Courses Open to Non-Majors

The courses below are open for enrollment by Non-Majors. None have prerequisites.

Non-Majors may occasionally be allowed enroll in major-restricted courses with instructor approval and advisor assistance. See instructions at the bottom of the page.

Details below are subject to change. Please confirm all information in the official Course Schedule.
 

Fall 2022 Teaching Formats

Online
Instruction mode "Internet" in course schedule. The course is taught entirely online and does not require in-person activities on campus.

Online with Required In-Person Component
Instruction mode "Hybrid or Blended" in course schedule. The course is a hybrid format that blends online instruction and required in-person activities on campus. Students may be divided into smaller groups for in-person instruction and will be advised by their instructor as to which days to report on campus.

In-Person
Instruction mode "Face-to-Face" in course schedule. The course is taught entirely in-person.

Fall 2022 Studio Art Courses

ART 352C
Painting for Non-Majors

This course introduces a beginning painting student to basic materials, techniques and ideas germane to historical and contemporary painting. Through the production of paintings, one-on-one conversations with the instructor, and class discussion/critique, each student will become more sensitive, insightful and critical about works they produce and encounter. Note: The content of this course is determined by the instructor.

Zach Meisner
TTH 11–2
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ART 352D
Drawing for Non-Majors

This course introduces a beginning drawing student to basic materials, techniques and ideas germane to historical and contemporary drawing. Through the production of drawings, one-on-one conversations with the instructor, and class discussion/critique, each student will become more sensitive, insightful and critical about works they produce and encounter. Note: The content of this course is determined by the instructor.

Sarah Navasse Miller
MW 11–2
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ART 352J
Photography for Non-Majors

This class will introduce you to the fundamentals of black & white photography. You will learn how to use a manual medium-format camera, expose and develop black & white film, and make gelatin silver prints. You will also study aspects of photographic history and begin to define your individual voice as an artist using photography.

Alex Boeschenstein
MW 11–2
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ART 352F
Print for Non-Majors

As a print survey course, Print for Nonmajors will introduce students to the basic conceptual issues of print and the technical processes of risograph, relief, intaglio, monoprint etc. This course is a “sampler platter” in that it will give students a taste of numerous processes so that students can get a sense of which they would like to explore further. The structure will include a mix of demonstrations, hands-on instruction, and lectures on historical and contemporary print artists.

Annie May Johnson
TTH 11–2
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ART 352G
Sculpture for Non-Majors

This course introduces a beginning student to basic materials, techniques and ideas germane to historical and contemporary sculpture. Through the production of sculpture, one-on-one conversations with the instructor, and class discussion/critique, each student will become more sensitive, insightful and critical about works they produce and encounter. Note: The content of this course is determined by the instructor.

Erin Cunningham
TTH 11–2
Teaching Format →  In-Person

Fall 2022 Art History Courses

ARH 301
Introduction to the Visual Arts

This survey course explores art and human creativity. The class stresses visual literacy by examining how and why art is made. We shall examine both famous and less well known examples of painting, sculpture, prints, and architecture, among other arts, as we investigate the many roles that art plays in different world cultures.

Fulfills →  VAPA / Global Cultures flag

Ann Johns
MW 10–11 + Discussion Section
Teaching Format →  Online with Required In-Person Component

Astrid Runggaldier
MWF 10–11
Teaching Format →  In-Person

Instructor TBA
TTH 5–6:30
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 302
Survey of Ancient through Medieval Art

Why did somebody scratch a chain of impeccably drawn diamonds on a chunk of red stone 77,000 years ago? Was the Egyptian Sphinx as enigmatic in antiquity as it is today? Why did the Greeks need images? Why did Islam negate figuration in its sacred spaces of worship? Why were the medieval cathedrals laden with cute but ominous monsters? There are no easy answers to these questions but works of art are fun to look at and think about. A chronological survey of the visual arts from the Stone Age to the end of the Medieval Period, this course will focus on major achievements of painting, sculpture, and architecture and on their roles as vehicles of expression for individuals and societies alike. Artistic creations have always enshrined a gamut of experiences and mental states: emotions, desires, fears, frustrations, power, repulsion, propaganda, memory, nostalgia, and play, to name but a few. Our goal will be to examine precisely how these elements were expressed in individual cultures, how they changed over time, and whether or not their messages are still recoverable today. Although major emphasis will be given to the western world, non-western developments will also be considered.

