Art History

Courses

ARTH 101 History of Art I 3.0 Credits

Traces the rise of Western art and material culture from antiquity to the 15th century.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 102 History of Art II 3.0 Credits

A survey of the history of art and material culture created from the 15th century to the 19th century.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 103 History of Art III 3.0 Credits

Examines the transnational phenomenon of modernism from its origins in the 19th century to the start of the 21st century.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 150 Building Skills in Object Analysis 3.0 Credits

This course introduces students to hands-on methods of object study and to research methods that guide the physical, contextual and interpretive analysis of fabricated objects and structures.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore .

ARTH 200 Principles and Methods of Art History 3.0 Credits

This course will critically examine the interpretive principles and methods that have been used in the discourse of art history from the Renaissance to the present day.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 300 [WI] History of Modern Design 3.0 Credits

Examines the products of applied design during the past 150 years, including examples of furnishings, industrial design, fashion, and graphic design, in relation to demand, technology and production, standards, fine art, social reform, and the dynamics of consumption. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ARTH 301 Asian Art and Culture 3.0 Credits

Explores the diverse visual languages and cultures of Asia including the Buddhist and Hindu traditions from India and Southeast Asia, the imperial art of China with its refined taste for ceramics and painting, and the Japanese. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 302 Art of India 3.0 Credits

This course explores the diverse artistic traditions of the Indian subcontinent from ancient times to the modern period, focusing on the art of the Buddhist, Hindu and Islamic communities. The survey ends with an examination of the colonial, post-colonial and contemporary art scene.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 303 Art of China 3.0 Credits

From the first empires to modern times, this course explores the art of painting ceramics, as well as the sculptural and architectural traditions of China.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 304 Art of Japan 3.0 Credits

This course examines the art of Japan from the Shinto traditional forms to the creation of a Buddhist Japanese idiom, from the courtly and military art to the Zen aesthetics and the establishment of a modern urban culture.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 311 Twentieth-Century American Art 3.0 Credits

This course tracks the development of select artistic movements and the careers of notable American artists, from 1900-1939. This course will study the impact of immigration, WWI, industrialization and mechanization, urbanization, economic crisis, and radical politics on American art, and also how American art contributed to the production of specific racial, classed, and gendered American subjects.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 312 Early Modernism (1850-1900) 3.0 Credits

This course is an introduction to European art of the late nineteenth century, from roughly 1850 to 1900—the decades when modernism exploded. Beginning with a close look at the Realist and Impressionist movements in Paris, we will study the artistic styles, techniques, and materials characteristic of the modern era, as well as the changing social, historical and political circumstances that helped shaped artistic production.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 313 20th Century Modernism (1900-1955) 3.0 Credits

This course will critically examine the development of Modernism in Western art during the first half of the 20th century in light of socio-economic and political factors, philosophical and scientific ideas, technological developments, stylistic movements, and art theories.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 314 Contemporary Art 3.0 Credits

This course will survey current global art production in light of socio-economic and political factors, philosophical and scientific theories, and new approaches to media and technology.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 315 History of African-American Art 3.0 Credits

This course traces the history of African American art, beginning with the African-inspired material culture of slaves, and, later, encompassing the works of formally-trained as well as self-taught painters, sculptors, photographers, and artists working in multimedia up to the present. These works will be situated within the contexts of critical race theory, social and political movements, collectors and patrons, early critics and theorists of the black avant garde, influential exhibitions, and the opposition between elite and popular cultures.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 316 African Art 3.0 Credits

This course will explore historical and contemporary African sculpture, textiles, painting, drawing, photography and mixed media in relationship to particular themes such as religion, trade, political power and healing. With emphasis on select objects from West and Central Africa, the course will also consider the visual arts in relationship to ideas of improvisation, aesthetics, identity and self-representation.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 318 Latin American Art 3.0 Credits

