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    Undergraduate Courses

    ARH 201 Survey of World Art I (A,O)

    Provides an integrated chronological study of world art from prehistory to the 14th century. Covers western art along with the ancient arts of Asia, Islamic arts, and pre Columbian arts. Teaches students to identify cross-cultural influences and regional stylistic features. 3 Cr. Fall.

    ARH 202 Survey of World Art II (A,O)

    Examines major developments in world art from the 1400s to the present. Students will gain a broad understanding of the history of art making during the modern era, including the European Renaissance, as well as art making in Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and the Americas. Issues of artistic techniques and practices, patronage, power, religion, and aesthetics, as well as societal and cross-cultural influences will be addressed during each time period and with respect to each culture. 3 Cr.

    ARH 310 Women in Art (A,W)

    Cross-listed as WMS 310.

    Examines the contributions and creations of women to the visual arts throughout history, with an emphasis on the women artists of the last two centuries. Students will gain an understanding of artistic techniques and movements and become familiar with the social and political history of women, in order to understand how such conditions affect artistic production. 3 Cr.

    ARH 315 The History of Graphic Design (A)

    This course follows the changes in graphic communications, from its origin with the birth of written language through its evolution into modern mass visual communications. The course surveys important graphic arts movements and individuals. We explore how design theory, technology and seminal works have transformed our visual language and the world in which we live. Students will examine the continuities and interrelationships of graphic communications as it has evolved and expanded, and demonstrate learning through exams and written assignments. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

    ARH 410 Contemporary Art Criticism (A,I,W)

    Prerequisites: ARH 201, ARH 202 and ARH 420.

    Examines art of made throughout the late 20th and early 21st centuries, while simultaneously exploring how the "art world" both reflects and resists societal influences. 3 Cr.

    ARH 418 Women in Art (B)

    Examines the contributions and creations of women to the visual arts throughout history, with an emphasis on the women artists of the last two centuries. Students will gain an understanding of artistic techniques and movements and become familiar with the social and political history of women, in order to understand how such conditions affect artistic production. 3 Cr.

    ARH 420 Twentieth Century Art (A)

    Prerequisites: ARH 201 and ARH 202.

    Examines the major trends and developments of the 20th century, primarily in Europe and the United States. Students will learn how biographical, social, cultural, and political forces influenced various artists. Helps students understand how art making is not a practice in isolation, but an expression of how creators respond to their interior and exterior worlds. 3 Cr. 3 Cr.

    ARH 423 Feminist Performance Art, Film and Video (A)

    This course examines performance art, film, and video that was created during and in the wake of the second-wave feminist revolution of the late 1960s and early 1970s. After reading a number of critical texts, exploring the historical period, and watching myriad films and videos, students will be able to analyze how these art forms were implicit and explicit political acts that expressed women’s discontent with the socio-political status quo, and were attempts to speak back to the hegemonic imagery produced by the mainstream media, Hollywood, and advertising industries. 3 Cr.

    ARH 431 American Art (A)

    Prerequisites: ARH 201 & ARH 202.

    Students will gain a broad comprehension of the painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, and popular arts made in the United States from the Colonial period to the present. Throughout the semester, thematic lectures will chart the history of our nation and simultaneously illustrate how the visual arts and visual culture influenced and were influenced by the notion of a distinctly “American” identity. 3 Cr.

    ARH 490 Topics in Art History (A)

    Prerequisites: ARH 201 and ARH 202.

    Reserved for different topics not listed in this catalog. May be repeated for credit. 3 Cr.

    ARH 491 Seminar in Art History (A)

    Prerequisite: ARH 201 and ARH 202 or instructor's permission.

    Examines in detail selected topics in art history with the emphasis on the exploration of research methodologies in fine arts, and writing papers and sharing them in the class. 3 Cr.

    ARH 499 Independent Study in Art History (A)

    Special project in art history arranged in consultation with the instructor-sponsor in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement before registration. May be repeated for credit. 3-6 Cr.

    Graduate Courses

    ARH 510 Contemporary Art Criticism (A)

    Examines art of made throughout the late 20th and early 21st centuries, while simultaneously exploring how the "art world" both reflects and resists societal influences. 3 Cr.

    ARH 518 Women in Art (B)

    Examines the contributions and creations of women to the visual arts throughout history, with an emphasis on the women artists of the last two centuries. Students will gain an understanding of artistic techniques and movements and become familiar with the social and political history of women, in order to understand how such conditions affect artistic production. 3 Cr.

    ARH 520 Twentieth Century Art (A)

    Examines the major trends and developments of the 20thcentury, primarily in Europe and the United States. Explores how biographical, social, cultural, and political forces influenced various artists. Helps students to understand how are making is not a practice in isolation, but an expression of how creators respond to their interior and exterior worlds. 3 Cr.

    ARH 531 American Art (A)

    Surveys art, architecture, and popular culture from colonial era to the present. 3 Cr.

    ARH 561 History of Photography (A)

    (Taught at Visual Studies Workshop.) Surveys the development of photographic processes and the movements and artists that have influenced photography. 3 Cr.

    ARH 566 Curatorial Outlooks (B)

    Curators play a key role in mappying the ever-shifting boarders of the art world. From the traditional role of a keeper of collections to the more recent interpretation as one who selects and interprets a particular exhibit, the position of curator is a powerful one. This course will identify the role of curators and examine the work of curators who have been influential in their respective fields. *elective 3 Cr.

    ARH 661 History of Photography II (A)

    This course provides a survey of the medium's history from early experiments to present. It provides an overview of photography's development and its impact on society as both an artistic, cultural and sociological phenomenon. It also familiarizes students with existing histories of photography, and addresses some of the problems of defining a visual history through photographic collections. 3 Cr.