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Graduate students generally enroll for 5000-level coursework. Many of these courses are tutorials linked to the parallel 4000-level undergraduate course. It is the general practice that students attend undergraduate lectures as well as fulfill the particular requirements for the 5000-level tutorial. In addition to these “linked” tutorials, the Department also offers traditional graduate seminars in which students work closely with the professor in small groups. The topics of these seminars vary. Students are also allowed to take electives. In the following list an [r] indicates a course that may be repeated when topics vary.


ARH 5111. Art and Archaeology of the Bronze Age in the Aegean (3)

A detailed study of the major archaeological evidence related to the Bronze Age in Crete and Greece; the major sites, monuments and artistic works studied and analyzed.

ARH 5125. Etruscan Art and Archaeology (3)

Critical study and appraisal of Etruscan monuments and artistic works; major archaeological evidence for Etruscan culture.

ARH 5140. Greek Art and Archaeology of the Fifth and Fourth Centuries B.C. (3)

A careful study of the monuments of classical Greece and its artistic productions; study of archaeological evidence and the accomplishments of classical Greek Art.

ARH 5160. Art and Archaeology of the Early Roman Empire (3)

The archaeological evidence and artistic production of Rome from Augustus through the Antonines studied carefully with a view toward evaluating the period’s accomplishments.

ARH 5174r. Studies in Classical Art and Archaeology (3)

Specific studies in aspects of classical art and archaeology. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.


ARH 5220. Early Christian and Byzantine (3)

The course begins with the first manifestations of Christian art and covers audiences, patrons and problems of the representation of religious ideas in art from the beginnings in the Roman catacombs, through mosaics of Ravenna and Sicily to icons of Rome and Constantinople and includes the luxurious court arts of Byzantium.

ARH 5221. Early Medieval Art (3)

Considers the development of the uses of art in the European Middle Ages, from Barbarian metal work to the acceptance of the classical tradition, to the first mature pan-European art of Romanesque architecture and sculpture. Topics of special interest include pilgrimage, imperial imagery, manuscripts and monasteries.

ARH 5240. Later Medieval Art (3)

Generally called Gothic art, this course includes the cathedrals and their sculpture built by bishops and towns, as well as the castles, sumptuous arts and manuscripts commissioned by princes and lords. Topics of special interest include the Black Death, devotional art, civic expression and the arts of the courts.

ARH 6292r. Topics in Medieval Art: Seminar (3)

Advanced seminar on specific topic within the area of Medieval art. Specific topics vary. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

Graduate seminars vary; recent seminar topics in Medieval art include:

Medieval London

Focuses on the role of London in the later Medieval Ages through an examination of art, architecture and poetry.

Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts

History of book illustration in Western Europe

Medieval Jerusalem

Examines the art and architecture of Jerusalem from the reign of Herod to Ottoman domination.


Explores the history of Chartres Cathedral and its importance to High Gothic architecture.

Renaissance & Baroque

ARH 5321. Early Italian Renaissance Art: 15th Century (3)

An examination of how social and historical issues influenced the arts during the first great cultural flowering of the Renaissance in Florence, Rome and Venice. Discussion will center on how the requirements of the patron, the vitality of local traditions and the interaction among the arts all contributed to the creation of the new Renaissance vocabulary.

ARH 5322. Later Italian Renaissance Art: 16th Century (3)

This course examines works by the great masters of the Renaissance, including Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Titian, against the backdrop of the social and political realities of the day. Discussion will include the rise of the artist-hero, the sources and meaning of Mannerism and the impact of the religious controversies of the age.

ARH 5340. Northern European Renaissance Art (3)

Developments in northern European fifteenth and sixteenth century art with emphasis on painting and printmaking: Flemish, French, German and Dutch artists.

ARH 5360. Southern Baroque (3)

This course investigates painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy and Spain during the seventeenth century, stressing the theatrical, ecstatic and virtuoso character of works produced for royalty, the Church and the rising middle class by such masters as Caravaggio, Bernini and Velazquez.

ARH 5361. Northern Baroque (3)

An examination of the Golden Age of painting, sculpture and architecture in France, England and the Netherlands, showing how such figures as Rembrandt and Vermeer encoded meaning in works of detailed realism and contributed to the rise of new subjects in art, including still life, landscape and portraiture.