Fulfills →  VAPA / Global Cultures flag

Nassos Papalexandrou
TTH 11–12 + Discussion Section
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 303
Survey of Renaissance through Modern Art

Art is a language: how do we decode its meaning, its intent, and its extraordinary effect on us, the viewers? In this course, we explore an astonishing array of Western art and architecture. Our course begins c. 1250, in the early Renaissance of Western Europe, and concludes with global artistic trends and issues that are at the heart of the art world in 2020. While we will concentrate on the familiar media of painting, sculpture, and architecture, we will also be looking at manuscripts, drawings, prints, photography, the decorative arts, garden planning, ceramics, earthworks, and installation art.

Fulfills →  VAPA / Global Cultures flag

Instructor TBA
MWF 11–12
Teaching Format →  In-Person

Instructor TBA
TTH 8–9:30
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 326M
Art and Archaeology of Ancient Greek Sanctuaries

The course investigates the Greek idea of sacredness and the material configuration of belief in the context of important Greek sanctuaries. Our focus will be on sacred space and the various frameworks around religious practices of individuals and communities alike: healing, coming-of-age, divination, athletics, sex, fertility, social identities. We will study major monuments of architecture, sculpture, and painting and their role as performative backdrops during which the Greeks communicated with their gods and with each other. By doing so we will concentrate on major artistic ideas and behavioral categories of a culture that is distant and alien to us but also familiar to some extent through the survival of the classical tradition. Major theme in the agenda include the nature of divinity, the role of sanctuaries as arenas for symbolic, competitive display of individuals and groups alike, the political dimensions of the archaeological exploration of the big sanctuaries (e.g. Olympia, Delphi) since the nineteenth century, the function of images in sacred space and why the sanctuaries epitomize a universal cultural heritage of paramount importance.

Fulfills →  Global Cultures flag

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards Prehistoric-400 for Time Period and Europe & Mediterranean for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards Prehistoric-600 for Time Period and Europe for Geographic Area.

Nassos Papalexandrou
TTH 2–3:30
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 328L
History of the Medieval Middle East in 100 objects

Objects, “things” – whether mundane, everyday household items or great works of art and architecture patronized by merchants, religious leaders, or rulers – have had a profound impact on the course of history. Indeed, recently historians have begun to speak of a “material turn” within the field – a movement away from a purely text-based model of understanding the past. This model acknowledges that things can often reveal a more nuanced and rich picture of past lives, in particular, allowing us to understand how ordinary people lived. And yet, history is often still taught as though our only source of knowledge about the past comes through texts. This course will be a survey of the history of the medieval Middle East, from the period of Late Antiquity (in the seventh century) to the beginning of the rise of early modern empires of the Safavids, Ottomans, and Mughals (in the seventeenth century), taught by a close examination of the meaning and significance of 100 objects. The objects will range from buildings to manuscripts to weapons and will come from diverse contexts, including archaeological investigations, museum collections, and European church treasuries. Yet all of them will tell a vivid story about the people of their time. Students will learn basic skills of visual analysis and object analysis, and will gain an introduction to theories of seeing and interpreting works of art and architecture – essential skills in today’s increasingly visually-based information economy. At the end of the course, students will not only have a clear sense of the histories of the great medieval Islamic dynasties and their various Zoroastrian, Christian, Jewish, and Hindu subjects, but will also be able to use works of art and architecture, as well as everyday objects, as an effective tool of analysis.

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards 400-1500 for Time Period and Middle East & Africa for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards Prehistoric-600 or 600-1500 for Time Period and Middle East for Geographic Area.

Stephennie Mulder
MWF 12–1
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 331K
Early Italian Renaissance Art to 1470

Renaissance means “rebirth”, and the rebirth of art and culture is a concept that was very vividly alive in fifteenth-century Italy. This course looks at the great artists and innovations of the period that spans:
…from Brunelleschi to Bramante in architecture
…from Masaccio to Botticelli to Leonardo in painting
…from Donatello to the young Michelangelo in sculpture
Among the issues to be discussed will be: the development of mathematical perspective, art and engineering, the revival of ancient Greek and Roman culture, the role of women in society, religion, gender and sexuality, politics and warfare, technology and science—and how all these themes are reflected in important works of art.

