Course Listing Comparative Arts

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41.390 Litigation Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 4992
Status Active

Examines the practices and procedures involved in the litigation process. Topics include: legal research, courts and jurisdictions, evidence and discovery, pleadings, motions, depositions, trials and appeals, and federal rules of procedure.

42.201 Classical Mythology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5019
Status Active

Literary approaches to Classical Greek and Roman mythology, examining its origins in near Eastern cultures as well as its encounters with Christian Europe. Includes works by Hesiod, Homer, Greek playwrights, Virgil, and Ovid.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

42.202 Great Books of the Modern Period Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5020
Status Active

Much of what we consider "contemporary" was born out of the modernist period, roughly 1900-1950, and was considered radical, even salacious, in its time.This course provides a sampling of modernist literature. Students will explore this period by examining exemplary texts, numerous historical and social events, and a few films.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

42.211 Poetry Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5028
Status Active

Studies selections from the Renaissance through contemporary periods.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

42.250 The Bible as Literature Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5061
Status Active

Presents a literary and historical analysis of selected Old and New Testament books.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 42.101/102 College Writing I & II.

43.320 American East Asian Relations Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5276
Status Active

The course examines relations between the United States on one hand and Japan, Korea, China, Vietnam, and the Philippines on the other in the 19th and 20th centuries. Besides political, trade, and cultural relations, there is also emphasis on American laws and practices regarding immigrants from these East Asian countries. The aim of the course is for students to gain a basic knowledge of American relations with East Asia and to develop analytical skills for sophisticated inter-national relations.

43.342 Inquisition: Myth and Realtiy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5292
Status Active

Following a brief introduction and an overview of the medieval Inquisition, the first few weeks of the course will be devoted to a study of the Inquisition in Spain and Italy from 1450-1650. We will also discuss the way in which the history of the Inquisition has been analyzed during the past five hundred years (what historians call "historiography"). The second half of the course will focus on student research and selected topics in Inquisition studies.

43.382 The American West Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5325
Status Active

Involves readings and discussions of the history of the American frontier and the place of the frontier in American society and thought.

45.310 Philosophy of Creative Imagination Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5518
Status Active

Focuses first on imagination as a function of mind, placing it in relation to other functions such as perception, emotion, and conceptualization. Attention is then given to the difference between the reproductive and the creative imagination, with special emphasis on the psychological and social/political dimensions of creativity. Topics to be considered include poetical metaphor, theatrical performance, painting, architecture, or photography.

45.340 Mysticism: East and West Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5546
Status Active

This course explores the religious and psychological phenomenon known as the mystical experience, both within the context of organized religion and outside it. We will approach this subject from a comparative standpoint, considering examples from Christianity, Judaism, and Islam and also from Eastern religions such as Buddhism and Taoism. We will make use of philosophy, psychology, theology and literature in order to try to understand mysticism and its relation to religion. Readings include The Upanishads, the Tao Te Ching, the Bible, and Plato.

48.102 Social Anthropology Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5813
Status Active

Using the comparative approach to society, this course examines several distinct cultures as a means of understanding both the universal constants and the variations in human societies.

50.301 Survey of French Literature Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5962
Status Active

A panoramic survey of French Literatue based on the history and civilization of France from the Middle Ages to the XXth (20th) Century, through readings in the original French language of excerpts from milestone novels, theater and poetry. Class conducted in French.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 50.211 French 3 and Culture, or 50.212 French 4 and Culture.

50.310 French Speaking World Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 5964
Status Active

Designed for prospective majors and minors in French as well as for those who have completed four years of high school or two years of college French. The course examines similarities and differences in the ethos of nations of the French-speaking world and in the life-styles of the individuals and groups that make them up. Conducted in French.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Req: 50.211 French 3 and Culture, or 50.212 French 4 and Culture.

54.375 Latin American and Spanish Cinema Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6092
Status Active

An exploration of representative Spanish and latin American films from a variety of major directors. Areas of investigation include the cinematic representation of nationality, ethnicity, identity, gender, history and politics. This course will be taught in English. Knowledge of Spanish is desirable but not required. Spanish majors and minors will complete written assignments, reviews, quizzes, and exams in Spanish.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-req: 54.102 Spanish 2 and Culture, or 54.204 Intensive Spanish 3 and 4.

58.101 Art Appreciation Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6218
Status Active

The course introduces the student to the technical, aesthetic and historical aspects of architecture, sculpture, and painting. An analysis of the visual elements used in fine arts such as color, line, shape, texture, and principles of design are developed through slide lectures, museum visits and assigned readings. In addition, students investigate the purposes of art and visual communication and develop a heightened sense of critical thinking that allows them to investigate successfully different modes of representation, styles and media in a multicultural society.

