Course Offerings

Course Offerings, Fall 2018

Please check the Online COD to confirm the following information. Updates can occur at any time and the information here is to be used as a guideline.

Undergraduate students can also register for arah 5000 level courses.

arad 3100

Principles and Practices of Arts Administration

Sampson >

Introductory survey of principles and practices of arts administration, as the crossroads of art and audience.
arad 4500

Introduction to Design Thinking 

Sampson >

This course introduces the use of abductive reasoning to solve complex problems, using Architecture and the Arts as exemplars of creative problem solving techniques. 
arth 1051

History of Art I

Dobbins >

A survey of the great monuments of art and architecture from their beginnings in caves through the arts of Egypt, Mesopotamia, Greece and Rome, Byzantium, the Islamic world, and medieval western Europe. The course attempts to make art accessible to students with no background in the subject, and it explains the ways in which painting, sculpture, and architecture are related to mythology, religion, politics, literature, and daily life. The course serves as a visual introduction to the history of the West.
arth 1505

Introduction to Art and Technology

Robbins >

In this introductory course we will explore the multiple points of contact and influence between the fields of visual art and technological research and innovation. From early modern optics to contemporary engagements with neuroaesthetics and hactivism, we'll discuss these moments of intersection through a thematic, as opposed to chronological, lens.
arth 2053

Greek Art and Archaeology

Miliaresis >

The vase painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts of the Greeks, from the Bronze Age through the Hellenistic periods. Works are studies in their social, political, and religious contexts with a special focus on archaeology and material culture.
arth 2056

Aegean Art and Archaeology

Dakouri-Hild >

Introduction to the art and archaeology of the prehistoric Aegean, from the Early Bronze Age to the end of the Late Bronze Age (ca. 3000-1200 BCE). Notable sites examined include Troy, Knossos, Mycenae, Thebes, Pylos. The course also examines cultural and artistic connections with New Kingdom Egypt and the Late Bronze Age Levant.
arth 2151

Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Kondyli >

Studies the art of the early Church in East and West and its subsequent development in the East under the aegis of Byzantium. Includes the influence of theological, liturgical and political factors on the artistic expression of Eastern Christian spirituality.
arth 2251

Italian Renaissance Art

Purvis >

Studies painting, architecture, and sculpture in Italy from the close of the Middle Ages through the sixteenth century. Focuses on the work of major artists such as Giotto, Donatello, Botticelli, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. Detailed discussion of the social, political, and cultural background of the arts.
arth 2281

The Age of Caravaggio, Velázquez, and Bernini

Goedde >

Studies the painting, sculpture, and architecture of the seventeenth century in Italy, the Low Countries, France, and Spain. Focuses on Caravaggio, Bernini, Velazquez, Rubens, Rembrandt, and Poussin.
arth 2352

Art of Revolutionary Europe

Fordham >

Surveys European painting and sculpture from the last decades of the Ancien Regime to the liberal revolutions of 1848. Major artists, such as David, Canova, Ingres, Constable, Turner, Gericault, Delacroix, Friedrich, Goya, Corot, and Thorvaldsen are examined in their political, economic, social, spiritual, and aesthetic contexts.
arth 2471

Art Since 1945

Schroeder >

Surveys art production and theory in the U.S. and Europe since World War II. Relationships between artistic practice and critical theory are stressed in an examination of movements ranging from abstract expressionism to neo-geo.
arth 2751

American Art to the Civil War

Higginbotham >

This lecture course will examine the visual arts (painting, sculpture, photography, prints) of the United states from establishment of the nation to and through the Civil War. Particular attention will be paid to the cultural, political and social issues that provide a contextual framework for the interpretation and analysis of these works of art.
arth 28753

Arts and Cultures of the Slave South

Nelson >

This interdisciplinary course covers the American South to the Civil War. While the course centers on the visual arts 'architecture, material culture, decorative arts, painting, and sculpture. It is not designed as a regional history of art, but an exploration of the interrelations between history, material and visual cultures, foodways, music and literature in the formation of Southern identities.
arth 2861

East Asian Art

Wong >

Introduces the artistic traditions of China, Korea, and Japan, from prehistoric times to the modern era. Surveys major monuments and the fundamental concepts behind their creation, and examines artistic form in relation to society, individuals, technology, and ideas.
arth 2871

The Arts of India

Ehnbom >

The class is an overview of Indian sculpture, architecture, and painting from the Third Millennium BC to the 18th century AD and includes works from Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Islamic traditions.
arth 3151

Art and Science in the Middle Ages

Ramírez-Weaver >

During the medieval period, power and knowledge required the endorsement of clerics. Alongside secular courtiers they also cultivated creative expressions of their erudition, revealing the medieval interpenetration of art, science and religion. The artworks surveyed in this course provide lasting records of critically creative confrontations between the scientific and spiritual traditions linked to medieval Christianity, Islam, and Judaism.
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Israeli Art and Culture