Fulfills →  VAPA / Global Cultures flag

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards 400-1500 for Time Period and Europe & Mediterranean for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards 600-1500 for Time Period and Europe for Geographic Area.

Louis Waldman
TTH 9:30–11
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 331P
Art & The City in Renaissance Italy

Florence, Venice, Siena: the cultural landscape of Italy is dominated by cities so rich in artistic treasures that any one example is worthy of a whole course. We begin with the most famous Renaissance city-state, Florence. We will explore the development of art and architecture in civic, ecclesiastic, monastic, palatial, and private settings, from Brunelleschi’s dome to private, secular decoration in the city’s palazzi. We will then examine the cities of Venice and Siena; each of these cities is distinguished by its own unique style of art and architecture. We’ll study Italy’s “court” cities, including Ferrara, Mantua, and Urbino. We’ll observe the unique sense of “place” that distinguishes these communities, but we’ll also discover cultural, artistic, and urban commonalities throughout Renaissance Italy.

We’ll also examine issues such as the role of women and the family; the importance of race and international trade; the rise of specialized hospitals and quarantine islands in an era of plague; and the delicate balance between the growing urban centers and the control of the surrounding territory, so necessary for crops and other resources.

Fulfills →  VAPA / Global Cultures flag

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards 1500-Present for Time Period and Europe & Mediterranean for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards 600-1500 or 1500-1900 for Time Period and Europe for Geographic Area.

Ann Johns
MWF 1–2
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 332K
Northern Renaissance Art 1350–1500

This course traces the origins and first flowering of the Renaissance in Northern Europe from the late Gothic royal courts of France and Bohemia to the stunning realism of Jan van Eyck and emotionalism of Rogier van der Weyden to lyrical pictures of Hans Memling and Gerard David to the apocalyptic visions of Hieronymus Bosch and the fantastic sculpted altarpieces of Germany. Since much of the surviving art is religious, we shall examine its liturgical and theological functions and how the art relates to the ideas of Thomas à Kempis and the Modern Devotion movement. This brilliant period witnessed the invention of prints and book publishing, developments that dramatically transformed contemporary attitudes about art and its uses.

Fulfills →  VAPA / Global Cultures flag

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards 400-1500 for Time Period and Europe & Mediterranean for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards 600-1500 for Time Period and Europe for Geographic Area.

Jeffrey Chipps Smith
MW 8:30–10
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 335G
Art and Landscape 1778–1903

Embracing the period between the invention, by a woman, of a new form of art – the landscape garden - and the deaths of the painters Paul Gauguin and James Whistler, this course emphasizes the connections between landscape and mental process. The French philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau's thoughts about the Revolutionary potential of doing nothing in a beautiful landscape space will help to guide us towards consideration of gardening, painting and drawing, and literature, including poetry, all of which will furnish material for our investigation.

Landscape is the place where everything happens. This course studies all the arts of landscape in Europe during the period covered: painting, gardening, and poetry. We will note the exchange of artistic energies between nations, especially, but not exclusively, between Britain and France. From Romanticism (Blake, Goya, Friedrich) to Impressionism and the Symbolists such as Gauguin, landscape becomes the testing-ground for insights not only into nature, but also into the character of being human.

Fulfills →  Global Cultures flag

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards 1500-Present for Time Period and Europe & Mediterranean for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards 1500-1900 or 1900-Present for Time Period and Europe for Geographic Area.

Michael Charlesworth
MW 10–11:30
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 335R
Burne–Jones and Friends

During the second half of the nineteenth century, the painter and illustrator Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) became a household name in Great Britain. He was also acclaimed as a Symbolist in France, and known in the USA. This course will study his work with particular attention to 1) Medievalism, and 2) his psychological insights. Both of these themes were fantastic. Imagining medieval times as a fantasy of a better world, a parallel and more fulfilling universe, was a phenomenon much larger than the work of any one person, but the work of Burne-Jones became central to it.

