Lower Level Required:

A101 Ancient and Medieval Art (3 cr.) A survey of major styles and monuments in art and architecture from prehistoric times to the end of the Middle Ages.

A102 Renaissance through Modern Art (3 cr.) A survey of major artists, styles, and movements in European and American art and architecture from the fifteenth century to the present.

A150 Africa, New World, and Oceanic Art (3 cr.) A survey of the arts and cultures of the native peoples of Africa, North and South America, and the South Pacific.  (A458 may be substituted for A150 but both may not be taken for credit.)

Upper Level Courses:

Western Tradition

A315 Ancient Art (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. A study of the architecture, sculpture, painting, and ceramics of the ancient world.  Emphasis on ancient Greece and Rome.

A322 Romanesque and Gothic Arts (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. Survey of the art of the high Middle Ages from the eleventh through the fifteenth centuries, with an emphasis on architecture and sculpture in England, France, Germany, and Italy.

A343 American Art (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. The history of American art from colonial times to the present.

A403 Baroque and Rococo Art (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. The history of the art of both northern and southern Europe during the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries.

A404 Modernism: Art, Politics, and Innovation, 1850 to 1900 (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W290. This course will examine Western art from the mid- to the end of the nineteenth century. Topics will include Realism and Naturalism, the origins of the avant-garde, the emergence of photography, architecture and design in the age of industry, Impressionism, Post- and Neo-Impressionism, the appeal of the modern and modernity, newly developing modes of abstraction, symbolism, and the origins of the twentieth century artistic avant-gardes.

A405 Art of the Northern Renaissance (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. The history of painting and sculpture outside Italy during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

A406 Art of the Italian Renaissance (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. The history of Italian art beginning with the Proto-Renaissance in the thirteenth century through the High Renaissance of the sixteenth century.

A440 Nineteenth-Century Art (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. Major painters and artistic movements in Western Europe and the United States during the nineteenth century.

Indigenous Traditions

A362 The Art of Japan (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. A survey of Japanese art from the before introduction of Buddhism to the twentieth century.

A402 Arts of Native North America (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. A survey of the history of North American First Nations peoples' art from archaic to contemporary times.

A451 Art of the South Pacific (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. A survey of the arts of Pacific island groups.  Emphasis on the sculptural forms of Polynesia, Micronesia, and Melanesia.

A452 Art of Pre-Columbian America (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. A survey of pre-contact arts of the Americas south of the Rio Grande.

A456 The Art and Culture of Samoa, Western Polynesia P: At least Junior Standing or at least age 21, consent of instructor. The program will take place in the independent Pacific nation of Samoa and will introduce students to Samoan art and culture.  The course work is designed to provide the student with two options: A series of hands-on workshops on the heritage arts of textile creation and decoration led by specialist artists, or the development of an individual research or creative project.  

A458 Topics in the Ethnographic Arts: The Art of Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. Specific topics of particular interest in the ethnographic arts. Topics thematically based. A150 and A458 may not both be taken for credit.

Additional Courses

A439 The Historical Avant-Gardes: Art from 1900 to 1945 (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W290. This course familiarizes students with the major historical avant-garde art movements from 1900 to 1945. Students will be introduced to Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Suprematism, Constructivism, and Surrealism, among others. Although the course focuses on Europe, the international manifestations of these movements will also be introduced. Each movement will be examined in relation to contemporaneous social, political, and intellectual events.

A457 Experimental Art Since 1945 (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W290. This course familiarizes students with major art movements in contemporary art since 1940 in Europe and the United States, and globally since 1980, introducing avant-garde art movements and related transnational developments. It presents concepts of modernism and postmodernism, among others.

A490 Topics in Art History (3 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290. Individual topics vary.  Will be listed in course schedule. May be repeated with consent of instructor.

A495 Reading and Research in Art History (1-4 cr.) P: ENG-W 131, ENG-W 290 and consent of instructor. Individual-directed study of art history topics. May be repeated for a total of 8 credit hours.A400 Senior Seminar in Art History (4 cr.) P: Senior standing and consent of instructor. Intensive examination of selected topics in art history. Required of art history concentration students.

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