Art Appreciation and Art History Courses

All of these courses also offered online.

Art Appreciation

An exploration of the visual arts through art theory, media, art history and cultural context. Course will not count for credit toward a major in art.

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Art History I

A survey of art and architecture covering the ancient world through the Gothic era presented with a historical and cultural context. No prior experience in art history is assumed.

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Art History II

A survey of the art and architecture from the Renaissance. Areas covered are Early and High Renaissance, Northern Renaissance, Mannerism, and Baroque. Art History I would be helpful, although no prior experience in art history is assumed.

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Art History III

A survey of European and American Art movements in the 19th and 20th centuries with a focus on the artistic centuries of our own time. No prior experience in art history is assumed.

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Ethnic Folk Art

Examination of selected visual art works that express the experience and construction of racial and cultural minority identity. This survey is designed to include art and architecture, studied within the context of history, economics, sociology, philosophy, and religion, which reflect the cultural identity of American racial and ethnic minorities from the time of European contact on the North American continent to the present.

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Humanities Through the Arts

An exploration of the humanities with a focus on the role of the arts. Examine a variety of art forms including architecture, painting, sculpture, film/video, photography, drama, music, and literature with an emphasis on Western art.

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Non-Western Art

A survey of non-western art history designed to include the cultures of India, Southeast Asia, China, Japan, Oceania, Africa, Islamic and Native North and South America. Students will study art in the context of geography, history, economics, sociology, and mythology so that they have a broader view of non-western cultures and art.