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Ithaca College Undergraduate Catalog 2005-2006

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Art History

Bachelor of Arts

Lauren O'Connell, Associate Professor and Chair

The Department of Art History believes in the importance of visual knowledge and visual experience as a means to historical awareness and cultural literacy. The program in art history is designed to develop both specific areas of knowledge about the style, meaning, history, and context of art, and a broader foundation of reasoning, analytical thinking, and critical written and verbal communication. Courses in the department offer a variety of approaches to art history, including the study of thematic development, theory and criticism, and media and techniques.

The study of the history of art will serve several objectives:

  1. Sharpen students' ability to perceive and understand visual images in a world where ideas and information are increasingly communicated through visual media.
  2. Deepen students' understanding of history in general. Because visual artifacts eloquently express cultural values, students will learn to analyze works of art as carriers of political, social, and religious meanings.
  3. Enrich students' lives by opening the door to a lifetime of aesthetic enjoyment, intellectual stimulation, and creative inspiration.

The major curriculum will prepare students interested in pursuing a career in the arts or further study at a graduate level in the humanities. The major will also appeal to students who wish to study visual culture, human expression, or ideas through history. The minor in art history complements studies in studio art, photography and cinema, communications, literature, cultures, and languages.

Requirements for Honors in Art History

The honors program in art history offers stimulating, advanced undergraduate training for art history majors who show particular promise in the field. Students interested in entering the program should apply to the chair of the department during their junior year. After consultation with other faculty members and evaluation of the student's ability to meet the requirements outlined below, the chair will give written notification of acceptance to the program.

Upon acceptance, the student agrees to do a 3-credit honors tutorial or honors independent study course during the fall semester of the senior year, under the guidance of one or more art history faculty members. (The honors course must be completed during the fall semester so that the decision regarding honors can be made in time to be included in graduation announcements.) Research done in this course culminates in an honors thesis, which is evaluated and graded by the faculty members who have agreed to work with the student. Honors are granted only to those students who receive a B or better on this project.

Students interested in applying for honors in art history must meet the following requirements:

  1. An overall GPA of 3.00 and a 3.30 average in art history courses.
  2. Proficiency in at least one foreign language. The student must have completed two years of a foreign language with grades of B- or better, or must pass a proficiency exam.
  3. Approval by the department faculty. The decision is based on the faculty's judgment of the student's preparation and motivation to do independent research, and the availability of one or more members of the faculty to work with the student.
Requirements for the Major in Art History -- B.A.
Levels in the major
  • No more than four courses at level 1
  • A minimum of four courses at level 3 or above (one of which may be a level-4 seminar)
Required course

376-20100

Practicing Art History

3

Art history electives
Area 1: Visual culture -- A minimum of one course selected from the following

376-13500

Visual Culture

 

376-13700

Visual Persuasion

 

376-20200

Body Language

 

376-21500

The Power of the Print

 

376-25500

The Mediated Image

 

376-26800

Introduction to Japanese Culture

 

376-28300

American Visual Culture: 1690-1960

 

376-49000

Seminar (visual culture topic)

 
 

Total restricted electives in visual culture

3

Area 2: Period studies in art history -- A minimum of five courses, with at least two in each category, selected from the following

A. Ancient to Renaissance

376-20300

Egypt and Its Neighbors

 

376-20900

Introduction to the Roman World

 

376-21900

Arts of Antiquity: Greece and Rome

 

376-22100

Introduction to the Medieval World

 

376-23000

Italian Renaissance Art

 

376-23100

Northern Renaissance Art

 

376-33100

Studies in Art from Ancient to Renaissance

 

376-33600

Late Renaissance Art in Italy

 

376-49000

Seminar (ancient to Renaissance topic)

 

B. Baroque to Modern

376-23400

Baroque Art

 

376-25100

Nineteenth-Century European Art

 

376-25200

Twentieth-Century European Art

 

376-28500

Art since 1960

 

376-35000

Studies in Art from Baroque to Modern

 

376-38600

American Painting: Landscape into History

 

376-49000

Seminar (baroque to modern topic)

 
 

Total restricted electives in period studies

15

Area 3: Art: issues, themes, and media -- A minimum of one course selected from the following

376-11000

Introduction to Art

 

376-20800

Mythology and Art

 

376-32000

Sculpture at First Hand

 

376-34100

Women Artists and Cultural Change

 

376-34200

Images of Women in Western Art

 

376-39000

Introduction to Museology

 

376-49000

Seminar (issues, themes, and media topic)

 
 

Total restricted electives in issues, themes, and media

3

Area 4: Architecture -- A minimum of two courses selected from the following

376-11300

The Elements of Architecture

 

376-11400

Architecture across Cultures

 

376-22200

Architecture from Catacombs to Cathedrals

 

376-23200

Architecture from Renaissance to Revolution

 

376-23300

Great Spaces: An Introduction to Urban Design

 

376-24000

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Architecture

 

376-31800

Memorable Cities

 

376-35800

Form, Function, and Fantasy: Architecture since 1945

 

376-38000

Studies in Architectural History and Theory

 

376-49000

Seminar (architecture topic)

 
 

Total restricted electives in architecture

6

 

Art history electives

9

 

Total requirements in art history

39

Permissible substitutions for one of the three art history electives:

222-24000

History of Photography

 

222-44000

Contemporary Photographic Issues

 

Seminar -- All majors must take a level-4 seminar; this seminar may count toward the credits required in any of the four areas of the major.

