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Undergraduate Courses – Spring 2020

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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 4933-01 Viking Arts

Dr. Doron Bauer
T/R 9:30–10:45am  WJB G40
This course will examine a wide range of Viking objects and architecture: jewelry, rune stones, weapons, woodcarvings, temples, and ships. Particular emphasis will be placed on contacts and exchange between the Vikings and foreign cultures.

ARH 4653-01  Great Traditions in Mesoamerican Art and Culture
Dr. Michael Carrasco

T/R 11:00am–12:15pm  WJB G40
This course is an introduction to art and architecture of Mesoamerica from the rise of the Olmec (1500BC) to the Spanish conquest of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in 1521. We will focus particularly on how changes in visual culture reflect larger religious and political transformations in Mesoamerican culture and social complexity. Issues of cultural memory and myth will also be examined to understand indigenous conceptions of history, cosmology, and how these shaped social, ritual, and political orders.
Counts as a World Arts course.

ARH 4933-03  Decolonizing Museums
Dr. Kristin Dowell
W 12:20–3:05pm WJB 2041
Can museums decolonize? What does an inclusive museum practice look like? This course confronts the colonial legacies of museums while examining the ethics of curatorial practice, repatriation, collaboration with source communities, and equity of representation within contemporary museum worlds.
Counts as a World Arts course.
ARH 4450-01 Modern European Art: Post-Impressionism through Surrealism

Dr. Adam Jolles
T/R 3:35–4:50pm  WJB G40
This course examines the development of European modernism from 1880 to 1940, focusing on the first sustained experiments in abstraction and collective avant-gardism up to the outbreak of World War II.

ARH 4413-01 Spanish Colonial Art & Architecture: The Bourbon Period
Dr. Paul Niell

T/R 2:00–3:15pm  WJB G40
This course surveys the art, architecture, and visual culture of Spain’s overseas colonies during the period of Bourbon imperial rule (1700–1898). We will examine a wide array of visual expressions including painting, sculpture, architecture, urban space, prints, and ephemera.
Counts as a World Arts course.

IDS 3168-01 Disney’s America  (E-Series)

Dr. Robert Neuman
T/R 12:30–1:45am  WJB G40
This e-series course asks the question: Who was Walt Disney, and how did he create an empire that continues to profoundly affect us today? To find answers, we will develop methods for examining critically the two principal media Disney pioneered: the animated film and the theme park.

Undergraduate Seminars for Spring 2020

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 4800-02 Contemporary Native American Art

Dr. Kristin Dowell
Tuesday  12:30–3:15pm  WJB G41
Focusing on art produced in the last twenty years, this course explores how Native American artists create work both in dialogue with the global art world and firmly rooted within Indigenous identities and cultural practices through a variety of forms, including painting, photography, installation art, and performance art.

ARH 4800-03 Breaking Frames: Contemporary Installation Art
Dr. Lauren Weingarden
Monday 12:20–3:05pm  WJB 2038
What is installation art? Immerse yourself in a frameless artwork, where you create its meaning in real time and space. This course probes the immersive effects of contemporary installation art. Using Brazil’s outdoor museum Inhotim as a case study, we explore installation artworks from around the world.
  ARH 4800-01 Digital Documentation and the Preservation of Cultural Heritage
Dr. Michael Carrasco

Monday 9:05–11:50am  WJB 2040 (Limited Lab course, Contact Dr. Carrasco for admission)
The “digital” is so ubiquitous and fundamental to contemporary life that its use as a descriptive adjective is nearly universally redundant. Yet, despite this we use the term to denote a particular category distinct from the pre-or non-digital. Art history focuses on things, but increasingly these material objects are melding with the digital to the extent that people often experience historical objects and images only as digital copies. This seminar uses a hands-on approach to examine these issues and to prepare students to use these technologies. Students will learn techniques for the digital documentation of objects using a suite of photographic and scanning technologies. Through these projects we will unpack the problems, possibilities, and the role the digital object.

Recurring Foundation Courses​

ARH 2000: Art, Architecture, and Artistic Vision – Online
Dr. Sarah Buck
Liberal Studies Designation: State-Wide; Humanities & Cultural Practice Core.
NOTE: Course counts for Art History minor requirements, but not for major.
This online art-appreciation course examines visual art—painting, sculpture, printmaking, and other media—and the shaped environment—architectural structures, public spaces, and landscape design—throughout history. The course is organized into weekly modules in which students complete interactive assignments that help them engage with concepts related to these works. By the end of this course, students will recognize the complexity of visual culture of the past, present, and of their own immediate environment.

ARH 2050/2051: Art History Surveys
Required for Art History majors
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. 
**Sections and times vary; see Student Central Course Search.
Hunters in the Snow with FSU (with apologies to P. Bruegel)
ARH 2814–01: Information Technology for the Art Historian

Jean Hudson
Monday 12:20–3:05pm  WJB 2040
Everything you need to turn your Google machine into a working art historian’s computer: how to find and manipulate images, research with scholarly precision, build a database from scratch, read articles skeptically and post them convincingly, 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 when kids should get smartphones.
ARH 3794–01: Museum Basics

Dr. Carey Fee
Friday 9:05–11:50am  WJB G40
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.
Museum Object students installing exhibition ARH 3854–01: Museum Object
Dr. Kyle Killian
Wednesday 9:05–11:50am  WJB G41
An examination of the history, philosophy, practice, and implications of acquiring, researching, and displaying objects in art museums and galleries. Each semester a different collection is selected for the exhibition, allowing the students to research and reflect on lessons intrinsic to the particular objects to be displayed, gain a working knowledge of literature on museum theory, and have the invaluable experience of designing, installing, and hosting an exhibition in a gallery setting.
SPC 2067: Communication for Arts & Design

Dr. Preston McLane
Lecture: Monday 12:20–1:10pm in WJB 2005, Breakout sessions in WJB 2041 throughout week; see Course Schedule for details. 

Talking about art is cool. Good public speaking takes practice. So let’s practice by talking about art. We will focus on core concepts of art criticism – looking, describing, interpreting, and evaluating – together with broader principles of effective communication useful in your personal and professional lives. Hone your delivery of bright and perceptive remarks while earning those all-important speech credits. You will be glad that you took this class.