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 3515-01/02 Arts of Africa
M/W/F 9:05–9:55 (section 01) & 10:10–11 am (02) WJB 3002
This course surveys the arts of Africa, from ancient rock art to the present. Students will examine the visual, material, and embodied expressions of cross-cultural contact and community life across Africa. Through a regional approach, the course addresses how key events such as tourism, the arrival of Islam and Christianity, and European colonialism shaped the way aesthetic objects were produced and consumed.
This is a World Arts course.
|ARH 4212-01 Late Antique and Early Christian Art and Architecture
Dr. Lynn Jones
T/R 12:20–1:45pm WJB G40
Late Antiquity (2nd–7th c) was an age of transition in the Mediterranean World. This course covers the end of the western Roman Empire and the establishment its eastern counterpart. It focuses on the ways in which this new power gave visual expression to new ideas of power and piety in art and architecture.
|ARH 4331-01 The Art of Northern Europe in the Renaissance
Dr. Stephanie Leitch
T/R 11:00am–12:15pm WJB G40
You like Van Eyck? This survey of the most spectacular examples of painting, sculpture, and the graphic arts of the Netherlands, France, and Germany will feast on the jewels of the Van Eyck, the linework of Schongauer, explore the heart of Holbein, the gruesomeness of Grünewald, and ponder the genius of Albrecht Dürer.
|ARH 4675-01 The Art and Culture of the Maya
Dr. Michael Carrasco
T/R 9:30–10:45am WJB G40
The Maya stand as one of the major cultural groups in Mesoamerica. They have a rich visual culture spanning nearly 3000 years that continues to the present. This course examines the formal language of Maya art, indigenous aesthetics systems, and calligraphy to understand how these shaped social, ritual, and political orders. Additionally, we review contemporary Maya culture and its study to engage such topics as indigeneity, postcoloniality, and decoloniality.
This is a World Arts course.
ARH 4884-01 Walt Disney and the American Century
Dr. Robert Neuman
T/R 2:00–3:15pm WJB G40This lecture 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 the theme park.
ARH 4933-01 Early Medieval Objects in Motion
Dr. Erika Loic
T/R 3:35–4:50pm WJB G40
The medieval world may not have been connected at the planetary scale and speed associated with modern globalization, but the movements of people, goods, and ideas across Afro-Eurasia were fundamental to the arts of the early Middle Ages (fourth to eleventh century). In this lecture course, we consider medieval material culture through the themes of migration, dislocation, travel, trade, and warfare.
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 Viewing Beauty from a Monastic Cloister
Dr. Kyle Killian
Monday 12:20–3:05pm WJB G41
The monasteries of medieval Europe are responsible for an astonishing range of artistic production. From specialized architecture to manuscript illumination, monastic culture is a touchstone for our sense of the middle ages. In this course we explore monastic art and the culture that produced. How did the sophisticated spaces of monastic buildings? How do scriptoria work? Why were monasteries enriched with beguiling sculpture? These are some of the topics we will explore as you develop a research project of your own choosing.
ARH 4800-02 Disney Animation and Parks
Dr. Robert Neuman
Wednesday 12:20–3:05pm WJB 2038
This undergraduate seminar treats Walt Disney in relation to social and cultural events during his life (1901-1966). Students will discuss critical writings on Disney’s output in animation and theme parks and undertake research toward writing a paper.
ARH 4800-03 The Art of the Medieval Body
Dr. Erika Loic
Wednesday 9:05–11:50am WJB G41
What can the arts of the Middle Ages tell us about contemporary attitudes towards embodiment and different categories of bodies? In this seminar, we examine medieval representations of the body as well as objects and spaces designed to have specific effects on the body. Among other topics, we consider gender and gender expression, race and ethnicity, disability, and the role of the body in religious practices.
|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.
|ARH 2814–01: Information Technology for the Art Historian
Wednesday 12:20–3:05pm WJB 2040
Computer literacy with a twist. 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 G41
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
Dr. Tenley Bick / Meredith Lynn
Tuesday 12:30–3:15pm WJB G41
What happens when the “museum object” is a set of instructions—to make, do, or imagine something? This course examines the history, philosophy, and practice of acquiring, researching, and displaying (and thus making and doing) instructions-based art in and outside of museums and galleries. Students will gain knowledge in contemporary art history and museum theory and experience in realizing an exhibition of instructions-based art.
|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.