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Art History Department

The Department of Art History offers courses in the art and architecture of all the principal periods and areas of Western history, including classical antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, modern European, American, African American, and contemporary. Non-Western fields of study include ancient Egyptian, ancient American, African, Caribbean, and Islamic art. Some museum experience can be gained through course work as well as internships at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, the High Museum of Art, and similar institutions in the Atlanta area. The department conducts annual summer programs away from Atlanta that can be taken for full credit. The locations, which vary, have recently been in France and Italy. Interested students should contact the department for further information.

Faculty

Chair/Director
Walter Melion
P7434717
Asa Griggs Candler Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1975
  • MA, University of California at Berkeley, 1978
  • PhD, University of California at Berkeley, 1988

Department

  • Art History, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • Northern Renaissance and Baroque
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Linda Merrill
P0852556
Lecturer

Education

  • AB, Smith College, 1981
  • PhD, University of London, University College, 1985

Department

  • Art History, Core Faculty
Core Faculty
C.Jean Campbell
P3360169
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Toronto, 1984
  • MA, The Johns Hopkins University, 1986
  • PhD, The Johns Hopkins University, 1992

Departments

  • Art History, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • Renaissance art
Todd Cronan
P2757930
Assistant Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California, Berkeley, 1994
  • MA, The John Hopkins University, 2002
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2005

Department

  • Art History, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • European Art between 1880 and 1950
Susan Gagliardi
P4484374
Assistant Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles, 2010

Department

  • Art History, Core Faculty
Sarah McPhee
P2389434
Winship Distinguished Professor

Education

  • BA, Harvard University, 1982
  • MA, Columbia University, 1988
  • MPhil, Columbia University, 1989
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1997

Department

  • Art History, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • Baroque and seventeeth-century European art
Walter Melion
P7434717
Asa Griggs Candler Professor

Education

  • BA, University of California at Santa Cruz, 1975
  • MA, University of California at Berkeley, 1978
  • PhD, University of California at Berkeley, 1988

Department

  • Art History, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • Northern Renaissance and Baroque
Linda Merrill
P0852556
Lecturer

Education

  • AB, Smith College, 1981
  • PhD, University of London, University College, 1985

Department

  • Art History, Core Faculty
Elizabeth Pastan
P8067551
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Smith College, 1977
  • MA, Columbia University, 1979
  • PhD, Brown University, 1986

Departments

  • Art History, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • medieval and Islamic art and architecture
Rosemary (Gay) Robins
P7497891
Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, University of Cambridge, 1982
  • D.Phil, University of Oxford, 1981
  • BA, University of Durham, 1975
  • BA, University of Durham, 1972

Departments

  • Art History, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
Judith Rohrer
P4203588
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Stanford University, 1965
  • MA, Columbia University, 1969
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1984

Department

  • Art History, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • modern and contemporary architecture
Rebecca Stone
P2118382
Massee-Martin/NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Michigan, 1979
  • MA, Yale University, 1982
  • PhD, Yale University, 1987

Departments

  • Art History, Core Faculty
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • ancient American art
Eric Varner
P1884671
Associate Professor

Education

  • AB, Princeton University, 1985
  • MPhil, Yale University, 1988
  • PhD, Yale University, 1993

Departments

  • Classics, Core Faculty
  • Art History, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty
  • Medieval Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • art history
  • classics
  • Roman art and archeology
Bonna Wescoat
P8556958
Professor

Education

  • BA, Smith College, 1976
  • MA, University of London, 1977
  • MPhil, University of Oxford, 1979
  • DPhil, University of Oxford, 1983

Departments

  • Art History, Core Faculty
  • Ancient Mediterranean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • Greek art and architecture
  • archaeology

Courses

Art History 100-Level Courses
ARTHIST 101: Art/Arch Prehistory To Renaiss
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fall. General survey with focus on painting, sculpture, and architecture of major civilizations, including ancient Egypt, the ancient Americas, Greece, Rome, Byzantium and Islam, as well as that of Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance Europe.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 102: Art/Arch Renaiss To Present
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Spring. General survey with focus on major art movements since the Renaissance in the West and elsewhere: Baroque, Rococo, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Expressionism, Surrealism; nineteenth century through contemporary United States; sub-Saharan Africa; Harlem Renaissance.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Recitation or discussion section
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 103: Understanding Architecture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to architecture considering the built environment we experience daily as well as historical buildings and practices. We will study architecture as a process of design, negotiation, construction, and reception and explore critical and social issues of representation and meaning.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 190: Freshman Seminar:Art History
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Limited to freshmen and introductory in nature, these seminars may feature discussion, readings, museum visits, and presentations. Previous offerings have included

