Current Upper Level Courses
ARHI 2552 – Modern Asian Art (4 Credits)
This course will examine pivotal artwork produced since the late 19th century in Asia, particularly in India, China, and Japan. The classes will consider art produced in the time of colonialism, war, modernization, and globalization and examine works by such artists as Gutai, Xu Bing, and Amrita Sher-Gil.
ARHI 3350 – Age of Cathedrals (4 Credits)
The medieval period was the great era of cities. From about the year 1200 on, the church constructed massive cathedrals that soared to astounding heights, dominating the urban skyline. Universities housed students from diverse regions, stimulating intellectual debate. And an expansion of long-distance trade fostered artistic and cultural exchanges among communities from across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. This course will examine the art and architecture of this dynamic era, with particular focus on the technical innovations of Gothic cathedrals, Christian conceptions of and interactions with Jewish communities, and the impact of European-African mercantile engagement.
ARHI 4600 - Senior Seminar (4 Credits)
As the capstone seminar for art history majors, this course has several goals: to give art history majors an introduction to the principal thinkers who shaped the field of art history; to explore some of the key methodological approaches to art history today; to hone students’ skills in critical reading and viewing; and to provide students the opportunity to conduct independent research on an art historical topic of their own choosing. Offered fall semesters only; required for majors.
ARHI 2315 – Roman Art (4 Credits)
This class is a survey of the art and architecture of Rome from the Republican and Hellenistic periods through the era of Constantine (5th century BCE- 4th century CE). Though chronological in structure, this course will also address overarching issues and themes in art history and archaeology, such as the power of images in the ancient world (as opposed to/similar to today), Roman ways of looking at art and space, the role of monuments, makers and patrons in Roman society, and connections with the other cultures who inspired and made use of Roman artists and styles. Overall, however, the class is intended to introduce students to the ways in which Western Civilization is indebted to Roman culture.
ARHI 4435 – Art of the Tudor Courts (4 Credits)
This course coincides with the Metropolitan Museum of Art's major exhibition of art at the Tudor courts. Focusing on the rich visual culture of the English court from 1485 to 1603, it investigates the power of art to support the dynastic claims of the Tudor dynasty. We will explore the intersection of art and politics during the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. Classes will meet both on campus and at the museum.
ARHI 4555 / 5555 – Art and Ecology (4 Credits)
This course investigates the work of artists, writers, and filmmakers who have dedicated themselves to creating solutions to specific environmental problems or whose works have broadened public concern for ecologically degraded environments. Students will participate in a wide variety of discourses about the personal, public, and ethical dimensions of current environmental issues.
ARHI 4600 – Senior Seminar (4 credits)
As the capstone seminar for art history majors, this seminar has several goals: to give art history majors an introduction to the principal thinkers who shaped the field of art history; to explore some of the key methodological approaches to art history today; to hone students’ skills in critical reading and viewing; and to provide students the opportunity to conduct independent research on an art historical topic of their own choosing. Offered fall semesters only; required for majors.