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Art History and Criticism (AHC) Course Descriptions

Department of Art and Art History, College of Liberal and Fine Arts


AHC 1113  Survey of Art and Architecture from Prehistoric Times to 1350 [TCCN: ARTS 1303.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A critical and historical study of art and architecture as it developed from Paleolithic times to 1350 in the various civilizations of Europe, the Near East, and the New World. Course will include selected readings from related fields. May be applied to the Creative Arts Core Curriculum requirements for art and non-art majors.

AHC 1123  Survey of Art and Architecture in Europe and the New World from 1350 to 1750 [TCCN: ARTS 1304.]
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A critical and historical study of art and architecture as it developed from the Renaissance in Europe and the period of the Aztecs and Incas in the New World to 1750. Course will include selected readings from related fields. May be applied to the Creative Arts Core Curriculum requirement for art and non-art majors.

AHC 1133  Survey of Modern Art
(3-0) 3 hours credit.
A critical and historical study of modern art from 1750 to the present. Course will include selected readings from related fields. May be applied to the Creative Arts Core Curriculum requirement for art and non-art majors.

AHC 3113  Contemporary Art
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: 3 semester credit hours of lower-division art history.
History, theory, and criticism of the visual arts of the United States and Europe from 1960 to the present. (Formerly AHC 4113. Credit cannot be earned for both AHC 3113 and AHC 4113.)

AHC 3423  Arts of Ancient America
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: 3 semester credit hours of lower-division art history.
A critical and historical study of art and architecture in the Western Hemisphere. (Formerly titled “Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture of Mesoamerica.”)

AHC 3523  Latin American Art
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: 3 semester credit hours of lower-division art history.
A critical and historical study of art from the independence period to the present.

AHC 4333  Topics in Art History and Criticism
(3-0) 3 hours credit. Prerequisite: 3 semester credit hours of lower-division art history passed with a grade of “C-” or better.
Focus on a specific period, medium, or theoretical and critical issue within the history and criticism of art. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

AHC 4913  Independent Study
3 hours credit. Prerequisites: Permission in writing (form available) of the instructor, the student’s advisor, the Department Chair, and the Dean of the College in which the course is offered.
Independent reading, research, discussion and/or critical writing under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit, but not more than 6 semester credit hours of independent study, regardless of discipline, will apply to a bachelor’s degree.

AHC 4933  Art Gallery and Museum Internship
3 hours credit. Prerequisite: Permission in writing (departmental form available).
Supervised experience related to preparation and installation of exhibitions in gallery and museum settings. Students must confer with instructor during the semester prior to enrolling in order to formulate the content of the internship. May be repeated once for credit. Enrollment limited to juniors and seniors with declared major or minor in Art History and Criticism.