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ART HISTORY (ARTH)
Division of Humanities
Division of Humanities - Adm
 
ARTH 1101 - Principles of Art (FA)
(4.0 cr; fall, spring, every year)
An introduction to the theories, methods, and vocabulary of art history. Involves development of basic skills of research, analysis, and interpretation of individual works of art. Helps the student to understand the intrinsic as well as the historical-cultural meanings of works of art.



ARTH 1111 - Ancient to Medieval Art (FA)
(4.0 cr; fall, every year)
Survey of the major works of art of western Europe from its origins in the Paleolithic period through to the full development of the Gothic era. Includes the monuments of ancient Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome as well as those of the Early Christian and Romanesque periods. Also includes some treatment of non-Western traditions in this era.



ARTH 1121 - Renaissance to Modern Art (FA)
(4.0 cr; spring, every year)
Survey of the major works of art of western Europe and the United States from 1400 to the present.



ARTH 1801 - Memorials and Memorialization (IC)
(2.0 cr; Prereq-new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; fall, offered periodically)
In what ways have cultures throughout time sought to commemorate life and death through visual form? And why has memorialization become so potent in recent decades? Consider various forms of memorials, including monuments, tombstones, quilts, and tattoos, and examine how these visual media express that which may elude words.



ARTH 1802 - We Live in a World of Art and Heritage (IC)
(2.0 cr [max 4.0 cr]; Prereq-new college student in their first semester of enrollment at UMM; fall, offered periodically)
An introduction to the theories, methods, and vocabulary of art history. Involves development of basic skills of research, analysis, and interpretation of individual works of art. Helps the student to understand the intrinsic as well as the historical-cultural meanings of works of art.



ARTH 3101 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greece (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; fall, odd academic years)
Beginning with the Bronze Age civilizations of the Aegean (Minoan, Cycladic, and Mycenaean), this course follows the development of the painting, sculpture, and architecture of ancient Greece, concentrating on the classical period in Athens and the Hellenistic period in the Mediterranean.



ARTH 3111 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; spring, odd academic years)
In-depth study of Roman art and archaeology beginning with the Villanovans and Etruscans who preceded the Romans and ending with the rise of Early Christian art. Concentration on the public and political art of the various emperors.



ARTH 3112 - Art and the Byzantine Empire (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; fall, even academic years)
A chronological and socio-political exploration of the development of art within the Byzantine Empire. The various roles that this art took within and beyond the borders of Byzantium.



ARTH 3113 - Islamic Art and Culture (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; spring, even academic years)
An investigation of Islamic art and architecture in both the secular and religious realm. Examination of these works in the context of the cultures and historical periods that produced them. Begins with the birth of Islamic art and continues up until today.



ARTH 3122 - Seeing Early Medieval Art (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; fall, offered periodically)
An overview of the development of Western Art between the 6th and 12th centuries. Introduction to art's functions during the Early Medieval Period. Topics include the manufacturing of images and the broader social reception and application of art in teaching, missionary work, civic rituals, and other cultural practices.



ARTH 3132 - Castles and Cathedrals (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; spring, odd academic years)
An investigation of the two major forms of architectural construction in the Middle Ages. Exploration of the development of the cathedral and castle as architectural forms and examination of the circumstances surrounding their evolution through the medieval period. Examples are drawn from continental Europe, the British Isles, and the Levant.



ARTH 3133 - Boundaries and Transitions in Medieval Art (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; spring, even academic years)
A thematic look at medieval art and architecture beyond the traditional focuses of inquiry such as Constantinople, Rome, and Paris. An examination of the art and architecture of the periods and areas of transition that are typically ignored or glossed over as derivative such as Late Antique, Crusader, and Ottoman.



ARTH 3142 - Art of the Italian Renaissance, 1300-1520 (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; spring, odd academic years)
A variety of methods (including stylistic, gender, and contextual theories) are used to explore the painting and sculpture of such artists as Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo, Raphael, and Michelangelo.



ARTH 3143 - Medieval Art in the Mediterranean: Cross-Cultural Exchanges and Interactions (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; spring, offered periodically)
A chronological examination of Byzantine, Islamic, and Western medieval art in the Mediterranean basin between the 4th and 15th centuries. Introduction to the interactions and exchanges between different visual and material cultures. Topics include devotional art, the rise of Islam, court culture, pilgrimage, relics, and crusades.



ARTH 3144 - The Face of God (and other Body Parts) (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; spring, offered periodically)
This course problematizes the depiction of Christ's body in works of art and it explores how representations of bodies in the Middle Ages continue to influence our perception in a way that affects sexuality, gender, and aesthetics; ideal for students interested in Gender Studies, History, Art History, Human Psychology, and Sociology.



ARTH 3161 - 16th-Century Italian Art (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; fall, odd academic years)
An investigation of the fascinating trends of Mannerist and Venetian Renaissance art, considered through the lenses of art theory, biography, social history, and style.



