Art History

2018-2019 Catalogue

The art history minor offers a broad study of the history of the visual arts. An appreciation of the importance of the visual arts within cultures is fundamental to the understanding of the meaning of works of art. The development of analytical skills, critical judgment, and personal expression acquired in the study of art history prepares a student for professional and further scholarly pursuits.

The art history minor involves lecture/discussion, seminar, and studio courses, providing the student with the opportunity to develop creativity and analytical skills, thus combining the educational goals of the liberal and fine arts.

The student learning outcomes for the minor in Art History are:

I. a broad knowledge of major stylistic and aesthetic developments in areas of art history around the world;
II. a familiarity with the lives and work of numerous artists, including women and underrepresented groups;
III. an understanding of the relationship of art to life, professions and cultures; and
IV. the language, visual, and research skills necessary for critical evaluation and judgment of works of art.
 

Minor Requirements: Art History. A minor in art history requires 18 hours of course work from the following:

1. Core Requirement: ARH 126;
2. Intermediate Requirements: Two courses from ARH 216, 230, 235; and
3. Advanced Requirements: Three courses from ARH 325, 326, 327, 354.
 
In addition, students are required to attend lectures, exhibition openings, and workshops provided by the art department as an essential part of the educational experience.
 

Art History (ARH) Gen. Ed. Course Descriptions

126: The Critical Eye.
Goal: To look critically at famous and fascinating works of art. To develop skills in the analysis, comparison, connoisseurship, iconography, and critical judgment of art. To improve writing skills.
Content : Monuments of art and architecture to 1600. Methods of analysis and structures of writing.
Taught: Annually.
Gen. Ed. Category: Developing; writing; (FA).
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of College writing proficiency requirement.
Credit: 3 hours.
 
216: Art of the Spirit.
Goal: To study the traditional and contemporary arts of Asia and Africa. To develop analytical, writing, research, and speaking skills by working on art historical problems and cultural topics and presenting the results in class.
Content: The arts of Asia and Africa, critical methodology of art history. The theme of the course, "Art of the Spirit," refers to the freedom of mind and soul expressed in the arts of these continents.
Taught: Alternate years.
Gen. Ed. Category: Expanding; Diverse & Interdependent World; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
230: Masterpiece.
Goal: To study monuments of European art. To develop analytical, writing, research, and speaking skills by working on art historical problems and presenting the results in class. To improve writing skills.
Content: Monuments of European art from 1600 to 1900, critical methodology of art history. Methods of analysis and structures of writing.
Taught: Alternate years.
Prerequisite: Satisfactory completion of College writing proficiency requirement.
Gen. Ed. Category: Developing; Writing Competency; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
235: Outside the Mainstream.
Goal: To celebrate the diversity of American art from an unusual point of view and to focus on artists working outside the mainstream. To develop analytical, critical, research, writing, and speaking skills.
Content: Topics range from Native American art to the Harlem Renaissance, from feminist art to outsider art; art historical methodology.
Taught: Alternate years.
Gen. Ed. Category: Exploring; Historical Events and Phenomena; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.

325: Greek and Roman Art.
Goal: To acquire a knowledge of the artists, monuments and works of art of the civilizations of Greece and Rome. To gain an understanding of the patterns of stylistic development, of the historical and cultural significance of major monuments and political sources of iconography, and to acquire the ability to discuss and analyze works of architecture, statuary, relief sculpture, vase painting, mosaic, metal work, and wall painting from both periods.
Content: Study of art and architecture from the rise of Greek civilization to the fall of the Roman Empire.
Taught: Alternate years.
Gen. Ed. Category: Synthesizing; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
327: Renaissance Art.
Goal: To acquire an understanding of the aims and achievements of the Italian Renaissance and the relationship to contemporary developments beyond the Alps. To relate art to the major political, economic, theological, cultural and social events of the time. To approach the study of art from different perspectives.
Content: Study of art and architecture in the Italian and Northern Renaissances. Study of the social, political, and intellectual contexts of the Renaissance.
Taught: Annually.
Gen. Ed. Category: Synthesizing; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours.
 
354: Women's Issues in Contemporary Art.
Goal: To acquire an in-depth understanding of the art of our own time from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present through the eyes and hands of women artists. To acquire a familiarity with contemporary issues facing women in the 20th and 21st centuries through the study of art. To interpret the art of women as a revelation of the soul and expression of deep feelings as well as a commentary on feminist issues.
Content: Study of the global art of women in the 20th and 21st centuries.
Taught: Annually.
Gen. Ed. Category: Expanding; Women's Experiences; (FA).
Credit: 3 hours; cross-listed as WST 354.
 

Art History (ARH) Other Course Descriptions

291: Directed Independent Study.
Goal: To provide an opportunity for intermediate-level independent study.
Content: Independent work of interest to the student and approved by the instructor and program director.
Taught: Fall, Spring.
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and program director.
Credit: 1-6 hours.
 

326: Art of the Middle Ages.
Goal: To acquire an understanding of the characteristics of the art historical style periods between the fall of the Roman Empire and the emergence of the Renaissance. To gain the ability to recognize and trace the influence of the classical tradition and the break with that tradition. To gain a knowledge of the role of the church and liturgy in the development of religious monuments and decoration, including monastery and church buildings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, painted icons, mosaics, wall paintings, church furnishings, and stained glass.
Content: Study of art and architecture from the rise of the Early Christian and Byzantine, through the Early Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic periods.
Taught: Alternate years.
Credit: 3 hours.

396: Special Topics in Art.
Goal: To offer the student opportunities to pursue fields of study outside traditionally offered courses.
Content: An in-depth examination of a special area of art. Topics offered vary from time to time.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: Depends on course content.
Credit: 3 hours. A student may take a maximum of six to eight semester hours (two courses) of special topics in any one field.
 
405: Senior Art History Seminar.
Goal: Concentration on art historical issues on an individual basis.
Content: The student develops a thesis paper, usually about 25 pages in length, which contains illustrations, is bound, and a copy is placed in the library. The topic is of the student's own choosing, and is based on a specific issue or problem in art history. Additionally, students in the seminar take field trips to museums and galleries, and work on a secondary project, also of their choosing.
Taught: Spring.
Prerequisite: Completion of all courses through the junior level.
Credit: 3 hours.
 
451: Directed Independent Study.
Goal: To allow the student to explore a field of study not covered in the regular course structure. To allow a concentrated course of study for the serious and independent student.
Content: Independent work in any of the specialized art history or studio art areas.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor and program director.
Credit: 1-6 hours.
 
452/199: Field Study.
Goal: To offer the student the opportunity to explore real-life training with local businesses.
Content: Student-initiated field studies in any of the specialized art history or art areas.
Taught: Offered occasionally.
Prerequisite: Permission of the faculty sponsor and art faculty.
Credit: 1-12 hours.


499: Honors Thesis. (Fee required)

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