Credits outside the major

 

Art -- Introduction to Photography (222-14100) may be used as a substitute for a course in the art department.

3

 

Language -- All art history majors are also required to complete a foreign language through the intermediate level or demonstrate equivalent proficiency as part of their major requirements.

 
 

Electives

78

 

Total, B.A. in art history

120

Architecture Concentration

In addition to fulfilling core requirements for the major, art history students may elect to complete a concentration in architecture. The concentration is designed to lay the groundwork for professional training in architectural design, historic preservation, urban design, and city planning. The concentration also complements the broad coverage of the major requirements by providing interested students with in-depth exposure to architectural history and theory.

The concentration consists of 21 credits of coursework chosen as indicated below. Courses within the concentration may be used to satisfy the "area 4" and "seminar" requirements of the major, and may also count toward the electives required within the major. Students interested in pursuing graduate degrees in architectural design are encouraged to consult the department for a list of recommended courses in studio art, mathematics, computer science, and physics.

Students electing the architecture concentration will be required to take only two courses in area 2 of the major, one in each category.

Requirements for the Major in Art History with a Concentration in Architecture -- B.A.
Levels in the major
  • No more than four courses at level 1
  • A minimum of four courses at level 3 or above (one of which may be a level-4 seminar)
Required course

376-20100

Practicing Art History

3

Art history electives
Area 1: Visual culture -- A minimum of one course selected from the following

376-13500

Visual Culture

 

376-13700

Visual Persuasion

 

376-20200

Body Language

 

376-21500

The Power of the Print

 

376-25500

The Mediated Image

 

376-26800

Introduction to Japanese Culture

 

376-28300

American Visual Culture: 1690-1960

 

376-49000

Seminar (visual culture topic)

 
 

Total restricted electives in visual culture

3

Area 2: Period studies in art history -- A minimum of two courses, with at least one in each category, selected from the following

a. Ancient to Renaissance

376-20300

Egypt and Its Neighbors

 

376-20900

Introduction to the Roman World

 

376-21900

Arts of Antiquity: Greece and Rome

 

376-22800

Introduction to the Age of Chivalry

 

376-23000

Italian Renaissance Art

 

376-23100

Northern Renaissance Art

 

376-33100

Studies in Art from Ancient to Renaissance

 

376-33600

Late Renaissance Art in Italy

 

376-49000

Seminar (ancient to Renaissance topic)

 

b. Baroque to modern

376-23400

Baroque Art

 

376-25100

Nineteenth-Century European Art

 

376-25200

Twentieth-Century European Art

 

376-28500

Art since 1960

 

376-35000

Studies in Art from Baroque to Modern

 

376-38600

American Painting: Landscape into History

 

376-49000

Seminar (baroque to modern topic)

 
 

Total restricted electives in period studies

6

Area 3: Art: issues, themes, and media -- A minimum of one course selected from the following

376-11000

Introduction to Art

 

376-20800

Mythology and Art

 

376-32000

Sculpture at First Hand

 

376-34100

Women Artists and Cultural Change

 

376-34200

Images of Women in Western Art

 

376-39000

Introduction to Museology

 

376-49000

Seminar (issues, themes, and media topic)

 
 

Total restricted electives in issues, themes, and media

3

 

Art history electives

3

Permissible substitutions for the one elective

222-24000

History of Photography

 

222-44000

Contemporary Photographic Issues

 

Architecture concentration, level 1 -- Required courses

376-11300

Elements of Architecture

3

376-11400

Architecture across Cultures

3

Architecture concentration, levels 2 and 3 -- A total of 12 credits selected from the following

376-22200

Architecture from Catacombs to Cathedrals

 

376-23200

Architecture from Renaissance to Revolution

 

376-23300

Great Spaces: An Introduction to Urban Design

 

376-24000

Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Architecture

 

376-31800

Memorable Cities

 

376-35800

Form, Function, and Fantasy: Architecture since 1945

 

376-38000

Studies in Architectural History and Theory

 
 

Total restricted electives in architecture

12

Architecture concentration capstone

376-49000

Seminar in Art History: architecture topic

3

 

Total in the concentration

21

 

Total in the major

39

Seminar -- All majors must take a level-4 seminar; this seminar may count toward the credit hours required in any of the four areas of the major.

Credits outside the major

 

Art -- Introduction to Photography (222-14100) may be used as a substitute for a course in the art department.

3

 

Language requirement -- All art history majors are also required to complete a foreign language through the intermediate level or demonstrate equivalent proficiency as part of their major requirements.

 
 

Electives

78

 

Total, B.A. in art history with architecture concentration

120

Minor in Art History

Eighteen credits in art history courses, with no more than 6 credits in level-1 courses and at least 3 credits in courses at level 3 or above. Internships or independent studies may not count toward the requirement of at least 3 credits in courses at level 3 or above. Three credits of one of the following may be substituted for 3 credits of art history: any course in the art department (except in the case of art majors), and 222-24000 History of Photography or 222-14100 Introduction to Photography (except for majors in the Department of Cinema and Photography).

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