Rotem >

This course will provide an overview of Israeli art and culture. We will examine museums, theatre, visual art, popular music, and cinema, as they reflect the multi-cultural and pluralistic Israeli society. The first part of the course will be devoted to a historical survey of different artistic mediums and the establishment of cultural institutions, from the time of the first settlements of pre-State Israel in the early 1900s, until the present. The second part of the course will study central issues of Israeli society through the prism of artistic expression by both Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel. Through an interdisciplinary analysis of art works and institutions, we will attempt to look beyond the obvious, and search for the motives, ideologies and ideas that produce the works of art within the context of the multi-faceted and complex Israeli society.
arth 3591

Photography and Disappearance

Raymond >

This course explores connections between photography and disappearance, in the sense of actual disappearance and/or cultural erasure. The course delves into twentieth and twenty-first century photographers who invoke disappearance by different means: Ralph Meatyard, Duane Michals, Francesa Woodman, An-My Le, Graham MacIndoe, Paula Luttringer, Rebecca Belmore, Sally Mann, Ana Mendieta, Carrie Mae Weems, and others.
arth 3591

Ottoman Istanbul

Phillips >

Ottoman Constantinople was one of the most populous cities in Europe. This course looks at its material culture, with attention to how individuals shaped their surroundings, using objects like Chinese and Ottoman porcelains, Florentine silks, Venetian mirrors, and carpets from Iran. We will also consider the ways in which the Sultans tried to impose order on the goods that flowed in and out of the city, with sumptuary law and craft regulation.
arth 3595

Indigenous North American Arts

Greci-Green >

An introduction to art histories of indigenous North America and of collecting Native arts with close material analysis of objects in the Fralin museum collection.
arth 3595

Digital Archaeology

Tennant >

This course will introduce students to applications of digital technologies in the field of archaeology. Class will center around introducing, discussing, and experimenting with digital tools and techniques that are on the cutting edge of archaeological research. Students will learn about a number of topics from the digital humanities, including 3d printing, photogrammetry, and network analysis.
arth 4591

Sexual Violence and Visual Culture

Dakouri-Hild >

The seminar introduces students to the reception and representation of sexual violence from antiquity to present day, exploring the topic through art as well as film.
arth 4591

From Indian Shrines and Palaces

Ehnbom >

This class covers the history and the historiography of Indian painting, with primary emphasis on the early development of the Mughal style in the 16thth century and the very beginnings of the schools of Rajasthan.
arth 4591

Prints & Indigenous Peoples

Fordham >

Working with original works of art in the collections of the Fralin Art Museum, this seminar explores the fundamental issues of the history, connoisseurship, evaluation, and care of prints and drawings from about 1450 to 1850. Each student presents in class four reports on individual drawings or prints. These reports are also revised and submitted as five-to-seven-page research catalogue entries for the Museum curatorial files.
arth 4591

Prints & Drawings

Goedde >

Working with original works of art in the collections of the Fralin Art Museum, this seminar explores the fundamental issues of the history, connoisseurship, evaluation, and care of prints and drawings from about 1450 to 1850. Each student presents in class four reports on individual drawings or prints. These reports are also revised and submitted as five-to-seven-page research catalogue entries for the Museum curatorial files.
arth 4591

Histories of Photography in Africa

Paoletti >

This course offers an analytical study of selected artists and photographic practices across the African continent from the 1840s to the early 2000s. By considering a wide array of formats and genres—from carte-de-visite to archival interventions, from portraiture to photojournalism—we will address the changing significance of the photographic image across the continent and beyond its borders. We will discuss the relation between photography and other media such as sculpture; interpretations of photography as a tool of surveillance and trigger of emancipation; the tension between vernacular and high art practices. Visits to museums and private collections will help us appreciate these objects’ complex trajectories as they slowly enter major international institutions. Moving beyond binary oppositions such as traditional/modern, authentic/derivative, we will study how these images contribute and shape our global visual economy.
arth 4591

Calligraphy in the Islamic World

Phillips >

In the Islamic world, calligraphy is the first and most important form of art. This seminar focuses on writing in many media, from architecture to book arts to popular souvenirs. We’ll look at how a canon of artists and styles developed, how calligraphy was produced and consumed, how the symbolic content of a word or phrase could be altered by use of script, and how seeing worked both in highly literate and less literate populations alike.
arth 4591


Reilly >

Skyscrapers are emblematic of their urban location as well as the companies who built them. A wide range of approaches to the skyscraper will be employed to understand this iconic building type from urban, social, political and economic perspectives. Students will examine these issues as they learn to write a major research paper.
arth 4591

Alexander Calder and the World of Modern Art

Turner >

This lecture class will explores the professional and social context for one of the most successful modern sculptors in the twentieth century.
arth 4951

University Museums Internship

Love & Handler >

This is a two-semester sequence of two three-credit courses. Students will do internships (lasting for an academic year) at either the Fralin Museum of Art or the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection. As interns, students will work approximately 100 hours each semester (7-8 hours per week) in the museum, under the close supervision of museum professionals, and will participate in three training sessions and three academic seminars. Space is limited. Application required: to apply please email instructors your transcript, resume, and a one-page essay indicating your interest in museum work and your experience (if any). Deadline May 1st.
arth 4998

Undergraduate Thesis Research

Various >

Research for a thesis of approximately 50 written pages undertaken in the fall semester of the fourth year by art history majors who have been accepted into the department's Distinguished Majors Program.