Courses

ARTH 1305. History of Art I (C).

History of World Art I (3-0) (C) (Common Course Number ARTS 1303) A survey of selected art works, architecture, and art theories in several parts of the world over a broad span of history from the Prehistoric to c. 1250 AD. Students become acquainted with artistic mediums, iconography, and style, the use of materials and technologies, and a wide range of functions of works of art in various cultures. The course demonstrates how the production of art and architecture is linked to climate and geography (the natural world) and governmental, religious and philosophical systems (the social and cultural world). Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 1306. History of Art II (C).

History of World Art II (3-0) (C) (Common Course Number ARTS 1304) A survey of selected art works, architecture, and art theories in several parts of the world over a broad span of history from c. 1250 AD to the present. Students become acquainted with artistic mediums, iconography, and style, the use of materials and technologies, and a wide range of functions of works of art in various cultures. The course demonstrates how the production of art and architecture is linked to climate and geography (the natural world), and governmental, religious and philosophical systems (the social and cultural world). Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 1307. History of Latin Amer Art.

History of Latin American Art (3-0) A survey of the major monuments of Latin American art and architecture from the arrivals of humans in the region to the present. Topics will include the formation of indigenous civilization and art, the relationship of Spanish and indigenous civilizations and the relationship of Latin America to European moderism. Art history materials fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 2303. Twentieth-Century Art I.

Twentieth-Century Art I: The Avant-garde (3-0) Art movements and theories from the late nineteenth century until World War II are studied. Theoretical approaches include the impact of language, abstraction, primitivism, realism, industrialization, psychoanalysis, gender and history on the study of the visual arts.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (ARTH 1306 w/D or better)

ARTH 2309. Twentieth Century Art.

Twentieth Century Art (3-0) A critical lecture survey of the Western visual arts from 1900 to the present, including the Modern and Post-Modern Arts. Emphasis will be placed upon an analysis of the specific artworks and stylistic groups of this period in terms of their relation to changing cultural conditions; e.g. philosophical, scientific, technological, political, and economic factors.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 2313. Twentieth-Century Art II.

Twentieth-Century Art II: From Modern to Postmodern (3-0) Art movements and theories from the end of World War II until the twenty-first century are studied. Theoretical approaches include the impact of world powers, consumerism, feminism, technology, history and postmodernism on the study of the visual arts.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (ARTH 1306 w/D or better)

ARTH 3303. Topics in Modern Art.

Topics in Modern Art (3-0) Research seminar on topics 1850-1950. Emphasis on student participation, critical thinking, research and writing. (Students may repeat the course for credit when the topic varies).

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 3305. Art of the Roman Empire.

This course explores the artistic production of the ancient Romans, from the Late Republic through the Early Christian era, roughly from the birth of Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 BC) through the death of Emperor Constantine the Great (337 AD). Topics include the artistic patronage of the Roman state and its leading citizens; the historic, social and political context of Roman artworks; the use of art for propagandistic purposes by the emperors and their families; the stylistic and iconographic trends in the capital city and the various provinces; the artistic patronage of the Roman military and the major religious cults; and the visual culture of Early Christianity. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 3308. The Border and Visual Culture.

The Border and Visual Culture (3-0) The class explores the history of art and its role in the civilizations of the El Paso/Northern Chihuaha region, from Hueco Tanks to the rise of modernism and the mural Renaissance. Using the rich artistic legacy of this area, the class examines the way art functions across borders and how borders have been constructed, debated and lived through in the art of the past. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 3309. Art-Civilization Anc Mexico.

The Art and Civilization of Ancient Mexico and the Maya (3-0) This course surveys the art civilization of the Maya, the Aztecs,and their predecessors from 1800 B.C. to the present. In addition to large scale art and architecture, we will examine the invention of writing, funerary ceramics, and the use of art as both religious and political act will be examined.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 3310. Art of the Medieval World.

