Courses and Syllabi

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Art History Fall 2020

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. Limited to three attempts.
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. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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1 Section 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. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Schedule Type: Lecture

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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300-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 318: Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (3 Credits)

Explores the art, architecture, and archaeology of ancient Egypt in its cultural and historic context. Besides the famous monuments, students will also examine the influence of ancient attitudes about cultural identity on the art of the period as well as the impact of ancient Egyptian art on ancient Greece and modern western culture. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 credits (sophomore standing)
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 hours.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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ARTH 321: Greek Art and Archaeology (3 Credits)

History of ancient Greek architecture, sculpture, and painting. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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ARTH 340: Early Renaissance Art in Italy, 1300-1500 (3 Credits)

Studies in architecture, sculpture, and painting in the age of Giotto, Ghiberti, Masaccio, and Botticelli. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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ARTH 350: History of Photography (3 Credits)

Development of photography from origins in France in the 19th century to the present. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Arts
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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. Limited to three attempts.
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 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. Limited to three attempts.
Mason Core: Global Understanding
Specialized Designation: Non-Western Culture
Recommended Prerequisite: 24 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

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. Notes: Strongly recommended for advanced art history students seeking exposure to professional work in visual arts. May be taken for 3 to 6 credits, or repeated for up to 6 credits. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Art History major or minor and permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Internship

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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. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies, Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and 6 credits in art history at the 300 level or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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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 Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and 6 credits in Art History at the 300 level, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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ARTH 471: Advanced Studies in Art of the United States (3 Credits)

Studies a particular area of American art, focusing on a form, such as landscape or genre painting; theme, such as nationalism, regionalism, or iconography of the family; or movement, such as American modernism. Limited to three attempts.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and 6 credits in art history at the 3XX level or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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ARTH 474: Advanced Studies in Contemporary Art (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. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302; 3XX level coursework in modern or contemporary art; or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics 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 Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302 and 6 credits in Art History at the 300 level, or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

ARTH 474: Advanced Studies in Contemporary Art (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. Notes: May be repeated when topic is different. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Specialized Designation: Writing Intensive in Major
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 302/ENGH 302; 3XX level coursework in modern or contemporary art; or permission of instructor.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Graduate

500-Level Courses in ARTH

ARTH 593: Internship in Art History (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 599: Special Topics in Art History (1-6 Credits)

Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
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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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
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.

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1 Section Currently Scheduled

Topics in ARTH

ARTH 599: Special Topics in Art History (1-6 Credits)

Topics vary. Notes: May be repeated for credit when topic is different. May be repeated within the term.
Specialized Designation: Topic Varies
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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3 Sections Currently Scheduled