History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Art History Fall 2017

Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 101: Introduction to the Visual Arts (3 Credits)

Introduction to the content and principles of the visual arts. Approach varies with instructor. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Lisa Passaglia Bauman — Robinson B113
  • Section 002 — Lisa Passaglia Bauman — Art & Design Building 2003

ARTH 102: Symbols and Stories in Art (3 Credits)

Introduces themes and imagery in art. Approaches and traditions to explore vary with the instructor. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 103: Introduction to Architecture (3 Credits)

Introduces study, principle, and understanding of art of architecture. Approach varies with instructor; may be historical, geographical, technical, or thematic. Notes: Field trips required. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Lisa Passaglia Bauman — Robinson B113

200-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 200: History of Western Art I (3 Credits)

Major periods, monuments, and themes of Western art and architecture. Introduces Washington, D.C., museum collections and a historical framework for further study in art history. Covers prehistory, the ancient world, and the Middle Ages. Notes: Designed as a two-course sequence, but each part may be taken independently without prerequisite. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ARTH 201: History of Western Art II (3 Credits)

Major periods, monuments, and themes of Western art and architecture. Introduces Washington, D.C., museum collections and a historical framework for further study in art history. Covers the art of the Renaissance, the baroque period, and modern Europe and the Americas. Notes: Designed as a two-course sequence, but each part may be taken independently without prerequisite. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 206: Survey of African Art (3 Credits)

Introduces arts of Africa, from antiquity to the present day. Presents a variety of arts In relatlon to their historical and cultural contexts, and makes use of local museum resources. Equivalent to ARTH 380.
Mason Core: Arts
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 303: National Traditions (1-3 Credits)

Studies traditions of art and architecture within a single selected country or historical region. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 315: Modern Architecture (3 Credits)

Studies in modern architecture from the Beaux Arts movement to the present; an investigation of stylistic, structural, or theoretical innovations. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Sun-Young Park — Art & Design Building 2003

ARTH 318: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (3 Credits)

Explores the art, architecture, and archaeology of ancient Egypt in its cultural and historic context. Besides the famous monuments, students will also examine the influence of ancient attitudes about cultural identity on the art of the period as well as the impact of ancient Egyptian art on ancient Greece and modern western culture. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 credits (sophomore standing)
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 322: Roman Art and Archaeology (3 Credits)

History of Roman architecture, sculpture, and painting. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 hours.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 334: Western Medieval Art (3 Credits)

Aspects of art and architecture in medieval Europe, from the fall of the Roman Empire through the Gothic period. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 341: Northern Renaissance Art (3 Credits)

Studies in the art of France, Germany, and the Netherlands in the age of Van Eyck and Durer. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 hours.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 350: History of Photography (3 Credits)

Development of photography from origins in France in the 19th century to the present. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 362: Twentieth-Century European Art (3 Credits)

Study of major movements (fauvism, cubism, futurism, constructivism, surrealism, and expressionism) and important artists in 20th-century painting and sculpture. Focus may vary. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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ARTH 370: Arts of the United States (3 Credits)

Introduces students to high art (painting and sculpture) and popular material and visual cultural forms (prints, furniture, textiles) through a chronological and thematic survey of U.S. Art, 1600 to 1950. Explores changing roles of arts, artists, craftsmen; issues of gender, race, class; and formation of national identify through the arts. Lectures and discussion are featured. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 hours of undergraduate credit.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 374: Art Now (3 Credits)

Explores visual art production since 1980, drawing on regional resources. Examines social, institutional, and political issues in recent art and its markets. Notes: Requires students to work collaboratively and make several field trips, including one Saturday bus trip to New York. Specific topics and assignments vary with the changing art season and instructor. Lecture, discussion. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits and one course in ARTH or AVT, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Nicole De Armendi — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 212
  • Section DL1 — Nicole De Armendi

ARTH 383: Arts of Southeast Asia (3 Credits)

Examines various cultural and artistic traditions of ancient Southeast Asia, from the earliest archaeological evidence to onset of colonialism. Lectures and discussions focus on material culture of the great civilizations that arose within borders of modern Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Burma (Myanmar), Vietnam, Laos, and Malaysia. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 430: Advanced Studies in Medieval or Islamic Art (3 Credits)

Studies a single topic in medieval or Islamic art. May focus on a particular period, region, or medium, or may explore cultural interconnections within medieval Eurasian world. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and a 300-level course in medieval or Islamic art, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 440: RS: Advanced Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art (3 Credits)

Studies a particular aspect of Renaissance or baroque art. Topics may be monographic, thematic, or concentrated on the art of a smaller time period or a particular area. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and 6 credits in Art History at the 300 level, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 482: RS: Advanced Studies in Asian Art (3 Credits)

Seminar-style discussions on a specific topic in Asian art. May focus on the art of a particular period, movement, reign, or region, as well as theoretical issues or works in a particular medium. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Non-Western Culture, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302, and 3XX-level course in any area of Asian art; or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in ARTH

ARTH 303: National Traditions (1-3 Credits)

Studies traditions of art and architecture within a single selected country or historical region. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 hours or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 311: Design of Cities (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Explores problems in urban design in a particular geographical region or historical period. Approach varies with instructor and may involve archaeological or theoretical approaches appropriate to the specific context. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ARTH 334: Western Medieval Art (3 Credits)

