History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Art History Spring 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

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

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 »

1 Section 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

ARTH 204: Survey of Latin American Art (3 Credits)

Introduces arts of Latin America from pre-Columbian to modern era. Discusses important examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture in relation to culture and history of region. Read More »

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 311: Design of Cities (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. Read More »

1 Section 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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 344: Baroque Art in Italy, France, and Spain, 1600 - 1750 (3 Credits)

Studies in architecture, sculpture, and painting in the age of Caravaggio, Bernini, Velazquez, and Poussin. 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 — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM MW — Innovation Hall 136

ARTH 360: Nineteenth-Century European Art (3 Credits)

Movements from neoclassicism to symbolism discussed in relation to social, cultural, political, and technological changes in Europe. 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 002 — Nicole De Armendi — 03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR — Innovation Hall 136
  • Section DL1 — Nicole De Armendi — 10:30 AM to 11:45 AM TR — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1005

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 384: Arts of China (3 Credits)

Explores the complex and dynamic history of China by examining ways in which social, religious, and political shifts have given rise to new and variant forms of material culture. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • Section 001 — Carmelita Hinton — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM T — East Building 122

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 394: The Museum (3 Credits)

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 — Lawrence E. Butler — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1002  -  Section Syllabus Pdficon small

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 482: 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. Read More »

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 311: Design of Cities (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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 (not currently offered) (3 Credits)

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

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

Topics vary.

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 (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.

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 (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.

ARTH 482: 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. Read More »

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.

Graduate

500-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 572: Survey of Decorative Arts II (3 Credits)

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 — Heidi Nasstrom Evans — 01:00 PM to 04:00 PM W — Off-Campus Location CAMPUS

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 594: The Museum (3 Credits)

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 — Lawrence E. Butler — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM R — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1002  -  Section Syllabus Pdficon small

ARTH 596: Independent Study (1-3 Credits)

Independent reading and research on specific project under direction of department member. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

Topics vary. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 601: Colloquium in Art History (3 Credits)

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 — Michele Greet — 04:30 PM to 07:10 PM W — Music Theater Building (formerly Fine Arts Building) 1008  -  Section Syllabus Pdficon small

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 »

2 Sections 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 »

2 Sections 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 »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 699: Topics in Art History (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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

700-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 799: Master's Thesis (1-3 Credits)

Research and writing on approved thesis topic under direction of thesis committee. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in ARTH

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

Topics vary. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 699: Topics in Art History (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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled