History of Art

Art history is the study of all forms of art, architecture, and visual culture. The History of Art major can serve either as a general program in the humanities or as the groundwork for more specialized training.

Courses in the department are organized into three levels. Courses at the 100 level are broad introductory surveys that cover basic art history from a number of regional and thematic perspectives. Majors are required to take two survey courses and should consider taking them as early as possible. Courses at the 100 level are normally not prerequisites for higher-level courses in the department. Intermediate courses are numbered 200–399. Advanced or 400-level courses are seminars with limited enrollment. Students with AP credit should consult the director of undergraduate studies (DUS).

Representative 100-level courses include:

  • HSAR 112, Introduction to the History of Art: Prehistory to the Renaissance
  • HSAR 115, Introduction to the History of Art: Renaissance to the Present

Representative 200- and 300-level courses include:

  • HSAR 252, Roman Architecture
  • HSAR 273, Art of Gothic Cathedrals
  • HSAR 281, Visual Arts in the Age of Reason
  • HSAR 315, Nineteenth-Century French Art
  • HSAR 329, Picasso and Matisse
  • HSAR 346, Twentieth-Century Photography

Representative 400-level courses include:

  • HSAR 401, Critical Approaches to Art History
  • HSAR 426, American Silver