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Art History 200-Level Courses
ARTHIST 210: Intro to Graphics and CAD
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to drafting, modeling, rendering and animation in which students explore the potential of the computer as an active analytical and design instrument. We take a hands-on approach, focusing on two projects selected according to students' own disciplinary interests.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 213: Anc't Egypt Art 3000 - 1550,BC
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the art of ancient Egypt from the late Predynastic Period through the Old and Middle Kingdoms to the end of the Second Intermediate Period.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 214: Anc Egyptian Art 1550 - 30 BC
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the art of ancient Egypt from the beginning of the New Kingdom to the conquest of Egypt by Rome.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 220: Bronze Age Greece
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CL 220: Bronze Age Greece
Course Description

The material culture of the Greek Bronze Age architecture. ceramic, glyptic, sculpture, and metalwork; an investigation of the human activities surrounding these artifacts, the cultural systems in which they operated, the conditions and methods of production use and exchange.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 221: Ancient Greek Art/Architecture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An investigation of ancient Greek art and architecture from its Dark Ages beginnings through the legacy of Alexander the Great, concentrating on the creation of monumental stone sculpture and ordered buildings, the visual interpretation of Greek mythology in painting and relief sculpture, the interaction of art and politics, of architecture and ritual, the dissemination of Greek art across the Mediterranean, and the history of archaeological discovery.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 222: Art & Architec Of Ancient Rome
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CL 222: Art & Architec Of Ancient Rome
Course Description

The Roman genius for cultural assimilation and innovative techniques transformed the art of the ancient Mediterranean. The course investigates major achievements in sculpture, painting, and architecture and their resonances with Roman politics, society, and religion.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ARTHIST 225: Anc't Mesoamerican Art/Arch
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to the art and architecture of ancient Mesoamerica (lower Mexico and upper Central America), particularly the Olmec, Maya, and Aztec cultures. Includes artworks in jade, ceramic, stone, obsidian, and bone from the Carlos Museum.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 226: Anc't South & Central Amer Art
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to the art and architecture of ancient Central and South America (Northern and Central Andes) with emphasis on Costa Rica and Peru. Art of various media in the Carlos Museum collection will be featured.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 231: Early Medieval Art, 200-900
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Explores of the world of late antiquity including the Roman mystery cults, arts of the Jews and early Christians. From these diverse beginnings, we will examine the rise of major new cultural centers in Ravenna, Byzantium, the British Isles, and Damascus.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ARTHIST 232: Monastery&Cathedral,900-1300
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Arts of the Romanesque and Gothic period, including architecture, sculpture, stained glass, and manuscript illumination. Major topics include the revival of monumental sculpture, the cult of relics, the rise of urban centers, and the development of a stone-vaulted architecture.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 233: Introducing Medieval Buildings
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Medieval architecture revolutionized the building techniques and aesthetic principles employed in the ancient world. These spaces served new practices, worshipers and pilgrims. This course examines how and why these soaring cathedrals, Byzantine churches and Islamic mosques came about.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ARTHIST 241: Northern Renaissance Art
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Innovations in painting and sculpture of Germany and the Low Countries between 1400 and 1600; emphasis on methods of verisimilar imitation, on art as an instrument of soul formation, on the rise of new pictorial genres.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 242: Italian Renaissance Art/Arch.
