Courses for Nonmajors

Introduction to Art (ARTH 10100) develops basic skills in the analysis and critical enjoyment of a wide range of visual materials. Issues and problems in the making, exhibition, and understanding of images and objects are explored through classroom discussion of key works, critical reading of fundamental texts, visits to local museums, and writing.

Survey Courses (ARTH 14000 through 16999) discuss major monuments of world art and architecture in the context of broad chronological and geographic categories and in relation to broad questions concerning the role art plays in individual, societal, and institutional settings. ARTH 14000 through 14999 address Western art in Antiquity, the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance. ARTH 15000 through 15999 address Western art from the early modern period to the present day. ARTH 16000 through 16999 address the art of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and/or the Middle East.

Art in Context courses (ARTH 17000 through 18999) introduce students to a well-defined issue, topic, or period of art in depth; and, at the same time, these courses explore issues of creativity, communication, and value in a series of concrete case studies.

Any of these 10000-level courses is an appropriate choice to meet the general education requirement in the dramatic, musical, and visual arts. None presupposes prior training in art.

Students who have taken at least one course in art history or studio art, or who have equivalent nonacademic experience, may elect to take an advanced lecture course, numbered from 20100 to 28999. The prerequisite is consent of instructor or any 10000-level course in art history or visual arts. The 20000-level art history courses investigate the arts of specific periods and places from a variety of perspectives. Some courses embrace large bodies of material defined by national culture; others follow developments in style, iconography, and patronage as they affect works in selected media. The role of the individual artist in the creation and development of major movements is frequently examined; and we also examine its complement, the growth of cultural systems and their expression in the visual arts.