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Spring 2013
Apr 17,2014
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ARHT 100 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: ART HISTORY
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Art History Department

ARHT 198 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

ARHT 199 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

ARHT 200 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: ART HISTORY
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Art History Department

ARHT 204 - INTRODUCTION TO NON WESTERN ART TRADITIONS
This course is an introduction to art with roots outside of European traditions. We look at classic examples from Native American, Caribbean, and African civilizations, and we consider the meaning of "tradition" as it relates to past and present global cultures. As we explore these very different cultures we will also be thinking about what roles art can play in society: How is art central to religion, entertainment, gender, class, and other factors that help create cultural "identities"? How is the look of artistic forms related to the histories of cultures? And how has cultural mixture and adaptation been a central feature of global traditional arts? Each unit will include an experiential component of visiting art in NY/NJ area collections.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

ARHT 205 - INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN ART
This course is an introductory survey of art and architecture from the African continent during prehistoric, ancient, medieval, and modern periods. Emphasis will be made on the continuities and dissimilarities between earlier rock painting and monumental architecture, and more recent art and performance. The form of the class is mostly slide lectures, with regular intervals of discussion.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hum & Culture, MJ-Africana Studies, GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

ARHT 214 - PHOTOGRAPHY: CONCEPTS AND HISTORY
This course is an introduction to photography from a global historical perspective, and to the critical debates around different photographic genres such as portraiture, scientific photography, art photography, and social documentary photography. Students will develop a critical language to analyze photography while considering the importance of social and institutional contexts.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

ARHT 220 - RENAISSANCE ART
An analysis of Italian 15th and 16th Century art, the concepts of governing it, and its role in Renaissance society. Visits to New York City museums will be required. Not open to Freshmen.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES, MJ-INTL-Area Studies-Europe, MJ-INTL-Intl Comparative 'West

ARHT 225 - HISTORIES AND CONCEPTS OF 20TH CENTURY ART
This class introduces students to some of the major themes, questions, and problems occupying visual artists today and provides a historical context for understanding them. The course examines a diverse range of issues in contemporary art by studying the artists, theorists and critics who have made these issues relevant, and by making connections between these various kinds of cultural output. We will consider how social, economical and technological changes have impacted the arts over the past century and how artists have both responded to and initiated these changes. This introductory course is a prerequisite for 300-level courses in Art major.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
WRITING INTENSIVE

ARHT 240 - ART, ARTISTS, AND SOCIETY
This class serves as a general introduction to the history of European art traditions, and as such, is appropriate preparation for students studying for the PRAXIS examinations in Art Education, although it is not limited in any way to preparation for that test, and serves as a general introduction to the history of art, accessible to anyone who has completed the Freshman Year's basic requirement. This course focuses on selected topics drawn from the history of Western art. Topics include examples of painting, sculpture, print making, and architecture from Ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the modern era. Individual works are studied in relation to their social, cultural, and institutional contexts. Trips to art museums in New York will be required.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES

ARHT 241 - AFRICAN & AFRICAN AMERICAN ART
This course traces the history of African American art, beginning with several key culture groups in Africa and extending into the African-inspired material culture of slaves, and later, encompassing the works of formally-trained as well as self-taught painters, sculptors, photographers, and artists working in multi-media up to the present. Special emphasis will be placed upon the resonances of African artistic traditions in African-American art. These works will be situated within the contexts of critical race theory, social and political movements, collectors and patrons, early critics and theorists of the black avant-garde, influential exhibitions, and the opposition between elite and popular cultures.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hum & Culture, MJ-AMER-Africian-Amer Stds, MJ-Amer-Artistic Expression, MJ-AMER- African-Amer Studies, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

ARHT 290 - TOPICS:
The descriptions and topics of this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

ARHT 298 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

ARHT 299 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

ARHT 300 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: ART HISTORY
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration Form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Art History Department

ARHT 301 - ART SINCE 1945
This course will explore the relationship between the legacy of modernism and contemporary art. It will address the connections between the end of modernism and changes in society at large, triggered by the move from a production to a consumption economy in the West, and how artists have responded to this. It will follow developments from World War II up to today starting from the various movements that splintered from and emerged against Abstract Expressionism as it became an international phenomenon. We will consider such questions as: How was painting significant in modernism, especially in American artistic discourse, and what accounts for its seeming eclipse during this period? How was the ready-made taken up during this time, and why has it been continuously redeployed in so many different guises? How and why did models of performance and performativity enter into the visual art during this period? What is the relationship between artistic production during this time and emergent technologies such as television and digital media? What was institutional critique and what were its effects, i.e., when and how is it possible to politicize aesthetics? What does it mean for contemporary art to engage with the problems of globalization such as the rise of multinational corporate capitalism and the concomitant rise in nationalist and fundamentalist identity?
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Amer-Artistic Expression, MJ-AMER-Amer Artistic Express, MJ-AMER-Advanced Cat Elective, CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

