PEAK Minors

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Art historians study the physical, social, intellectual, religious, and political contexts that give rise to works of art and architecture. They analyze their stylistic qualities, explore their symbolic meanings, and seek to understand the way art critics, historians, and other commentators have responded to these artworks over time. The courses satisfying this minor are predominantly concerned with Western art ranging from Paleolithic Europe through the ancient Near East, the classical world, medieval and early modern Europe to the contemporary international art world.

Art History Minor

16 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

ART-239

Ancient to Medieval

3

ART-240

Renaissance to Modern

3

ART-494

Independent Study*

1

Upper-Division Art History Courses

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ART-324

Picasso and 20th-Century Art

3

ART-325

Art of the Romantic Era

3

ART-326

Rembrandt and 17th-century Dutch Art

3

ART-341

Modern Art: 1850-1940

3

ART-342

Modern Art after 1940

3

ART-351

Auguste Rodin and Modern Sculpture

3

ART-355

Medieval Art History

3

HIS-367

The History of Jewish Art

3

Notes

Courses rich in artistic content, offered by other departments, may also count towards the nine upper-level units. Such courses can be found in the departments of Anthropology & Sociology (for example Anthropology and Art); History (especially those dealing with Ancient Greece, Rome, Medieval and modern Europe); Psychology (particularly those dealing with the cinema) and Interdisciplinary courses such as London: Art, Architecture and Literature. As new courses continue to be developed, it is possible that suitable options may become available in departments other than those listed above. Students who wish to take advantage of this broader range of options should read the catalog description carefully and check with both the course instructor and Art Department faculty to confirm that the course is suitable for the Art History minor. In some cases a supplementary research project relating specifically to the visual arts covered by the course in question may be required. An Academic Adjustment Form should be submitted to the Registrar's Office for any substitutions.

*ART-494 Independent Study minors must expand a paper they have written for one of their upper-division art courses. These "starred papers" will be graded on a pass/fail basis by the faculty member who originally supervised the project and should constitute a polished piece of work that serves as the student's highest achievements in the minor.