History and Art History

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Courses and Syllabi

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Undergraduate

100-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 101: 3 Credits

Introduction to the Visual Arts

Introduction to the content and principles of the visual arts. Approach varies with instructor. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 102: 3 Credits

Symbols and Stories in Art

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

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 103: 3 Credits

Introduction to Architecture

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: 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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 201: 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 the art of the Renaissance, the baroque period, and modern Europe and the Americas. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 204: 3 Credits

Survey of Latin American Art

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: 1-3 Credits

National Traditions

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 324: 3 Credits

From Alexander the Great to Cleopatra: The Hellenistic World

Arts of the Hellenistic age within the context of history and culture of the period. Explores the powerful dynasties ruling wealthy empires; achievements in learning and literature housed in the Great Library at Alexandria; baroque sculpture adorning the Altar of Zeus at Pergamon; and Roman collectors of Greek art and antiques. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 333: 3 Credits

Early Christian and Byzantine Art

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

ARTH 340: 3 Credits

Early Renaissance Art in Italy, 1300-1500

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 371: 3 Credits

American Architecture and Material Culture

Studies in the history of American architecture or decorative arts in cultural context. Topics range from 17th century to 20th century, depending on instructor. 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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 376: 3 Credits

Twentieth-Century Latin American Art

Major movements and important artists in 20th-century Latin American art discussed in relation to social, cultural, and political conditions in the region. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 380: 3 Credits

African Art

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 382: 3 Credits

Arts of India

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

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 440: 3 Credits

Advanced Studies in Renaissance and Baroque Art

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 474: 3 Credits

Advanced Studies in Contemporary Art

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 499: 3 Credits

Advanced Studies in Art History

Seminar-style discussion on specific subjects in art history. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in ARTH

ARTH 303: 1-3 Credits

National Traditions

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

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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 (not currently offered)

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.

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

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

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

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: 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

Seminar-style discussion on specific subjects in art history. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

Graduate

500-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 570: 3 Credits

Proseminar in History of Decorative Arts

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: 3 Credits

Survey of Decorative Arts I

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 — 10:15 AM to 12:15 PM R — Off-Campus Location OCL

ARTH 599: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics in Art History and the Decorative Arts

Topics vary. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

600-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 600: 3 Credits

Methods and Research in Art History

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 640: 3 Credits

European Decorative Arts

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 »

3 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 660: 3 Credits

Museum Studies

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. Read More »

1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 670: 3 Credits

Design and Design History

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 »

5 Sections Currently Scheduled »

ARTH 699: 3 Credits

Topics in Art History

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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

Topics in ARTH

ARTH 599: 1-6 Credits

Special Topics in Art History and the Decorative Arts

Topics vary. Read More »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled

ARTH 699: 3 Credits

Topics in Art History

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 »

2 Sections Currently Scheduled