This course serves as an introduction to modern and contemporary art from Latin America. Throughout the term we chart how artists across the Americas have responded to political catalysts like revolution, imperialism, dictatorship, and globalization.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 321 Material Matters in Contemporary Art 3.0 Credits

This course explores how global artists since 1960 have used distinctive materials toward conceptual, political, and aesthetic purposes. Each class focuses on a material or object—whether newspaper, gold, or mirrors—in order to investigate how artists have harnessed that material’s qualities, limitations, and associations.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 325 Ancient Greek and Roman Art 3.0 Credits

This course will survey the art produced by the ancient cultures of Greece and Rome, from the archaic period to the fall of the Roman Empire. The art will be considered as an expression of the social, political, economic and intellectual histories of these two civilizations.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 326 Medieval Art 3.0 Credits

This course is a survey of Medieval Art between the 3rd and 14th centuries C.E.. Architecture, mural painting, stained glass, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, enamel, tapestry and other objects of ceremonial and everyday use will be studied as expressions of the political, social, and religious contexts of the time. Emphasis will be placed upon Christian art, but Islamic, Jewish, and secular traditions in the arts will also be examined.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 327 Italian Renaissance Art 3.0 Credits

This course will survey paintings, sculpture, architecture and graphic art from Italy during the 15th and 16th centuries. Artworks will be analyzed not only in terms of their formal characteristics, but also as expressions of concurrent social, political, economic, religious, and philosophical developments.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 328 Northern Renaissance 3.0 Credits

This course will survey paintings, sculpture, and graphic arts from Northern Europe during the 15th and 16th centuries. Artworks will be analyzed not only in terms of their formal characteristics, but also as expressions of concurrent social, political, economic, religious, and philosophical developments.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 331 [WI] Global Material Culture 3.0 Credits

Understanding “global” geographically and as a method of material culture analysis, this class examines how artifacts accrue new meanings, forms, and agencies as they circulate across cultures, and the social, political, and aesthetic implications of these processes.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ARTH 335 [WI] History of Costume I: Preclassical to 1800 3.0 Credits

Traces the rise of Western costume from the ancient world through 1800, including political, economic, and social influence on aesthetic development in dress. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ARTH 336 [WI] History of Costume II: 1800-1920 3.0 Credits

Traces the history of costume from 1800 through 1920, including the political, economic, and social influence on aesthetic development in dress. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ARTH 337 History of Costume III: 1920 to Present 3.0 Credits

Examines fashion and dress trends from 1920 through the 21st century within their sociocultural, political, and economic contexts. The course also explores how globalization, technology, and mass media impact the aesthetics of dress.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

ARTH 340 Women in Art 3.0 Credits

A historical survey of the art created by women in Western civilization, with a special focus upon the art created since the women's movement of the 1970s. Images are analyzed in relation to the sociopolitical and psychological context of Western, patriarchal culture.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 400 Art History Senior Thesis 3.0 Credits

A scholarly research project written during the senior year under the advisement of a thesis director chosen from among the art history faculty. The thesis student will meet at least once every week with the advisor who will provide direction for their research by helping them to develop a topic, identify appropriate resources, discuss interpretive strategies, determine the expository structure of the paper, and provide clarity on specific requirements for bibliography, illustrations, and a citation system.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

ARTH 477 Art History Seminar 3.0 Credits

Provides reading, discussion, and research on pertinent topics in art history.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Junior or Senior.

ARTH I199 Independent Study in Art History 0.5-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH I299 Independent Study in Art History 0.5-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH I399 Independent Study in Art History 0.5-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH I499 Independent Study in Art History 0.5-12.0 Credits

Self-directed within the area of study requiring intermittent consultation with a designated instructor.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH T180 Special Topics in Art History 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH T280 Special Topics in Art History 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH T380 Special Topics in Art History 0.0-12.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

ARTH T480 Special Topics in Art History 3.0 Credits

Topics decided upon by faculty will vary within the area of study.

College/Department: Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design
Repeat Status: Can be repeated multiple times for credit

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