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ART HISTORY (ARH)

Associate Professor William T. Dooley, Chairperson
Office: 103 Garland Hall

ARH 151 through ARH 254 have no prerequisites. They are introductory courses designed to give beginning students a broad survey of world art, through a study of major monuments in their historical and social contexts.

ARH 151 Introduction to the Visual Arts. Three hours.

Not applicable to the studio or art history majors or minors. Introduction to the appreciation of art through an examination of the nature, themes, and purposes of art, the exploration of visual arts media and methods, and a survey of art history and artistic masterpieces.

ARH 252 Survey of Art I. Three hours.

Study of major examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the prehistoric through the medieval periods.

ARH 253 Survey of Art II. Three hours.

Study of major examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Renaissance through the modern periods.

ARH 254 Survey of Art III. Three hours.

Study of major examples of painting, sculpture, architecture, and the applied arts of Western Asia, India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia.

ARH 255 Chinese Art. Three hours.

Survey of major and minor arts of China from the Neolithic Period to the 20th century.

ARH 256 Japanese Art. Three hours.

Survey of major and minor arts of Japan from the Neolithic Period to the 20th century.

ARH 291 Special Projects. Three hours.

This number is used for special projects determined by the instructor or for independent research projects proposed by students. In the latter case, the project must be approved by a sponsoring faculty member and the department chairperson. The course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit.


ARH 351 through ARH 489 provide intermediate and advanced students with opportunities to investigate specific topics and problems in art history.

ARH 351 Ancient Art. Three hours.

Prerequisite: ARH 252.

A survey of the contributions of Egypt, Greece, and Rome to the development of Western architecture, sculpture, and painting.

ARH 355 Chinese Painting. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 6 hours of 200-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Survey of Chinese pictorial art from the Bronze Age to the present day.

ARH 356 Japanese Painting and Prints. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 6 hours of 200-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Survey of painting and woodblock prints of Japan.

ARH 361 Medieval Art. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 6 hours of 200-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Survey of Western art and architecture from the late Antique period through the Late Gothic period.

ARH 363 Masterpieces of Spanish Art. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 12 hours of 200- and 300-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Selected monuments of peninsular Spanish art from the prehistoric period to the contemporary period.

ARH 364 Renaissance Art. Three hours.

Survey of 15th- and 16th-century painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe.

ARH 365 Northern Renaissance Art. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 6 hours of 200-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

The art of Flanders and Germany in the 15th and 16th centuries.

ARH 367 Art and Patronage in Renaissance Florence. Three hours.

Survey of the art of Florence emphasizing the artists and the patrons, such as the religious orders, guilds, and private families who created the Renaissance style in painting, sculpture, and architecture.

ARH 368 High Renaissance and Mannerist Art. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 6 hours of 200-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Study of Italian painting, sculpture, and architecture in the 16th century.

ARH 371 Baroque Art in Southern Europe. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 6 hours of 200-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture in 17th-century Italy, Spain, and France.

ARH 373 Baroque Art in Northern Europe. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 6 hours of 200-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Survey of the art of 17th-century Belgium and Holland, with emphasis on the work of Rubens, Rembrandt, and Vermeer.

ARH 375 Nineteenth-Century Art. Three hours.

Painting and sculpture from the Neoclassical through the Post-Impressionist periods.

ARH 376 American Architecture. Three hours.

American architecture from the colonial period to the 20th century.

ARH 377 American Painting and Sculpture. Three hours.

American painting and sculpture from the colonial period to the 20th century.

ARH 381 Art since World War II. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 6 hours of 200-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Modernist and postmodernist art and architecture from the mid-20th century to the present.

ARH 385 Early 20th-Century Art. Three hours.

Painting and sculpture from Impressionism to World War II.

ARH 450 Spirituality and the Arts (same as REL 450). Three hours.

ARH 455 Topics in Asian Art. Three hours.

Prerequisites: ARH 254, ARH 355, or ARH 356.

Selected topics in the art of China and Japan.

ARH 461 Topics in Medieval Art. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 12 hours of 200- and 300-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Selected periods, patrons, and monuments from the late Antique period to the Gothic period.

ARH 465 The Proto-Renaissance in Italy. Three hours.

Prerequisites: ARH 265 and 9 additional hours of 200- and 300-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Painting, sculpture, and architecture in Italy from the late Gothic period to the eve of the Renaissance (1200—1400).

ARH 467 Topics in Renaissance Art. Three hours.

Prerequisites: ARH 265 and 9 additional hours of 200- and 300-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Selected artists, monuments, and patrons of the Renaissance and the Mannerist period.

ARH 470 Topics in Baroque Art. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 12 hours of 200- and 300-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Selected artists, monuments, and patrons of the 17th century.

ARH 481 Topics in 20th-Century Art. Three hours.

Prerequisites: ARH 285 and 9 additional hours of 200- and 300-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Selected artists or sculptors in the Modern period.

ARH 483 Topics in American Architecture. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 12 hours of 200- and 300-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

Study of selected American architectural styles or movements. Examples are Greek Revival Architecture in the Deep South, the International Style, and Postmodernism.

ARH 491 Independent Studies. Three hours.

Prerequisite: 12 hours of 200- and 300-level art history courses or permission of the instructor.

This number is used for special projects determined by the instructor or for independent research projects proposed by students. In the latter case, the project must be approved by a sponsoring faculty member and the department chairperson. The course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit.

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