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Undergraduate Courses – Fall 2022

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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 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 3572–01  Survey of Islamic Art
Dr. Lynn Jones
MW 9:20–10:35 am, G40 WJB
World Arts.
  This course offers a chronological overview of Islamic art and architecture, from the 7th century to the present.  Particular emphasis is placed on the creation of identity, the transmission, adoption, and adaptation of iconography,  and the material culture of the lands of Islam.  Students will have opportunities to work with Islamic textiles and coins, and to interact with distinguished guest speakers. 
  ARH 3930–01 Introduction to Modern and Contemporary Art
Dr. Tenley Bick
TR 11:35 am–12:50 pm, G40 WJB
World Arts.  What is modern art? When (and where) is the contemporary? This course introduces students to modern and contemporary art as subjects of art historical study. Destabilizing the survey model, the course introduces major and anti-canonical topics, debates, and movements in the historically Eurocentric and now revisionist, decolonial discourse on modern and contemporary art in an international and global context. Topics include, among others: modernisms and modernities; theories of avant-gardism; art and globalization; and re-conceptualizations of artistic practice and authorship, including photography and moving-image work, the found object, participatory art, social practice, installation, performance art, conceptualism, and digital art.

ARH 4933–01 Medieval Irish Art & Architecture
Dr. Kyle Killian

MWF 12:00–12:50 pm, G40 WJB
With the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland in 1170, the island underwent profound changes to its economy, power structure and landscape. Some of the most significant changes occurred in the fields of art and architecture which were primary arenas of assertion and contestation. Medieval castles, Gothic architecture features, and continental monastic culture were all incorporated into a rich but significantly different artistic landscape in Ireland. In this course we will look at the changes that occurred in Irish visual culture that accompanied that invasion and chart the role of art and architecture in the ongoing transformation of Irish society through the end of the middle ages.

ARH 4301–01 Cosmopolitan Renaissance
Dr. Stephanie Leitch
TR 9:45–11:00 am, G40 WJB
This course surveys artistic exchange in painting, sculpture and printmaking in continental Europe during the Renaissance, with emphasis on cosmopolitan centers Bruges, Florence, Augsburg, Venice, Prague and Cracow.
ARH 4372–01 Spanish Colonial Art: The Habsburg Period, 1492/1516-1700
Dr. Paul Niell
TR 3:05–4:20 pm, G40 WJB
World Arts.  This course surveys the art, architecture, and material culture of Spain’s overseas colonies during the period of early European expansion and Austrian Habsburg rule in Spain (1516-1700). We examine a wide array of visual and material expressions, including painting, sculpture, architecture, urban space, prints, ephemera, ceramics, furniture, and clothing in relation to such issues as colonialism, empire, slavery, race, gender, and subaltern knowledges and agencies.
ARH 4884–01 Walt Disney and the American Century
Dr. Robert Neuman
TR 1:20–2:35 pm, G40 WJB
This course considers Disney and his company in relation to art, society, and politics during the twentieth century. Special attention is paid to Disney’s contributions in the realms of film, architecture, and theme park. Through assigned readings and visual material such as cartoons, slides, and documentaries, the course assesses the relationship between high art and popular art and evaluates Disney’s impact on the production and consumption of leisure.


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 Documentary Photo & Film
Dr. Karen Bearor
Wednesday 9:20–11:50 am, G41 WJB
Meets Liberal Studies Scholarship-in-Practice and Upper-Division Writing requirements
This course examines the history, forms, strategies, and conventions of documentary photography and film, with a bias toward film and toward those photographers and filmmakers working in the U.S. Through screenings and outside readings, students will examine the genres and modes of representation in both, while also being attentive to the strategies used to persuade viewers to the creators’ points of view. No prior knowledge of the history of photography or film is assumed. The course provides students with a working knowledge of the literature on the topic, with special attention devoted to critical reading and writing.

ARH 4800-02  Early Modern Prints
Dr. Stephanie Leitch
Monday 9:20–11:50 am, G41 WJB
Meets Liberal Studies Scholarship-in-Practice and Upper-Division Writing requirements
This course will examine some of the issues at stake in the study of prints, such as circulating fake news, fixing categories of peoples and animals, practices of copying, centers of production, modes of collecting, the print as a work of art, and other instances of reception.

Recurring Foundation Courses​

  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 3794–01: Museum Basics
Dr. Carey Fee
Friday 9:20–11:50, 2040 WJB
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 3930–02: Curatorial Activism
Grace Ali
Wednesday 12:00–2:30 pm, 2038 WJB
Reserved for students in the Museum Studies Minor.
This course examines key formative exhibitions that have attempted to elevate the voices of historically silenced or omitted communities from master narratives of art — curatorial projects centering women, artists of color, indigenous communities, among others. Through several Case Studies — pioneering examples of exhibitions mounted in the past decade — the course explores how these curatorial projects (within the museum space as well as non-profit arts institutions, university galleries, and public sites) have countered institutional erasure, broken down boundaries and been enriched and provoked through a curatorial activism lens.
IDS 3678-01 Apocalypse: The End of the World in Art
Dr. Richard Emmerson
Online / Asynchronous
This course studies beliefs about how the world will end and how the end is represented in the arts from the Bible to the present. We will analyze how such beliefs influenced history, continue to inform contemporary politics, and are being transformed by fears of nuclear war and environmental disaster.