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Art History Courses

100-level Courses:

At the 100-level, classroom discussion courses introduce students to the breadth of a global history of the visual arts. Emphasis is placed on recognizing the process by which cultures visually express themselves. Courses at this level are taken by students in all majors at Nyack College as part of the liberal arts core. Students seeking a degree with a concentration in art history are recommended to take both ARH101 Introduction to the Visual Arts (3 credits) and ARH120 Visual Arts at the Metropolitan Museum (3 credits).

ARH101—Introduction to the Visual Arts (3 credits)
Offered at Rockland, Manhattan, and Online

This one-semester survey of the visual arts from ancient Egypt to the present introduces students to the broad history of art and educates them in visual literacy, critical reading, critical thinking, effective speaking, and effective writing. This course satisfies the liberal arts core fine arts requirement.

ARH120—Visual Arts at the Metropolitan Museum (3 credits)
Offered in Manhattan

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City holds one of the richest and most diverse collections of art anywhere in the world. This course is a one-semester survey of the visual arts from ancient Egypt to the present utilizing the resources of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Following an introductory class, all other classes will meet in the galleries of the museum. This course satisfies the liberal arts core fine arts requirement.

200-level Courses:

At the 200-level, classroom discussion courses educate students with a particular interest in an area of the global history of the visual arts with an in-depth study of the art and culture of a particular cultural and historical period. Emphasis is placed on the student’s acquisition of a thorough knowledge of the history of art through the skills of visual literacy and critical interpretation.

ARH210—Art of the Ancient and Classical World(3 credits)
Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

This course examines the art of Pre-historic eras, the Ancient Near East, Ancient Egypt, the Aegean world, Classical Greece, and the Roman Empire.

ARH220—World Religions and the Visual Arts (3 credits)
Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

Focusing on living religions, this course examines the art of the indigenous religious of North and South America, Oceania and Africa, as well as, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, Shinto, Judaism, Greek and Russian Orthodox Christianity, Roman Catholic Christianity, Protestant Christianity, Islam and Atheism. This is a worldview course.

ARH230—Art of the Early Christian and Medieval World(3 credits)
Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

This course examines the history of Christian art in the catacombs of Rome, the art of the Byzantine Empire, the development of the Greek and Russian Orthodox Church, as well as Medieval, Romanesque, and Gothic Europe.

ARH240—Art of the Renaissance and Baroque(3 credits)
Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

This course examines the art of Europe from the 14th to the 17th centuries. This course explores the role of the visual arts, their uses and possible abuses, in the cultural and theological formation of the Protestant Reformation as well as the impact of the Protestant Reformation on the visual arts.

ARH250—Art of the Americas(3 credits)
Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

This course examines the art of North and South America, from pre-Columbian cultures, to the Spanish, French, Dutch, and British colonies, to the end of the 19th century.

ARH255—African American Fine Arts in New York (3 credits)
Offered in Rockland

A study of the major developments in African-American art in New York City from colonial times to the present. This course includes class visits to museums, concert halls, churches, galleries, and other sites of African-American cultural heritage.

ARH260—18th and 19th Century Art: Rococo to Realism(3 credits)
Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

This course traces the development of European art in the 18th and 19th centuries from the Rococo to Neo-Classism, Romanticism, and Realism.

ARH270—19th and 20th Century Art: Impressionism to Abstract Expressionism (3 credits)
Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

This course examines the key movements of Modernist art in Europe and North America including Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism, Expressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, Futurism, Abstraction, Suprematism, Constructivism, De Stijl, Dada, Surrealism, Regionalism, and Abstract Expressionism.

ARH280—Post-War and Contemporary Art (3 credits)
Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

This course examines the development of a global art community from 1945 to the present.

300 and 400-level courses:

At the 300 and 400-level, seminar courses educate students in a diversity of methods and practices of art history. Students at the 300 and 400-levels should move beyond acquiring a basic knowledge of art history to critically examining the structures by which art history scholarship is practiced.

ARH300—Global Service Learning(3 credits)

Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

After studying the art of a particular culture, students travel with their professor to major art centers of that culture. This course satisfies the liberal arts core fine arts requirement.

ARH310—Methods of Art History(3 credits)

Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

Reading both primary and secondary sources, students critically compare various methodologiesof art history, including biographical, formalist, iconography, sociologic, and decontructivist methods. Students are encouraged to consider the application of each methodology to the practice of art history as well as critically investigate the underlying assumptions of each methodology from a biblical worldview.

ARH320—Art as Visual Theology (3 credits)

Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

For 2,000 years, artists connected with Christianity and the institution of the church have employed their work to explore specific theological questions. Students examine how works of art function as visual media of theology by studying specific works of art in relationship to contemporary theological contexts.

ARH330—The Visual Arts as a Medium of Prophetic Purpose (3 credits)

Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

This course examines the potential of the visual arts to be employed as a medium of personal, social, and spiritual transformation. As a material realization of prophetic expression, the visual arts may have shaping impact on a society’s social, religious, and moral values. This course examines the application of the power of faith in Christ as manifested in the visual arts, particularly in our contemporary culture, to issues of faith, reconciliation, and transformation.

ARH340—Special Topics in Art History (3 credits)

Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

This course offers-upper level students the opportunity to work more directly with the professor and actively develop skills in art historical methods and practices. Students have the opportunity to critically engage the most current scholarship, representing a diversity of methodological approaches and potentially make their own contribution to this area of scholarship.

ARH350—Directed Studies in Art History (3 credits)

Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

Students who demonstrate a mastery of the skills, knowledge, and methods of art history may petition to do an art historical project, on a topic of their own choosing, directed by the professor.

ARH400—Senior Seminar (3 credits)

Offered in Rockland and Manhattan

This capstone course is designed to prepare students to meet post-graduation vocational goals in professional practice and/or graduate school in art history.