ARH 5363. 18th-Century Art (3)

A study of painting, sculpture and architecture produced in Western Europe during the Enlightenment, with emphasis on the luxurious, sensual art of the Rococo, the rational classicism of the Palladian Revival, the new moral and philosophical image of women and the rise of the decorative arts.

ARH 5659. Great Traditions in Mesoamerican Art and Culture (3)

This course provides an introduction to the art and architecture of Mesoamerica from the rise of the Olmec in 1500 B.C. to the Spanish conquest of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in 1521.  The course focuses on how changes in visual culture reflect larger religious and political transformations.

ARH 6394r. Topics in Renaissance Art: Seminar (3)

Advanced seminar on specific topic within the area of Renaissance art. Specific topics vary. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ARH 6398r. Topics in Baroque Art: Seminar (3)

Advanced seminar on specific topic within the area of Baroque art. Specific topics vary. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ARH 6920 Teaching Colloquium in Art History (1-12)

S/U grade only.  This course is designed for all doctoral students who have not yet reached candidacy and all graduate students teaching for the department for the first time.  May be repeated from term to term to a maximum of twelve semester hours.

Graduate seminars vary; recent seminar topics in Renaissance & Baroque include:

Bramante and the High Renaissance

Examines the life and works of Bramante, artist, architect, engineer, poet and courtier.

Gardens and Landscape Design

Examines humanity’s construction and manipulation of the physical environment from antiquity to the present.


Examines the art and architecture produced in Rome in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries

Baroque Women, Art, and Society

Interdisciplinary course on the construction of gender in the 15th through 18th centuries.


ARH 5440. Modern European Art: Neoclassicism through Impressionism (3)

This course treats European art from 1780-1880, concentrating on the evolving dialogue between academic and anti-academic practices through an investigation of the relationship between theory, criticism and techniques of representation. Topics of inquiry include: David and Neo-classicism; British landscape painting; Delacroix and French Romanticism; Courbet’s Realism and Manet’s Naturalism; and French Impressionism.

ARH 5441. Modern European Art: Postimpressionism through Surrealism (3)

This course covers the development of abstraction from Symbolist art to Abstract Expressionism (from 1880-1950). Topics of discussion include the relationship between the techniques and forms of abstract representation and contemporary philosophical, social, scientific and political events. The writings of artists and critics provide the basis for this inquiry.

ARH 5461. 20th-Century Feminist Art Criticism (3)

This course analyzes questions raised by feminist art critics in the U.S. since 1970 and their responses, based upon their philosophical and ideological stances as liberal, radical, cultural, materialist or post-structuralist feminists.

ARH 5625. American Art before 1940 (3)

Styles in art and architecture of America from the Revolutionary painters to early twentieth century Modernism.

ARH 5648. Art after 1940 (3)

Course covers American and European art after 1940, from Abstract Expressionism to the present. This course begins with an examination of the reactions against Abstract Expressionism and investigates late-modernist practices (e.g., Pop Art, Minimalism, Conceptualism, Earth Art, Performance Art). Topics discussed include contemporary artistic practices and the relationship between “modernism” and “post-modernism.”

ARH 5685. American and Ethnic Folk Art (3)

This course is an introduction to American folk arts from the 17th century to the present. Course is designed to provide students with a framework for understanding how folk arts worked within the social and cultural context of the time. It will also discuss the different ways folk arts have been defined, redefined, utilized, collected and understood by the art world at large.

ARH 6694r. Topics in 19th-Century Art: Seminar (3)

Advanced seminar on specific topic within the area of nineteenth century art. Specific topics vary. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ARH 6695r. Topics in 20th-Century Art: Seminar (3)

Advanced seminar on specific topic within the area of twentieth century art. Specific topics vary. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

Graduate seminars vary; recent seminar topics in Modern Art include:

Word and Image Studies:

Methodologies of word and image studies

International Contemporary Art Since 1945

Explores contemporary art as produced globally in the wake of the deconstruction of formalist theories

The Soviet Moment in Russian Art

Explores the transformation of visual culture from the Bolshevik Revolution to the dissolution of the Soviet Union

U.S. Art between the Wars

Examines painting, photography and film between the World Wars.

Documentary Photography and Film

Explores forms, strategies and conventions of documentary photography and film.

Memory, Monuments, and Memorials in the U.S.

