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Graduate students Thomas Busciglio-Ritter and Adam Grimes examine a sculpture during a field trip to Winterthur Museum.(Photograph courtesy of Wendy Bellion)

ARTH601
Seminar: Theories and Methods of Art History
3 credits
Critical analysis of selected writings influential in art history and architectural history. Designed to help students hone their interpretive skills through close examination of assumptions, core concepts, theories, and objectives that have shaped art historical writings past and present. Historical areas of focus and topics vary.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.

ARTH602
Seminar: Curatorial Studies
3 credits
Aspects of curating, both theoretical and practical, including: exhibition design and interpretive goals; public engagement; collection development; working with donors; museum ethics. Topics and time periods vary.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.

ARTH605
Studies in Greek and Roman Art
3 credits
The art of antiquity from the origins of Greek civilization to the fall of Rome. Recent topics include Roman Architecture; Religion, Religiosity, and Ritual in the Lives of Romans; and Visual Culture in Pompeii.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH606
Studies in Medieval Art
3 credits
The art of Europe from the fall of Rome to the late Gothic period. Recent topics include the Court of Charlemagne, Early Irish and Anglo-Saxon Art, and Medieval Ivories.
​RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH610
Introduction to Theories of Material Culture Studies
3 credits
Introduces graduate students to the theories and practices of material culture studies. Explores the principles and theories that inform our investigation; they include (but are not limited to) material concepts; social life of things; modes of object analysis; methodologies and their application; objects as word and image; gendered objects; technology and manufactured things; lived and built environments.
Cross-listed with ENGL610, EAMC610, and MCST610.

ARTH615
Exhibition and Interpretation of Material Culture
3 credits
Practicum at Winterthur in exhibiting & interpreting American material culture in a global context, centering on objects selected from Winterthur collections. Topics include: exhibition preparation, installation, programming, fundraising, marketing.
Cross-listed with EAMC615 and MSST615.

ARTH616
Studies in Italian Baroque Art
3 credits
Italian art in the 17th century. Recent topics include Bernini and Roman Baroque Sculpture, Seicento Poetics and Imagery, and Caravaggio.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH617
Studies in Northern Baroque Art
3 credits
Seventeenth-century art in northern Europe. Recent topics include Vermeer and Dutch Genre Painting, Art and Money, 17th-Century Netherlands, and Prints in the Age of Rembrandt.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH619
Studies in Art of the Iberian World, 1400-1800
3 credits
The arts of the Iberian Peninsula and the Spanish and Portuguese colonies from 1400 to 1800. Topics vary. Seminars may focus on particular artists, or on broader historical and/or methodological issues dealing with artistic production, reception, and circulation within the Spanish and Portuguese empires.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit once when topics vary.

ARTH620
Seminar in African Art
3 credits
Topics vary from pre-Dagaman art (pre-European 'discovery') to twentieth-century painting and contemporary African cinema and may include representations of Africa in Enlightenment art and philosophy, reviews of the literature on the arts of Fulani peoples and its related archive of documentary film.

ARTH621
Studies in Nineteenth-Century Art
3 credits
History and theory of art, 1789-1900.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH622
Research Topics in Historic Preservation
3 credits
Seminar that addresses a specific research issue within historic preservation, including hypothesis construction, design of research methodology, and evaluation of results. Emphasis on the use of primary sources and application of database techniques.
​Cross-listed with UAPP636, GEOG636, and HIST636.

ARTH623
Studies in Modern Art since 1900
3 credits
Aspects of the history, aesthetics, and theories of Modern Art from 1900 to the present. Topics may include the Avant-Garde, Abstract Art, Art and Politics, High vs. Low Art, and Folk and Outsider Art.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit three times when topics vary.

ARTH626
Studies in Modern Art and Theory
3 credits
Studies in Modern Art, exploring diverse themes, media, theoretical, and interdisciplinary perspectives. Possible topics include Art and Nationalism; Classicism and Modernity; Allegory; Regimes of Visuality; Modern Art and Literature; Modern Portraiture; Freud; Psychoanalysis; and Colonialism.

ARTH627
Studies in the History of Photography
3 credits
Aspects of the history and aesthetics of photography. Topics change with each time of offering. Topics may include Photography and Art, Documentary Photography, Photography and Criticism, Photography and Race, and Vernacular Photography.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit three times when topics vary.

