Art History is the study of the visual arts in civilization. It examines changing values in all fields of visual culture, including painting, sculpture, graphics, photography, architecture, film, the mass media, and forms of popular expression. Its interdisciplinary reach encompasses literature, history, anthropology, sociology, philosophy, gender studies, critical theory, and cultural studies. Art History emphasizes visual as well as verbal and written literacy, providing more than the standard advantages to a liberal arts education.
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Formal and social history of architecture, examining design principles, major traditions, and concepts of architectural history with a focus on issues in Western architecture. Emphasis on nineteenth and twentieth centuries. GE credit: ArtHum | AH, VL, WC, WE.—(III.)
Lecture—3 hours; discussion—1 hour. Major movements from colonial times to the present. The role of buildings in a changing society, the interplay of styles with technologies of construction, the relationship between American and European developments, and developments of the architectural profession. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH.—I. Cogdell
Lecture—3 hours; term paper. Art and architecture of Rome and the Roman Empire, from the founding of Rome through the fourth century C.E. (Same course as Classics 173.) Offered in alternate years. GE credit: ArtHum, Wrt | AH, VL, WE.—III. Roller