Aspects of art and architecture in medieval Europe, from the fall of the Roman Empire through the Gothic period. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 359: Art of the 18th and 19th Centuries (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Introduction to the art and architecture of the 18th and 19th centuries. Topics focus on specific art forms, media, geographic regions, or the thematic categories. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ARTH 372: Studies in 18th- and 19th-Century Art of the United States (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Developments in visual culture and the changing status of art practitioners throughout these periods. Focus is either chronological (Colonial Period, Gilded Age) or thematic (19th-century genre scenes, the American landscape and national identity). Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 hours.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ARTH 373: Studies in 20th-Century Art of the United States (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Developments in 20th-century American visual culture across all media. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ARTH 399: Special Topics in the History of Art (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Schedule Type: Lecture

ARTH 420: Advanced Studies in Ancient Art (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Studies a particular area of ancient art of the Mediterranean, Near East, or Middle East. Topics may be art form or medium, geographical area, theme, function, or context. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and 6 credits in Art History at the 300 level, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

ARTH 430: Advanced Studies in Medieval or Islamic Art (3 Credits)

Studies a single topic in medieval or Islamic art. May focus on a particular period, region, or medium, or may explore cultural interconnections within medieval Eurasian world. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and a 300-level course in medieval or Islamic art, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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ARTH 440: RS: Advanced Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art (3 Credits)

Studies a particular aspect of Renaissance or baroque art. Topics may be monographic, thematic, or concentrated on the art of a smaller time period or a particular area. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and 6 credits in Art History at the 300 level, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 460: RS: Advanced Studies in 20th-Century European Art (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Study of a particular topic in 20th century European art. Course may focus on a specific period, region, movement, medium, or theoretical issue, or explore cultural connections and transfer between regions. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and 3XX level course in 19th or 20th century European or American art, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

ARTH 472: RS: Advanced Studies in 20th-Century Latin American Art (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Study of a particular topic in 20th-century Latin American art. Course may focus on a specific period, region, movement, medium, or theoretical issue, or explore cultural connections and transfer between regions. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 9 credits.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and a 3XX level course in 19th or 20th century art of Europe or the Americas, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

ARTH 474: Advanced Studies in Contemporary Art (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Study of a topic in contemporary art in a research seminar setting. Focus on particular theme, region, artist, or medium, or take a comparative approach. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302; 3XX level coursework in modern or contemporary art; or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

ARTH 482: RS: Advanced Studies in Asian Art (3 Credits)

Seminar-style discussions on a specific topic in Asian art. May focus on the art of a particular period, movement, reign, or region, as well as theoretical issues or works in a particular medium. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Research/Scholarship Intensive, Non-Western Culture, Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302, and 3XX-level course in any area of Asian art; or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 499: Advanced Studies in Art History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Seminar-style discussion on specific subjects in art history. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in the Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and 3XX level course in Art History; or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar

Graduate

500-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 570: Proseminar in History of Decorative Arts (3 Credits)

A writing-intensive course designed to equip students with the skills required for professional scholarship in the history of decorative arts. Examines a variety of theories and methods for analyzing objects. Teaches visual and contextual analysis skills as well as critical thinking about and documentation of primary and secondary sources. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History of Decorative Arts.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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ARTH 571: Survey of Decorative Arts I (3 Credits)

Overview of European decorative arts from fifteenth to eighteenth centuries, with focus on objects from Italy, France, and England. Examines the role of decorative arts in the formation of identity of the elite in Renaissance Italy as well as Renaissance France and England. Also concentrates on European decorative arts from seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with emphasis on Paris and London. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History of Decorative Arts.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 599: Special Topics in Art History and the Decorative Arts (1-6 Credits)

Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Recommended Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 600: Methods and Research in Art History (3 Credits)

Investigates theories, methods, and research strategies in discipline of art history. Designed for first-semester students in art history MA program; foundation for further graduate-level work in the program. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to the Art History MA program.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 630: Material Culture Studies (3 Credits)

Introduction to traditions that have contributed to the field of material culture study. Examines a broad range of the material world from the past to the present. Surveys the field's historical roots and examines approaches to material culture scholarship. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 24 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History of Decorative Arts.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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ARTH 640: European Decorative Arts (3 Credits)

Examines one or more European decorative arts from periods from the Renaissance to the early 20th century. Arts may include tapestries, pottery and ceramics, silver, furnishing, jewelry and metalwork, glass as well as distinctive stylistic periods. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 24 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History of Decorative Arts.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 650: Global Decorative Arts (3 Credits)

Examines specific key media, moments, or locations in the global decorative arts beyond the Western tradition. Notes: May be repeated for credit with topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 24 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History of Decorative Arts.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 660: Museum Studies (3 Credits)

Explores the role of museums, through presentations by key museum personnel and discussion of required readings. Administrators, curators, conservators, educators, editors, among others, work with students to expand their knowledge of how museums function. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 24 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History of Decorative Arts.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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ARTH 670: Design and Design History (3 Credits)

Examination of key moments in design history. Through focus on the chosen topic, discusses the nature of design. Covers history of interiors, furniture and architecture, and theories of design and design composition. Notes: May be repeated for credit with topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 24 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to students with a major in History of Decorative Arts.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture

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Topics in ARTH

ARTH 599: Special Topics in Art History and the Decorative Arts (1-6 Credits)

Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Recommended Prerequisite: Baccalaureate degree or permission of instructor.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 699: Topics in Art History (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

Research seminar on aspects of art history. Topics vary, but course entails extensive critical readings and discussion, development of bibliographies, and advanced-level research papers. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 15 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar