Courses

Our art history courses acquaint students with fundamental knowledge about the history of western art, the changing relationships between art and society, and the myriad kinds of visual texts that surround us in our everyday lives.

Faculty introduce students to basic art historical concepts and forms of evidence, and help them develop the skills they need to analyze critically both artistic works and images themselves, and interpretations of them.

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AAH 1101 - His West Art: Ancient - Med

Description:Art & architecture in Europe, the Mediterranean (esp. Greece & Rome, ) & the Middle East in prehistoric, ancient, & medieval periods, with introduction to issues & themes of art history.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Summer 2012CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 1102 - His West Art: Renaiss - Cont

Description:The history of the visual arts in the West from the Early Renaissance to the present.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2011CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 1103 - Visual Arts in US 1607-1876

Description:A survey of painting, sculpture, and architecture created in the present-day United States, from the founding of Jamestown to the great Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2010CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 1104 - Visual Arts in US 1877-Present

Description:A study of painting, sculpture, and architecture done in the United States since the Philadelphia Centennial exhibition from Thomas Eakins and Gross to great contemporary artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Frank Gehry, and Jeff Koons.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Cultural Studies; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 1903 - Internship Elective

Description:An internship in an elective area of concentration.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History

 

AAH 2000 - Ancient Art

Description:The artistic contributions of the ancient societies of Egypt, the Aegean, Greece and Rome, placed within appropriate cultural contexts.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2014, Fall 2012, Fall 2011, Fall 2010CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2001 - Medieval Art

Description:European & Mediterranean art & architecture from the late Roman Empire to the 14th c. with emphasis on the social, religious & political contexts of visual production.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2002 - Early Renaissance Art in Italy

Description:Italian art & architecture from 1300-1480, investigation of the political, religious & social contexts of the visual productions of artists such as Giotto, Donatello, Masaccio, Mantegna & Botticelli.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2015, Fall 2013, Summer 2013, Summer 2012CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2003 - Age of Rembrandt & Bernini

Description:Major works of European painting, sculpture, and architecture from the seventeenth through mid-eighteenth centuries. Special emphasis on how historical events affected the production of artistic monuments.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Fall 2012, Fall 2008, Fall 2006, Fall 2005CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2004 - Modern Art

Description:An examination of the visual arts since 1900 that emphasizes their historical roots and present social significance.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Fall 2011, Fall 2010, Summer 2010, Spring 2009CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2005 - Modern Architecture

Description:Notable buildings and architects in the last hundred years: Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Antoni Gaudi, LeCorbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Robert Venturi, I.M. Pei, Walter Gropius, Philip Johnson, Frank Gehry. Emphasis on the influence of modern technology on the practice of architecture.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2015, Fall 2013, Spring 2013, Fall 2011CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2007 - Hist. of Western Architecture

Description:Development of architectural styles from the Gothic to the contemporary, with emphasis on the modern period.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2012, Fall 2010, Spring 2008, Spring 2006CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2008 - The Renaissance City

Description:The role of art in the development of Italian Renaissance cities, particularly Siena. The impact of humanism and antiquity. The creation of urban identity. The imitation of ancient Roman public and domestic architecture. The renewal of classical urban planning.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Summer 2014, Summer 2013, Summer 2012, Summer 2011CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2009 - Contemporary Art

Description:Artistic movements and artists around the world from the 1960s to the present; Pop Art, Minimalism, Neo- expressionism, Arte Povera, Graffitti Art, and Performance Art, from Warhol to Wyeth to Haring and Koons.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Summer 2015, Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Diversity Requirement 3; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2012 - High Renaissance Art in Italy

Description:Italian art & architecture from 1480 to 1550. Investigation of stylistic, political & social contexts of art. The idea of Mannerism & artists such as Leonardo, Michelangelo, Raphael & Titian.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Fall 2011, Spring 2009CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 2993 - Internship

Description:Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History

 

AAH 3001 - Women in Art

Description:Themes and images of women in the visual arts as an expression of the needs, desires and attitudes of society; and a study of women artists from ancient times to the present, with regard to how being female may, or may not, have affected their work.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013, Spring 2012CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement; Gender and Women's Studies

 

AAH 3002 - Art of Philadelphia

Description:Philadelphia's unique contribution to American painting, sculpture, and architecture, from the early Swedish and Welsh settlers of the Delaware Valley, to Andrew Wyeth and Robert Venturi.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2015, Summer 2014, Summer 2013, Fall 2012CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 3003 - Romantic to Post-Impress

Description:Nineteenth century painting and sculpture in Europe and America, focusing on Cezanne, Courbet, Delacroix, Goya, Eakins, Homer, Manet, Monet, Rodin and West.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Fall 2014, Fall 2012, Fall 2009, Fall 2008CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 3007 - The Art of Ireland

Description:The visual arts in Ireland concentrating on the Golden Age from the 5th to the 9th Century: architecture of the early monastic settlements, manuscript illumination and its influence, and the cultural impact of the Irish forms of monasticism.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2015, Summer 2014, Summer 2013, Spring 2013CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 3009 - Topics in Art History

Description:Selected themes or periods in the history of art examined in depth.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Summer 2014, Spring 2014CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 3020 - Topics in Archeology

Description:Topics in Archeology of interest to faculty and students. Does not fulfill Fine Arts requirement.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Summer 2008CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History

 

AAH 4000 - Senior Thesis

Description:Independent research projects under the guidance of a department faculty member. Passing grade depends on student thesis acceptable to two faculty members.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Writing Intensive Requirement

 

AAH 4003 - Spec Topics: Ancient-Medieval

Description:Seminar on selected topics in ancient or medieval art as announced. Topics will vary depending on the instructor.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Summer 1998, Fall 1997, Spring 1997, Fall 1996CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 4004 - Spec Top: Renais-Baroque

Description:Seminar on architecture, painting, sculpture and art theories of the Renaissance or Baroque as announced. Topics will vary depending on the instructor.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Fall 2010, Spring 2007, Fall 1999, Spring 1997CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 4005 - Picasso and Friends

Description:Seminar on the 20th century's most famous artist, with discussion of friends such as Braque, Apollinaire, Gertrude Stein, and Erik Satie.Prerequisites:AAH 2004 (min. grade: D-)Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2014, Spring 2012, Spring 2002, Spring 2000CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 4007 - Special Topics

Description:The course will consist of two 50 min lectures (MF) and a Wednesday evening movie screening. There are no prerequisites, and the course will count for Fine Arts credit. Students will take both a midterm and final and write short movie review/responses.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2014, Fall 2008, Fall 2004, Spring 2004CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Fine Arts Requirement

 

AAH 4010 - Interpreting Art

Description:An introduction to the theories and criticism relevant for the study and interpretation of art and art history such as feminism, psychoanalysis, structuralism, deconstruction, post-colonialism, and postmodernism. Prerequisite: At least one prior Art History course.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Fall 2014, Fall 2013, Fall 2012, Fall 2011CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History; Writing Enriched Requirement

 

AAH 5515 - Independent Research

Description:An intensive research project under individual direction. Permission of chairperson required.Credit Hours:3Last Offered:Spring 2015, Fall 2014, Spring 2014, Fall 2013CRSE Attributes:Art & Art History

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