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Visiting Artists: Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger, 2011
Visiting Artists: Dutes Miller & Stan Shellabarger, 2011

Courses

Art History offers graduate courses covering a wide range of time periods and cultures.

ART HISTORY COURSES IN THE PERMANENT CATALOGUE LISTED BELOW: [Those pending approval as permanent courses by the College of A&S are designated by an asterisk (*). Until approved, these courses are taught under Special Topics numbers] PLEASE NOTE THAT THE MAJORITY OF GRADUATE SEMINARS ARE RELATED TO CURRENT FACULTY RESEARCH AND ARE THEREFORE TAUGHT UNDER SPECIAL TOPICS NUMBERS.

77. ARTH 5159-3 Hellenistic Art and Archaeology
Examines art and archaeology from the period following the death of Alexander the Great (late 4th-century B.C.E.) to the conquest of Greece by the Romans (middle 2nd-century B.C.E.). Same as CLAS 5159.

78. ARTH 5169-3 Topics in Ancient and Classical Art and Archaeology
In-depth consideration of an aspect of ancient Mediterranean culture. Topics vary; they may include ancient wall painting, Greek sculpture, artists and patrons, the ancient Near East, Egyptian art and archaeology, or Etruscan art and archaeology. Maybe repeated up to 9 total credit hours providing the topics are different. Same as CLAS 5169.

79. ARTH 5179-3 Periklean Athens
Explores in detail the buildings, sculptures, pots, and foreign imports of Athens under the leadership of Perikles, considering material culture of individuals as much as civic programs. Emphasis is on ways in which the textual and archaeological evidence complement and/or contradict one another. Same as CLAS 5179.

80. ARTH 5189-3 Augustan Rome
Explores the sculptures, paintings, and buildings constructed in Rome during the reign of the first emperor Augustus (27 B.C.E. – 14 C.E.). Examines the monuments of Augustan Rome as both dependent on republican precedents and yet innovative with respect to designs and meanings. Same as CLAS 5189.

81. ARTH 5199-3 Roman Architecture
Examines the designs, functions, and construction methods of ancient Roman towns, temples, baths, houses, and civic structures, as well as utilitarian structures including roads and aqueducts. Emphasizes Roman architectural forms and spaces as vehicles for political propaganda and empire consolidation. Same as CLAS 5199.

82. ARTH 5269-3 Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East
Examines civilizations of the Iran-Iraq region from the rise of urbanism in Mesopotamia through the era of the first ‘world empire,’ Achaemenid Persia. Emphasizes the material record of religious and state institutions of the ancient Near East, especially monuments that illustrate concepts of kingship. Explores notions of style, symbolism, visual rhetoric, text-image synthesis, patronage, creativity, and roles of artists. Recommended prereq., CLAS/ARTH 1509.Same as CLAS 5269. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: human diversity.

83. ARTH 5949-3 Visiting Scholars Seminar*
Brings speakers to campus to work with seminar students, usually four guest speakers per semester; subjects vary. Students read scholar’s work and discuss methodological issues. Focuses on the research and insight of scholars who are currently shaping the field and defining research agendas. Required for all MA art history students.

84. ARTH 5959-3 Introduction to Critical Theory for Visual Studies*
Provides an overview for critical theory from Marx to contemporary writers with an emphasis on their relevance to visual studies. Addresses issues that underlie a wide range of academic discussion in the arts and sciences. Foucault, Derrida, Said, Lacan and other authors will be the subject of weekly discussions leading to research papers, presentations, and projects. Fulfills critical theory requirement for MA and MFA students.

85. ARTH 5579-3 Installation Art: Activating the Viewer and the Space*
Available for graduate students in MFA program. Others welcome. Does not count toward the MA in Art History. Same as ARTH 4579.

86. ARTH 5909 (1-3) Graduate Independent Study—Art History
May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours.

87. ARTH 5929 (1-3) Special Topics in Art History
May be repeated up to 18 total credit hours.

88. ARTH 5939 (3-6) Art Museum Internship
May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

89. ARTH 5949-3 Visiting Scholars Seminar*
Brings speakers to campus to work with seminar students, usually four guest speakers per semester; subjects vary. Students read scholar’s work and discuss methodological issues. Focuses on the research and insight of scholars who are currently shaping the field and defining research agendas. Required for all MA art history students.

90. ARTH 5959-3 Introduction to Critical Theory for Visual Studies*
Provides an overview for critical theory from Marx to contemporary writers with an emphasis on their relevance to visual studies. Addresses issues that underlie a wide range of academic discussion in the arts and sciences. Foucault, Derrida, Said, Lacan and other authors will be the subject of weekly discussions leading to research papers, presentations, and projects. Fulfills critical theory requirement for MA and MFA students.

91. ARTH 6150-3 Critical and Theoretical Issues in Museums
Investigates key problems facing museum institutions and studies the staging and representation of historical knowledge, the ethics of collecting and display, the changing nature and uses of historical evidence, and relations between curatorial practice, collecting, and field work. Critically examines different approaches to museums and museology in various disciplines, both past and present. Prereq., MUSM 5011 or instructor consent. Same as MUSM 6150, HIST 6150, and ANTH 6150.

92. ARTH 6929 (3) Seminar: Theories of Art History
Provides a systematic critical overview of the development of art history as a discipline beginning with 18th-century theories of aesthetics and ending with current interdisciplinary models of critical interpretation. Weekly readings, discussions, reports, and written papers constitute the format of this seminar in methodology. Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours within a term. Required for MA art history students.

93. ARTH 6939-3 Graduate Seminar: Open Topics in Art History
Subjects and topics vary. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Prereq., graduate standing.

94. ARTH 6949-1 Master’s Candidate for Degree

95. ARTH 6959 (1-6) Master’s Thesis-Art History

96. ARTH 6969 (1-6) Master’s Project-Art History

For a full listing of courses, see the University of Colorado at Boulder Catalog.