This is a chronological and geographical survey of the major masterpieces of the Middle Ages in Europe and the Near East, from the Early Christian frescoes in the Roman catacombs to the soaring Gothic cathedrals of St. Denis and Chartes (c. 250 to 1250). The course examines the style, iconography and symbolic meaning of medieval artworks and places them within their historical, socio-political and cultural contexts. The visual cultures of Byzantium and Islam and their interactions with the Latin West are also investigated. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 3313. Topics in Contemporary Art.

Topics in Contemporary Art (3-0) Research seminar on topics 1950-present. Emphasis on student participation, critical thinking, research and writing. (Students may repeat the course for credit when the topic varies).

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 3315. Early Renaissance Italian Art.

This course examines the artistic masterpieces of the Italian peninsula from the death of Fredrick II to the rise of the Medici in Florence (c. 1250-1450). The emphasis is on the art and architecture of the Italian city-republics and, in particular, on panel and fresco painting in Siena, Florence, Rome and Venice. The early Italian Renaissance is considered within its historical, political and social context, beginning with the careers of Nicola Pisano, Duccio di Buoninsegna and Giotto di Bondone, and progession to the generation of Gentile da Fabriano, Filippo Brunelleschi, Masaccio and Leon Battista Alberti.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 3329. Modern/Contemporary Art Theory.

Modern and Contemporary Art Theory (3-0) A seminar which reviews art theory from Kant to Baudrillard. Issues such as art-for-art's sake, Marxism, phenomenology, interpretation, deconstruction, multiculturalism, and hyperreality will be discussed. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 3340. Art of the United States.

This course provides an introduction to the history of American art from the colonial era to the present through the examination of paintings, sculpture, architecture and photography. Special emphasis is given to the cultural, social and historical contexts in which American art flourishes. We begin be examining the negotiations between colonial and European styles. We then move to issues of displaced populations, myths of the American landscape, transatlantic experiences of expatriate artists, conflicts between urban and rural conceptualization of the "typical" American experience, and the role of the American avant- -garde after World War II. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 3353. Pre-Columb Art & Arch.

Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture (3-0) An historical survey of the art and architecture of several Mesoamerican and South American cultures of the Pre-Classic through Postclassic periods. Large scale monuments, painting, sculpture and ceramics of the Aztecs, Maya, Inca and their predecessors will be examined in terms of their original socio-political and sacred contexts. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 3355. Spanish Col Art Americas.

The focus of this survey is the rich and varied history of art in Mexico and the Spanish Borderlands from the Colonial through Modern periods. Conquest through independence from Spain in 1821. Sacred and secular art in a variety of mediums is explored, with special emphasis given to the architecture, painting, and sculpture of the mission complexes. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 3357. Art Mexico:Ancient to Modern.

A survey of Mexico’s extensive contributions to the visual arts in a variety of mediums, incluiding painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and architecture. Material is presented chronologically and thematically as we explore the legacy of indigenous and European artistic movements and the formation of the modern Mexican school. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 3359. Cont Lat Amer & Chicano Art.

This course focuses on the major trends and themes in the development of Chicana/o art history from the late 1960s to the turn of the 21st century. Underpinnings of Chicana/o artistic production are discussed. The class explores the artistic movements occurring on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border prior to this era that can be considered precursors to the Chicana/o period. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 3361. ART OF EAST ASIA.

This course surveys the history of Asian art from the second millennium BC through the post- World War II era, with particular emphasis on India, China and Japan. It introduces students to the fine art and architecture of these countries, and to the social, political and cultural context of artistic patronage and production. It also examines contemporary Asia-American artworks and the impact and influence of Asian art on Asian-American artists. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 3363. Art in Mexico.

Art in Mexico (3-0) A survey of Mexico's extensive contributions to the visual arts in a variety of media, including painting, sculpture, ceramics, printmaking and architecture. Material will be presented chronologically and thematically as we explore the legacy of indigenous and European artistic movements and the formation of the modern Mexican school. Sophomore standing required. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 3364. Jewish Art.