In addition to his work in painting, drawing, tapestry design and book illustration we will consider selected work by his friends. His friends included the sculptress Maria Zambaco, and were mainly a) the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and associates, especially Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the poet A. C. Swinburne; and b) the Arts and Crafts community, with William Morris at its centre. The course considers this group of artists as cultural rebels and political radicals (Socialists, feminists, Marxists). Morris, Swinburne and Rossetti were all poets, and we will be reading some of their poetry.

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards 1500-Present for Time Period and Europe & Mediterranean for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards 1500-1900 for Time Period and Europe for Geographic Area.

Michael Charlesworth
MW 1–2:30
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 339M
American Art 1958–1985

This course surveys American artistic production from 1958 to 1985. We will look at the work of selected artists associated with the major trends, including pop art, minimalism, conceptual art, site-specific art, performance and body art, photorealism, patterning and decoration, and the varieties of figural art that emerged in the 1980s, including neo-expressionism, graffiti, narrative, and appropriation. We will examine these trends from three principal points of view: their relationship to prior historical developments, their self-stated aims, and their treatment by contemporary critics.

Fulfills →  VAPA

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards 1500-Present for Time Period and Americas for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards 1900-Present for Time Period and The Americas for Geographic Area.

John Clarke
TTH 2–3:30
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 341L
Chicano Art Histories and Futures

Mexican American art since the 1960s, with an emphasis on the visual production and exhibition of identities inside and outside the Chicano civil rights movement and the politics of U.S. multiculturalism.

Fulfills →  Global Cultures flag / Independent Inquiry flag

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards 1500-Present for Time Period and Americas for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards 1900-Present for Time Period and The Americas for Geographic Area.

George Flaherty
MW 4–5:30
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 344J
Twentieth-Century African American Art

The class will focus on the fascinating work of African-American artists during a century that in its second decade witnessed the ‘Harlem Renaissance’ of the 1920s and several decades later gave rise to the ‘Black Arts Movement’ of the mid – late 1960s to early to mid 1970s. The Harlem Renaissance stands as a towering moment of American creativity and will figure prominently in our class syllabus. Our class, African-American Artists of the 20th Century will present and discuss work that is as varied as the practitioners responsible for it. Sculpture, printmaking, painting, figurative, non-figurative, trained, untrained; the variations are almost endless. The period of time under discussion witnessed hugely important developments of African American history. The ‘Great Migration of people from the south to the northern industrial centers, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, all these factors and many more have their part to play in the absorbing history of African American artists of the 20th century. The work of a number of highly accomplished artists will be considered, from Aaron Douglas and William H. Johnson to Dana Chandler, Elizabeth Catlett, and Faith Ringgold. The class will also seek to put the work of these artists into a variety of the wider political, social and cultural contexts that made the 20th century such an important period for African-American people and also for America itself.

Fulfills →  Cultural Diversity flag

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards 1500-Present for Time Period and Americas for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards 1900-Present for Time Period and The Americas for Geographic Area.

Eddie Chambers
TTH 3:30–5
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 346K
Introduction to African Art

This course is a comprehensive study of the visual arts of Africa, in the social and cultural contexts within which people make and use these images. Students will explore historical, contemporary, and diasporic aspects of African art, as part of a larger expressive complex that includes music, dance, literature, and cinematography.  The course will present the works of major artists, art groups, ethnicities, and communities, as a lively dialog between the creative imaginations of those who make the objects, and the philosophical responses of those to whom the artists address the objects.

Fulfills →  VAPA / Cultural Diversity flag / Global Cultures flag

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards 1500-Present for Time Period and Middle East & Africa for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards all time periods for Time Period and The Americas for Geographic Area.

Moyo Okediji
TTH 2–3:30
Teaching Format →  Online

ARH 346L
Africana Women’s Art

Can we adopt the criteria used for the analysis and presentation of western art and artists for the analysis and presentation of works by Africana women artists? How do we define Africana women’s art and artists? Who are the most influential Africana women artists, and in which mediums do they work? What tasks do they tackle and what challenges face them? What are the stylistic diversities that define and distinguish their contributions? What are the technological tools available to them, and how have they manipulated and fashioned these tools? How have they shaped the past and present trends in art history, and what are their aspirations and hopes for the future? These are some of the questions that this course will investigate with the use of art historical and critical theories that draw on oral and written literatures, music, films, and other formal and informal documents.

