Art History

 

Art History Major

Learn more about this major

Degree Requirements - 126 credits

Students can earn a bachelor of arts degree with this major.  See the requirements for the bachelor of arts degree.

Major Requirements: 11 courses, 40 credits

Students in this major must earn the BA.

Core Requirements (3 courses, 9 credits)

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Surveys the art of Western civilization from prehistoric caves to medieval cathedrals. Considers works from the Ancient Near East Ancient Egypt Ancient Greece and Rome the Byzantine Era the Romanesque Period and the Gothic Period in their historical contexts. Introduces students to formal analysis iconography and critical thinking.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Surveys the art of Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present. Considers works of painting and sculpture from periods and movements such as the Renaissance the Baroque the Rococo Neoclassicism Romanticism Impressionism Abstract Expressionism and Feminism in their historical contexts. Introduces students to formal analysis iconography and critical thinking.

Prerequisites:

CAS-101. CAS students only. SBS students by special permission. Restricted to the following majors: Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, French, Global Cultural Studies, History, Humanities, International Economics, Music History, Philosophy, Physics, Radiation Science, Socioloug, Spanish, and Undeclared. Instructor consent required for all other majors.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

This course engages students in the early stages of career planning. Students will explore their interests skills values and strengths which will allow them to begin setting appropriate goals for professional development. Once students understand themselves in relation to the world of work they will learn how to research careers and employment paths that fit with their goals.

Studio Art Requirement (1 course, 3 credits)

Choose one of the following:

  • Any Foundation studio course (ADF-S)
  • Any Fine Arts studio course (ADFA-S)

Art History Electives (7 courses, 28 credits)

Choose seven electives, one of which must be an ARH 400-level seminar or ARH-H555, Art History Honors Thesis. Electives must include at least one course in groups A, B, and C

A) Ancient Through 18th Century Art

 

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores issues of sexuality gender race and social class in the ancient and medieval worlds. Examines key artworks from ancient Greece the Roman Empire and medieval Europe within historical social and cultural contexts.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course explores important works of art from Early Renaissance Italy (including architecture painting fresco sculpture and decorative objects) from c. 1300 through c. 1500. Artists covered include Giotto Masaccio Brunelleschi Donatello Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

The aim of this four-credit course is to survey important artistic monuments of High and Late Renaissance Italy (including architecture painting fresco sculpture and decorative objects) from the late 1400s through the late 1500s.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores painting sculpture and architecture in Italy Spain and Northern Europe during the 17th and 18th century. Works by Rembrandt Rubens Caravaggio Bernini Poussin Velasquez Watteau Boucher Fragonard Chardin Hogarth and others considered within their historical contexts.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines painting sculpture and architecture of the 14th 15th and 16th centuries in Northern Europe within their historical context. Topics include the rise of oil painting the development of woodcut and engraving the effect of the Reformation on art. Artists include van Eyck Bosch Durer Holbein and Brueghel.

Prerequisites:

Permission of instructor required

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the art of Caravaggio within the historical context of the Early Baroque period in Italy. The course emphasizes research skills and the methodology of art history. Designed as a foundation for students intending to pursue a career in the world of art and/or museums.

Prerequisites:

Instructor's consent required.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the art of Gian Lorenzo Bernini arguably the most important and influential figure in the world of 17th-century art. Designed for art history majors & minors the seminar explores Bernini's career within the context of the religious political and artistic upheavals of his time; it also helps students develop research skills and provides a foundation that will be valuable for anyone pursuing a career in the world of art and museums.