ARHT 322 - AMERICAN ART I:CONTACT TO 1865
This course will survey paintings, sculpture, photography, graphic arts, and popular visual spectacle in the United States until 1865. It will trace a wide range of artistic and visual works from first contact through the early Colonial, the Revolutionary, Federal and Antebellum periods, through the Civil War. Along with the study of art emerging out of a European tradition, we will simultaneously be studying native North American Art traditions, and paying attention to the interactions between indigenous and immigrant visual cultures. Some classes will focus on an in-depth analysis of one or two artists while others will cover a broader scope. Among the themes we will return to will be the role of the fine arts and of the broader visual culture in constructing American identities, and in defining the meanings of race, class, and gender. Classes will combine lecture and discussion, and students will also work in groups on homework assignments focused on challenging readings.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lab, Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Amer-Artistic Expression, MJ-AMER-Amer Artistic Express, CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA, WRITING INTENSIVE

ARHT 325 - AMERICAN ART II: 1865-1945
This course covers seven decades of American art, beginning with the generation of American artists active during and immediately after the Civil War and ending with an examination of the interrelationships between the artistic trends of the thirties, industrial design, and consumer culture. Central to this course's investigation of American art will be the study of the impact of the following historical phenomena: immigration (both internal and external), WWI, industrialization, urbanization, economic crises, and radical politics in America. We'll also look at how American art worked both for and against dominant racial, class and gendered identities. We will study paintings, sculpture, photography, graphic arts, and popular visual forms including print culture, film, and other media. Classes will combine lecture and discussion, and students will also work in groups on homework assignments focused on challenging readings. Homework is assigned for most classes and at least two visits to NYC museums are required.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
MJ-Amer-Artistic Expression, MJ-AMER-Amer Artistic Express, CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-INTERCULT NORTH AMERICA

ARHT 335 - 19TH CENTURY ART AND CULTURE
This course explores 19th century art and the emergence of modern visual culture by mapping the major elements which led to the construction of 20th century spectacular society. It follows the different artistic shifts in 19th century art from classicism to romanticism to realism to symbolism and abstraction. It also examines the transformation of traditional genres, in particular history and landscape painting, in light of historical and political transformations within Europe and America. Alongside an analysis of changing artistic forms, this course links changes in representation to the development of visual practices and technological apparatuses such as the panorama, photography and film. By juxtaposing discussions of specific art works and an analysis of new visual and cultural apparatuses for the display of both art (museums) and commodities (world exhibitions), this course provides a comprehensive account of the modernization of perception and viewers in the 19th century.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level

ARHT 337 - PHOTOGRAPHY AND AFRICA
Since the 19th century photography has been used by colonials, missionaries, anthropologists, and tourists to gender, racialize, and otherwise take the measure of the African continent. It has also been used to make things sacred and to commemorate ancestors in modern traditional contexts. Photography has more recently been used by African artists to imagine alternatives to these historical uses of images. This course examines each of these historical contexts, in order to better understand both the changing place of Africa in the world's imagination, and the uses in Africa itself of photo-based imagery. This course satisfies 300-level requirements of Art, Art History, and Africana Studies majors, as well as Gen Ed International Issues.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
MN-AFR AMR STD-Hum & Culture, MJ-Africana Studies, CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES

ARHT 338 - EUROPEAN AVANT- GARDE ART & DESIGN
This course offers a general survey of European visual art during the first half of the 20th century. We will consider major artists and movements within the context of the social, economic and political upheavals of the time period, such as Colonialism, the impact of World War I, the Soviet Revolution, the rise of Fascism and the Spanish Civil War. We will focus on topics such as the social and symbolic meanings of abstraction, the contested ideas of Primitivism and Modernism, and the impact of new technologies, industrial mass production, and two world wars on the making and viewing of art.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-INTERNATIONAL ISSUES, WRITING INTENSIVE

ARHT 341 - IMPRESSIONISM AND AFTER
An examination of European art from the second half of the 19th century through the early 20th. Emphasis will be placed on the beginning of the vanguard tradition in art and its meaning in relation to contemporary cultural and historical experience. Discussions will focus on the works of the old masters of early modernism. Trips to art museums in New York will be required.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-300 Level, GE-TOPICS ARTS AND HUMANITIES

ARHT 390 - TOPICS:
The description and topics of this course vary from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisite: varies with the topic offered. ARHT 390 AFRICA, FILM AND VIDEO. This course examines film, video, and time-based art about Africa and from Africa, from classic Hollywood stereotypes of primitives and witchdoctors to contemporary critiques of globalization. Topics include cinema as oral history, ethnographic film, anticolonial and auteur cinemas, and feminist responses to African modernity, neo-traditionalism, and Islam. We will study aspects of film form, film history, and the politics of moving pictures. Lab Fee. ARHT 390 CONTEMPORARY ARTS. This course will familiarize students with major ideas and concerns of the art of the present and of the previous few decades, with an emphasis on sculpture and on three dimensional works of art. Using an expansive definition of "sculpture", one that includes body and performance art, installation art, video, projections, multi-media, and interactive web-based art, this course will trace the re-conceptualizations and renewals sculpture since the 1960s to the present.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

