History and Art History
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Art History Spring 2012

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 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. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 hours.
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 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. 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 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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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. 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

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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 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

ARTH 385: Arts of Japan (3 Credits)

Art and architecture of Japan, with particular attention to the ways political changes, religious movements, and social developments influenced and shaped those creations. Discusses monuments and artifacts in a variety of media in relation to social and historical contexts. May not be repeated for credit.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 credits.
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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1 Section Currently Scheduled

400-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 400: Historiography and Methods of Research in Art History (Topic Varies) (3 Credits)

Historical investigation of theories, methods, and critiques involved in the discipline of art history. Approach or focus may vary with instructor. May not be repeated for credit.
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 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 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

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 373: Studies in 20th-Century Art of the United States (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

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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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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. 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 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

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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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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. 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 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. Focus may vary with instructor. May not be repeated for credit.
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: Lecture

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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 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 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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3 Sections 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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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. 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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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 373: Studies in 20th-Century Art of the United States (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

Read More »

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

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. 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

Read More »

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