This course explores the artistic production of the Jewish people, from the foundation of ancient Kingdom of Israel in circa 1000 BC through the establishment of modern Israel in 1948. Major topics include the Jews’ formation of a religious and national identity and its expression in art and architecture during the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, medieval, Renaissance and modern eras; the visual culture of the Diaspora, from Spain and North Africa to Russia and China, and eventually to the Americas; and the seminal role of Jews in the development of Modernism in Europe and the United States, with particular attention to their contributions to Surrealism and Abstract Expressionism. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 3366. African Art.

A survey of the art and architecture of all regions of Africa, including Egypt and the Maghreb. Monuments and sacred and secular art objects from ancient to modern times in a variety of mediums are studied in terms of formal attributes and cultural context. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 3373. Contemporary Latin American.

Contemporary Latin American and Chicano Art (3-0) This course focuses on the major trends and themes in the development of Chicana/o art history from the late 1960s to the turn of the 21st century. Underpinnings of Chicana/o artistic production will be discussed. The class will explore the artistic movements occurring on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border prior to this era that can be considered precursors to the Chicana/o period.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 3383. Spanish Colonial.

Spanish Colonial and Modern Art of Mexico and the Borderlands (3-0) The focus of this survey is the rich and varied history of art in Mexico and the Spanish Borderlands from the Colonial through Modern periods. Topics will include fine art and architecture in its relationship to the art and graphics, the Mexican mural renaissance and its relationship to the Chicano Mural Movement. Sophomore standing required. This course can be used to fulfill the College of Liberal Arts general education requirement for Fine and Performing Arts. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 3385. HISTORY OF ARCHITECTURE.

This course traces the history of architecture from prehistoric times through the modern era, with particular emphasis on the iconic structures of human civilization that have shaped the building traditions of the European and Asian continents. The focus is on reconstructing as fully as possible the context of major architectural masterpieces and investigating their iconography and symbolic content. In addition to Western monuments, the architecture of China, Japan, Siam and the Indian subcontinent is also explored, as well as the interconnections between Eastern and Western visual culture, and between the Islamic and Judeo-Christian worlds, during the last two millennia. Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 3393. Topics in Modern Art.

Research seminar on topics 1850 – 1950. Emphasis on student participation, critical thinking, research and writing. (Students may repeat the course for credit when the topic varies). Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 3395. Topics in Contemporary Art.

Research seminar on topics from 1950 to the present. Emphasis on student participation, critical thinking, research and writing. (Students can repeat the course for credit when the topic varies). Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 3399. Special Topics in Art History.

Art history course on topic not included in regular curriculum. (Students may repeat the course for credit when the topic varies). Course fee required.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SO,SR

ARTH 4303. Topics in Art Theory.

Topics in Art History (3-0) Specific topics in critical theory are read and works of art are interpreted within the framework of that theoretical point of view. (Students may repeat the course for credit as long as the topic varies).

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 4309. Resrch Problems Art History.

Research Problems in Art History (3-0) A special topics seminar for the advanced student. May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

ARTH 4319. Spec Problems in Art History.

Special Problems in Art History (0-0-3) A course for the advanced student which allows the student and the instructor to set up individual problems. May be repeated for credit when problems vary.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
0 Lecture Hours
3 Other Hours

ARTH 4383. Art History Seminar.

Art History Seminar (3-0) Intensive research and presentation of independent studies on a topic to be chosen by the instructor.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
3 Lecture Hours
0 Other Hours

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR,SR

ARTH 4390. Directed Study.

This course will enable students to work on an independent research project under the guidance and supervision of an art history faculty member. Meeting times to be determined by the instructor and student. Students will complete a substantial research paper on an approved topic.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
0 Lab Hours
0 Lecture Hours
3 Other Hours

Major Restrictions:
Restricted to majors of ARTH

Classification Restrictions:
Restricted to class of JR