ARHT 398 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

ARHT 399 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

ARHT 400 - INDEPENDENT STUDY: ART HISTORY
Limited opportunities to enroll for course work on an Independent Study basis are available. A student interested in this option should obtain an Independent Study Registration form from the Registrar, have it completed by the instructor and school dean involved, and return it to the Registrar's Office. Consult the current Schedule of Classes for policies concerning Independent Study.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Independent Study

Art History Department

ARHT 401 - WOMEN AND ART HISTORY
This course engages students in a sustained exploration of the methods necessary to analyze visual images of women in their historical, racial, and class contexts, and to understand the status of women as producers, patrons, and audiences of art and architecture. We explore topics ranging from the analysis of the nude Venus type in Roman and later art to the work of such accomplished women artists across history as Artemesia Gentileschi, Berthe Morisot and Georgia O'Keeffe. Students will engage in a semester-long research project and present their findings to their fellow students. Outcomes include: familiarity with feminist theory and experience in deploying such frameworks in the analysis of a work of art; experience in independent academic research; critical analysis of texts; an awareness of the development of feminist thought since the 1970's.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-400 Level

ARHT 405 - AFRICA AND CINEMA
What are the images of Africa as portrayed in films? How has cinema been a site of the struggle for representation, both aesthetic and political, for Africans? This course will examine film, video, and installation art about Africa and from Africa, from classic Hollywood stereotypes of primitives and witchdoctors to contemporary postcolonial critiques of civil society and the injustices of Western hegemony. We will study topical issues including cinema as oral history, ethnographic film, anti-colonial and auteur cinemas, and feminist responses to African modernity, neo-traditionalism, and Islam. This course will coincide with the spring Africana Film Festival, making the most of special showings and invited speakers.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

ARHT 410 - ADVANCED RESEARCH IN ART HISTORY
This course is the capstone in art history, but it is open to students from other concentrations or majors who want to do sustained research in a topic in the history of art. The class is designed to allow students to develop and pursue a research interest over the course of an entire semester and to design their own course outcomes. Topics have ranged from a study of French symbolism to a survey of early Christian art and have culminated in a variety of outcomes including the production of advanced art history research papers (suitable for submission as part of graduate school applications) to producing a virtual exhibition on the topic of early Christian pilgrimage arts to designing a series of lesson plans and curricular activities related to the topic. Both topics and outcomes develop out of the student's own interests and professional goals, but will, at the same time, provide an opportunity to delve further into the methods and materials of the history of art. Each week the group will meet together and individual meetings will take place on a bi-weekly basis. Students will keep a log of their research progress, present their research to the group regularly, develop and revise their own work plan and final project. Written assignments, also developed by the student, must include at least one analytical paper based on a work of art seen first hand at a New Jersey or New York museum as well as several proposals and the final outcome. There will be at least one scheduled group visit to a museum or gallery during the semester, for which attendance is mandatory. Note that this trip will take place on a Saturday.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture, Screening, Seminar, Studio

Art History Department

ARHT 490 - TOPICS:
The description and topics of this course change from semester-to-semester, as well as from instructor-to-instructor. Prerequisites: varies with the topic offered. ARHT 490 ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS IN ART HISTORY. In this seminar-format class students will pursue a topic of their choice in the field of art history in depth and design their own culminating project, whether it be in the form of a written paper, a series of works of art, or another format. In the first third of the semester, we will study research methods, and approaches to the history of art, while developing individual project plans and goals. In the remaining time, students will develop meaningful projects related to their professional goals, and involving extensive art historical inquiry in a workshop format in which students share their progress and findings each week. Past projects include: researching and designing an exhibition on French Symbolist painters, studying and writing on the controversy surrounding the recent cleaning of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel Ceiling, or designing a set of lesson plans on art and religion from around the globe. The course is approriate for ambitious juniors and seniors from any major.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

Course Attributes:
CA-School Core-400 Level

ARHT 498 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation describes a transfer course from another institution where an equivalency to a Ramapo College course has not been determined. Upon convener evaluation, this course ID may be changed to an equivalent of a Ramapo College course or may fulfill a requirement.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department

ARHT 499 - TRANSFER ELECTIVE
This course designation is used to describe a transfer course from another institution which has been evaluated by the convener. A course with this course number has no equivalent Ramapo course. It may fulfill a requirement or may count as a free elective.
0.000 TO 4.000 Credit hours
0.000 TO 4.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

Art History Department


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