B) 19th Century Through Contemporary Art

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines Neoclassicism Romanticism Realism and Impressionism in European painting. Considers works by artists such as David Ingres Friedrich Constable Delacroix Goya Courbet Millet Daumier Manet Monet Renoir Degas and Cassatt within their historical contexts.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines European painting and sculpture from around 1880 to 1940 including Symbolism Post-Impressionism Fauvism Expressionism Cubism Futurism The Bauhaus Dada and Surrealism. Considers works by artists such as Gauguin Cezanne Van Gogh Matisse Kandinsky Picasso Braque Mondrian Duchamp Magritte Dali and Ernst within their historical contexts.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Surveys American painting sculpture photography and architecture from the colonial period through WWII. Considers works by artists such as Smibert Copley West Stuart Whistler Sargent Eakins Homer Ryder Bierstadt Cole Inness Sloan Sullivan Wright Hopper O'Keeffe Dove Hartley Bellows Stieglitz Weston and Steichen.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores European and American art since WWII including Abstract Expressionism Colorfield Painting Pop Art Minimalism Neo-Dada Performance Art Feminism Neo-Expressionism and Post-Modernism. Artists include Bacon Giacometti Pollock De Kooning Frankenthaler Rothko Stella Judd Calder David Smith Serra Johns Rauschenberg Warhol Lichtenstein Smithson Christo Nevelson Kosuth Kruger Sherman Basquiat Kiefer and Haring.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Examines the art world of the past few decades with special attention to the roles and exhibition practices of contemporary art museums and galleries. Considers the major artists and trends in today's art world the history of museums and the effect of museums on art produced today. Students will visit local museums including the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) individually and in groups.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Surveys women artists from the sixteenth century to the present and examines new direction in art-historical scholarship developed by feminist art historians during recent decades.

Prerequisites:

Permission of instructor required

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores the Impressionist movement of the late nineteenth-century including Monet Renoir and Pissaro within its historical context. The course emphasizes research skills and the methodology of art history. Designed as a foundation for students intending to pursue a career in the world of art and/or museums.

C) Non-Western Art

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Surveys painting sculpture and architecture in Asia from prehistoric times to the modern era including the Middle East India China Korea and Japan. Emphasizes the connection between visual arts belief systems and historical contexts with a focus on Hinduism Buddhism and Islam as well as secular literature.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Explores themes of power privilege and cultural difference by comparing and contrasting works of Western and Non-Western visual culture in relation to different cultural value systems.

Notes:

  • One elective course may be in related areas of visual culture such as the philosophy of art, photojournalism, advertising, and cinema:

Credits:

4.00

Description:

A survey course that introduces students to advertising concepts and practices from the perspective of agencies clients the media and consumers. Students learn to think critically about advertising messages and learn practical techniques for developing effective advertising in various media.

Prerequisites:

ARH-101 and ARH-102 and Instructor consent

Credits:

1.00- 4.00

Description:

Designed to accompany an internship at a local museum gallery archive or other art institution this independent study course will carry variable credit depending on the number of hours devoted to the internship and the related academic work done by the student. Interested students should consult the instructor as they are applying for internships.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

This course provides an introduction to a humanities approach to a range of media including but not limited to film and television. The course helps students develop visual literacies enriching their understanding of multiple forms of media. The class also explores how media texts are constructed for specific cultural entertainment informative and propaganda purposes.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

An introduction to the role of photography in the journalistic process. A discussion of photography as communication and a survey of the history of photography.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

Discusses and deepens understanding of French and Francophone cinema from its origins in the late nineteenth century to the early twenty-first century. Explores early works from France by the Lumiere Brothers and Georges Melies as well as contemporary films from France Algeria Burkina Faso Canada Haiti and Senegal.

Credits:

4.00

Description:

"What counts as art?" "What is beauty?" "Are there objective standards of beauty?" This course examines the nature of aesthetic experience art beauty and creativity. Through the classic and contemporary readings the students will be introduced to philosophical issues concerning the meaning of art artistic representation perceptions of art interpretation and criticism. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own experience of art and explore the relationships among the artist the audience the artwork and the world. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered every third year.

  • ARH-290 and ARH-H555 must be taken for a minimum of 4 credits to count as major electives.
  • A relevant Seminar for Freshmen with a strong concentration in art history or visual culture may also count as an elective at the discretion of the department chair.
  • Upper-level Art History courses taken at other institutions or through study abroad must be approved by the department chair, and must not overlap significantly with any other upper-level Art History course(s) counted toward the major.
  • AP credit cannot be applied toward the major.

Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

Art History Major Learning Goals & Objectives

Learning goals and objectives reflect the educational outcomes achieved by students through the completion of this program. These transferable skills prepare Suffolk students for success in the workplace, in graduate school, and in their local and global communities.

Learning Goals Learning Objectives
Students will know/understand...
Students will be able to...
The important roles that the visual arts have played in society
  • Demonstrate awareness of the multiple purposes visual arts have played in different cultures and periods
  • Appropriate methods for analyzing works of visual art
  • GENRE: know the traditional aims and conventions of the major types or genres of work produced in the historical and regional contexts covered by the course (e.g. Renaissance status portraits, Gothic cathedrals); and articulate how a given work or monument sustains, transforms, or breaks those conventions in the pursuit of its particular aims
  • FORM/STYLE: thoroughly and accurately perceive the media, techniques, and formal elements of a given work (composition, texture, scale, etc.); use appropriate technical vocabulary for describing them (contrapposto, nave, painterly brushwork); and relate them to the contextual meaning/purpose and expressive content of the work
  • CONTEXT: relate works to the ideas and practices of their original contexts (social, cultural, political, religious, etc.); and account for how a given work sought to affect or influence the ideas and practices of its original context
  • How learning experiences inside and outside the classroom are connected and interdependent
  • Analyze works of art seen in person at local museums and galleries using course-acquired knowledge and skills
  • Art History Minor

    Learn more about this minor

    Minor Requirements: 5 courses, 20 credits

    Core Requirements (2 courses, 8 credits)

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys the art of Western civilization from prehistoric caves to medieval cathedrals. Considers works from the Ancient Near East Ancient Egypt Ancient Greece and Rome the Byzantine Era the Romanesque Period and the Gothic Period in their historical contexts. Introduces students to formal analysis iconography and critical thinking.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys the art of Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present. Considers works of painting and sculpture from periods and movements such as the Renaissance the Baroque the Rococo Neoclassicism Romanticism Impressionism Abstract Expressionism and Feminism in their historical contexts. Introduces students to formal analysis iconography and critical thinking.

    Upper Level Course Requirement (3 courses, 12 credits)

    Choose three of the following:

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys painting sculpture and architecture in Asia from prehistoric times to the modern era including the Middle East India China Korea and Japan. Emphasizes the connection between visual arts belief systems and historical contexts with a focus on Hinduism Buddhism and Islam as well as secular literature.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores issues of sexuality gender race and social class in the ancient and medieval worlds. Examines key artworks from ancient Greece the Roman Empire and medieval Europe within historical social and cultural contexts.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores themes of power privilege and cultural difference by comparing and contrasting works of Western and Non-Western visual culture in relation to different cultural value systems.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course explores important works of art from Early Renaissance Italy (including architecture painting fresco sculpture and decorative objects) from c. 1300 through c. 1500. Artists covered include Giotto Masaccio Brunelleschi Donatello Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The aim of this four-credit course is to survey important artistic monuments of High and Late Renaissance Italy (including architecture painting fresco sculpture and decorative objects) from the late 1400s through the late 1500s.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores painting sculpture and architecture in Italy Spain and Northern Europe during the 17th and 18th century. Works by Rembrandt Rubens Caravaggio Bernini Poussin Velasquez Watteau Boucher Fragonard Chardin Hogarth and others considered within their historical contexts.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines Neoclassicism Romanticism Realism and Impressionism in European painting. Considers works by artists such as David Ingres Friedrich Constable Delacroix Goya Courbet Millet Daumier Manet Monet Renoir Degas and Cassatt within their historical contexts.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines European painting and sculpture from around 1880 to 1940 including Symbolism Post-Impressionism Fauvism Expressionism Cubism Futurism The Bauhaus Dada and Surrealism. Considers works by artists such as Gauguin Cezanne Van Gogh Matisse Kandinsky Picasso Braque Mondrian Duchamp Magritte Dali and Ernst within their historical contexts.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys American painting sculpture photography and architecture from the colonial period through WWII. Considers works by artists such as Smibert Copley West Stuart Whistler Sargent Eakins Homer Ryder Bierstadt Cole Inness Sloan Sullivan Wright Hopper O'Keeffe Dove Hartley Bellows Stieglitz Weston and Steichen.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines painting sculpture and architecture of the 14th 15th and 16th centuries in Northern Europe within their historical context. Topics include the rise of oil painting the development of woodcut and engraving the effect of the Reformation on art. Artists include van Eyck Bosch Durer Holbein and Brueghel.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores European and American art since WWII including Abstract Expressionism Colorfield Painting Pop Art Minimalism Neo-Dada Performance Art Feminism Neo-Expressionism and Post-Modernism. Artists include Bacon Giacometti Pollock De Kooning Frankenthaler Rothko Stella Judd Calder David Smith Serra Johns Rauschenberg Warhol Lichtenstein Smithson Christo Nevelson Kosuth Kruger Sherman Basquiat Kiefer and Haring.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the art world of the past few decades with special attention to the roles and exhibition practices of contemporary art museums and galleries. Considers the major artists and trends in today's art world the history of museums and the effect of museums on art produced today. Students will visit local museums including the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) individually and in groups.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys women artists from the sixteenth century to the present and examines new direction in art-historical scholarship developed by feminist art historians during recent decades.

