Courses Offered

ARTHIST 101 - Ancient and Medieval Art and Architecture (3 units; U)
The great originative styles of Egypt, Greece, Rome, and the Christian West in architecture, sculpture, and painting. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 102 - Renaissance to Modern Art and Architecture (3 units; U)
Representative masters in the historical development of European painting, sculpture, and architecture from the fifteenth century to the present. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 103 - History of Architecture (3 units; U)
Architecture from Stonehenge to the present, examining the nature of the art, major styles and significant architects, and relation to society, technology, and the environment. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 104 - African, New World and Oceanic Art and Architecture (3 units; U)
Major art forms in oceanic, pre-Columbian, American Indian, and African art; their functions and meanings. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 105 - Asian Art and Architecture (3 units; U)
Functions and meanings of major art forms in the art of Asia, including India, China, Japan, and Southeast Asia. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 111 - Entertainment Arts: Film, Television, and the Internet (3 units; U)
History of film, television, and the Internet. Focus on economic and aesthetic features of these media and interrelationships among them. Models for critiquing each form. ArtHist 111, English 111, & FilmStd 111 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 192 - First-Year Seminar: (3 units; U)
The specific topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes each time the class is offered. Open only to freshmen. Students may earn cr in just one L&S First-Year Sem (course numbers 192, 193, 194). Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 205 - History of Film I: Development of an Art (3 units; U)
The technology, style, history, and theory of the medium. Aesthetic advances from silent to color and sound films. Contributions of various nationalities and artists. ArtHist 205 & FilmStd 205 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 206 - History of Film II: Development of an Art (3 units; U)
The technology, style, history, and theory of the medium. Aesthetic advances from silent to color and sound films. Contributions of various nationalities and artists. ArtHist 206 & FilmStd 206 are jointly offered; they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 210 - The Art and Architecture of the First Cities: A Global Perspective (3 units; U)
The art and monuments of the first cities of the ancient world from the Near East to the Americas which gave rise to urbanization as we know it. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 220 - The Beginning of Medieval Art (3 units; U)
Introduces key principles of artistic production in the late Roman, early Christian, Byzantine, and Medieval periods, c. 150-800 CE, including the style, the role of the Bible in medieval image theory, iconography, and typology. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 237 - Northern Renaissance Art (3 units; U)
Painting, graphics, and sculpture, 1364-1569; their influence on great 15th- and 16th-century styles. Main French, Dutch, and German artistic developments in historical context. Prereq: soph st.
ARTHIST 240 - Introduction to Prints and Printmaking: History and Techniques (3 units; U)
The history of print media and its development in Europe, Asia, and the Americas since 1450. Emphasis on historical, artistic, material, cultural contexts. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 241 - Introduction to Baroque Art (3 units; U)
Representative masters of the 17th century, including Caravaggio, Rubens, Rembrandt, Bernini, Velazquez, and Poussin. Prereq: soph st.
ARTHIST 250 - Introduction to American Art (3 units; U)
Traces major artists, styles, themes, and issues in American painting, sculpture, and photography from colonial through contemporary periods. Prereq: soph st.
ARTHIST 251 - Introduction to the Art and Architecture of Latin America (3 units; U)
Art and architecture of Latin America from 1492 to the mid-twentieth century. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 255 - Survey of Italian Renaissance Painting and Sculpture (3 units; U)
Overview of Italian Renaissance art, tracing its origins with the painter Giotto in the fourteenth century to its culmination in Michelangelo's sixteenth-century masterpieces. Prereq: none
ARTHIST 260 - Spanish Visual Art and Culture: 1450-1830 (3 units; U)
Masterpieces by Spanish artists, including El Greco, Velazquez, and Goya; the social and intellectual forces at play in their works. Prereq: soph st.
ARTHIST 261 - Modern Art (3 units; U)
Survey of characteristics and developments of modern art movements. Representative theories, groups, and personalities. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 270 - Pre-Columbian Art, Myth, and Legacy (3 units; U)
The conquest of the Americas and the art of three Pre-Columbian civilizations: the Aztec, Maya, and Inca. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 281 - Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art (3 units; U)
Comprehensive survey of modern and contemporary Chinese art history. Prereq: none.
ARTHIST 289 - Internship in Art History, Lower Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of basic principles of art history in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: intro course in ArtHist; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
ARTHIST 297 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
ARTHIST 299 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: none; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
ARTHIST 307 - Film Directors: (3 units; U/G)
Comprehensive analysis of the technique, style, and themes of specific major film artists. Biographical, cultural, artistic influences on artists' work. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ArtHist 307 & FilmStd 307 are jointly offered; w/same topic they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st; ArtHist 205(R) or 305(R).
ARTHIST 308 - Film Styles: (3 units; U/G)
A stylistic analysis of film of major filmmakers made within the structures of particular genres, such as gangsters, musicals, westerns, horror, science fiction and studios. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. ArtHist 308 & FilmStd 308 are jointly offered; w/same topic they count as repeats of one another. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 312 - Minoan and Mycenaean Art and Archaeology (3 units; U/G)
Architecture, sculpture, and painting in the Aegean during the Bronze Age, with emphasis on recent archaeological discoveries. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 313 - Greek Art and Archaeology (3 units; U/G)
Major developments in Greek art from Archaic times through the Hellenistic period. Emphasis on architecture, sculpture, and painting of the Archaic and Classical periods. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 314 - Art and Archaeology of the Ancient Near East (3 units; U/G)
Ur, Gilgamesh, Mesopotamia; the art and archaeology of the first cities in the ancient Near East from the Neolithic to Alexander the Great's conquest. Counts as repeat of ArtHist 499 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st; ArtHist 101(P).
ARTHIST 315 - Art and Archaeology of Ancient Egypt (3 units; U/G)
Architecture, arts, and crafts created for Egyptian kings, nobles, and commoners from the Predynastic period (5500 B.C.E.) to Cleopatra (31 B.C.E.). Prereq: jr st; ArtHist 101(R).
ARTHIST 316 - Roman Art and Archaeology (3 units; U/G)
Major developments in the evolution of Roman architecture, sculpture and painting from Republican through late Imperial times. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 324 - Early Christian and Byzantine Art and Architecture (3 units; U/G)
Art and architecture of Constantinople and vicinity from the fourth to the fifteenth century. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
ARTHIST 325 - Early Medieval Art in the West (3 units; U/G)
Architecture, sculpture, metalwork, and manuscript illumination from c.500-c.1050 C.E. in Ireland, Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Scandinavia, and Northern Italy. Prereq: jr st; ArtHist 101(R).