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the art and architecture of Italy from the late thirteenth century to the middle of the sixteenth, featuring such artists as Giotto, Donatello, Leonardo, Michelangelo, and Titian.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 244: Art in Renaissance Europe
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the masters who transformed the visual arts in Europe between 1400 and 1600, from the age of Jan van Eyck to that of Michelangelo and his followers.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 251: Arch/City Plan Europe
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Architectural styles and urban design in such centers as Rome, Venice, Turin, Paris, Versailles, London, Bath, Dublin, Vienna, Berlin, and Leningrad. Architects include Bramante, Sansovino, Palladio, Michelangelo, Bernini, Boromini, Cortona, Longhena, Mansart, Wren, von Erlach, Neumann, and Gabriel.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 252: European Painting, 1590-1789
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Painting in Italy, Spain, France, Flanders, Holland, and England to the time of the French Revolution. Emphasis on the production of such artists as Caravaggio, Rubens, Poussin, El Greco, Velasquez, Hals, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Vermeer, Watteau, Fragonard, Boucher, and Greuze.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 259R: Hist Perspect./Euro Art Topics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The cultural context of selected traditions of European art and architecture, from ancient Mediterranean to eighteenth century, exploring the interplay of culture with historical circumstances. May be repeated when topic changes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 259RW: Hist Perspect./Euro Art Topics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
HSCW
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The cultural context of selected traditions of European art and architecture, from ancient Mediterranean to eighteenth century, exploring the interplay of culture with historical circumstances. May be repeated when topic changes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ARTHIST 261: Eur In The Age Of Revolution
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introductory survey of European art and architecture (with some consideration of the decorative arts) from the Louis XV period through the age of revolution. Concentration on neoclassicism and romanticism in Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 262: Eur In The Late 19th Century
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Focused survey of European art from the second half of the nineteenth century. Artists discussed include Courbet, Manet, Monet, Degas, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Cézanne, and Rodin and the movements associated with them including Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism and Symbolism. The integration of art with political, philosophical and cultural currents of the time will be stressed, as will the evolution of modernism.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 265: Europe In The 20th Century
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Focused survey of modernist and avant-garde art in France, Germany, Russia, Netherlands and Italy with an emphasis on the critical concepts and the aesthetic, social, and historical implications of these cultural activities. Movements and tendencies include Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Constructivism, and Surrealism. Writings by artists and critics will be considered in relation to the art.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 265W: Europe In The 20th Century
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Focused survey of modernist and avant-garde art in France, Germany, Russia, Netherlands and Italy with an emphasis on the critical concepts and the aesthetic, social, and historical implications of these cultural activities. Movements and tendencies include Fauvism, Expressionism, Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Constructivism, and Surrealism. Writings by artists and critics will be considered in relation to the art.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ARTHIST 266: Contemp Europe And America
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Focused survey of avant-garde developments in the visual arts from 1945 to the present, ranging from painting and sculpture to architecture, photography, and video, with emphasis on the critical concepts and the aesthetic, social, and historical implications of these cultural activities. Movements and tendencies include Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art, Color-field painting, Minimalism, Conceptual Art, Postminimalism, Earthworks, Performance Art, Postmodernism, and feminist art.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 271: Amer Art/Arch Before Civ War
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