    Prerequisites:

    Permission of instructor required

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the art of Caravaggio within the historical context of the Early Baroque period in Italy. The course emphasizes research skills and the methodology of art history. Designed as a foundation for students intending to pursue a career in the world of art and/or museums.

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent required.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the art of Gian Lorenzo Bernini arguably the most important and influential figure in the world of 17th-century art. Designed for art history majors & minors the seminar explores Bernini's career within the context of the religious political and artistic upheavals of his time; it also helps students develop research skills and provides a foundation that will be valuable for anyone pursuing a career in the world of art and museums.

    Prerequisites:

    Permission of instructor required

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the Impressionist movement of the late nineteenth-century including Monet Renoir and Pissaro within its historical context. The course emphasizes research skills and the methodology of art history. Designed as a foundation for students intending to pursue a career in the world of art and/or museums.

    Notes:

    • Upper-level Art History courses taken at other institutions or through study abroad must be approved by the department chair, and must not overlap significantly with any other upper-level Art History course(s) counted toward the minor.
    • AP credit cannot be applied toward the minor.
    • The Art History requirement for the BFA degree (ARH-101, ARH-102) and one additional Art History course required by a BFA major may be used to satisfy the requirements of the minor in Art History.

    Residency Requirement Policy: in the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course (8 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course (16 credit) residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.

    Minor Programs Policy: a student declaring a minor may use no more than two courses from a major or double major combination to fulfill the requirements for the minor. No more than one course from one minor may count toward the fulfillment of a second minor. Students may not minor in a subject in which they are also completing a major. For more information, see the Minor Programs section of the CAS Degree Requirements page.

    Honors

    To complete requirements for honors in the major, a candidate must:

    1. Have a major GPA of 3.7 or higher
    2. Have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
    3. Complete ARH-H555 with a grade of A- or above
    4. Complete an 18-page minimum guided research paper in ARH-H555
    5. Make a formal oral presentation to the Art History faculty and other invited members of the Suffolk community
    6. CAS Honors Program students only: Present work from the senior honors experience at the Honors Symposium or Pecha Kucha event

    To become a candidate for honors in the major, a student must:

    1. Have a major GPA of 3.7 or higher
    2. Have an overall GPA of 3.5 or higher
    3. Have completed a minimum of 27 credits in the major
    4. Apply to the honors coordinator by March 1st of junior year

    Art History Courses

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys the art of Western civilization from prehistoric caves to medieval cathedrals. Considers works from the Ancient Near East Ancient Egypt Ancient Greece and Rome the Byzantine Era the Romanesque Period and the Gothic Period in their historical contexts. Introduces students to formal analysis iconography and critical thinking.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys the art of Europe and America from the Renaissance to the present. Considers works of painting and sculpture from periods and movements such as the Renaissance the Baroque the Rococo Neoclassicism Romanticism Impressionism Abstract Expressionism and Feminism in their historical contexts. Introduces students to formal analysis iconography and critical thinking.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys painting sculpture and architecture in Asia from prehistoric times to the modern era including the Middle East India China Korea and Japan. Emphasizes the connection between visual arts belief systems and historical contexts with a focus on Hinduism Buddhism and Islam as well as secular literature.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores issues of sexuality gender race and social class in the ancient and medieval worlds. Examines key artworks from ancient Greece the Roman Empire and medieval Europe within historical social and cultural contexts.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores themes of power privilege and cultural difference by comparing and contrasting works of Western and Non-Western visual culture in relation to different cultural value systems.

