History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Art History Fall 2016

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. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Lisa Passaglia Bauman — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Robinson B113
  • Section 002 — Lisa Passaglia Bauman — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Robinson B113

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

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

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Lisa Passaglia Bauman — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM MW — Robinson B113

200-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 200: Survey of Western Art (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. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 201: Survey of Western Art (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. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 320: Art of the Islamic World (3 Credits)

Introduction to Islamic art, from the time of Muhammad to present. Cultural and regional approach, utilizing local museum collections. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 333: Early Christian and Byzantine Art (3 Credits)

Aspects of medieval art and culture in eastern Mediterranean world. Topics may include late antiquity, early Christianity, and the Byzantine empire and its neighbors. Designed to take advantage of unique local museum resources. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Lawrence E. Butler — 12:00 PM to 01:15 PM TR — Art & Design Building 2026

ARTH 340: Early Renaissance Art in Italy, 1300-1500 (3 Credits)

Studies in architecture, sculpture, and painting in the age of Giotto, Ghiberti, Masaccio, and Botticelli. Read More »

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Katherine Roeder — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW — Art & Design Building 2026

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 373: Studies in 20th-Century Art of the United States (3 Credits)

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

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. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Nicole De Armendi — 01:30 PM to 02:45 PM TR — Art & Design Building 2026
  • Section DL1 — Nicole De Armendi

ARTH 382: Arts of India (3 Credits)

History, culture, and arts of south Asia from earliest civilizations along the Indus River to onset of Western colonialism. Emphasizes role of material evidence in the creation of the South Asian history and how political, social, and religious developments affected the arts. Discusses monuments and artifacts in a variety of media in relation to historical contexts. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Robert D. DeCaroli — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Art & Design Building 2026

ARTH 393: Art History Internships (3-6 Credits)

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 399: Special Topics in the History of Art (3 Credits)

Topics vary. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 420: Advanced Studies in Ancient Art (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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 460: RS: Advanced Studies in 20th-Century European Art (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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 474: Advanced Studies in Contemporary Art (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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in ARTH

ARTH 303: National Traditions (not currently offered) (1-3 Credits)

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

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.

ARTH 334: Western Medieval Art (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

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

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.

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).

ARTH 373: Studies in 20th-Century Art of the United States (3 Credits)

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 399: Special Topics in the History of Art (3 Credits)

Topics vary. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 420: Advanced Studies in Ancient Art (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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 430: Advanced Studies in Medieval or Islamic Art (not currently offered) (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.

ARTH 440: RS: Advanced Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art (not currently offered) (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.

ARTH 460: RS: Advanced Studies in 20th-Century European Art (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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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.

ARTH 474: Advanced Studies in Contemporary Art (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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 482: Advanced Studies in Asian Art (not currently offered) (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.

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

Seminar-style discussion on specific subjects in art history.

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Angela George — 01:00 PM to 03:40 PM W

ARTH 593: Internship in Art History and the Decorative Arts (3-6 Credits)

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

Topics vary. Read More »

3 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. Read More »

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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. Read More »

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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. Read More »

4 Sections Currently Scheduled »

Topics in ARTH

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

Topics vary. Read More »

3 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.