Examines the recent scholarship on memory as it applies to the production of a national consciousness through monuments.

Disney and the American Century

Looks at the history of animation and the global influence of Walt Disney.

World Arts

ARH 5527. West African Art and the Diaspora: Brazil, Haiti, the United States and Suriname (3)

This course is intended to invest students with an appreciation for and an ability to identify and discuss the arts of 18th, 19th and 20th century West African societies. It will also examine the impact of those art forms on the mind and spirits of Black populations in the Americas by giving them a framework for understanding how these arts work within their social and cultural contexts.

ARH 5545. Arts of India (3)

Painting, sculpture and architecture of India.

ARH 5556. Arts of Japan (3)

An introduction to the arts and culture of Japan, focusing on key monuments and artistic traditions that have played a central role in Japanese art and society. It covers, chronologically, the Pre-historic Age, Shinto, Buddhism, Court Culture, Zen Buddhism, Samurai Government and the Industrial Age.

ARH 5557. Arts of China (3)

A survey of the major epochs of Chinese art from pre-historic times to the modern period. The course examines the important artistic traditions developed in China: ritual bronzes, funerary art and architecture, Buddhist art, painting, calligraphy, ceramics and garden architecture.

ARH 5586. The Arts of Oceania, Africa and Native America (3)

This course discusses, analyzes and examines the arts of people from Oceania, Africa and Native America. It provides students with a valid framework for understanding the complexities involved with these art forms from inside and outside specific social and cultural contexts.

ARH 5587. Arts and Architecture of Polynesia (3)

This course is an in-depth introduction to the archaeology, art, architecture, ceremonies and cultures of island peoples. This includes Tonga, Western Samoa, American Samoa, Marquesas, Society, Cook, Austral and Hawaiian Islands, New Zealand and Easter Island.

ARH 5615. Native American Arts and Architecture of the Southwest (3)

Arts and architecture of the Native American peoples of the Southwest, beginning with ancient times and emphasizing the arts of the present Pueblo people from the 16th century to the present.

ARH 6592r. Topics in Eastern Art: Seminar (3)

Advanced seminar on specific topic within the area of Eastern art. Specific topics vary. May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

Graduate seminars vary; recent seminar topics in World Arts include:

Japanese Prints

Examines the circumstance and production of ukiyo-e prints and imagery between 1615-1868.

Literati Painting Theory

Explores literati painting theory and its deployment in late 11th century China.

Art in Revolution

Seminar examines modern revolutionary movements through architecture, urbanism and propaganda art

Representation and Reality, Toward an Anthropological Theory of Art:

Examines the nexus between language, representation and reality by looking at icons from a number of periods and regions, including Mesoamerica, South Asia, Japan and the West.


ARH 5725. History of Graphics (3)

Survey of artists and processes in western printmaking from the fifteenth century through the twentieth century.

ARH 5795. Seminar in the Methods of Art History (3)

Seminar in methodology required of art history graduate students.

ARH 5797. Seminar in Museum Studies (3)

Theoretical and practical approaches to museum operation and the historical development of the art museum in America.

ARH 5799 Cultural Heritage Theory and Practice (3)  

This course is a graduate level introduction to key issues in the field of cultural heritage, including such topics as definitions of tangible and intangible cultural heritage, the role of public opinion and tourism in the protection and interpretation of cultural heritage, the impact of development and conflict, questions of authenticity and identity, international law and ethics.

ARH 5896r. Seminar in the History and Criticism of Art (3)

May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ARH 5907r. Directed Individual Study (1-5)

May be repeated to a maximum of nine (9) semester hours.

ARH 5913r. Supervised Research (1-6)

(S/U grade only.) May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours. A maximum of three (3) semester hours may apply to a Master’s degree.

ARH 5940r. Supervised Teaching (1-6)

(S/U grade only.) May be repeated to a maximum of six (6) semester hours. A maximum of three (3) semester hours may apply to a Master’s degree.

ARH 5971r. Thesis (1-6)

(S/U grade only.) A minimum of six (6) semester hours credit is required.

ARH 6980R. Dissertation (24)

(S/U grade only.)

ARH 8964r. Preliminary Doctoral Examination (0)

ARH 8967r. Master’s Comprehensive Examination (0)

ARH 8967r. Master’s Thesis Defense (0)

ARH 8985r. Dissertation Defense (0)