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Art History Courses

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+AH 120. Topics in Art History - 3 credits
An introductory study of specific art historical themes, geographical regions, media, movements or artists. Topics will be announced each semester the course is offered.

+AH 130. Introduction to Classical Studies [co-listed with HIST 115/CCM101] - 3 credits
The course seeks to familiarize students with the interdisciplinary methodology applied to the study of classical civilizations; to develop an acquaintance with the richness of the texts of the classical period; and to recognize the influence of Classical Cultures on the Liberal Arts.

+AH 250. Art Through the Ages I - 3 credits
An introduction to the different styles and functions of art during the historical periods leading up to the late Middle Ages; provides the tools for understanding the visual culture of each period against the cultural background of their times. Focuses primarily on the Western artistic tradition.

+AH 251. Art Through the Ages II - 3 credits
An introduction to the different styles and functions of art during the historical periods from the late Middle Ages through the present day; provides the tools for understanding the visual culture of each period against the cultural background of their times. Focuses primarily on the Western artistic tradition.

AH 319. Independent Study in Art History - 1-4 credits
Individual study open to junior and senior art or art history students wishing to do further research in art history. Permission of instructor required.

+AH 320. Advanced Topics in Art History - 3 credits
An advanced study of art historical themes, geographical regions, media, movement or artists. Topics will be announced each semester the course is offered. Prerequisite: ART 250, 251.

AH 323 Greek Art History [co-listed with HIST 309] - 3 credits
This course is a survey of the history and culture of Greece from Mycenaean times through the death of Alexander the Great. This course will involve a survey of primary source documents such as legal and governing texts, classical works of literature philosophical works, history and works of art.

AH 324: Roman Art History [co-listed with HIST 310] - 3 credits
A survey of Roman culture and history from the founding of the city in the 8th century BC to the collapse of the Western Empire in the 5th century AD. Involves a survey of primary source documents such as legal and governing texts, classical works of literature, philosophical works, history and works of art.

AH 326-WI. Early-Medieval Christian Art & Architecture - 3 credits
The Church and culture up to the Reformation.

AH 345. Renaissance Art - 3 credits
A survey of the art history and culture of Western Europe between 1300 and 1517. Studies the effect of the events and movements of the period on political, ecclesiastical, social and intellectual life as well as on the art and architecture of the time, and involves a survey of primary source documents such as legal and governing texts, classical works of literature, philosophical works, theological works and works of art.

AH 346. Baroque & Rococo Art - 3 credits
A survey of the history, art, architecture, and culture of Western Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries.

AH 347. 19th Century Art - 3 credits
A survey of the history and culture of Western Europe during the 19th century.

+WI-AH 350. American Art - 3 credits
The course covers the major issues and developments in American painting and graphic arts, from the colonial period through contemporary American art. Students will analyze portrayals of the nation's visual icons, investigating the ways the American visual culture has reflected the nation's history. Among the themes to be addressed are: the historical development of national imagery, meanings and agendas; representations of race, class and gender; patronage in American art; art and history; art and politics; art and the frontier; art and the landscape; etc. Prerequisite: ART 250 and 251.

+WI-AH 351. Art of the Modern World - 3 credits
Course material will cover the development of the major movements, ideas and artists of Western art, from the late nineteenth through the twentieth-centuries, examining significant examples within the cultural, social and political context of their creation. Prerequisite: ART 250 and 251.

AH 352. Beyond the Western World - 3 credits
Advanced historical survey of the development of art in non-Western geographic regions. Topics will be announced each semester the course is offered. Prerequisites: ART 250 and 251.

AH 353. Russian Art - 3 credits
This course will follow the evolution of Russian art from the 10th century to the present, placing the nation's painting, sculpture, and architecture in a cultural, social, political and historical perspective.

WI-AH 354. Contemporary Art - 3 credits
Survey of contemporary art, beginning with the major art movements since World War II, with special emphasis on the art of the United States and Britain since 1970.

AH 355. History of Graphic Design - 3 credits 
Survey of the differing styles, periods, significant contributors and developments within the field of graphic design.  Course material will cover the development of the major movements, ideas and artists, including precursors to the tradition, illuminated manuscripts, early print technology, the impact of the industrial revolution and photography on visual communications, illustration and poster design, international movements in graphic design (such as Arts and Crafts, or Bauhaus), and significant contemporary artists within the field.

AH 357. History of Photography - 3 credits
From photography's invention in 1839, artists have both celebrated the medium and feared its effect on their craft. This class will trace the development of photography throughout the twentieth century from its artistic beginnings in America with the Photosecession movement, to the mid-century adoption of a 'straight' aesthetic, to the ascendancy of photography in a post-painting art world.

AH 450. Art Historical Methods - 2 credits
Introduction to art historical method. Emphasis on doing art history through readings and project work. For art history majors in their junior or senior year.

WI-AH 451. Capstone Research Experience - 3 credits
Directed individual reading, research and writing on a topic approved by the department. Open only to junior and senior art history majors. Prior approval by instructor required. Prerequisite: HIST 400.

AH 499. Internship in Art - 1-4 credits
Junior or senior level art students work to gain practical experience in the fields of commercial and fine art. Prerequisites: Junior or senior art major status and permission of advisor. Pass/No pass course.