ARTHIST 327 - Art and Architecture of Islamic Spain (3 units; U/G)
Visual arts of the peoples that lived in Al-Andalus (the Arabic name for Muslim Spain) from the 8th to the 15th centuries. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
ARTHIST 329 - Late Medieval Art and Architecture (3 units; U/G)
Church architecture, manuscript illumination, and architectural and figural sculpture from the Gothic era to the rise of the Renaissance. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
ARTHIST 333 - High Renaissance Art in Italy (3 units; U/G)
The formation of the great style discussed in terms of the attainments of representative artists such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Titian. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 341 - Art of the Dutch Golden Age (3 units; U/G)
The development of art in Flanders and Holland during the seventeenth century, examining the works of artists Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Hals, and Vermeer. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 342 - Art and Society in Renaissance Florence (3 units; U/G)
Masterpieces by artists including Donatello, Piero della Francesca, and Botticelli in concert with Florentine civic discourse on politics, religion, and gender. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 343 - Art and Culture of Spain and Latin America, 1500-1750 (3 units; U/G)
Art and culture in Spain and its empire, including Mexico and Peru. Major artists such as El Greco, Velazquez, and Ribera. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
ARTHIST 349 - American Postmodernism 1960-2000 (3 units; U/G)
Critical survey of Pop, Op, Kinetic, Systemic, Minimal, Colorfield, New-Realism, Antiform, Earthworks, Conceptual, and other avant-garde movements. Prereq: ArtHist 102(P)
ARTHIST 351 - English Art: 1550-1850 (3 units; U/G)
Architecture, painting, and sculpture in England from Elizabeth I to the Great Exhibition of 1851; emphasis on Wren, Adam, Reynolds, Gainsborough, Constable, and Turner. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 353 - American Art: Colonial Period - 1870 (3 units; U/G)
Architecture, painting, sculpture, and decorative arts of colonial America through the civil war period with emphasis on their aesthetic and social contexts. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 354 - American Art: 1870 - Present (3 units; U/G)
Painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts from 1870 to the present with emphasis on their aesthetic and social contexts. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 355 - American Folk Art (3 units; U/G)
Survey of American folk art from colonization to the present. Emphasis on major styles and themes, regional developments, and relationship to the fine arts. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 357 - Nineteenth-Century Painting in Europe (3 units; U/G)
History of European painting from 1800 to 1900. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 358 - Modern Painting I: 1850-1900 (3 units; U/G)
Realist, Impressionist, and Post-Impressionist movements in historical and intellectual contexts; emphasis on Courbet, Manet, Renoir, Degas, Pissaro, Seurat, Cezanne, Gauguin, Ensor, Munch, Van Gogh. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 359 - Modern Architecture I: The European Foundations of Modern Architecture (3 units; U/G)
An aesthetic, stylistic, theoretical, technical and functional study of European architecture from the end of the Baroque style to the beginning of Modernism. Prereq: jr st; ArtHist 101(R) & 102(R).
ARTHIST 360 - Modern Architecture II: The Rise of Modern Architecture (3 units; U/G)
Emphasizing the work of the major modern architect, the course traces the evolution of architecture from the beginnings of Modernism to the present time. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 361 - Modern Architecture III: Contemporary Architecture (3 units; U/G)
The intellectual, visual, and social evolution of architecture since the early 1960's. Prereq: jr st; ArtHist 360(P) or cons instr.
ARTHIST 363 - Modern Sculpture: 1880-1945 (3 units; U/G)
Development of the Expressionist, Cubist, Futurist, Dada, Surrealist, and Constructivist movements and work of independent sculptors against the twentieth century historical and intellectual background. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 364 - Modern Painting II: 1900 to the Present (3 units; U/G)
Development of the Fauve, Cubist, Expressionist, Dada, Surrealist, and Abstract movements against the historical and intellectual background of the twentieth century. Emphasis on leading individual twentieth century artists. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 365 - History of Photography (3 units; U/G)
A survey of photography from its inception in 1826 to the present. Topics include stylistic and technological evolution, cultural impact, and aesthetic considerations of photography. Prereq: jr st; ArtHist 102(R) or 357(R).
