ARTH-300 Topics in Art

An intermediate-level survey of selected topics in the history of art. Topics may be drawn from such areas as American folk art, modern art or Medieval and Renaissance art. 4 SH.

ARTH-306 Renaissance Art History

A study of painting, sculpture and architecture in Florence, Rome and Venice from the late-13th to the 16th centuries. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Writing Intensive.

ARTH-307 Baroque Art History

A study of the impact of society and of the Renaissance on painting, sculpture and architecture in 17th- and 18th-century Europe. 4 SH.

ARTH-309 19th-Century Art History

Art and the role of the artist from the time of the French Revolution to the end of impressionism, 1780s to 1880s. Emphasizes stylistic development of neoclassicism, the romantic movement, realism and impressionism in the context of social and cultural revolutions. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Writing Intensive.

ARTH-310 Modernism and the Avante-garde

Analyzes movements and manifestos that define the art of the avant-garde from post-impressionism in the 1880s to World War II in the 1940s. Explores the various "isms" in the context of social issues that effected change in artistic principles. Recommended for all art majors. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Writing Intensive.

ARTH-313 Women in Art

A study of the historic perception and the social history of the role of women in art: as artist, as subject of art and as patron (audience) of art. Emphasizes exploration and debate over issues affecting present-day perceptions about the woman artist of the past and the future. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Same as WMST:313. 4 SH. CC: Artistic Expression, Diversity Intensive, Interdisciplinary, Writing Intensive.

ARTH-315 History of Photography

A study of photography from its invention to the present day. Emphasizes the technical evolution of the medium and its various processes as well as the medium's use in both documentary/scientific and fine arts contexts. 4 SH. CC: Team Intensive.

ARTH-401 Independent Study

A tutorial course focusing on serious scholarship in art history. Includes writing an article designed for publication. Instructor will assist in topic selection and guide student efforts. Students may do research at major museums, galleries and significant libraries. 4 SH.

ARTH-403 Senior Thesis

Required capstone course for art history majors in their senior year. Students will work with art history faculty to develop a long paper. This may either be based on new research or be an expansion of a paper from a previous art history course. Prerequisite: Senior standing. 4 SH. Capstone.

ARTH-412 Contemporary Art

Critical issues in art from 1950 to the present, defined by radical changes in values for the art market, art criticism and public taste. Lively presentations by students will support or contest recent art criticism, involving them in both analysis and debate. 4 SH. CC: Ethics Intensive, Oral Intensive.