History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 101: 3 Credits

Introduction to the Visual Arts

Introduction to the content and principles of the visual arts. Approach varies with instructor. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Lisa Passaglia Bauman — 09:00 AM to 10:15 AM MW — Robinson B113
  • Section 003 — Lisa Passaglia Bauman — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Robinson B113

ARTH 102: 3 Credits

Symbols and Stories in Art

Themes and imagery in art from early Greece to the modern era. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 103: 3 Credits

Introduction to Architecture

Introduces study, principle, and understanding of art of architecture. Approach varies with instructor; may be historical, geographical, technical, or thematic. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Lisa Passaglia Bauman — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Robinson B113

200-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 200: 3 Credits

Survey of Western Art

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. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — N/A — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW — Robinson B113
  • Section 002 — Lawrence E. Butler — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Robinson B113

ARTH 201: 3 Credits

Survey of Western Art

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. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 315: 3 Credits

Modern Architecture

Studies in modern architecture from the Beaux Arts movement to the present; an investigation of stylistic, structural, or theoretical innovations. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 322: 3 Credits

Roman Art and Archaeology

History of Roman architecture, sculpture, and painting. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • 001 Roman Art — Christopher A. Gregg — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 124

ARTH 342: 3 Credits

High Renaissance Art in Italy, 1480ƒ__1570

Studies in architecture, sculpture, and painting in the age of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. ¶ Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 350: 3 Credits

History of Photography

Development of photography from origins in France in the 19th century to the present. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Katherine Roeder — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 124

ARTH 362: 3 Credits

Twentieth-Century European Art

Study of major movements (fauvism, cubism, futurism, constructivism, surrealism, and expressionism) and important artists in 20th-century painting and sculpture. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 374: 3 Credits

Art Now

Explores visual art production since 1980, drawing on regional resources. Examines social, institutional, and political issues in recent art and its markets. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 120
  • Section 002 — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 120

ARTH 386: 3 Credits

The Silk Road

Explores luxury arts and material culture of Eurasian trade routes between Mediterranean and China in historical, religious, and social contexts. Emphasizes cultural interactions in medieval Central Asia. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Lawrence E. Butler — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Planetary Hall (formerly Science & Tech I) 124

ARTH 393: 3-6 Credits

Art History Internships

Internship with a professional arts institution, organization, or individual in the Washington, D.C., area. Project to be arranged by student in consultation with faculty instructor and field supervisor. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 394: 3 Credits

The Museum

Examines history, theory, practice, ethics, and current problems of collecting and displaying art and artifacts to the public. Emphasizes issues central to museums in Washington, D.C., or museums in other locations; focus varies with instructor. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Michele Greet — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Robinson A249

ARTH 399: 3 Credits

Special Topics in the History of Art

Topics vary. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 420: 3 Credits

Advanced Studies in Ancient Art

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • 001 Pompeii — Christopher A. Gregg — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1008

ARTH 471: 3 Credits

Advanced Studies in Art of the United States

Studies a particular area of American art, focusing on a form, such as landscape or genre painting; theme, such as nationalism, regionalism, or iconography of the family; or movement, such as American modernism. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in ARTH

ARTH 303: 1-3 Credits

National Traditions (not currently offered)

Studies traditions of art and architecture within a single selected country or historical region.

ARTH 311: 3 Credits

Design of Cities (not currently offered)

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.

ARTH 334: 3 Credits

Western Medieval Art (not currently offered)

Aspects of art and architecture in medieval Europe, from the fall of the Roman Empire through the Gothic period.

ARTH 359: 3 Credits

Art of the 18th and 19th Centuries (not currently offered)

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.

ARTH 372: 3 Credits

Studies in 18th- and 19th-Century Art of the United States (not currently offered)

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).

ARTH 373: 3 Credits

Studies in 20th-Century Art of the United States (not currently offered)

Developments in 20th-century American visual culture across all media.

ARTH 399: 3 Credits

Special Topics in the History of Art

Topics vary. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 420: 3 Credits

Advanced Studies in Ancient Art

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • 001 Pompeii — Christopher A. Gregg — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1008

ARTH 430: 3 Credits

Advanced Studies in Medieval or Islamic Art (not currently offered)

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.

ARTH 440: 3 Credits

Advanced Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art (not currently offered)

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.

ARTH 460: 3 Credits

Advanced Studies in 20th-Century European Art (not currently offered)

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.

ARTH 472: 3 Credits

Advanced Studies in 20th-Century Latin American Art (not currently offered)

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.

ARTH 474: 3 Credits

Advanced Studies in Contemporary Art (not currently offered)

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.

ARTH 482: 3 Credits

Advanced Studies in Asian Art (not currently offered)

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.

ARTH 499: 3 Credits

Advanced Studies in Art History (not currently offered)

Seminar-style discussion on specific subjects in art history.

Graduate

500-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 572: 3 Credits

Survey of Decorative Arts II

This writing-intensive course is designed to equip students with the skills required for professional scholarship in the history of decorative arts. Students will examine a variety of theories and methods for analyzing objects through assigned readings, class discussions, and short writing assignments. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Angela George — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM W — Off-Campus Location OCL

ARTH 593: 3-6 Credits

Internship in Art History and the Decorative Arts

Internship with a professional arts institution, organization, or individual in the Washington, D.C., area. Project to be arranged by student in consultation with faculty instructor and field supervisor. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 594: 3 Credits

The Museum

Examines history, theory, practice, ethics, and current problems of collecting and displaying art and artifacts to the public. Emphasizes issues central to museums in Washington, D.C., or museums in other locations. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Robert D. DeCaroli — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Research Hall 201

ARTH 599: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics in Art History and the Decorative Arts

Topics vary. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • 001 US Memorials — Ellen Wiley Todd — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1008
  • 002 Pompeii — Christopher A. Gregg — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1008
  • 004 Modernity & Body Politics — Sun-Young Park — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Robinson A123

600-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 601: 3 Credits

Colloquium in Art History

Offers graduate-level survey in academic art history led by an instructor of record, with input from full Art History faculty. Participants review the current field through lectures, focused readings and group discussions with relevant faculty member. Participants may read in more depth in areas of special interest. Provides preparation for MA exams and professional preparation for teaching. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Lawrence E. Butler — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Research Hall 201

ARTH 620: 3 Credits

Topics in Individual Decorative Arts

Survey of a single decorative art including media and methods of production. Covers connoisseurship issues such as identifying materials and techniques, fakes, forgeries, repairs, reproductions. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 640: 3 Credits

European Decorative Arts

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 650: 3 Credits

Global Decorative Arts

Examines specific key media, moments, or locations in the global decorative arts beyond the Western tradition. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 660: 3 Credits

Museum Studies

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 670: 3 Credits

Design and Design History

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. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 699: 3 Credits

Topics in Art History

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in ARTH

ARTH 599: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics in Art History and the Decorative Arts

Topics vary. Read More »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • 001 US Memorials — Ellen Wiley Todd — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1008
  • 002 Pompeii — Christopher A. Gregg — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM M — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1008
  • 004 Modernity & Body Politics — Sun-Young Park — 07:20 PM to 10:00 PM R — Robinson A123

ARTH 699: 3 Credits

Topics in Art History

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled