Fine Arts Major, Art History Concentration (B.A.) - Undergraduate - 2011 University Catalog

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Program Overview

The Art History Concentration is for students interested in the study of the history and development of art in all its variations from antiquity to the twentieth century. Students are exposed to methods and techniques of research, interpretation, and writing about art, artists and cultures.

For further information: Art & Design webpage

Curriculum Requirements  

All university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree (for further information, click here.)  In addition, students pursuing Art History must complete the requirements below.


ART HISTORY CONCENTRATION

Complete 69 semester hours including the following 4 requirement(s):

  1. FOUNDATION COURSES

    Complete 5 courses for 15 semester hours:

    ARFD 122 Foundations II: 2D Design 3
    ARFD 123 Foundations III: Visual Organization - 3D Design 3
  2. MAJOR COURSES

    Complete the following 8 requirement(s) for a total of 27 semester hours:

    1. ANCIENT ART

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list. (ARHT 490 may also be used if the topic is 'ancient art').

    2. MEDIEVAL ART

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list. (ARMT 490 may also be used if the topic is 'medieval art').

    3. RENAISSANCE ART

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list. (ARHT 490 may also be used if the topic is 'renaissance art')

    4. BAROQUE/ROCOCO ART

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours: . (ARHT 490 may also be used if the topic is 'baroque art').

    5. 19TH CENTURY ART

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list. (ARHT 490 may also be used if the topic is '19th century art').

    6. 20TH CENTURY ART

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list. (ARHT 490 may also be used if the topic is '20th century art').

    7. NON-WESTERN ART

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list.

    8. ART HISTORY ELECTIVES

      Complete 2 courses for 6 semester hours from the following list.

      ARHM 340 Museum Practice 3
  3. SENIOR THESIS

    Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours:

  4. COLLATERAL COURSES

    Complete the following 3 requirement(s) for a total of 18 semester hours:

    1. RELIGION

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours from the following list.

      RELG 200 Old Testament: Genesis to Joshua 3
      RELG 204 New Testament: Jesus and the Gospels 3
    2. GENERAL HUMANITIES

      Complete 1 course for 3 semester hours:

      GNHU 285 Mythology 3
    3. FOREIGN LANGUAGE

      Complete 1 of the following requirements:

      1. ITALIAN

        Complete 4 courses for 12 semester hours:

        ITAL 101 Italian I 3
        ITAL 102 Italian II 3
        ITAL 103 Italian III 3
        ITAL 104 Italian IV 3
      2. FRENCH

        Complete 4 courses for 12 semester hours:

        FREN 101 Beginning French I 3
        FREN 112 Beginning French II 3
        FREN 121 Intermediate French I 3
        FREN 132 Intermediate French II 3
      3. GERMAN

        Complete 4 courses for 12 semester hours:

        GERM 101 Beginning German I 3
        GERM 112 Beginning German II 3
        GERM 121 Intermediate German I 3
        GERM 132 Intermediate German II 3
      4. LATIN

        Complete 4 courses for 12 semester hours:

        LATN 101 Beginning Latin I 3

Course Descriptions:

ARFD122: Foundations II: 2D Design

Foundations II introduces students to the principles of 2-dimensional design in a variety of media. Major principles covered include composition, line, shape, volume, movement, value, rhythm, repetition, variation, scale, size, perspective, proportion, texture, balance, unity, harmony, and contrast. The course content consists of a variety of projects focusing on critical, theory-based problem solving, together with lectures and demonstrations. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio.) 3 sh.

ARFD123: Foundations III: Visual Organization - 3D Design

An introduction to the 3rd dimension of the world that we inhabit ("made" things, natural forms, and the occupation of space). Three-dimensional sensibility is progressively developed when basic components are manipulated by the effective use of direction, balance, axis, orientation, and relationship; in other words, organization (composition). Assignments in light, shape, shadow, depth, form, and movement are examined in a natural progression from 2D knowledge to 3D. Activities include lectures, conceptualization, observation, creation, discussion, and critical analysis for each project. The aesthetic consideration of materials and tools in this context add to the expressive output of three-dimensional study. The process may begin with concept, material or observation; it continues by way of lecture, demonstration, critical analysis and class discussion until each project is crafted to completion. (2 hours lecture, 4 hours studio.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARFD 121.

