History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Art History Fall 2011

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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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

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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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

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 203: Survey of Asian Art (3 Credits)

Introduces the arts of South, Southeast, and east Asia. Examines aspects of the culture and history of Asia. Discusses monuments and artifacts in a variety of media and their relation to social and historical contexts. May not be repeated for credit.
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 321: Greek Art and Archaeology (3 Credits)

History of ancient Greek architecture, sculpture, and painting. 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 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 342: High Renaissance Art in Italy, 1480-1570 (3 Credits)

Studies in architecture, sculpture, and painting in the age of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. 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 360: Nineteenth-Century European Art (3 Credits)

Movements from neoclassicism to symbolism discussed in relation to social, cultural, political, and technological changes in Europe. 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 372: Studies in 18th- and 19th-Century Art of the United States (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

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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

ARTH 380: African Art (Topic Varies) (3 Credits)

Focuses on sub-Saharan African art in terms of styles and aesthetics; materials and techniques; and geographical, social, cultural, and religious contexts. Specific focus of course may vary with instructor.

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Synthesis
Recommended Prerequisite: 6 credits in art history at the 300-level and completion or concurrent enrollment in ENGH 302.
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

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

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3 Sections 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. 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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 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 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 372: Studies in 18th- and 19th-Century Art of the United States (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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

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

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3 Sections 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. 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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 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

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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2 Sections 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. 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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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

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. Notes: Recommended for advanced art history students seeking exposure to professional work in visual arts. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: BA or equivalent 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: Internship

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 596: Independent Study (1-3 Credits)

Independent reading and research on specific project under direction of department member. Notes: Written report is required. May be repeated for credit. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 9 credits.
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: Independent Study

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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 620: Topics in Individual Decorative Arts (3 Credits)

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. 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 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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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. 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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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. 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

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2 Sections Currently Scheduled

Topics in ARTH

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 372: Studies in 18th- and 19th-Century Art of the United States (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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

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

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3 Sections 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. 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

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

Read More »

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