Graduate Courses

Art History graduates viewing Mark Samuels Lasner art collection

Graduate Course Descriptions

ARTH599
Topics in Art History
3 credits
Detailed investigation in a lecture rather than a seminar format of varying topics, e.g., Saint Denis and Problems of 12th-Century Art.

ARTH601
Theories and Practices of Art Historical Interpretation
3 credits
Critical analysis of selected writings influential in art history and the humanities. Designed to help students hone their interpretive skills through close examination of assumptions, standards of argument and evidence, core concepts, procedures, boundaries, and objectives that have shaped art historical writings past and present.

ARTH602
Theories and Methodologies in Architectural History
3 credits
Introduction to issues and methodologies in architectural and urbanism history. Readings in philosophy and sociology and in recent works of architectural and urbanism history they have inspired. Organized thematically (capitalism, colonialism, print culture, etc.).

ARTH605
Studies in Greek and Roman Art
3 credits
The art of antiquity from the origins of Greek civilization to the fall of Rome. Recent topics include Roman Architecture; Religion, Religiosity, and Ritual in the Lives of Romans; and Visual Culture in Pompeii.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH606
Studies in Medieval Art
3 credits
The art of Europe from the fall of Rome to the late Gothic period. Recent topics include the Court of Charlemagne, Early Irish and Anglo-Saxon Art, and Medieval Ivories.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH613
Studies in Renaissance Art and Architecture
3 credits
Renaissance art and architecture from 1300 to 1600.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit once when topics vary.

ARTH614
Studies in Italian Renaissance Architecture
3 credits
Italian architecture from 1300 to 1600. Recent topics include Renaissance Villas and Gardens, Brunelleschi and Alberti, Roman Architecture in the Age of Michelangelo, and Palladio.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH616
Studies in Italian Baroque Art
3 credits
Italian art in the seventeenth century. Recent topics include Bernini and Roman Baroque Sculpture, Seicento Poetics and Imagery, and Caravaggio.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH617
Studies in Northern Baroque Art
3 credits
Seventeenth-century art in northern Europe. Recent topics include Vermeer and Dutch Genre Painting, Art and Money, Seventeenth-Century Netherlands, and Prints in the Age of Rembrandt.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH619
Studies in Art of the Iberian World, 1400-1800
3 credits
The arts of the Iberian Peninsula and the Spanish and Portuguese colonies from 1400 to 1800. Topics vary. Seminars may focus on particular artists, or on broader historical and/or methodological issues dealing with artistic production, reception, and circulation within the Spanish and Portuguese empires.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit once when topics vary.

ARTH620
Seminar in African Art
3 credits
Topics vary from pre-Dagaman art (pre-European 'discovery') to twentieth-century painting and contemporary African cinema and may include representations of Africa in Enlightenment art and philosophy, reviews of the literature on the arts of Fulani peoples and its related archive of documentary film.

ARTH621
Studies in Nineteenth-Century Art
3 credits
History and theory of art, 1789-1900.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH622
Research Topics in Historic Preservation
3 credits
Seminar that addresses a specific research issue within historic preservation, including hypothesis construction, design of research methodology, and evaluation of results. Emphasis on the use of primary sources and application of database techniques.
Cross-listed with UAPP636, GEOG636, and HIST636.

ARTH623
Studies in Modern Art since 1900
3 credits
Aspects of the history, aesthetics, and theories of Modern Art from 1900 to the present. Topics may include the Avant-Garde, Abstract Art, Art and Politics, High vs. Low Art, and Folk and Outsider Art.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit three times when topics vary.

ARTH624
Studies in Film
3 credits
Aspects of the history and aesthetics of film since the invention of synchronized sound. Topics change with each time of offering. Topics may include Classic Hollywood Film, Gender and Film, Film Noir, Independent Film, and Global Cinema.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit three times when topics vary.

ARTH625
Silent Cinema
3 credits
Examination of the invention, emergence, and development of silent cinema in Europe, the former USSR, and the United States. Includes study of significant films and filmmakers; the social, cultural, and artistic contexts; and the critical literature.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH626
Studies in Modern Art and Theory
3 credits
Studies in Modern Art, exploring diverse themes, media, theoretical, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Possible topics include Art and Nationalism, Classicism and Modernity, Allegory, Regimes of Visuality, Modern Art and Literature, Modern Portraiture, and Freud, Psychoanalysis, and Colonialism.

ARTH627
Studies in the History of Photography
3 credits
Aspects of the history and aesthetics of photography. Topics change with each time of offering. Topics may include Photography and Art, Documentary Photography, Photography and Criticism, Photography and Race, and Vernacular Photography.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit three times when topics vary.

ARTH628
Theory and Practice of Historical Preservation Planning
3 credits
Examines the historic preservation planning process, the theory supporting this process, and contemporary practices. Case studies used to demonstrate the integration of theory and practice.
Cross-listed with UAPP629, HIST652, and MSST629.

