ART HISTORY CORE

Take five of the following courses:

AR-110  Survey of Western Art

Introduces the major periods of western art history from its genesis to the present: Ancient, Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Early Christian, Byzantine, Early Medieval, Romanesque, Gothic, Proto-Renaissance, Renaissance, High Renaissance, Mannerism, Northern Renaissance, Baroque, Nineteenth Century, and Twentieth Century. Masterpieces from each epoch provide information about the cultures from which they derive, and highlight the individual achievements of outstanding artists.

3 CreditsF,I  

AH-108  Cross Cultural Art 1

This course will examine art from around the world produced between the prehistoric era and the 14th century. We will consider perspectives for understanding cross-cultural encounters, examine the impact of cultural exchange on the development of art, and emphasize the historical and global context of various artistic movements and artists.

4 CreditsF,I,SW-GE Pre-Req or Co-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109

AH-113  Cross-Cultural Art 2

This course will examine art from around the world produced between the 14th century and the present. We will 1) consider perspectives for understanding cross-cultural encounters in an increasingly diverse and interconnected world and 2) emphasize the historical and global context of various artistic movements & artists.

4 CreditsF,I,SW-GE Pre-Req or Co-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109 (NOTE: AR-108 Cross-Cultural Art 1 is NOT a prerequisite for this course.)

AH-301  African-American Art: Slavery to Social Justice

Considers the work of African-American artists from the American colonial period to the present, seeking to understand the works of painting, sculpture and other media as the products of major cultural movements such as the New Negro Movement, Harlem Renaissance, and Civil Rights Movement, but also as the unique expressions of individual artists.

4 CreditsF,I,CA,CW,SW-US Pre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109

AH-302  Reframing American Art

This course will introduce you to the ways in which American visual arts articulate cross-cultural encounters, from times of diverse Native groups, through later engagements with European colonizers, American slaves, and immigrants. We will look at how the historical experience of different groups is shaped and how those experiences are translated into art produced by artists of varied backgrounds.

4 CreditsF,SW-US Pre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109

AH-309  Expanding the Renaissance

The Baroque is a global style that appeared in various parts of the world in the 17th and 18th centuries. In this course, you will learn how styles developed/changed as a reaction to/against social, political, religious, economic, and aesthetic issues. You will compare monuments from different parts of the world to gain an understanding of local meaning and cross-cultural connections.

4 CreditsF,I,CW,WK-HTPre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

AH-310  Global Baroque Art & Architecture

The Baroque is a global style that appeared in various parts of the world in the 17th and 18th centuries. In this course, you will learn how styles developed/changed as a reaction to/against social, political, religious, economic, and aesthetic issues. You will compare monuments from different parts of the world to gain an understanding of local meaning and cross-cultural connections.

4 CreditsF,I,CW,WK-HTPre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

AH-311 Art of Ancient Peoples

Studies art and architecture from Prehistory through Ancient Rome, with particular emphasis on architecture and sculpture and their purpose in cultural and political activities. Course will draw from art historical and archaeological approaches.

4 CreditsF,I,WK-HTPre-req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

AH-312 Medieval Art: Really a Dark Age?

This course concentrates on the arts and architecture of Europe from 300 to 1250. Works are drawn from the late Antique, Byzantine, Migratory, Carolingian, Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic periods. Special emphasis on the relationship between religious, economic, social, and political forces and how they affected the arts of this era.

3 CreditsF,WK-HTPre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

AH-313  Northern Renaissance Art 

Study of the arts in Northern Europe (mainly Germany and the Netherlands) in the 15th and 16th centuries with a particular focus on the patronage of mercantile centers and courts. Artists to be considered include Campin, Van Eyck, Van der Weden, Durer, Grunewald, Bosch, and Bruegel.

4 CreditsF,I

AH-316 Art & Revolution: 19th Century Europe

This course introduces major themes in 19th century European art, with an emphasis on French painting. We will consider revolutionary impacts on art; the Napoleonic presence abroad; the shift from history painting to realism; issues related to class and gender. Students will gain an understanding of the stylistic principles and historical contexts in which 19th-century art was created.

4 CreditsF,I,CS,WK-HTPre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

AH-329  Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism

This course investigates artistic developments that shaped the rise of Modernism in Europe and the U.S. from the late 19th-mid 20th century. We will discuss various media and consider the ways in which artists responded to changing cultural conditions. Students will develop a critical understanding of the discipline of art history and acquire the skills necessary to interpret/analyze visual imagery.

4 CreditsF,I,CW,WK-HTPre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

AH-330  Why Is That Art? 1945-Present

What makes something a work of art? Why do certain objects end up in museums? This course will answer those questions by surveying major artists and global movements from World War II through the present day. The impact of globalization on art and the predominance of socially engaged art in the 21st century will be considered.

4 CreditsF,I,WK-HTPre-Req: FYC-101 or EN-110 or EN-109.

AH-492 Senior Thesis in Art History

Involves one full semester of research and writing. A thesis statement, bibliography, and outline are to be followed by a rough draft which is expected by mid-term. After revisions, the completed paper is due by the end of the semester. Students may choose to write about a specific work (or several works) of art, and relevant artists, styles, influences, etc. The thesis may be comparative, but it must be analytical.

3 CreditsF,CWInstructor permission required.

AR-315  Women in Art

A study of women artists and their artworks from a variety of approaches - aesthetic, historical, philosophical, social, economic, and political - this course seeks to understand appreciate, and integrate the role and contributions of women into the history of western art. Note: This course was offered as 3 credits through Spring 2019. 

4 CreditsCA,F,IPrerequisite: AR-110 or AR-130 and at least sophomore class standing.


Secondary Emphasis Credit Total = 18-20

Six credits must be at the 300/400-level.  Any course exception must be approved by the advisor and/or department chair.