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History of Art

Courses in the history of art provide the student with an understanding of art and architecture in a cultural context. The student will be introduced to the means by which art can be critically observed, intelligently analyzed, and knowledgeably discussed. ARTH 115, Survey of Art History I, and ARTH 116, Survey of Art History II, provide a survey of art from prehistoric times to the present and are the prerequisites to most upper level courses.

Students considering majoring in art history should plan to complete ARTH 115 and ARTH 116 by the end of their sophomore year. Of value to art history majors are courses in literature, religion, philosophy, classical civilization, and history. A required course in studio art is intended to give students some practical knowledge of how a work of art is produced.

For any student contemplating graduate study or a career in which a knowledge of the history of art is essential (for example, work in museums or galleries, and in auction houses), a reading knowledge of at least one of the following languages is strongly recommended: French, German, Italian, Spanish (depending on area of interest).

 

The History of Art Major
The History of Art Minor
Course Descriptions

 

The History of Art Major
(36 semester hours)

Required:
ARTH 115    (3)    Survey of Art History I
ARTH 116    (3)    Survey of Art History II

Senior Exercise:
ARTH 452    (3)    Senior Seminar

Choose 2 three-credit courses in Area I, Ancient and Medieval, of which 1 course must be at the 300-level.

Choose 2 three-credit courses in Area II, Renaissance and Baroque, of which 1 course must be at the 300-level.

Choose 2 three-credit courses in Area III, 18th Century to the Present, of which 1 course must be at the 300-level.

Choose 2 additional three-credit courses in art history.

Choose 1 of the following studio art courses:
ARTS 101    (3)    Introduction to Studio Art
ARTS 110    (3)    Two-Dimensional Design
ARTS 115    (3)    Sculpture I

Note: 5 courses (15 semester hours) in art history must be taken at Sweet Briar College.

 

The History of Art Minor
(18 semester hours)

Required:
ARTH 115    (3)    Survey of Art History I
ARTH 116    (3)    Survey of Art History II

Choose 4 additional three-credit art history courses. Two of these courses must be at the 300-level and must be selected from 2 of the 3 areas.


Course Descriptions

ARTH 115

| Survey of Art History I

ARTH 116

| Survey of Art History II

ARTH 117

| The Visual Experience

ARTH 204

| The Art of Northern Europe, 1400-1600

ARTH 211

| European Art c. 1700- 1850

ARTH 213

| Early Renaissance Art in Italy

ARTH 214

| High Renaissance and Mannerist Art in Italy

ARTH 217

| European Art in the 17th Century

ARTH 227

| The History of the Interior

ARTH 232

| Greek Art and Archaeology

ARTH 234

| Roman Art and Archaeology

ARTH 235

| Early Medieval Art

ARTH 237

| Asian Art

ARTH 245

| Art of the Early Americas

ARTH 248

| African Art

ARTH 253

| Early 20th-Century Art: Fauvism to Surrealism

ARTH 255

| Contemporary Art

ARTH 261

| Directed Study

ARTH 303

| Seminar on Women Artists

ARTH 306

| Theories of Art

ARTH 320

| Later 19th-Century Art

ARTH 322

| Romanesque Art and Architecture

ARTH 336

| Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture

ARTH 338

| Gothic Art and Architecture

ARTH 340

| Topics in Renaissance and Baroque Art

ARTH 341

| Seminar: Art and Theory in Renaissance Italy

ARTH 344

| Seminar: Art and Theory in Baroque Europe

ARTH 354

| Later 20th-Century Art: Post World War II to the Present

ARTH 361

| Special Study

ARTH 377

| Internship

ARTH 452

| Senior Seminar

ARTH 461

| Independent Study