ARTHIST 366 - German Painting, 1800-1933 (3 units; U/G)
Major German painters from Runge to Beckmann. Romantic art theory, landscape, Expressionism, and 'Neve Sachlichkeit.' Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 367 - Latin American Modernisms (3 units; U/G)
Modernist developments in Latin American art, circa 1900 to circa 1960. National and regional histories and artistic trajectories; relationships between European and Latin American modernisms. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 368 - History of Modern Design (3 units; U/G)
An investigation of the craft or decorative arts-specially furniture, ceramics, glass, metalwork, and textiles-from the Great Exhibition of 1851 to the present. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 369 - Introduction to Contemporary Art (3 units; U/G)
Legacies of Minimalism and Conceptual Art on global contemporary art movements such as site-specific art, earth and land art, institutional critique, body and performance art. Counts as repeat of ArtHist 470 w/same topic. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 370 - Trends in Contemporary Architecture (3 units; U/G)
Current trends in architectural practice, focusing on organic and animate built forms, as well as modular and portable structures within performative, digital, and visual architecture. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 371 - African Art (3 units; U/G)
Art of the indigenous peoples of different sections of Africa, with consideration of both aesthetic qualities and the social context of the art. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 372 - Art of the Inca and their Ancestors (3 units; U/G)
Native arts of South America before European contact; emphasis on artistic developments in the Andean region. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 373 - Art of Ancient Mexico and Central America (3 units; U/G)
Arts of ancient Mexico and Central America; emphasis on the Olmec, the Maya, and the Aztecs. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 375 - Art of the Aztec Empire (3 units; U/G)
Comprehensive introduction to the art of the Aztec Empire, including architecture, monumental sculpture, small-scale sculpture, ceramics, painting, lapidary work, goldwork, and featherwork. Counts as repeat of ArtHist 499 with same subtitle. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 381 - Honors Seminar: (3 units; U)
Specific topics vary. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: soph st; Honors 200(P); cons Honors College dir.
ARTHIST 382 - Chinese Art and Architecture (3 units; U/G)
Chinese bronzes, jades, painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Neolithic (5000 B.C.E.) to the modern period, including Buddhist, Daoist, Confucianist, and Communist art. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 383 - Japanese Art and Architecture (3 units; U/G)
Japanese temples, shrines, paintings, prints, and crafts from the Neolithic to the modern period, including films, Zen art, and the tea ceremony. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 384 - Art and Archaeology of the Chinese Bronze Age (3 units; U/G)
In-depth study of ritual bronzes and other crafts created for nobles and commoners of the Bronze Age, with emphasis on recent archaeological discoveries. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 386 - Art, Ritual, and Ethnicity of China (3 units; U/G)
In depth introduction to the ethnic arts and religions of China; architecture, painting, film, and religious ceremonies of Daoism, Buddhism, and Dongba. Prereq: jr st or cons instr.
ARTHIST 412 - Cities and Sanctuaries of Ancient Greece (3 units; U/G)
Development of Greek urban and religious architecture from Archaic through Hellenistic times. The growth of such centers as Athens, Delphi, Olympia, Paestum, Priene, and Pergamon. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 413 - Greek Sculpture (3 units; U/G)
Development of sculpture from the Geometric Period through the Hellenistic age. All forms of sculpture considered, not just freestanding works. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 425 - Romanesque Art and Architecture (3 units; U/G)
Development of church architecture of the eleventh and twelfth centuries in France, England, and Germany. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 426 - French Gothic Art and Architecture C.1130-C.1300 (3 units; U/G)
Gothic art and architecture from its origins in the Ile-de-France through the High Gothic cathedrals to the European-wide diffusion of the Rayonnant style. Prereq: jr st; ArtHist 101(R) or 220(R).
ARTHIST 431 - Renaissance Architecture in Italy (3 units; U/G)
Florentine and other Italian architecture in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries; such artists as Brunelleschi, Alberti, Bramante, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Palladio. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 447 - Topics in Early Modern Art: (3 units; U/G)
Key themes, genres, and artists in European art from the fourteenth through the seventeenth centuries. Themes may include gender, politics, and religion. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 458 - A Comparative History of Architecture and Urbanism: (3 units; U/G)
Physical history of contrasting cities, concentrating on architectural development of all types: institutional, commercial, industrial, residential, and recreational. Emphasizes historical context as well as formal development. Retakable w/chg in topic to 9 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 459 - American Architecture (3 units; U/G)
Architecture in the United States from its beginnings in the 17th century to its absorption into international Modernism at the time of World War II. Prereq: jr st; ArtHist 103(P) or 102(P) or cons instr.
