Minor in Art History

The history of art focuses upon the study of works of fine and applied arts and forms of mass communication in their aesthetic, social, economic, religious and political contexts. It explores the meanings and purposes of the visual arts, their historical development, their role in society, and their relationships to other disciplines. The study of art history encourages the development of critical observation and visual analysis; it introduces scholarly research and provides a working knowledge of a variety of monuments. As the field of art history is inherently cross-cultural and interdisciplinary, its study illuminates the diverse and global world we inhabit and makes apparent the integral relationships between art and culture.

The minor in art history provides a broad humanistic background not only for students planning to attend graduate and professional schools in the fields of applied, media and design arts, social and information sciences, education, business and medicine, but also for those entering a more general job market. The minor is designed to be flexible enough to appeal both to Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design majors and majors from the other colleges.

Required Courses
ARTH 101History of Art I: Ancient to Medieval3.0
ARTH 102History of Art II: High Renaissance to Modern3.0
ARTH 103History of Art: Early to Late Modern3.0
Select five of the following: *15.0
Art History
History of Modern Design
Asian Art and Culture
Art of India
Art of China
Art of Japan
Art in the Age of Technology
History of Costume I: Preclassical to Directoire
History of Costume II: Directoire to World War I
History of Costume: Post World War I to Present
Women in Art
Independent Study In Art His
Special Topics in Art History
Art History Seminar
History of Architecture
Architecture and Society I
Architecture and Society II
Architecture and Society III
Theories of Architecture I
Theories of Architecture II
Theories of Architecture III
American Architecture & Urbanism
Contemporary Architecture
History of Philadelphia Architecture
Architectural Study Tour
Studies in Vernacular Architecture
Independent Study in Architecture
Environmental Psychology and Design Theory
Urban Design Seminar
Urban Design Seminar II
Special Topics in Architecture
History of Film
American Classic Cinema
The Documentary Tradition
The Western
Special Topics in Cinema Studies
The 16mm Film Project
History of Interior Design
History of Modern Architecture and Interiors
Visual Culture: Interiors
Visual Culture: Furniture
History of Graphic Design
Graphic Design: 20th Century and Beyond
History of Theatre
Theatre History I
Theatre History II
History of Photography
History of Photography I
History of Photography II
History of Contemporary Photography
Total Credits24.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Art & Art History Faculty

Jennifer Blazina, MFA (Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI). Assistant Professor. Coordinator of printmaking, fine arts.
Joseph F. Gregory, PhD (SUNY at Binghamton) Chair, Department of Art and Art History. Associate Professor. Modern art, interdisciplinary studies, art theory, contemporary photography, Northern Renaissance, Baroque, nineteenth century, and the iconography of Bruegel’s religious narratives.
Lydia Hunn, MFA (University of Pennsylvania). Professor. Multi-media performance, sculpture, media design.
Bruce W. Pollock, MFA (Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia) Studio Head of Painting. Assistant Professor. Abstract painting and drawing.
Sara Steinwachs, MFA (Yale University). Assistant Professor. Visual studies, the urban environment and nature within the man-made world.
Mark Stockton, MFA (Syracuse University). Assistant Professor. Drawing, painting, and design.
Blaise J. Tobia, MFA (University of California, San Diego) Director of the Digital Media Program. Professor. Photography, digital imaging.
William Weiss, MFA (Yale University). Assistant Professor. Drawing, design.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Andrew Susskind, BA (Harvard University) Program Director of TV Production & Media Management. Associate Teaching Professor. Independent television producer and director.

Emeritus Faculty

Dennis C. Will, MFA (University of Wisconsin). Professor Emeritus. Visual studies; sculpture and painting; visual language.
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