History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Undergraduate

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 »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

300-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 320: 3 Credits

Art of the Islamic World

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 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 »

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

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

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 (not currently offered)

Topics vary.

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

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 599: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics in Art History and the Decorative Arts

Topics vary. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 630: 3 Credits

Material Culture Studies

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 fieldƒ__s historical roots and examines approaches to material culture scholarship. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

  • A01 Gilded Age — Jennifer van Horn — 05:00 PM to 08:00 PM TR — Off-Campus Location OCL

Topics in ARTH

ARTH 599: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics in Art History and the Decorative Arts

Topics vary. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 699: 3 Credits

Topics in Art History (not currently offered)

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.