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 4210–01 Byzantine Art: Faith and Power
Dr. Lynn Jones
M/W 1:20–2:35pm, G40 WJB
This course explores the art and architecture of the Eastern Roman Empire, or Byzantium, from the founding of its capital, Constantinople, in 330 to the fall of the city in 1453. The course introduces students to the appropriation and adaptation of long-established Roman ceremonial, iconography, and architectural forms to serve a new, specifically Christian, empire. Students will trace the transmission of artistic ideas, forms, and objects across cultural, geographic and religious borders, and examine the ways in which trade, war, and diplomacy impacted Byzantine art.
ARH 4211–01 Early Medieval Art
Dr. Erika Loic
M/W 6:35–7:50pm, G40 WJB *World Arts course*
This survey of early medieval art and architecture introduces students to some of the major cultural and sociopolitical changes that took place across Afro-Eurasia in the fourth through tenth centuries. Topics of special interest include migration, the emergence of Christianity and Islam, imperial imagery, pilgrimage and monasticism, and cultural exchange.
|ARH 4310–01 Early Italian Renaissance
Dr. Jack Freiberg
T/R 8:00–9:15am, G40 WJB
|ARH 4352-01 Southern Baroque Art
Dr. Robert Neuman
T/R 9:45–11:00am, G40 WJB
This course investigates painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy and Spain during the 17th 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 Velázquez.
|ARH 4414-01 Modern European Art: Neoclassicism thru Impressionism
Dr. Adam Jolles
This course examines the emergence of modern art in Europe during a period of great social and political transformation. It surveys the major artistic developments of the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by tracing the establishment of the concept of the public through those very institutions designed to serve it—museums, exhibitions, and the dealer-critic system.
|ARH 4720-01 History of Graphics
Dr. Stephanie Leitch
M/W/F 12:00–12:50pm, G40 WJB
Provides a historical survey of printmaking processes from the fifteenth to the twentieth century. Of special interest is print’s role in social critique through the personalities of Dürer, Goltzius, Rembrandt, Goya, Hogarth, Daumier, Whistler, Toulouse-Lautrec, Cassatt, Hockney, Thiebaud, and Warhol.
ARH 4933-01 Caribbean Architecture and Colonial Ecologies
Dr. Paul Niell
T/R 4:50–6:05pm, G40 WJB *World Arts course*
This course looks at Caribbean architecture in relation to colonial ecologies of gender, race, environmental transformation, enslaved and free labor, negotiation, and resistance. Focused attention will be paid to indigenous American, African, and Creole histories in the constitution of the region’s architecture and spatial practices.
|IDS 2678-01 Apocalypse: The End of the World in Art
(E-series and “W” State-Mandated Writing)
Dr. Rick Emmerson
This course studies the representation of the apocalypse in art from the Bible and the Middle Ages to the present, analyzing manuscript illustrations, films, paintings, and texts to determine why and how people thought the world will end. It examines the influence of apocalyptic beliefs on history, religion, politics, and contemporary fears of nuclear war and environmental disaster.
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 The Social Life of Art Objects
Dr. Kyle Killian
If a work of art or architecture exists in the present for us to see, then it has had a long and varied life. By considering that biography we confront many points of contact between a work of art and the worlds in which it has existed that are not related to its status as art. Yet art retains a particular power as an agent in the changing social networks of which it has been a part. Museum and heritage studies are one important perspective to think about those networks. Others we will consider in this seminar include ability of works of art to shape, not just represent, their social contexts and their role as components of economic systems.
|ARH 4800-02 Art, Law, and Controversy
Dr. Preston McLane
This seminar explores the complex and controversial relationships between the history of art, cultural heritage sites, and cultural artifacts through detailed analysis of legal doctrines, ethics, and philosophies, both in the United States and internationally. We will look critically at the conflicts and contradictions in existing art and cultural heritage law and policy in their diverse sectors, including art theft and plunder during wartime, illicit trade in stolen art and cultural artifacts, provenance and ownership disputes, cultural reparations and repatriation, art forgery and counterfeiting, copyright and originality, and artists’ moral rights, among other topics.
|ARH 4810-01 Art History Methods & Media
Dr. Tenley Bick
Thursday 11:35am–2:05pm, G41 WJB
What is art history as a practice? What are the methods and critical approaches of the discipline? How have those methods shifted and developed with the history of the field? Find out in this undergraduate seminar, where students will receive an introduction to methods and theory in art history. Designed for undergraduate art-history majors, especially those who are interested in continuing study at the graduate level.
|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
Wednesday 12:20–2:45pm, 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 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
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. Kristin Dowell
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.