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history and art history

 

Art History Courses

+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. (100-level topics courses include Mythic Image and Comics.)

+AH 130. Introduction to Classical Studies • 3 credits
This 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. Prior approval 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. Prerequisites: Varies depending on topic. (300-level topics courses include Museum Studies, Comics, Mythic Image.)

+WI-AH 323. Ancient Greece • 3 credits
This course is a survey of the history and culture of Greece from Mycenaean times through the death of Alexander the Great and beyond. This course will focus primarily on the art and architecture of the period, but will also address a survey of primary source documents such as histories, legal and governing texts, classical works of literature, and philosophical works. Prerequisites: AH 250; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+WI-AH 324. Ancient Rome • 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. This course will focus primarily on the art and architecture of the period, but will also address a survey of primary source documents such as histories, legal and governing texts, classical works of literature, and philosophical works. Prerequisites: AH 250; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+WI-AH 326. Christian through Byzantine • 3 credits
This course surveys the early formation and slow ascendency of Christian culture within its broader Roman, and non-Christian, context, until post-Roman culture has developed its unique identity. The survey ends with the attempts to revive the image of the Roman Empire under Charlemagne in the West and under Justinian in the Byzantine East. This survey is comprised primarily of artistic and architectural sources, but will also include analysis of relevant literary sources. Prerequisites: AH 250; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+WI-AH 343. The Medieval World • 3 credits
An advanced survey of the art history and culture of Western Europe from the Middles Ages, including the Romanesque and Gothic periods. Studies the effect of the events and movements of the period on political, social and intellectual life as well as on the art and architecture of the time. Prerequisites: AH 250 or HIST 215; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+WI-AH 345. The Renaissance • 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. Prerequisites: AH 251; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+WI-AH 346. Baroque & Rococo • 3 credits
A survey of the history, art, architecture, and culture of Western Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. Prerequisites: AH 251; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+WI-AH 347. 19th Century • 3 credits
Course material will cover the development of the major movements, ideas, and artists of Western art during the 19th century, examining examples within the cultural, social, and political context of their creation. Prerequisites: AH 250, 251; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+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: 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. Prerequisites: AH 251; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+WI-AH 351. 20th Century • 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. Prerequisites: AH 251; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+AH 352. Non-Western Art • 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: Varies depending on topic.

+WI-AH 353. Russia • 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. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+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. Prerequisites: AH 251; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

+WI-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. Prerequisites: AH 250, 251; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

AH 450. Art Historical Methods & Careers • 3 credits
Students will acquire a deeper understanding of Art History through an exploration of the differing methods and theories used within the discipline and its related careers. Capstone-track students will begin work on their Capstone proposals and bibliographies as a part of AH 450, while internship-track students will focus on professional development research projects in support of their internship experiences. Prerequisites: AH 250, 251 or permission of the instructor.

+WI-AH 451. Capstone Research Experience • 3 credits
Directed individual reading, research and writing on a topic approved by the department. Prerequisites: Open only to junior and senior art history majors. Prior approval by instructor required. AH 250, 251; ENGL 101, with a minimum grade of C.

AH 490. Internship in Art • 1-6 credits
Students work to gain practical experience in the discipline of art history. Prior approval of instructor required. Pass/No pass course.