ARTH629
Studies in Modern Architecture
3 credits
Architecture in Europe and/or America from 1750 to the present. Recent topics include the Architecture of Neoclassicism, and Sullivan, Wright, and the Prairie School.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH630
Historiography of Material Culture
3 credits
Landmark works and recent theoretical approaches to the understanding and interpretation of the man-made environment. Readings draw from a variety of disciplinary frameworks, including art history, anthropology, historical archaeology, cultural geography, sociology, and history.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with HIST605 and EAMC605.

ARTH631
Studies in American Architecture of the Colonial and Federal Periods
3 credits
Architecture in the American Colonies from the anonymous buildings of the seventeenth century to the designs of Thomas Jefferson and B. H. Latrobe in the early nineteenth century.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH633
Studies in Nineteenth-Century American Architecture
3 credits
The Greek, Gothic, Egyptian, and Oriental Revivals; High Victorian Style and its culmination in the Age of Elegance; and Late Nineteenth-Century American Architecture.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH635
American Art to 1865
3 credits
Topics change with each offering. Recent topics include Visual Culture in Antebellum America, and Common Ground: Dialectics of High and Low in Nineteenth-Century American Visual Arts.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH636
Studies in American Art, 1875-Present
3 credits
Painting, sculpture, and related media from Eakins to the present. Recent topics include Eakins and American Modernism, and American Painting and Sculpture after World War II.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH640
Seminar in Latin American Art
3 credits
The arts of Latin America from pre-Hispanic times to the twenty-first century. Recent topics include Art and Conquest in the New World, and Life and Afterlife of pre-Hispanic Artifacts.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH654
Vernacular Architecture
3 credits
Study of traditional American folk architecture from the seventeenth century to the present. Examination of changes in construction, house types, and decoration in vernacular buildings, as well as issues of regional differences and individual craftsmanship.
Cross-listed with UAPP654, MSST654, and HIST654.

ARTH656
Studies in Contemporary Architecture
3 credits
Contemporary architecture from around the world. Topics include Contemporary Architecture, Cross-cultural Dialogues, and Transnational Practices. Discover theories of postcolonialism and postmodernism to discuss aesthetic forms and concepts in the most recent architectural design projects.

ARTH657
Survey of African Art
3 credits
Major African art styles, their interrelationships, the context of usage, and the meanings of African artworks.
Cross-listed with ANTH657.

ARTH664
Internship in Art History
3 credits
Receive on-the-job experience and explore potential occupational areas at an art museum or other art-related venue, under joint supervision of the Department of Art History and sponsoring organization(s). Completion of journal of activities and/or final academic project or paper.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires approval of Director of Graduate Studies before registering the course. Does not count as a 600-level ARTH seminar and does not fulfill an area/distribution requirement.

ARTH685
Cultural Theory and Criticism
3 credits
Topical introduction to one or more cultural theories, providing a survey of scholarship on such varied topics as semiotics, deconstructionism, feminism, material culture, race, ethnicity studies, postcolonial and global studies, and problems of representation and signification in literary and non-literary texts.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.
Cross-listed with ENGL685

ARTH688
Studio Materials and Techniques of Painting I
3 credits
Major masters and the materials, tools, supports, and techniques of architectural and panel painting in tempera from about 1500 B.C. to A.D. 1500. Topics include true fresco and egg tempera painting. Studio reconstructions, lectures, and library research.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with ARTC688.

ARTH689
Studio Materials and Techniques of Painting II
3 credits
Major masters and the materials, tools, and techniques of indirect and direct oil painting. Time frame: 1500 to the present. Topics include the development of canvas, brushes, oil paint, mediums, varnishes, solvents, and the complex relationship between indirect and direct techniques. Includes studio reconstruction of masterworks, lectures, and library research.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with ARTC689.

ARTH690
Studio in the Materials and Techniques of Printmaking I
3 credits
Major masters and the materials, tools, and techniques of relief, planographic, and intaglio printmaking. Time frame: ca. 1400-1920. Major topics include woodcut, copperplate engraving, etching, drypoint, aquatint, mezzotint, lithograph, and wood engraving. Studio reconstructions, lectures, and library research.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with ARTC690.

ARTH851
Seminar in Art Historical Pedagogy
3 credits
Discussion of all aspects of teaching in the field of art history (lectures, discussions, materials, examinations, grading), especially in the context of the teaching of a large introductory survey course.
RESTRICTIONS: Open only to teaching assistants in ARTH153 or ARTH154. May be taken for credit only once.

ARTH860
Reading and Research
1-9 credits
Readings and conferences on an approved subject under faculty direction.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of Department Chair. Open to Art History Ph.D. students only.

ARTH869
Master's Thesis
1-6 credits

ARTH870
Master's Paper
3 credits
Research and writing of Master's Paper.

ARTH964
Pre-Candidacy Study
3-12 credits
Research and readings in preparation of dissertation topic and/or qualifying examinations for doctoral students before admission to candidacy but after completion of all required course work.
RESTRICTIONS: Not open to students who have been admitted to candidacy.

ARTH969
Doctoral Dissertation
1-12 credits