Required Courses

Art History Requirements for the Studio Art Major
ART 219: Introduction to Contemporary Art
ART 221: Survey of Western Art or ART 222 Survey of Modern Art
ART 439: Art Since 1945
One additional 400-levelArt History

 

Art History Requirements for the Studio Art Minor
ART 109: Introduction to Art or ART 219: Introduction to Contemporary Art or ART 221: Survey of Western Art

 

Art History Requirements for the Graphic Design Major
ART 219: Introduction to Contemporary Art
ART 221: Survey of Western Art or ART 222: Survey of Modern Art
ART 441: History of Modern Design

 

Art History Requirements for I-Design Major
ART 219: Introduction to Contemporary Art
ART 441: History of Modern Design
It is strongly recommended that I-Design students take both ART 221: Survey of Western Art and ART 222: Survey of Modern Art to fulfil Goal Six requirements

 

Art History Requirements for the Art Teaching Major
ART 221: Survey of Western Art  
ART 222: Survey of Modern Art
ART 439: Art Since 1945

 

B.A. MINOR - HISTORY OF ART (ARTH)
24 S.H.
The History of Art Minor engages students with the civilizational history of Western and world art, from Paleolithic cave paintings to Renaissance masterpieces to the multi-media, globalized arts of today. Introductory courses explore the deeper histories of art, while Upper Division courses increasingly focus upon the challenging, rich development of modern and contemporary art. In the course of their studies, students will be introduced to various critical methods of approaching and evaluating art, as well as to many exhibitions and original masterpieces we will travel to view. The History of Art Minor also pays close attention to preparing students for the many careers in the arts and museum fields. Students are encouraged to apply for museum internships, and are introduced to industry professionals. Recently, students of the program have been awarded internships at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) and the Minnesota Marine Art Museum, have presented their research at academic symposia, and have been accepted to graduate programs. The History of Art Minor provides students with critical and scholarly tools to understand, engage with, and find employment in an ever more visual world.

 

REQUIRED ART COURSES (12 S.H.)
ART 219: Introduction to Contemporary Art (3)
ART 221: Survey of Western Art (3)
ART 222: Survey of Modern Art (3)
ART 439: Art After 1945 (3)


ELECTIVES (12 S.H.)

The remaining elective(s) are to be chosen from two of the following groups (3-6 S.H.) 
 ART 433: Independent Study in Art History (3) 

No more than one of the following studio courses: 
ART 114: 2-D Design (3) or ART 150 Digital 2-D Design (3)
ART 115: 3-D Design (3) 
ART 118: Drawing I (3) 

No more than one of the following recommended or cognate courses: 
ENG 211: Writing in Communities (3)
ENG 223: Classical Mythology (3)
ENG 224: The Bible as Literature (3)
GS 200: Introduction to Global Studies (3)
GS 215: Introduction to Japanese Culture (3)
GS 222: The Spanish Eyes: Contributions of Spanish Culture to World Art (3)
GS 225: Introduction to French and Francophone Culture (3)
HIST 121: Western Civilization 1500-1815 (3) 
HIST 122: Western Civilization 1815 to Present (3) 
HIST 125: Classical History (3) 
MCOM 210: Visual Communication (ineligible if students are Design majors) (3)
PHIL 201: Classical Philosophy (3)
PHIL 301: Early Modern Philosophy (3)
WGSS 148: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3)
WGSS 233: Introduction to LGBT Studies (3)

 

Courses and Descriptions
Art History Courses, Descriptions, and Curricular Requirements
109 – Introduction to Art (3 S. H.) A course designed for G.E.P. students from across the university, ART 109 provides an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of visual art and art history.
219 – Introduction to Contemporary Art (3 S.H.) Intended for incoming students, ART 219 surveys the dazzling world of contemporary art and design, across media and around the globe. The course also serves as an introduction to academic research and the process of writing about art. Grade only
221 – Survey of Western Art (3 S.H.)
 A one-semester survey focusing on western and non-western art history from Paleolithic cave paintings of circa 32000 BCE to the early 17th century Baroque period, with additional attention devoted to methods of observation, analysis, and research. Grade Only.
222 – Survey of Modern Art (3 S.H.)
A one-semester survey of modernism, beginning with the 17th century and examining on major modernist artists and movements through to the 1960s. The course also provides instruction in methods of observation, analysis, and research. Grade Only.
252 - Survey of Women in Art (3 S.H.)
Lecture/discussion course surveying the history of European and American women artists from the Baroque era to the present. Social and cultural environments for women are considered, as well as individual artist’s contributions to the history of art. Core disciplinary course for women’s and gender studies minor. Grade only.
433 - Independent Study (1-3 S. H.)
To be arranged with an instructor in studio, art history, or art education. Prerequisites: to be determined by the instructor; junior standing. The permission and signature of the instructor and the departmental stamp is required in order to register. May be repeated up to a maximum of 9 credits. Grade only.

437 - Nineteenth Century Art (3 S.H.)
This course traces the transformations in European and American art beginning with the revolutionary period of the late 18th century. It culminates with the rise of the bourgeoisie and the onset of European modernism in the final decades of the 19th century. Research papers are required. Prerequisite: ART 222. Grade only.

438 - Early Twentieth Century Art (3 S.H.)
The historic period of modernist innovation in Europe between 1900 and the World War I era, including American responses, is examined along with some of the art historical methodologies used in analyzing these works. Concludes with developments up to the outbreak of World War II. Research papers are required. Prerequisite: ART 222. Grade only.
439 - Art Since 1945 (3 S.H.)
 Readings and discussions concerning the critical developments in contemporary art from 1945 to the present, including the shift from modernism to postmodernism. By focusing on individual artists, movements, critics, and theorists, students will become conversant in the debates and methods that lead to the art of the present. A research paper is required. Prerequisite: ART 222. Grade only
441 – History of Modern Design (3 S.H.) An in-depth examination of the history and development of modern design, from circa 1800 to the present day. Much attention is paid to the relationship between design innovation and social and technological change. Design objects, tendencies, and movements are analyzed in detail. Prerequisite: ART 219. Grade only.


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