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Spring 2024 Art and Architecture History Courses

Lower Level
Course Teaching Professor Days and Times of Course
ARC 222: History of Architecture II Staff TR 8:30-9:50am
ART 187: Art and Society (Prehistoric to Medieval) Casper MWF 10:05am-11:00am
ART 188: Art and Society (Renaissance to Modern) Hackman TR 10:05am-11:25am
ART 188: Art and Society (Renaissance to Modern) Hackman TR 11:40am-1:00pm
ART 188: Art and Society (Renaissance to Modern) Stetler MW 11:40am-1:00pm
ART 286: East Asian Art (China, Korea, Japan) Staff MW 1:15pm-2:50pm * Online*
ART 285: Writing and the Visual Arts
(Does not count for AAH Minor)
Dell'Aria TH 11:40am-1:00pm
Upper-Level Courses (Levels 2 and 3 for old AAH major / Subject Area Course for new AAH major)
Course Teaching Professor Days and Times of Course
*ARC 321: History of Interiors Cevik MWF 11:15am-12:10pm
*ARC 404V: FilmMix.MediaCulture/ID/Place Fellows T 2:50pm-5:30pm
*ARC 424: Lat. Am. Modern Arch. Brown-Manrique TR 10:05am-11:25am
*ARC 451: Contemp. Arch. Theory and Practice Reynolds MWF 11:15am-12:10pm
ART 315: Art in the Age of Michelangelo Casper TR 10:05-11:25am
ART 230D: Art and Its Markets Stewart MWF 11:15am-12:10pm
ART 406: Art since 1980 Dell'Aria TR 4:25-5:45pm
ART 407: Moving Image Art Dell'Aria TR 10:05-11:25am
CLS 323: Discoveries in Archaeology Tuck MW 11:40-1:00pm
Course Teaching Professor Days and Times of Course
ART 480V: Vision and the Visionary Casper TR 10:05am-11:25am
Field Study
Course Teaching Professor Days and Times of Course
ART 391: Field Study in Art/Arch History
(Does not count for AAH Minor)
Stetler TR 10:05am-11:25am


*Open to ARC+ID majors; other students may contact the instructor for access if any restrictions apply

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Please take careful note of the following:

  1. This division of courses into sections only generally reflects the curriculum distribution for the Art and Architecture History major and Art and Architecture History minor. It does not reflect prerequisites necessary for these courses, nor does it establish a hierarchy of difficulty. Most classes have no prerequisites.
  2. Please note that starting fall 2023 there is a NEW AAH Major curriculum. If you started the major prior to fall 2023 then you are on the OLD AAH major curriculum.
  3. Unless otherwise noted, all of these classes do count for both the AAH major and minor, even if your DAR doesn’t say so. You may have to have the instructor sign a comment form for any class not on your DAR, but it will most assuredly count for the major and minor.
  4. The ART 480V seminar is open to all majors and minors to fulfill the “seminar” requirement. Remember, all majors have to take an ART 480 seminar before graduation. Minors have to take a seminar before graduation as well, but can choose either ART 498 (fall semester) or ART 480 (spring semester)
  5. Art history majors who would like to sign up for ART 391 should contact Professor Stetler (

Course Descriptions

Architectural History (ARC)

ARC 222: History of Architecture II. (MPF)

Thorough and systematic survey of the history of architecture, urban design, and allied arts across global contexts. Non-majors welcome. IIA, IIB.

ARC 321: History of Interiors.

Thorough and systematic survey of interior design from prehistoric times to present. Emphasis on the social and cultural influences on the design and evolution of interior environments.

Prerequisite: ARC 221, 222.

ARC 404V: Film, Mixed Media, Culture, ID, Place.

Contact instructor for course information.

ARC 424: Latin American Modern Architecture.

The course combines general background readings on the subject with specific readings on a selected group of countries, architects and projects based on a thematic organization. The faculty presents introductory lectures, while class members will present the results of individual and team research and analysis as assigned. Some of the analysis will be graphical, some will be written; all presentations will require illustrations of the work(s) in question.