American painting, sculpture, and architecture of the Colonial, Federal and early Victorian periods. Topics include the work of John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Latrobe, A. J. Downing, William Sidney Mount, and Winslow Homer.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 272: Century After The Civil War
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

American painting, sculpture, and architecture of the later Victorian and modern periods. Topics include the work of John Singer Sargent, J. A. M. Whistler, Thomas Eakins, H. H. Richardson, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Georgia O¿Keeffe.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 273: Survey Of American Painting
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A survey of U.S. painting and its context from the colonial period to within two decades of the present. Artists considered include Copley, Peale, Church, Eakins, Whistler, Ryder, O'Keeffe, Hopper, Pollock, Rauschenberg, Rothko, and others.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 275: Mod Architecture: 1880 - 1945
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the history and interpretation of major developments in architectural theory and practice in Europe and the United States from the late nineteenth century to World War II.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 280: Arts Of Black Atlantic World
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the visual and performative arts of major African cultures and their descendants in the Americas.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 282: Art Of East & Southern Africa
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AFS 282: Arts Of East & Southern Afric
Course Description

Visual arts and architecture of Africa from the Horn to the Cape of Good Hope with emphases on the major monuments of early coastal and southern African states, the visual culture of pastoralism and foragers and their associated body arts and rock paintings, and the development of postcolonial art forms in urban and rural areas.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 285: Contemp Caribb/Latin Amer Art
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Painting, sculpture, the graphic arts, photography, and architecture from Cuba, Haiti, and Jamaica in the Caribbean; Venezuela, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile, and Brazil in South America, and Mexico.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 289: Perspect Non-West Art Topics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Focuses on one of several diverse, non-European art historical traditions, such as ancient Egypt, pre-Hispanic Americas, medieval Islam, Oceania, and sub-Saharan Africa. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 289W: Perspect Non-West Art Topics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Focuses on one of several diverse, non-European art historical traditions, such as ancient Egypt, pre-Hispanic Americas, medieval Islam, Oceania, and sub-Saharan Africa. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ARTHIST 290R: Sem:Art&Arch America/Europe
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Monuments and art collections studied in important cities such as Amsterdam, London, Munich, New York, Paris, Rome, and Venice. Details can be obtained from the art history department. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Study abroad course
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Art History 300-Level Courses
ARTHIST 318: Natural Science Illustration
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENVS 318: Natural Science Illustration
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 319R: Spec Stud:Ancient Egyptian Art
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics could include the treasures of Tutankhamun; images of women in Egyptian art; and the art of New Kingdom Egypt. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 329: Topics Art Of Class Antiquity
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics could include ancient sanctuaries; early Greece: real and imagined and religious festivals; myth and art in ancient Greece; and Greek architecture. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
ARTHIST 329W: Topics Art Of Class Antiquity
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
HSCW
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics could include ancient sanctuaries; early Greece: real and imagined and religious festivals; myth and art in ancient Greece; and Greek architecture. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
Writing Requirement
Yes
ARTHIST 335: Spec Stud:Ancient Amer Art His
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics include textiles of the Americas; sculpture and museology; Aztec and Inka art; art and shamanism. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 339R: Spec Stud:Medieval Art Hist
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics include: Medieval Monumental Stained Glass, Hagiography,and Manuscript Illumination. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 340: Gothic Art And Architecture
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The Gothic cathedral has been portrayed as a symbol of the Heavenly Jerusalem, a masterpiece of structural engineering, the reflection of Scholastic ideals, and a visual Bible for the poor. This course will explore all aspects of this artistic endeavor, with an emphasis on French monuments of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 345: The Formation Of Islamic Art
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the early formative period of Islamic art in the sixth through the thirteenth centuries, drawing upon architecture, ceramics, textiles, metalwork, and manuscript illumination.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 349: Spec Stud:Renaissance Art Hist
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics in Italian or Northern art, ranging from Giotto to Pieter Bruegel. From artistic centers such as Florence, Rome, and Venice, to Bruges, Antwerp, and Haarlem. May be repeated for credit when topic changes up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ARTHIST 349W: Spec Stud:Renaissance Art Hist
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
HSCW
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics in Italian or Northern art, ranging from Giotto to Pieter Bruegel. From artistic centers such as Florence, Rome, and Venice, to Bruges, Antwerp, and Haarlem. May be repeated for credit when topic changes up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
ARTHIST 355: Afric Art/Architec After 1500
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AAS 355: Afric Art&Architect Aftr 1500
AFS 365: African Art & Arch.after 1500
Course Description

Traditional genres of African art with a focus on masks and figure sculpture in West and Central African city-states and chiefdoms from 1500 to European colonization. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 359: Spec Stud:17th/18th Cent Art
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics could include problems in the study of Rubens; poetics and painting; the Carraci reform of art and its consequences; and problems in the study of Rembrandt. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
ARTHIST 363: Lit & Visual Culture in Japan
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
EAS 363: Lit & Visual Culture in Japan
JPN 363: Lit & Visual Culture in Japan
Course Description

An exploration of the complex interactions between written texts and the visual arts in Japan from the classical era to the present. Discussion will include prose, poetry, printing, picture scrolls, calligraphy, woodblock prints, and film.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ARTHIST 363W: Lit & Visual Culture in Japan
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
EAS 363W: Lit & Visual Culture in Japan
JPN 363W: Lit & Visual Culture in Japan
Course Description

An exploration of the complex interactions between written texts and the visual arts in Japan from the classical era to the present. Discussion will include prose, poetry, printing, picture scrolls, calligraphy, woodblock prints, and film.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
ARTHIST 365: Postcolonial African Art
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AFS 386: Colonial/Contemp African Art
Course Description

