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Art History Course Offerings

A listing of offered courses follows with prerequisites.  Please note that most courses do have additional fees associated with them.  The credit value of each course is represented by the number in brackets.

Survey Courses

Intermediate Courses

Special Courses


ART 100 Aspects of Art [3]

An introduction to ways of seeing and discussing art from around the world, including examples of painting, sculpture, prints, photography, architecture, and other historical and contemporary media. Content of the course at the discretion of the instructor. All sections share the goal of devel¬oping an understanding of the forms, techniques, and interpretations of works of art. Students may not register for this course if they have previously taken a college-level art history course. Visual resources fee.

Survey Courses



ART 210, 211 History of Western Art I, II [3, 3]

Considers major examples of painting, sculpture, and architecture in their historical and cultural context and suggests ways of understanding and responding to achievements in the visual arts. First semester, Western art from earliest civilization through late Gothic; second semester, Western art from the Renaissance period to the present day. Each of these courses may fulfill a general education requirement. Visual resources fee.

ART 215 Art across Borders [3]

This course introduces students to artistic traditions that are not bound by a single country or continent. It follows specific artistic traditions in relationship to the global movement of people, ideas, and objects, and considers the role of art in relation to instances of cultural encounter and transcultural interchange. In effect, the course traces the cultural side of globalization and provides students with a methodology for assessing the artistic outcomes of cultural encounters. Visual resources fee.

ART 216 Introduction to Non-Western Art [3]

Considers major examples of a non-Western culture’s artistic production in its historical and cultural context, and suggests ways of understanding and responding to achievements in the visual arts. Subjects vary by semester among African Art, Mesoamerican Art, Asian Art, Native American Art, and Islamic Art. The specific topic is announced in the Schedule of Classes. Visual resources fee.

Intermediate Courses Fulfilling Distribution Requirements for Major and Minor



ART 310/REL 310/JS 310 Ancient Art [3]

This course provides an in-depth consideration of the art of a specific culture or group of cultures that were part of the ancient world. Topics are concentrated on one of the following: Pre-Classical Art, Egyptian Art, Classical Art, Greek Art, or Roman Art. The specific topic is announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: Any 200-level art course, or ART 100 with junior/senior standing; or permission of instructor. Visual resources fee.

ART 311/REL 311/JS 311 Medieval Art [3]

This course provides an in-depth consideration of cultures and styles in medieval art and architecture. It may present a survey of the period or concentrate on one of the following areas: Early Christian and Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic, Medieval Manuscripts, Islamic Art and Architecture, Mediterranean Medieval Art, or Northern Medieval Art. The specific topic is announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: Any 200-level art course, or ART 100 with junior/senior standing; or permission of the instructor. Visual resources fee.

ART 315 Renaissance Art [3]

Painting, sculpture, and architecture of the 14th through 16th centuries with a focus on Europe. The course concentrates on one of the following areas: Northern Renaissance, Early Italian Renaissance, High Italian Renaissance, and Mannerism. The specific topic is announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: Any 200-level art history course, or ART 100 with junior or senior standing. Visual resources fee.

ART 316 Baroque and Enlightenment Art [3]

This course provides in-depth consideration for a particular period or geographic location in the art of the 17th or 18th century with a focus on Europe. It concentrates on one of the following areas: Northern Baroque Art, Southern Baroque Art, or 18th-Century Art. The specific topic is announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: Any 200-level art course, or ART 100 with junior/senior standing; or permission of the instructor. Visual resources fee.

ART 322 Modern Art [3]

This course provides an in-depth consideration of a particular time period, movement, or theme in the art of the 19th or early 20th century. It concentrates on one of the following topics: Romanticism and Realism, Impressionism and Post-Impressionism, Cubism and Abstraction, Dada, Surrealism, or Abstract Expressionism. The specific topic is announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: Any 200-level art course, or ART 100 with junior/senior standing; or permission of the instructor. Visual resources fee.

ART 323 Contemporary Art [3]

This course provides an in-depth consideration of art since 1960. It may present a survey of the period or concentrate on one of the following topics: Pop Art and Minimal Art, Performance Art, Art of the 1970s, Postmodernism, or Art of Social Responsibility. The specific topic of the course is announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: Any 200-level art course, or ART 100 with junior/senior standing; or permission of the instructor. Visual resources fee.

