Graduate Art History Courses

Note: Courses numbered in the 500s (see Art Education) are intended for graduate students whose primary area of study is not art history, including MFA candidates; these courses may not be credited toward the Master of Arts degree in art history.

Matriculation for the Master of Arts degree in art history or permission of the instructor is required for admission to courses at the 700 level, which assume a good background in art history and, in some instances, the ability to read in foreign languages. In addition, seminars and ARTH 740 assume prior study in the area and a knowledge of appropriate languages. Students will be expected to do independent work and present reports and an extended paper. Admission to seminars for all students is by permission of the instructor.

Not all courses will be offered each semester. See the current course offerings page to view the courses scheduled for the upcoming semester. In the past, course topics have ranged from major artists like Michelangelo and Vermeer, to seminars in women’s imagery and mythology, to lecture courses on numerous periods and cultures worldwide.

ARTH 700. Museum Studies. (3 hr.; 3 credits) The course will acquaint students with museum work by providing supervised participation in the functioning of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum. Students will engage in such museum activities as the preparation of exhibitions and care of the collection. Practical experience will be supplemented by lectures.

ARTH 701. Topics in the History of Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 702. Seminar in the History of Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 740. Art History Methods Colloquium. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Permission of the instructor. The basic problems and techniques of art historical scholarship, stylistic and iconographic analysis, sources, and documentation.

ARTH 770. The Major Artist. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The artist to be studied will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

Courses in Ancient Art

ARTH 741.1. Ancient Painting. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. Greek and Roman paintings and mosaics, with emphasis on Roman wall decoration, its origins and originality.

ARTH 741.2. Greek Sculpture. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The leading masters and centers: Athens, Olympia, Delphi, Pergamon.

ARTH 741.4. Studies in Ancient Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 751.1–751.9. Seminar in Ancient Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Permission of the instructor. The particular area to be studied may vary and will be announced prior to each offering. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

Courses in Medieval Art

ARTH 742.1. Late Antique and Early Medieval Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 742.2. Gothic Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. Stylistic evolution in architecture, sculpture, the minor arts, or painting.

ARTH 742.3. Studies in Medieval Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 752.1–752.9. Seminar in Medieval Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Permission of the instructor. The particular area to be studied may vary and will be announced prior to each offering. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

Courses in Renaissance and Baroque Art

ARTH 743.2. Art of the High Renaissance in Italy. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 743.3. Renaissance and Baroque Architecture. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. Development of the classical tradition from 1400 to 1800 and its spread across the globe.

ARTH 743.4. Early Netherlandish Painting. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 743.5. Studies in Renaissance Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 744.1. Dutch Painting in the Seventeenth Century. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 744.2. Italian Painting in the Seventeenth Century. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. Antimannerist reform, the Carracci, Caravaggio, and the impact of their styles on later generations.

ARTH 744.3. Studies in Baroque Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 753.1–753.9. Seminar in Renaissance Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credit) Prereq.: Permission of the instructor. The particular area to be studied may vary and will be announced prior to each offering. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 754.1–754.9. Seminar in Baroque Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Permission of the instructor. The particular area to be studied may vary and will be announced prior to each offering. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

Courses in Modern Art

ARTH 745.1. Impressionism and Post-Impressionism. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 745.3. Modern Architecture. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 745.4. Art of the United States from the Colonial Era to 1900. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor.

ARTH 745.6. Studies in 18th-Century Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 cr.) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 745.7. Studies in Modern Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 745.8. Studies in Contemporary Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 745.9. Studies in the Art of the United States. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 755.1. Seminar in 18th-Century Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Permission of the instructor. The particular area to be studied may vary and will be announced prior to each offering. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 755.2–755.5. Seminar in Modern Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Permission of the instructor. The particular area to be studied may vary and will be announced prior to each offering. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 755.6. Seminar in Contemporary Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Permission of the instructor. The particular area to be studied may vary and will be announced prior to each offering. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 755.7. Seminar in Art of the United States. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Permission of the instructor. The particular area to be studied may vary and will be announced prior to each offering. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 755.8. Seminar in Photography. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Permission of the instructor. The particular area to be studied may vary and will be announced prior to each offering. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

Courses in Art of Asia and the Americas

ARTH 747.1. Studies in Asian Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 747.2. Studies in Chinese Art and Architecture. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 747.3. Studies in Japanese Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 747.4. Studies in Indian Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 748.1. Studies in Mesoamerican Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 748.2. Studies in Andean Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 757.1. Seminar in Asian Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 757.2. Seminar in Buddhist Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 757.3. Seminar in Chinese Painting. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

ARTH 757.4. Seminar in Contemporary Chinese Art. (2 hr. plus conf.; 3 credits) Prereq.: Matriculation for the MA in art history or permission of the instructor. The topic may vary and will be announced each time the course is given. May be repeated for credit when the topic is different.

Independent Research

ARTH 760. Special Problems. (Hr. to be arranged; 3 credits) Work in some particular area of research for advanced candidates in Art History. Approval of the department’s graduate committee is required. A student may take only one course at this level.

ARTH 760.1. Special Problems in Ancient Art.

ARTH 760.2. Special Problems in Medieval Art.

ARTH 760.3. Special Problems in Renaissance Art.

ARTH 760.4. Special Problems in Baroque Art.

ARTH 760.5. Special Problems in Modern Art.

ARTH 760.6. Special Problems in American Art.

ARTH 760.7. Special Problems in Photography.

ARTH 760.8. Special Problems in Asian Art.

ARTH 760.9. Special Problems in Art of the Americas.

ARTH 770.1–770.3. Internship in Art History. 1–3 hr; 1–3 cr. An independent course in which a student works for a defined period of time on a weekly basis as an intern in a public or private institution or agency related to or concerned with the study, preservation, and presentation of art and architecture. The course permits the student to develop and undertake research

ARTH 790. Thesis. (Hr. to be arranged; 3 credits) Prereq.: Approval of a thesis advisor and the department’s graduate committee. Supervised thesis writing.

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