Treatment of the major issues raised by the new genres of art that have resulted from the African experience of European colonization. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 367: 20th C African American Art
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Developments in African American art in the United States in the twentieth century considering the key artists/movement/moments and larger themes in African American society and culture. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 369: Spec Stud:19th/20th Cent Art
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Possible topics: from David to Manet; Post-Impressionism and its consequences; Matisse & Picasso; Art and Politics Between the Wars; Dada and Surrealism; Constructivism; The Avant-Garde; Abstract Art; What is Art?; Theories of Modernism. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 369W: Spec Stud:19th/20th Cent Art
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
HSCW
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Possible topics: from David to Manet; Post-Impressionism and its consequences; Matisse & Picasso; Art and Politics Between the Wars; Dada and Surrealism; Constructivism; The Avant-Garde; Abstract Art; What is Art?; Theories of Modernism. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
ARTHIST 373: The Russian Avantgarde
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
FILM 375: The Russian Avantgarde
RUSS 373: The Russian Avantgarde
Course Description

Knowledge of Russian is not required. Introduction to interdisciplinary study of twentieth-century Russian literature and the visual arts, with focus upon issues of art and politics, time, space, and identity in symbolist, supermatist, constructivist, socialist realist, and post-Soviet "vision". In English.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Weekly Film Screenings, Gallery Talks or Special Assignments
ARTHIST 379R: Spec Studies American Art
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Topics could include romanticism in England and the United States, issues in American painting; African diaspora ritual arts; and African American painting and sculpture. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 387: Conservatn/Cultrl Properties
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introductory course that provides students with a basic knowledge of the physical nature of museum collections, what factors cause their deterioration, and the various methods used for their preservation.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 389R: Spec Studi African Art Arch
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, two to four hours. Topics could include African art and architecture; colonial and contemporary African art; and arts of ancient Africa. May be repeated for credit when topic changes, up to a maximum of twelve hours.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
ARTHIST 393R: Special Studies History of Art
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Advanced seminars dealing with various specialized problems in the history of art from antiquity to modern times, such as individual artists, genres (e.g. portraiture, landscape); themes (e.g. theory, iconography); artistic movements and museum studies. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
ARTHIST 397R: Internship In History Of Art
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Every semester. Credit, one to four hour per semester. Interns must be approved by the art history department for internships with the Georgia Intern Program, the Michael C. Carlos Museum, the High Museum of Art, and elsewhere. May be repeated for credit with permission from the director of internships, up to a maximum of twelve hours. 50 hours for 1 credit (approx 4 hours per week) 100 hours for 2 credits (approx 8 hours per week) 150 hours for 3 credits (approx 10 hours per week) 200 hours for 4 credits (approx 14 hours per week)

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
ARTHIST 398R: Supervised Reading & Research
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, two to four hours. Reading and research projects decided upon between the student and a member of the faculty, with final approval from the chair. May be repeated for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Undergraduate research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Art History 400-Level Courses
ARTHIST 470R: Sem:Ancient Mediterr/Anatolian
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Advanced seminar with emphasis on critical texts, methods, and techniques of art historical investigation. For art history majors; open to others with permission from the instructor.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
ARTHIST 470RW: Sem:Ancient Mediterr/Anatolian
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
HSCW
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Advanced seminar with emphasis on critical texts, methods, and techniques of art historical investigation. For art history majors; open to others with permission from the instructor.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
Writing Requirement
Yes
ARTHIST 475: Sem:Med/Euro/Renais/Baroque
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Advanced seminar with emphasis on critical texts, methods, and techniques of art historical investigation. For art history majors; open to others with permission from the instructor.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
ARTHIST 475W: Sem:Med/Euro/Renais/Baroque
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
HSCW
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Advanced seminar with emphasis on critical texts, methods, and techniques of art historical investigation. For art history majors; open to others with permission from the instructor.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
Writing Requirement
Yes
ARTHIST 480R: Sem:Late18th Cont Eur&Am Art
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Advanced seminar with emphasis on critical texts, methods, and techniques of art historical investigation. Permission from instructor required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
ARTHIST 480RW: Sem:Late18th Cont Eur&Am Art
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
HSCW
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Advanced seminar with emphasis on critical texts, methods, and techniques of art historical investigation. Permission from instructor required.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
Writing Requirement
Yes
ARTHIST 485: Sem:Art-Anc Amer/Afr/Afr Diasp
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Advanced seminar with emphasis on critical texts, methods, and techniques of art historical investigation. For art history majors; open to others with permission from the instructor.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic field trips
ARTHIST 495R: Honors
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
HSC
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Open to candidates for honors in the senior year who are writing an honors thesis. For requirements and permission, consult the departmental honors coordinator.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
ARTHIST 495RW: Honors
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
HAPW
Variable GER
HSCW
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Open to candidates for honors in the senior year who are writing an honors thesis. For requirements and permission, consult the departmental honors coordinator.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Directed study component for each student
Writing Requirement
Yes

Honors Program

Requirements for enrollment in the Honors Program in the Art History Department in general conform to the regulations set out by Emory College.

