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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. Byzantine Art and Architecture (3)
This course explores Byzantine art and architecture from the rise of Christianity in the second and third centuries to the end of the sixth century. Emphasis is placed on how imperial rulers used art to further their political and religious agendas.

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 5222.   Medieval Illustrated Manuscripts (3)
This course traces the history of book illustration in Western Europe from Insular Gospel Books (ca. 700) and Carolingian Bibles (ca. 800) to deluxe Gothic literary and devotional books produced until the introduction of printing during the later Middle Ages (ca. 1450).

ARH 5223.   Late Antique and Early Christian Art (3)
This course focuses on the art and architecture in Late Antiquity, a time of transition from the Roman to the Medieval periods. Emphasis is on the processes of transmission, adoption, and adaptation of established iconographies and architectural forms from Jewish and pagan arts to serve the needs of the newly established Christian religion.

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 5575.  Islamic Art and Architecture, 7th – 21st Centuries (3)
This course focuses on Islamic art, architecture, and urbanism. It covers the definition of Islamic art and architecture, the historical placement of Islamic art within the medieval context, the problem of ornamentation and figurative representation in the Islamic artistic tradition, the question of revivalism and reappropriation of antiquities and classical styles, as well as the politics of the study of Islamic art and its historiography.

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.

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: Renaissance Encounters with the New World (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 5725. History of Graphics (3)
Survey of artists and processes in western printmaking from the fifteenth century through the twentieth century.

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 5068. History of Modern Architecture (3)
This course traces the major tendencies of European and American architecture from the Enlightenment to World War II. Topics include the relationship between the construction of national identity and the development of architectural form, the roles of historicism and revivalism in architecture of the period, and the development of new industrially-produced materials in both public and private spaces, including urbanization.

ARH 5420. 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)
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 5715.  History of Photography (3)
This course examines the history of photography from its invention in the 1830s to the present. Topics covered include historical debates about photography’s status as an art form, commercial and scientific applications, photojournalism and propaganda, the rise of amateur photography, as well as contemporary trends and practices. Focus is placed on recent scholarship in the field.

ARH 5887.  Walt Disney and the American Century (3)
This course considers the artistic output of Walt Disney and his company in relation to fine art, society and politics during the twentieth century, emphasizing contributions in the realms of film, architecture and the theme park. In an effort to judge Disney’s impact on the production and consumption of leisure, students engage with some thirty years of academic critical discourse.

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.

ARH 6718.  Documentary Photography and Film (3)
This seminar studies the forms, strategies, conventions, and criticism of documentary photography and film in the U.S., from the late 19th century to the present. The course considers the rhetoric of the images and the contemporary circumstances in which that rhetoric is bound, while also locating the tensions between reality and the fictionality of representation.

Visual Cultures of the Americas

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 5605. 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 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 5864. Methods and Theory for the Study of World Arts (3)
Prerequisite: ARH 5813. This course offers an introduction to the primary methodological and theoretical foundations for the study of World Arts. Students question how World Arts are defined, study relevant methodologies (e.g., anthropology, post-colonial studies, and cultural studies), consider traditional-art historical methodologies from a World-Arts perspective, and examine critical issues pertaining to the study of art and architecture of particular world areas.

Museum and Cultural Heritage Studies

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 5838.    The Museum Object (3).
Prerequisite: Must be currently enrolled in a graduate-degree program in a department participating in the Museum Studies Certificate Program or have a graduate degree in a related discipline. This course covers the philosophy and practice of acquiring the museum object; the processing of the object in an institutional setting; research methods and interpretation; philosophy in methods of presenting the object and its interpretation through exhibition and display; and various forms of publications and dissemination.


ARH 5813. Seminar in the Methods of Art History (3)
Seminar in methodology required of art history graduate students.

ARH 5806r. 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 5942r.  Internship in Museum Studies (1–6)
This course is an internship in a collaborative museum to provide students with firsthand knowledge of, and practical experience in, museums. Concurrent registration is permitted. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve semester hours within the same term.

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.

ARH 6980R. Dissertation (24)
(S/U grade only.)

ARH 8964r. Preliminary Doctoral Examination (0)

ARH 8985r. Dissertation Defense (0)