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Art History: Xochiquetzal, from the Codex Borgia, late 15th or early 16th c.
Art History: Xochiquetzal, from the Codex Borgia, late 15th or early 16th c.

BA in Art History

The Art History area encourages students to analyze art within many contexts, including historical, intellectual, political, social, and stylistic.  In addition to examining diverse methodologies, introductory and upper division courses cover artistic production from a wide range of cultures and periods including: Western art and architecture—Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance, Baroque, Modern, and Contemporary, Art and Architecture of Asia and the Americas (Colonial, Indian, Pre-Columbian, and Post-Colonial).

 

Newly Revised World Art Studies classes are beginning Fall 2012

World Art Studies I (ARTH 1300)

Introduces a series of basic conceptual frameworks for thinking about culture in a planetary context. Lectures cover a wide variety of people and places, with different cultural settings juxtaposed with one another to highlight similarities and differences, and cultural interaction. The course is organized around broad conceptual frameworks such as signifying practices; art institutions; material technologies; and the interface of art and religion.

The course rethinks the chronological survey in favor of an emphasis on cross-cultural comparisons and in-depth case studies covering a broad range of media. The second semester will debut in spring 2012. The two courses may be taken independently but taking them in sequence is highly recommended. These two courses are prerequisites for all higher level art history courses and required for both studio and art history majors.

meets MW 11:00 – 11:50 Math 100
plus one discussion section per week, W- F (18 options) for 3 credits

Bachelor of Arts in Art History (Major Code: AAAH) Minimum of 39 credit hours in the major consisting of:

ARTS 1010 INTRODUCTION TO ART 1
ARTS 1020 INTRODUCTION TO ART 2
ARTH 1300 WORLD ART 1
ARTH 1400 WORLD ART 2
ANY (3) 3000 LEVEL ART HISTORY courses (9 credits)
ANY (3) 4000 LEVEL ART HISTORY courses (9 credits)
FINE ARTS ELECTIVES (6 credits) (Any ARTS or ARTH course, upper or lower division or six hours of fourth semester or higher foreign language).
ARTH/4919 ART HISTORY SEMINAR

Distribution requirements complete at least six hours at the 3000 or 4000 level in each of three areas: Ancient and/or African/American/Asian/Australian, Medieval and/or Early Modern (a.k.a. Renaissance and Baroque), and Modern and/or Contemporary. Students must take at least one course in African, American, Asian, or Australian art at the 3000 or 4000 level.