Course Descriptions

A list of all Undergraduate courses in History of Art.
HISTORY OF ART

Lower Division

AH 1 Survey of World Art: Europe and the United States
This course, intended for beginning students in any major, examines the evolution of art in Europe and the United States, from prehistory until the twentieth century. The course offers students a general introduction to the history and methodology of art history in the West. Fee varies. Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirements: AA - Artistic Understanding and CP - Creative Practice

AH 2 Survey of World Art: Africa, Asia and the Americas
This course, intended for beginning students in any major, examines the evolution of art in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The course offers students a general introduction to the history and methodology of art history in non-western countries. Fee varies. Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirement AA - Artistic Analysis and GP - Global Perspectives

Upper Division
AH 100 Women and Art
This course focuses on women both as subjects and creators of art in Europe and the United States. It is organized chronologically and thematically, involving a historical survey of women artists and their artistic contributions, as well as an examination of the religious, mythological and secular images of women in art. Extensive attention will be given to the creation, modification and persistence of these images throughout history, due to social, economic, psychological and intellectual conditions. This course trains students in art history writing and research, continuing the work begun in English 5.
Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirement WID - Writing in the Disciplines

AH 144 Issues in Non Western Art
This interdisciplinary course examines a variety of topics within the history of visual and performing arts in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Central and South America. This course provides students with a focused study of a specific movement or time period of art within the history of art. Topics include The SIlk Road, Islamic Art, Asian Art, Museum and the Construction of the Other, Non-Western Film, North African Art, Art of the Americas. Can be repeated for credit as content varies. Topics include: Self-Portraiture across Cultures and The Art of the Sacred. Fee varies. Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirements: AA - Artistic Understanding and GP - Global Perspectives

AH 145 Issues in Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art
AH 145 is a general reference number for a sequence of three separate courses on European art. Each individual course covers either Medieval, Renaissance or Baroque art history. The courses are offered on a three-year rotation and do not need to be taken in sequence, although chronological order is recommended. AH 145 can be taken up to three times, covering the three different artistic periods. Topics include Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque Art. Fee varies. Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirement AA - Artistic Understanding

AH 165 Issues in American Art
This course, for students who have taken at least one art history course, examines a variety of topics within the history of art in the United States. This course provides students with a focused study of a specific movement or time period of art within the history of American art. Topics include: Politics and the American Artistic Landscape and Popular Culture and the American Imagination. Fee varies. Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirements: AA - Artistic Understanding, AD - American Diversity

AH 166 Issues in Modern Art
This course, for students who have taken at least one art history course, examines the history of avant-garde art movements in the 20th & 21st century. This course provides students with a focused study of specific types of innovative, modern art. Topics include: Art and Social Change and Art between the Wars. Fee varies. Satisfies CORE Curriculum requirement AA - Artistic Understanding

AH 188 Applied Research: Community Service
This community-based research course bridges art historical research methodology with the research needs of local nonprofit arts organizations. By doing research for grant proposals, documenting community-based art initiative and creating arts assessment instruments, students are able to apply their in-class research methodologies to assist community arts organizations serving diverse populations. This course satisfies the Community Engagement requirement of the Core Curriculum.

AH 190 Research and Writing Methods in Art History (.25) This course is intended primarily for majors and minors in the History of Art. Students will be introduced to some of the major methodologies that have shaped the field: formalism, biographical analysis, iconographical analysis, psychoanalysis, Marxism and the social history of art, feminism, post-colonialism and semiotics.

AH 193 Special Study: Museum Internship
Work-practice program conducted in an appropriate museum internship position. Normally open to junior and senior art and art history majors. Permission of instructor and departmental chair required.

AH 194 Special Topics in Art History
This course, intended primarily for departmental majors and minors, examines a specific research topic in depth. This course provides students with a focused study of a theme within the history of art. Topics include: The History of Women Artists and Art of the 19th Century. Fee varies. 

AH 195 Academic Internship Work-practice program conducted in an appropriate museum internship position. Normally open to junior and senior art and art history majors. Permission of instructor and department chair required.

AH 196 Senior Thesis
As a capstone to their studies, seniors in art history are required to work independently with a departmental faculty member in order to complete a thesis that displays their ability to think, read, and write about art as well as create works of art which express their own beliefs and interests. This course is limited to seniors in the major. Permission of the faculty member and department chair required.

AH 197 Independent Study
An independent study or research course for students whose needs are not met by the regular course offerings of the department. Permission of the faculty member and department chair required.

AH 199 Special Study - Honors
Directed project under the supervision of a department faculty member, culminating in the production of an honors-level art project. Permission of the faculty member and department chair required.

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