ART 331 Art of the Americas [3]

This course provides an in-depth consideration of the art of a specific culture that has occupied the American continents. It concentrates on one of the following areas: Early American Art, Pre-Columbian Art, Mesoamerican Art, Native American Art, or Latin American Art. The specific topic is announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: Any 200-level art course, or ART 100 with junior/senior standing; or permission of the instructor. Visual resources fee.

ART 335/REL 335 Asian Art [3]

Asian artistic traditions examined via the most important and representative examples of architecture, sculpture, painting, prints, and decorative arts. The course concentrates on one of the following cultural areas: Chinese Art, Japanese Art, or Arts of India. The specific topic is announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: Any 200-level art history course, or ART 100 with junior or senior standing. Visual resources fee.

ART 336/AFS 336 African Art [3]

An in-depth look at visual art forms associated with the African continent and its varied artistic traditions, which may include sculpture, painting, architecture, photography, decorative arts, and performance. The course concentrates on one of the following topics: African Textiles, the Arts of Nigeria, Contemporary African Art, or Africa and Photography. The specific topic is announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: Any 200-level art history course, or ART 100 with junior or senior standing. Visual resources fee.

ART 343/GS 343 Visualizing Gender [3]

An examination of how gender is relevant to the production, reception, and content of art. Gender theory and feminist theory are used to assess the role of gender in society and in artistic practices as they engage with visual images. The course concentrates on one of the following topics: Women in Art, Gender in American Art, Masculinity and Modernism, or Gender and Ritual in Africa. The specific topic is announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: Any 200-level art history course, or ART 100 with junior or senior standing. Visual resources fee.

ART 355 History of Visual Media [3]

This course provides an in-depth consideration of the history of a particular medium or field of production. It concentrates on one of the following: History of Photography, History of Prints, or History of Design. The specific topic is announced in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: Any 200-level art course, or ART 100 with junior/senior standing; or permission of the instructor. Visual resources fee.

ART 365 Museum and Exhibition Practices [3]

This course explores issues and practices in the world of museums and other environments for the display of art. It combines technical matters with theoretical concerns as they relate to exhibitions, art institutions, and a variety of positions available in the museum field, with an emphasis on the job of curator. This fulfills the capstone requirement for the art history major. Prerequisite: A minimum of three art history classes. Visual resource fee.

ART 375W Studies in Art Writing [3]

This course focuses on a particular art-historical subject area while providing experience in various modes of art writing and an introduction to a selection of art-historical approaches. Art writing may include such products as catalog entries, biographies, exhibition reviews, and gallery guides. The journal article is considered as students prepare a research paper, with emphasis on topic formulation, research techniques, and staged writing. The subject matter of the course varies from year to year. Prerequisite: Any 200-level art course, or ART 100 with junior/senior standing; or permission of the instructor. Visual resources fee.

Special Courses



ART 190, 290, 390, 490 Special Topics in Art History [3, 3, 3, 3]

Selected subjects varying from year to year in accordance with the needs of the curriculum and the availability of specialists in these topics. Visual resources fee.

ART 383 Artforms [3]

Varied offerings pertaining to specific media, cultures, issues, or aspects of the profession. Intended to present areas of topical interest for Hartford Art School students or in conjunction with offerings in other programs or disciplines. Offered as appropriate. Descriptions and prerequisites vary. Visual resources fee.

ART 395 Study/Travel [3]

An interterm course, taught outside the United States, in which the artistic history of the culture is studied on site. Subject matter varies with the choice of site for the study trip. Prerequisite: Any 200-level art course, or ART 100 with junior/senior standing; or permission of the instructor.

ART 492 Seminar in Art History [3]

Intensive study of specific topics in art history, changing by semester. Emphasis is on research, oral, and written presentation of research, and participation in discussions. Prerequisite: 15 credits in art history or permission of instructor. (Students may take this course more than once, if the content does not involve repetition.) Visual resources fee.

ART 493 Internship [3]

Internships at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art or another arts institution. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.

ART 494, 495 Independent Research [1–3]

Individual research on a specific problem chosen by a student, approved and directed by a faculty member. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.