ARTH 3171 - Baroque Art (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; spring, odd academic years)
A sociohistorical consideration of the stylistic and thematic diversity present in the works of such 17th-century masters as Caravaggio, Bernini, Velazquez, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.



ARTH 3191 - American Art to 1900 (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; fall, odd academic years)
A thematic exploration of the role of painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts in American society, from colonial times to 1900. Topics include the landscape and Manifest Destiny, American icons, folk art, and the representation of American Indians, African Americans, and women.



ARTH 3201 - 19th-Century European Art through Post-Impressionism (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; fall, odd academic years)
Survey of major movements from Neoclassicism through Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism to Post-Impressionism. Attention is given to iconographical and formal analysis as well as to the social conditions in which artists lived and worked.



ARTH 3211 - Early Modernist Art: Symbolism to Surrealism (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; spring, odd academic years)
Survey of the major early modernist movements from Symbolism through Cubism, Futurism, Expressionism, Constructivism, De Stijl, and the Bauhaus to Surrealism. Attention is given to theories of modern art as well as to formal and iconographical analyses and to the social conditions in which modern art was created and experienced.



ARTH 3221 - American Art from the End of Modernism to the Postmodern Present (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; fall, even academic years)
An examination of selected artists and movements from the 1940s through the present. Equal emphasis is given to the art and the social context in which it was made and experienced, and to modernist and postmodernist aesthetic and critical thought.



ARTH 3231 - History of Photography (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; spring, even academic years)
Survey of European and American photography from the period of invention to the present. Major artists and movements are examined in the context of a variety of aesthetic, social, and technical issues.



ARTH 3241 - African American Art (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; fall, even academic years)
Survey of African American art from colonial times to the present, focusing on social context and aesthetic and biographical issues.



ARTH 3261 - Chinese Art (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; spring, even academic years)
Survey of Chinese arts from the Neolithic times to the 20th century, presented in the context of Chinese culture.



ARTH 3272 - Athens, Art, and Theatre (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or #; attendance at evening UMM theatre performance required; fall, spring, offered periodically)
Classical Athens was a special place. It produced works of art and theatre that are still considered cultural treasures today. Combining archaeological, art historical, and textual sources, explore the context of these great works and looks at their interaction with one another and with performances on the Morris campus today.
Effective: Fall 2015


ARTH 3273 - Ars Otii: The Art of Roman Leisure (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or #; fall, spring, offered periodically)
What did Romans do in their free time? Explore the art of daily life in ancient Rome focusing on themes and activities related to leisure. Outside the home, Romans bathed, hunted, and went to the theatre. Inside the home, they held lavish dinner parties. In all of these activities, status and social display were of central concern.
Effective: Fall 2015


ARTH 3281 - Women and Art (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; fall, odd academic years)
A historical survey of women's roles as creators and patrons of the visual arts in Western European and American societies, from antiquity to the present.



ARTH 3291 - Facing the Past: Portraiture and Social History (FA)
(4.0 cr; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH course or jr status or #; fall, spring, offered periodically)
This seminar examines functions and formats of portraits created primarily in Western Europe between 1400-1800, in order to gain greater insight as to how various social identities (such as that of husband and wife, child, friend, and freak of nature) were visually constructed and verbally interpreted.



ARTH 3311 - Italian Renaissance and Baroque Art in Context
(1.0 cr; spring, offered periodically)
An opportunity to view and interpret art of the Renaissance and Baroque periods (c. 1400-1700) in its original contexts in Italy and to better comprehend how powerfully art can affect a viewer.



ARTH 3993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH class or jr status, approved directed study form; fall, spring, every year)
Content and nature of the course to be determined by faculty and student consultation. May include individual research and writing, working in relation to the Art Gallery program, or travel and study.



ARTH 4810 - Practicum in Art History Pedagogy
(1.0 - 4.0 cr [max 8.0 cr]; Prereq-#, which requires an ArtH major or minor or double-major, must already have taken the 1xxx-level ArtH course that they wish to complete this practicum in conjunction with; S-N only, fall, spring, every year)
An individualized, hands-on, guided study of the process of teaching Art History. As part of a formal affiliation with an ArtH course, the student undertakes selected learning activities under supervision of the course instructor such as discussion group leader, test review leader, research assistant, and/or other teaching-related activities.



ARTH 4901 - Capstone Assessment of Student Experience in Art History
(1.0 cr; Prereq-ArtH major, #; S-N or Aud, fall, spring, every year)
Allows students majoring in art history to reflect on the connections among the different courses and experiences they have had in the discipline by compiling a portfolio of their work, writing a short paper, and discussing their experiences with the faculty and other majors.



ARTH 4993 - Directed Study
(1.0 - 5.0 cr [max 10.0 cr]; Prereq-any 1xxx ArtH class or jr status, approved directed study form; fall, spring, every year)
Content and nature of the course to be determined by faculty and student consultation. May include individual research and writing, working in relation to the Art Gallery program, or travel and study.



 
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