ARC 451: Contemporary Architectural Theory and Practice.

This seminar explores and critiques contemporary theories and practices that inform current domestic and global architectural works by considering the intellectual, cultural, and technological forces that shape them.

Art History (ART)

ART 187: History of Western Art: Prehistoric-Gothic.  (MPF)

Historical survey of Western art, including development of concepts necessary for analysis and appreciation of great works of art. IIA, IIB. CAS-B.

ART 188: History of Western Art: Renaissance - Modern. (MPF)

Historical survey of Western art, including development of concepts necessary for analysis and appreciation of great works of art. IIA, IIB. CAS-B.

ART 230D. Art and Its Markets

How do we decide what an artwork is worth? How has that changed over time? What is the art market and who contributes to it? Through a hands-on approach, students in this course will meet with dealers, curators, and auctioneers to think about artworks as objects of exchange. They will also read about the ways in which artworks have been valued and devalued, in both the current moment and the past, in order to understand what the art market is and how it has come to be.

ART 285: Writing and the Visual Arts. (MP Advanced Writing)

A course for beginning art history majors and others interested in a critical approach to reading texts, researching, and talking about works of art. Focuses on research methods, critical thinking, reading and writing, and formal presentation techniques. Students will learn how to recognize and use art historical methodology; how to read critically in order to determine an author's thesis, argument, approach(es), and biases; and how to perform specialized research using the methods discussed in class, resulting in a class presentation and research paper.

ART 286: History of Asian Art, China, Korea, and Japan. (MPF)

Introduction to major artistic traditions of China, Korea, and Japan. Emphasis placed on understanding the cultural foundations of Bronze Age art in East Asia, the impact of Buddhism in the region, and later painting and ceramic traditions. IIA, IIB. CAS-B.

ART 315: Art in the Age of Michelangelo.

This class surveys the major developments in the history of art from the late fifteenth through sixteenth century in Europe, Italy in particular. Called High Renaissance and Mannerism, the relationship of these trends with concurrent political events, social, religious, and philosophical ideas will be discussed at times to enhance this understanding. Major artists to be studied include Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and Michelangelo. 

ART 406: Art since 1980. 

This course surveys contemporary art from 1980 to the present. By examining major themes and critical issues, this course will chart historical and thematic threads through the incredibly diverse nature of art today. Looking at traditional media, new media, performance, and socially engaged art, this course explores the nature of artistic production in the contemporary, interconnected world. Students will regularly engage primary sources, work collaboratively on interpretive projects, and complete an original research paper and presentation. 

ART 407: Moving Image Art

Since the dawn of moving image media, artists and filmmakers have found means of artistic expression outside of commercial entertainment and narrative cinema. This class examines this exciting history and experiences artworks that push our expectations and limits as spectators and challenge the dominant forms of film and television. Special attention is paid to creating a genealogy of experimental approaches to moving image media and connecting to art historical developments in painting, sculpture, conceptual art, and installation art as well as major social and political movements. Students will both write about and research experimental film and video art and be invited to make their own creative projects. *This class includes a weekly screening block to be scheduled.* Cross-listed with FST 407.

ART 480V: Vision and the Visionary

This seminar explores ways in which scientific, philosophical, and religious conceptions of the eye and its functions shaped the visual arts of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. We will look in particular at the depiction of visionary experiences in religious art, the role of sight in devotional practices, and the experience of viewing the sacred by ordinary worshippers.  In the end, students in this seminar should be able to formulate some informed conclusions regarding the ties between anatomy of sight and the imaginative “visions” employed in religious practices, thereby arriving at an in-depth understanding of the importance of the eye in Renaissance and Baroque culture as a whole.

Classics (CLS)

CLS 323: Discoveries in Archaeology.

Introductory survey of monumental discoveries (ancient and modern) that have changed and influenced the course of history, intellectual thought, and artistic taste and enlarged and transformed our knowledge of the ancient world. Specific discoveries from selected archaeological sites direct the focus of the course: e.g. Egypt, Troy, Crete, Athena, Delphi, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Rome.

Cross-listed with HST 323.

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