ARHM340: Museum Practice

A study of museum techniques, much of it at museums in the metropolitan area with the participation of their staffs. Field trips and, if possible, brief apprenticeships. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

Prerequisites: ARHS 105 or ARHS 106 or ARHS 200.

FREN101: Beginning French I

For students starting French in college, or students who have been placed at this level after taking the placement test. The fundamentals of speaking, reading and writing through classroom drill, video cassettes and laboratory work. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

FREN112: Beginning French II

For students having completed Beginning French I or who have been placed at this level after taking the placement test. Continuation of basic skills through classroom drill, video-cassettes and laboratory work. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

FREN121: Intermediate French I

Developing of listening, reading and speaking ability through study of representative works and characteristic aspects of French life and culture. Laboratory work available. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

FREN132: Intermediate French II

Developing of listening, reading, and speaking ability through study of representative works and characteristic aspects of French life and culture. Laboratory work available. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

GERM101: Beginning German I

For students without previous instruction in German. Emphasis on speaking, with practice in reading and writing simple German. Laboratory work. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

GERM112: Beginning German II

Emphasis on speaking, with practice in reading and writing German. Laboratory work. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

GERM121: Intermediate German I

Open to students who have acquired an elementary knowledge of German elsewhere. Further development of the ability to understand, speak, read and write German, with emphasis on speaking. Laboratory work. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

GERM132: Intermediate German II

Open to students who have acquired an elementary knowledge of German elsewhere. Further development of the ability to understand, speak, read and write German, with emphasis on speaking. Laboratory work. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

GNHU285: Mythology

The nature and interpretation of mythology, primarily as seen through the myths of Greece and Rome. Selected comparative study of myths of the Near East, Iran, India and other cultures. Meets Gen Ed 2002 - Humanities, World Literature or General Humanities. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ITAL101: Italian I

For students beginning Italian in college or students who have been placed at this level after taking the placement test. The fundamentals of speaking, reading and writing through task-oriented activities, video/audio cassettes, CDs, and laboratory work. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ITAL102: Italian II

For students who took Italian I at Montclair State University, students with two years of high school experience in Italian, or students who have been placed at this level through the placement test. The fundamentals of speaking, reading and writing through task-oriented actitivities, video/audio, cassettes, CDS, and laboratory work. Meets the World Languages Requirement - World Languages. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ITAL103: Italian III

For students who took Italian II at Montclair State University, students with three years of high school experience in Italian, or students who have been placed at this level through the placement test. The strengthening of speaking, reading and writing through task-oriented activities, video/audio, cassettes, CDs, and laboratory work. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

ITAL104: Italian IV

For students who took Italian III at Montclair State University, students with four years of high school experience in Italian, or students who have been placed at this level through the placement test. The strengthening of speaking, reading and writing through task-oriented activities, video/audio,cassettes, CDs, and laboratory work. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

LATN101: Beginning Latin I

The fundamentals of classical Latin grammar. Reading of simple Latin texts. Meets the World Languages and Cultures Requirement - World Languages. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

RELG200: Old Testament: Genesis to Joshua

The evolution of the ancient Hebrew world view as developed in the biblical books covering the early period of Israelite history. The course includes a close reading of the books of Genesis, Exodus and numbers, comparison with contemporary Middle Eastern religious texts and study of the biblical story from the creation through the career of Moses (circa 1250 B.C.E.). (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.

RELG204: New Testament: Jesus and the Gospels

The story of Jesus of Nazareth as told in the gospels of Mark and Matthew. The course explores Old Testament backgrounds, Jesus' place in the Jewish religious context of first century Israel, the question of the historical Jesus and the origins of and relationships between the various gospel traditions. (3 hours lecture.) 3 sh.