Students who have a GPA of 3.5 or above at the end of their first three years may apply for the Art History Honors Program. In order to remain eligible, the GPA must still be at 3.5 or above throughout the senior year. Students interested in enrolling in the Honors Program should contact the Art History Department's Honors Coordinator during the spring semester of their junior year. Outstanding majors are encouraged to apply; final selection of participants, however, rests with the Art History Department.

Students in the Art History Honors Program must complete an Honors thesis, normally between thirty and fifty pages in length. They are also required to enroll in one advanced seminar, which is usually at the graduate level, and typically, though not necessarily, in a subject related to that of their thesis. In addition to the seminar, students must enroll in ARTHIST 495 in both the fall and spring semesters, during which time they research and write a thesis under the supervision of a faculty member. The preliminary research is presented to faculty and students at a symposium at the end of the fall semester. The thesis is then defended orally in the spring before a committee of three examiners one of whom must be a faculty member from outside the Art History department.

Students who are interested in enrolling in the Honors program need to choose the area in which they wish to write a thesis, identify a topic or question they wish to explore, and contact the appropriate faculty member to see if he or she is able to work with them. Unfortunately, it is not always possible for professors to accept Honors students. Although students cannot officially register in the program until the fall, it is necessary to establish a topic and advisor in the spring semester of the junior year, so that a one-page thesis proposal can be written in consultation with the advisor. This must be accepted by the department before the end of the semester. Students are then invited to participate in the Honors program.

Once the proposal is accepted, it is advisable to begin initial reading and research over the summer. If the student is intending to go on to study art history at the graduate level, writing an Honors thesis will be a particularly valuable experience.

Students who have questions, or who would like to discuss in more detail what is involved in the Honors program, should contact the Art History Department at 404.727.6282, where they will be directed to the Honors Coordinator.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.

Study Abroad

The department conducts annual summer programs away from Atlanta that can be taken for full credit. The locations, which vary, have recently been in France and Italy. For semester programs administered by Emory (CIPA) or other institutions, interested students should contact the Department Coordinator for Study Abroad for further information.

For more information, see Study Abroad.

Advising

Students must declare a Major/Minor through the departmental office. They will be assigned a faculty adviser who will guide them in the fulfillment of the requirements.

Language Study

Reading competence in a foreign language for the study of art history. Further language study (preferably at least one other) is highly recommended for those students who intend to pursue graduate work in art history

Internship

Carlos Museum, the High Museum of Art, commercial art galleries, architecture firms, and other art-related organizations. Students must consult with the Internship Coordinator. Internships carry academic credit (ARTHIST 397) but do not count toward the Major or Minor requirements.

An internship consists of specific art- or architecture-related work experience supervised by the personnel of cooperating institutions, whether on campus or in the Atlanta community, who assign a grade at the end of the term. The experience is overseen by the Internship Coordinator in the Art History Department. In order to get four credit hours, which is the equivalent of an academic course, students must enroll in Art History 397 and work 10-12 hours a week for 14 weeks. Fewer hours of work can also be done for fewer credits (3 hours a week for 1 credit, 6 for 2, 8 for 3), with the supervisor’s approval. However, most internship venues are reluctant to train students for less than 4 credits worth of time.

Awards and Honors

Art History Paper Prize.

Awarded every spring to the undergraduate student who wrote the most outstanding research paper in the preceding two semesters, a monetary prize is awarded and the winner's name is included in the commencement program, if a graduating senior.

The John Howett Prize for Undergraduate Travel (2009-2012)

$2500 awarded early each spring to an undergraduate Art History major or minor to fund travel, domestic or international, to view or directly experience works of art. The prize can be used to supplement a study abroad experience or simply to travel to exhibitions, museums or other locations where there is art about which the student is passionate or feels compelled to study in great depth. The John Howett Prize is open to sophomore and junior applicants who meet the Emory College requirements for financial aid. Applicants submit an essay detailing how they would make use of money. The essays are judged by a faculty committee.