PLEASE NOTE: Regarding Prerequisites, ARH 3056/3057 are equivalent to the current survey courses ARH 2050/2051. 3056 and 3057 no longer exist. If you see these numbers as prerequisites, 2050 and 2051 are the actual prerequisites.
ARH 4933 is a Special Topics in Art History course with changing topics each term. This course may be repeated to a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours. If you take this course for more than twelve hours (more than four times, in the same semester or in different semesters), any hours over twelve will not count toward earned credit for your degree, though your grade will still count toward your GPA.
|ARH 3515–01 History of African Art
M/W/F 110:40–11:30am, 2041 WJB
This course surveys the arts of Africa, from ancient rock art to the present. We will consider a range of visual and material expressions, including painting, sculpture, architecture, masks and performance, ritual implements, cultural landscapes, and ephemera. Through a series of themes, we will explore how historical moments shaped African arts. Key historical events will include long-distance trade, tourism, the arrival of Islam and Christianity, environmental change, and European colonialism.
ARH 4230–01 Later Medieval Art
Dr. Kyle Killian
T/Th 11:35am–12:50pm, G40 WJB
This course is an introduction to Western European art history from about 1140 to about 1400. We will explore architecture, sculpture, painting, book illuminations, textiles, and liturgical objects in terms of their relationship to social and historical developments in Europe during the later Middle Ages. In addition, we will consider some of the current methodological and theoretical approaches to medieval art and architecture.
|ARH 4876–01 Global Women’s Art
Dr. Karen Bearor
T/Th 8:00–9:15am, G40 WJB
World Arts; Non-majors welcome, no course prerequisites.
This course focuses on the 20th and 21st centuries to survey and investigate women’s art in multiple media (painting, sculpture, installation, performance, photography, film, textiles, and multimedia arts) as these artists deal with discrepant modernities, collisions between tradition and modernity, artistic and gendered subjectivities, and other issues to reshape possibilities for themselves and their communities. The course also includes coverage of indigenous, immigrant, and exiled women’s contributions to arts in the U.S.
|ARH 4882-01 Visual Cultures of the African Diaspora in the Circum-Caribbean
Dr. Paul Niell
T/R 4:50–6:05pm, G40 WJB
This survey course focuses on the art, architecture, and visual cultures of the African Diaspora in the Circum-Caribbean and portions of South America with primary geographic attention to the contemporary nations of Cuba, Haiti, Brazil, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, and Jamaica. We will consider the transformative impacts of Atlantic World slavery and colonial institutions on African traditions as well as the emergence of African-American visual, cultural, and spatial formations from 1492 to the present.
As capstone courses for the art history undergraduate curriculum, these seminars serve as an introduction to graduate study in the field. Although only one seminar is required for the major, taking multiple seminars will make you more academically competitive if you plan to continue with graduate study.
|ARH 4800-01 Art of the Copy
Dr. Stephanie Leitch
Wednesday 12:00–2:30pm, G41 WJB
While copying in the artists’ workshop was sanctioned practice, we moderns seem to view the act of copying images with considerable suspicion. In part, we owe the anxiety that developed around copying to the printing press itself. Moveable type and traveling images made copies almost unavoidable, but it is at this point when artist started to lobby for their rights to their images. This course examines the phenomenon of copying in training artists, transmitting information, and pirating designs in the early modern period.
|ARH 4800-02 Picturing the Bible in the Middle Ages
Dr. Erika Loic
Thursday 1:20–3:50pm, G41 WJB
Late Antique and medieval representations of biblical figures and narratives proliferated in both public and private contexts—from Late Antique synagogue decoration to the mystical manuscripts of late medieval nuns. In this seminar, we discuss how and why scenes from the Bible were given visual form in different media, regions, and periods. We examine narrative strategies, the transmission of iconography, and issues of interpretation.
|ARH 4800-03 Objects of Desire: Islamic Luxury Arts
Dr. Lynn Jones
Tuesday 1:20–3:50pm G41 WJB
This seminar explores the history of Islamic luxury arts, covering numerous cultures on several continents. We will examine the development of artistic expressions and visual traditions in the luxury arts, focusing on the roles of diplomacy and trade in the development of sculpture, architecture, textiles, cultural landscapes, and ephemera. The course does not follow a chronological model, but rather adopts a regional and thematic approach. Students will write a research paper on objects featured in the Shanameh, the Book of Kings.
|ARH 2000: Art, Architecture, and Artistic Vision – Online
Dr. Sarah Buck
Liberal Studies Designation: State-Wide; Humanities & Cultural Practice Core.
NOTE: counts for Art History minor requirements, but not for major.
ARH 2000 is a fully-online art-appreciation course that introduces students to diverse forms of art and architecture created throughout history. Designed for remote learning since 2014, ARH 2000 is organized into weekly thematic modules that conclude with interactive assignments and discussions designed to encourage learning through role-playing, reflecting, and creating (no artistic skill necessary!). By completing this course’s interactive assignments and participating in this class, students actively practice thinking about art and its relevance to the world in which we live.
|ARH 2050/2051: Art History Surveys
Required for Art History majors
Sections and times vary; see Student Central Course Search.
Making and viewing art are practices fundamental to human experience, and the historical study of art works offers a unique perspective on our social and cultural development. These introductory survey courses provide an overview of Western art history from prehistory to the late Medieval period (2050) and from the early Renaissance to the end of the 20th century (2051). We will explore major themes such as the changing status of the artist and the impact of religion, politics, and technology on the production of art.
|ARH 2814–01: Information Technology for the Art Historian
Tuesday 12:oo–2:30pm, 2040 WJB
Computer literacy with a twist. How to: find and manipulate images, research with scholarly precision, build a database from scratch, read articles skeptically and discuss them intelligently, learn any program in a weekend, collaborate as journalists and bloggers, and create footnotes that will make your professors weep with joy. Along the way we also talk about getting a job, the thrill of procrastination, the agony of copyright, and the danger of misinformation.
|ARH 3794–01: Museum Basics
Dr. Carey Fee
Friday 9:20–11:50am, LOC TBA
From cabinets of curiosities to virtual museums, this course addresses museum history, philosophy, practice and careers. Through readings, discussions, guest lectures, field trips to local museums and a number of short topical projects, students will develop a framework for understanding the role of today’s museums. They will also be prepared to evaluate the major issues facing museum professionals today.
|ARH 3854–01: Museum Object (combined with grad class)
Dr. Preston McLane
Tuesday 9:45am–12:15pm, G41 WJB
From explorations of the materiality of objects to design techniques and public engagement, students in this course learn about museum theory and curatorial practice while gaining the skills needed to design, install and host an exhibition in the WJB gallery.