ARTHIST 462 - Frank Lloyd Wright (3 units; U/G)
The work of America's and Wisconsin's best-known architect presented in its historical, cultural and philosophical contexts. Prereq: jr st; one of the following courses recom: ArtHist 102(R), 359(R), 360(R), 459(R).
ARTHIST 463 - Cubism and its Inheritance (3 units; U/G)
The development of Cubism by Picasso and Braque and its progeny in Paris, in futuristic Italy, and in constructivist Russia. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 464 - European Art, 1890-1910 (3 units; U/G)
European art in a pivotal period in the history of modern painting, architecture, and sculpture; post-impressionism, symbolism, art nouveau, fauvism, expressionism, and cubism. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 465 - Dada and Surrealist Art (3 units; U/G)
Two major twentieth-century art movements; their sources, major proponents, and later influence; Duchamp, De Chirico, Ernst, Giacometti, Picasso, Miro, Magritte, Dali. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 469 - American Artists Revealed: (3 units; U/G)
Focus on prominent 19th and 20th century American master artists working in various genres and formal approaches. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 470 - Topics in American Art: (3 units; U/G)
In-depth examination of important themes, genres, or subgroups in the evolution of American art. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 471 - Topics in Contemporary Art: (3 units; U)
Art from the 1960s to the present. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 472 - History and Theory of New Media Art (3 units; U/G)
The history and critical theory of new media artworks, focusing on artists who utilize interactive technologies. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 473 - Art and Performance (3 units; U/G)
Intersections between art and performance, beginning in the 1960s, and including performance and body art, live art, dance, and participatory or relational post-studio art practice. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 474 - Maya Art (3 units; U/G)
Ancient Maya art, with emphasis on the Classic Period florescence, its development, and major themes. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 480 - Chinese Painting (3 units; U/G)
Formation and development of Roman architecture from its Greek and Italic elements through the decline of the civilization in the fourth century C.E. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 481 - Topics in Chinese Art: (1-3 units; U/G)
In-depth examination of important themes, genres, or subgroups in the evolution of Chinese art. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 482 - Topics in Non-Western Art: (3 units; U/G)
In-depth examination of major themes, genres, or regional sub-groups within the field of non-western art. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st.
ARTHIST 489 - Internship in Art History, Upper Division (1-6 units; U)
Application of advanced principles of art history in a business, organizational, educational, political, or other appropriate setting. One cr earned for academic work based on 40 hours in internship. Retakable to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 300-level or above course in ArtHist; 2.25 gpa; cons supervising faculty member.
ARTHIST 497 - Study Abroad: (1-12 units; U/G)
Designed to enroll students in UWM sponsored program before course work level, content, and credits are determined and/or in specially prepared program course work. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; acceptance for Study Abroad Prog.
ARTHIST 499 - Ad Hoc: (1-6 units; U)
Course created expressly for offering in a specified enrollment period. Requires only dept & assoc dean approval. In exceptional circumstances, can be offered in one add'l sem. Retakable w/chg in topic. Prereq: jr st; add'l prereqs may be assigned to specific topic.
ARTHIST 501 - Colloquium in Method and Theory: (3 units; U)
An undergraduate research seminar in various aspects of the history of art, with papers presented by students. Satisfies L&S research req. Not retakable for cr. Prereq: jr st; declared Art History major; cons instr.
ARTHIST 691 - Art Museum Internship (3 units; U)
Supervised practical experience in local art museums arranged on individual basis. Introduction to curatorial and/or administrative duties; 'hands on' treatment of works of art. Retakable for 3 additional cr. Prereq: jr st; at least 6 cr ArtHist at the 300 level or above & cons internship coord.
ARTHIST 699 - Independent Study (1-3 units; U)
Advanced independent work under the supervision of an ArtHist faculty or instructional academic staff member. Students must submit a study proposal. For more information, consult dept chair. Retakable w/chg in topic to 6 cr max. Prereq: jr st; 2.5 GPA; writ cons instr, dept chair & asst dean for SAS.