Fulfills →  VAPA

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards 1500-Present for Time Period and Middle East & Africa for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards 1500-1900 or 1900-Present for Time Period and Africa for Geographic Area.

Moyo Okediji
TTH 9:30–11
Teaching Format →  Online

ARH 348N
Buddhist Art in Asia and Elsewhere in the World

This course considers Buddhist art throughout the world and how various visual traditions arose as the religion spread outside India where it originated. The significant question of what defines “art” and its power culturally and socially are at the center of our examination of the diverse visual traditions associated with Buddhism. Especial focus is upon the transformation of Buddhist art as the religion reached Southeast Asia and eventually East Asia. In each region indigenous cultural practices and artistic traditions influenced the specific forms developed. The class will thus consider how different forms of Buddhism arose that resulted in distinct forms of imagery such of Buddha images and cosmic realms. The political uses of Buddhist art and the development of pilgrimage, both in the past and the present, represent the range of themes to be covered.

Fulfills →  VAPA / Global Cultures flag

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards Prehistoric-400 for Time Period and Asia & Pacific for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards Prehistoric-600, 600-1500, or 1500-1900 for Time Period and Asia & Pacific for Geographic Area.

Janice Leoshko
TTH 2–3:30
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 362
Ancient Lives of Roman Buildings

Taking a broad view of Roman architecture from Republic to Empire, this lecture course examines different phases of ancient buildings’ lives, from construction to restoration to demolition, with a view to determining their political valencies at these moments. Readings will cover issues such as construction process, damnatio memoriae (condemnation of memory) and vandalism, drawing on examples from, and scholarship on, diverse periods and cultures. Participants are encouraged, in turn, to bring expertise/interests of their own to the discussion.

Fulfills →  Global Cultures flag

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards Prehistoric-400 for Time Period and Europe & Mediterranean for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards Prehistoric-600 for Time Period and Europe for Geographic Area.

Penelope Davies
TTH 3:30–5
Teaching Format →  In-Person

ARH 374
History of Graphic Design

Consult Course Schedule or inquire with instructor for course description and information.

For Art History majors in 2018-2020, 2020-2022 Catalog years, this course counts towards 1500-Present for Time Period and Europe & Mediterranean or Americas for Geographic Area. For Art History majors in the 2022-2024 Catalog year, this course counts towards 1500-1900 or 1900-Present for Time Period and Europe or The Americas for Geographic Area.

Carma Gorman
TTH 12:30–2
Teaching Format →  Consult Course Schedule

Fall 2022 Art Education Courses

AED 372
Examining Connections between Art, Resiliency, and Trauma

This course examines the connection between art, resilience and trauma, with emphasis on the impact of psychological trauma on academic and social emotional well-being. Includes exploration of strength-based approaches for fostering resilience through hands on engagement through the creative arts. Designed for art educators, general educators, teaching artists, designers, social workers, and other professionals who work with youth and adults in schools, museums or community settings.

Donalyn Heise
TTH 2–5
Teaching Format →  In-Person

Instructions for Potentially Enrolling in Major‑Restricted Courses

Occasionally instructors may allow Non-Majors to enroll in restricted classes, if space allows. Non-Majors must provide proof of instructor approval via email to the department’s Undergraduate Academic Advisor to possibly be added to a major-restricted course. Instructions:

  1. Obtain instructor approval by emailing the instructor directly. Contact info here.
  2. If you receive approval from the instructor, forward the approval to the Undergraduate Academic Advisor during the first four class days of the semester. Include your full name, EID, and course/unique number of the class you have approval to add.
  3. Be aware that the advisor may still not be able to add you to the class even if you have approval; read conditions below.

Things to Know

  • Non-Majors may only be added to restricted classes during the first four class days of the semester in which the course is being offered.
  • Even if you have instructor consent, the advisor still might not be able to add you to a major-restricted course. It depends on availability in that class and is up to the discretion of the advisor.
  • If you see a course listed as “open/restricted” on the course schedule, the advisor still might not be able to add you to the class if there are only a few seats open. Those seats might be needed as options for current majors who adjust their schedules, or for newly admitted transfer students.

  • Non-Majors may not be added to any "closed" or "waitlisted" major-restricted courses.

  • There is no waitlist for Non-Majors in major-restricted courses.

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