ARTH630
Historiography of Material Culture
3 credits
Landmark works and recent theoretical approaches to the understanding and interpretation of the man-made environment. Readings draw from a variety of disciplinary frameworks, including art history, anthropology, historical archaeology, cultural geography, sociology, and history.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of instructor.
Cross-listed with HIST605 and EAMC605.

ARTH635
American Art to 1900
3 credits
Seminar topics change with each offering. Recent topics include Sculpture in the US; Colonial Art across North America; Methods and Historiography in American Art; Art and Culture in Early Philadelphia: Peale to Eakins.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH636
Modern American Art
3 credits
Seminar in modern and/or contemporary American art, 1900-present. Topics vary by year; recent offerings have included Henry Ossawa Tanner, Norman Lewis, Fashion, and Ecology and Material Agency.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

ARTH654
Architecture of Everyday Life
3 credits
Understanding and interpreting everyday buildings and landscapes by seeing the built environment through a physical lens (material, construction, style and plan) and social lens (gender, class, race) and from the perspective of multiple disciplines.
Cross-listed with UAPP654, MSST654, and HIST654.

ARTH655
Black Bodies on Display: Race in Museums
3 credits
The complex and performative nature of museums vis-a-vis race, remembrance and reconciliation with a focus on Black American and African Diasporic history and culture. What role[s] do objects, history, and culture perform under such curatorial and museum mandates and visions? How do changing socio-political and cultural landscapes and challenges to representational politics shape museum practices? Considered here are black cultural institutions, their formation and foundation as well as exhibition histories of black visual art and culture.
Cross-listed with AFRA645 and MALS645.

ARTH656
Studies in Contemporary Architecture
3 credits
Contemporary architecture from around the world. Topics include Contemporary Architecture, Cross-cultural Dialogues, and Transnational Practices. Discover theories of postcolonialism and postmodernism to discuss aesthetic forms and concepts in the most recent architectural design projects.

ARTH663
Art Museum Internship
3 credits
On-the-job experience in collections management, administration, education, exhibition and interpretation, or other department at an art museum or other art-related venue, under joint supervision of the Department of Art History and sponsoring institution. Ten full weeks of internship experience are required, as well as the completion of journal of activities and/or final academic project or paper.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires approval of the Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Art History before registering the course. Does not count as a 600-level ARTH seminar and does not fulfill an area/distribution requirement.

ARTH664
Curatorial Internship
3 credits
Curatorial internship at an art museum or other art-related venue, under joint supervision of the Department of Art History and sponsoring institution. Completion of journal of activities and/or final project or paper.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires approval of Director of the Curatorial Track PhD Program before registering for the course. Does not count as a 600-level ARTH seminar and does not fulfill an area/distribution requirement. Open only to students in the CTPhD program.

ARTH685
Cultural Theory and Criticism
3 credits
Topical introduction to one or more cultural theories, providing a survey of scholarship on such varied topics as semiotics, deconstructionism, feminism, material culture, race, ethnicity studies, postcolonial and global studies, and problems of representation and signification in literary and non-literary texts.
RESTRICTIONS: May be repeated once for credit when topics vary.
Cross-listed with ENGL685.

ARTH851
Seminar in Art Historical Pedagogy
3 credits
Discussion of all aspects of teaching in the field of art history (lectures, discussions, materials, examinations, grading), especially in the context of the teaching of a large introductory survey course.
RESTRICTIONS: Open only to teaching assistants in ARTH153 or ARTH154. May be taken for credit only once.

ARTH860
Reading and Research
1-9 credits
Readings and conferences on an approved subject under faculty direction.
RESTRICTIONS: Requires permission of Department Chair. Open to Art History Ph.D. students only.

ARTH869
Master's Thesis
1-6 credits

ARTH870
Master's Paper
3 credits
Research and writing of Master's Paper.

ARTH964
Pre-Candidacy Study
3-12 credits
Research and readings in preparation of dissertation topic and/or qualifying examinations for doctoral students before admission to candidacy but after completion of all required course work.
RESTRICTIONS: Not open to students who have been admitted to candidacy.

ARTH969
Doctoral Dissertation
1-12 credits​

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