    Prerequisites:

    ARH-101 and ARH-102 and Instructor consent

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    Designed to accompany an internship at a local museum gallery archive or other art institution this independent study course will carry variable credit depending on the number of hours devoted to the internship and the related academic work done by the student. Interested students should consult the instructor as they are applying for internships.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course explores important works of art from Early Renaissance Italy (including architecture painting fresco sculpture and decorative objects) from c. 1300 through c. 1500. Artists covered include Giotto Masaccio Brunelleschi Donatello Botticelli and Leonardo da Vinci.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The aim of this four-credit course is to survey important artistic monuments of High and Late Renaissance Italy (including architecture painting fresco sculpture and decorative objects) from the late 1400s through the late 1500s.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores painting sculpture and architecture in Italy Spain and Northern Europe during the 17th and 18th century. Works by Rembrandt Rubens Caravaggio Bernini Poussin Velasquez Watteau Boucher Fragonard Chardin Hogarth and others considered within their historical contexts.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines Neoclassicism Romanticism Realism and Impressionism in European painting. Considers works by artists such as David Ingres Friedrich Constable Delacroix Goya Courbet Millet Daumier Manet Monet Renoir Degas and Cassatt within their historical contexts.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines European painting and sculpture from around 1880 to 1940 including Symbolism Post-Impressionism Fauvism Expressionism Cubism Futurism The Bauhaus Dada and Surrealism. Considers works by artists such as Gauguin Cezanne Van Gogh Matisse Kandinsky Picasso Braque Mondrian Duchamp Magritte Dali and Ernst within their historical contexts.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys American painting sculpture photography and architecture from the colonial period through WWII. Considers works by artists such as Smibert Copley West Stuart Whistler Sargent Eakins Homer Ryder Bierstadt Cole Inness Sloan Sullivan Wright Hopper O'Keeffe Dove Hartley Bellows Stieglitz Weston and Steichen.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines painting sculpture and architecture of the 14th 15th and 16th centuries in Northern Europe within their historical context. Topics include the rise of oil painting the development of woodcut and engraving the effect of the Reformation on art. Artists include van Eyck Bosch Durer Holbein and Brueghel.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores European and American art since WWII including Abstract Expressionism Colorfield Painting Pop Art Minimalism Neo-Dada Performance Art Feminism Neo-Expressionism and Post-Modernism. Artists include Bacon Giacometti Pollock De Kooning Frankenthaler Rothko Stella Judd Calder David Smith Serra Johns Rauschenberg Warhol Lichtenstein Smithson Christo Nevelson Kosuth Kruger Sherman Basquiat Kiefer and Haring.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the art world of the past few decades with special attention to the roles and exhibition practices of contemporary art museums and galleries. Considers the major artists and trends in today's art world the history of museums and the effect of museums on art produced today. Students will visit local museums including the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) individually and in groups.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Surveys women artists from the sixteenth century to the present and examines new direction in art-historical scholarship developed by feminist art historians during recent decades.

    Prerequisites:

    Permission of instructor required

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the art of Caravaggio within the historical context of the Early Baroque period in Italy. The course emphasizes research skills and the methodology of art history. Designed as a foundation for students intending to pursue a career in the world of art and/or museums.

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent required.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the art of Gian Lorenzo Bernini arguably the most important and influential figure in the world of 17th-century art. Designed for art history majors & minors the seminar explores Bernini's career within the context of the religious political and artistic upheavals of his time; it also helps students develop research skills and provides a foundation that will be valuable for anyone pursuing a career in the world of art and museums.

    Prerequisites:

    Permission of instructor required

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Explores the Impressionist movement of the late nineteenth-century including Monet Renoir and Pissaro within its historical context. The course emphasizes research skills and the methodology of art history. Designed as a foundation for students intending to pursue a career in the world of art and/or museums.

    Prerequisites:

    An independent study form must be submitted to the CAS Dean's Office.

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    Students meet with a departmental faculty member to pursue advanced studies in areas of particular interest to them.

    Prerequisites:

    An independent study form must be submitted to the CAS Dean's Office.

    Credits:

    1.00- 4.00

    Description:

    Students meet with a departmental faculty member to pursue advanced studies in areas of particular interest to them.

    Prerequisites:

    CAS Honors students with minimum of 3.3 GPA or higher. Instructor consent required.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A major research project completed under the supervision of a regular faculty member.