All Art History courses satisfy the Humanities requirement and transfer to USC, UC, CSU.

Please note: There is no requirement that students take Art 101 before taking Art 102 or any other art history course.


Courses Offered: Spring 2014


Course Descriptions

Art 101: Art History: Prehistoric-Gothic

Art 101 is a survey of  architecture, painting, sculpture, and related art forms created by early western cultures and civilizations. The visual arts of prehistoric times, Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and the development of Christian art from its origins through the medieval era are discussed. Emphasis is placed on integrating the development of art forms with the geographic, social, political, philosophical, and religious characteristics of these cultures.

Art 101H: Honors Art History: Prehistoric-Gothic

Art 101 is a survey of  architecture, painting, sculpture, and related art forms created by early western cultures and civilizations. The visual arts of prehistoric times, Mesopotamia, ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and the development of Christian art from its origins through the medieval era are discussed. Emphasis is placed on integrating the development of art forms with the geographic, social, political, philosophical, and religious characteristics of these cultures. The honors course will be enhanced in one or more of the following ways: 1. Students will take essay exams that require analysis of artworks in terms of style, subject matter, and social and historical context. 2. Students will read assignments prior to class sessions in order to use class time more productively for further analysis and discussion of specific examples. 3. Students will read and prepare a written analysis of one or more journal articles from scholarly art historical publications. 4. Students will visit a local art museum and write an analysis of a work of art. This analysis must include a discussion of the subject matter and style of the artwork selected as well as a discussion of how it reflects the time in which the object was created. 5. Students will be required to write a traditional 5-10 page term paper on a topic relevant to the content of the course. This paper must be correctly cited and referenced.

Art 102: Art History: Renaissance-Modern

Art 102 is a survey of western architecture, painting, and sculpture from the Renaissance to modern times. The visual arts of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern periods in Europe and the United States are discussed. Emphasis is placed on integrating the development of art forms with the geographic, social, political, philosophical, and religious characteristics of these cultures.

Art 102H: Honors Art History: Renaissance-Modern

Art 102 is a survey of western architecture, painting, and sculpture from the Renaissance to modern times. The visual arts of the Renaissance, Baroque, and Modern periods in Europe and the United States are discussed. Emphasis is placed on integrating the development of art forms with the geographic, social, political, philosophical, and religious characteristics of these cultures. The honors course will be enhanced in one or more of the following ways: 1. Students will take essay exams that require analysis of artworks in terms of style, subject matter, and social and historical context. 2. Students will read assignments prior to class sessions in order to use class time more productively for further analysis and discussion of specific examples. 3. Students will read and prepare a written analysis of one or more journal articles from scholarly art historical publications. 4. Students will visit a local art museum and write an analysis of a work of art. This analysis must include a discussion of the subject matter and style of the artwork selected as well as a discussion of how it reflects the time in which the object was created. 5. Students will be required to write a traditional 5-10 page term paper on a topic relevant to the content of the course. This paper must be correctly cited and referenced.

Art 103: Ancient Art

Art 103 is a survey of the architecture, painting and sculpture from their origins in prehistoric time through their development in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. The impact of these works on today's art is also considered.

Art 104: Greek and Roman Art

Art 104 provides an in-depth study of the architecture, painting and sculpture of ancient Greece and Rome. Emphasis is placed on the interaction of religious ideas, economic trends, philosophy and politics of the period and the art objects that are produced during the time period.

Art 105: Medieval Art

Art 105 is a survey of the architecture, painting, and sculpture of the period between ancient Rome and the Renaissance. It introduces the student to the philosophical ideas, economic trends, and political events that produced the art of the period.

Art 106: Renaissance and Baroque Art

Art 106 is a survey of the art, sculpture, and architecture in the West from the early Renaissance through the Baroque periods (1300-1750). Emphasis is placed on the interaction of religious ideas, economic trends, philosophy and politics of the period and the art objects that are produced during the time period.

Art 107: Modern Art

Art 107 is a survey of the growth of nineteenth and twentieth century trends in painting, sculpture, and architecture in Europe and the United States. It explores the relationship between contemporary art and our historical and social values.

Art 108: Art of the Eastern World I

Art 108 is a survey of the sculpture, painting, and architecture of India, China, Japan, Korea, and Persia from prehistoric times to 1200 A.D. It includes an introduction to the religious, philosophical, social and political ideas which influenced the art of these regions and times.

Art 109: Art of the Eastern World II

Art 109 is a survey of the sculpture, painting, and architecture of India, China, Southeast Asia, Japan, and Islamic expansion in the Near East and Spain. The philosophical, social, and political ideas that produced Oriental art from 1200-1850 are considered.

Art 111: History of World Ceramics

Art 111 is a survey of the most important and influential periods of prehistoric, Mediterranean, European, Middle Eastern, Pre-Columbian, and Asian ceramic art.

Art 112: Pre-Columbian Art of the Americas

Art 112 is a study of the arts of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and Andean South America. Major monuments of sculpture, architecture, ceramics, and textiles from civilizations including the Maya, Aztec, and Inca are examined in their cultural contexts.

Art 113: American Art

Art 113 is a survey of art covering major artists, stylistic movements, and cultural trends within the borders of the United States from the Colonial period to WWII. Emphasis is placed on the relationship between art of the United States and European culture, as well as the indigenous influences directing the artistic tradition. The course will concentrate on integrating the development  of art forms with the geographic, social, political philosophical and religious character of the culture.

Art 115: Survey of Non-Western Art History

Art 115 is a survey of the art outside the western European tradition, focusing on the major artistic traditions of Aftrica, Asia, Oceania, North America and South America from ancient times up to the impact of European contact. The course will focus on the role of visual arts in non-western cultural perspectives, including models of sacred ritual, social authority, medium, and of the human form. Emphasis will be placed on the recognition of major art works, their artistic traditions, and of what these reveal about the cultural norms and attitudes the produced them.

Art 116: Art of Africa, Oceania, and North America

Art 116 is an introduction to the art of primitive Africa, Australia, New Guinea and North America.

Art 118: Women in Visual Arts

Art 118 is an introduction to the history of women as artists in European and American traditions. Women's roles in non-Western cultures will also be discussed as well as images of women in art.

Art 119: Contemporary Art

Art 119 is a survey of contemporary art from 1945 to the present. The origins and full development of post-modern and subsequent aesthetic philosophies in the United States and Europe are discussed. Emphasis is placed on the emergence of non-traditional media, as well as painting as sculpture, within the social and political characteristics of the contemporary world.

Art 120: History of Western Architecture from Prehistory to 1300

Art 120 follows the historical development of western architecture from prehistory to ca. 1300. Sites, buildings, and design will be examined in the context in which they were produced. Selected periods and cultures covered include: the Ancient Near East and Egypt, Aegean and Greece, Etruscan and Roman, Early Christian and Byzantine, Islamic, Carolingian and Ottonian, Romanesque, and Gothic.

Art 121: History of Architecture II

Art 121 is a survey course of architectural styles from the Renaissance to the present.

Art 125: Motion Picture History and Culture

Art 125 is an introduction to the history of cinema from the perspective of its influence on popular culture, as well as the reverse influence of historic events and cultural shifts upon the creation of cinematic art. Other topics will include the assimilation of major artistic movements within the art of cinema, and the development of film theory.

Art 199: History of Photography

Art 199 is a survey of international photography from its beginnings through contemporary developments in the field. Students examine photography as a medium of artistic and social communication.

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