58.105 Comparative Arts Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6219
Status Active

This course studies the aesthetic, artistic and intellectual similarities between art history and music history. Discussion of the arts focuses on the development in examining the human creativity and expression through the arts: from ancient times as art and morality followed in the Renaissance as art and sciences continued in the Enlightenment as art and society contrasted in the nineteenth century as art and entertainment. Furthermore, this course surveys some of the fundamental aspects of music and art, such as the nature of aesthetic judgment, the task of art and music criticism, including formalist, representational, and contemporary theories on viewing, analyzing, and interpreting the arts. In addition, with a comparative analysis between the modes of visual and aural representation, visual and aural perception, this course analyzes the principal forms and genres of the visual and aural elements of art history and music history, providing an understanding for human creativity and expression. Spring, alternate years.

58.203 History of Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6221
Status Active

A survey of the origins and development of painting, sculpture and architecture from prehistoric times to the Medeival period. Emphasis is placed on representative works of art from Ancient Egypt and Near East, Antiquity, Byzantine and Medeival, and Early Renassance Europe. Methodological problems of interpretation, formal analysis and aesthetic principles are studies in these art works.

58.204 History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6222
Status Active

A survey of the origins and development of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Renaissance times to the Modern period. Emphasis is placed on representative works of art from the Renaisance, Baroque, Rococo, Nineteenth Century Movements-Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism and Abstract Art. The aim of the coure is to introduce the student to basic critical and art historical methods as well as the analysis of style and content within sequential cultural contexts.

58.206 History of Architecture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6224
Status Active

A survey of the major technical and stylistic developments in ecclesiastical and secular architecture from Prehistory to the present day studied with an emphasis on the major monuments (Parthenon, Pantheon, Gothic Cathedrals, St. Peter's, Versailles Palace, Eiffel Tower, Guggenheim Museum). Spring, alternate years.

58.211 Nineteenth Century Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6225
Status Active

A study of the nineteenth century European painting, sculpture, and architecture are analyzed, including the art of Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Realism, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Symbolism and Art Nouveau.

58.221 Twentieth Century Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6226
Status Active

A study of American and European movements in painting, sculpture, and architecture from 1900 to the present. Emphasis is placed on Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, International Style, Pop, Op Art, Minimal Art, Photorealism, and Post-Modernism.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 58.203 History of Art:Preh-Med and 58.204 Hist of Art II: Ren-Mod.

58.225 History of Picturing Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6227
Status Active

This course surveys the major trends and functions of imaging and picturing, as well as its societal impact as it becomes a pervasive cultural and aesthetic entity since the invention of photograph, film and video. Lectures trace the chronological development of the medium; analyze images, culture and integrate discussions pertaining to the role of imaging as it affects the process of visual information as well as how imaging and picturing can affirm existing cultural structures or shape the course of new aesthetic images and ideas.

58.231 Greek and Roman Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6228
Status Active

A study of Greek painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Cycladic to the Hellenistic period, and an examination of Roman Art from the Etruscan age to the beginning of Christian art. Emphasis is placed on the Greek Classical period and the Roman Empire.

58.314 American Architecture Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 32950
Status Active

This course begins with a discussion of native American building traditions and proceeds chonologically from the 17th through the 20th centuries. Students will gain a familiarity with the major movements in American architecture (such as Colonial, Greek Revival, Victorian, Arts and Crafts, City Beautiful, International Style, Postmodern) as well as the leading archiects such as Frank Lloyd Wright and Frank Gehry. The architecture is discussed in its historical context with attention to the inventions, materials and aesthetic assumptions that made it possible.

58.321 Italian Renaissance Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6235
Status Active

A study of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Florence, Rome and .Venice during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Special emphasis on the formation of the High Renaissance style and the role of representative artists of the period, such as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael in Central Italy; Giorgione and Titian in Venice.

58.330 Italian Mannerism Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6237
Status Active

A study on the impact of the High Renaissance in the sixteenth century, the subsequent development of early Mannerism in central Italy and the formation of the Proto-Baroque syle in Venice and Northern Italy, the establishment of the courtly Mannerist style. The role of representative artists such as Anguissola, Pontormo, Rosso, Parmigianino, Bronzino, Beccafumi, Fontana, Vasari, Veronese, Bandinelli, Cellini, Palladio, Peruzzi and Ammanati is emphasized.

58.332 Baroque Art in Italy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6239
Status Active

The development of painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy during the seventeenth century with special emphasis on Rome and Venice. The role of representative artists (Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini, Pietro da Cortona, Artemisia Gentileschi, Elisabetta Sirani and Longhena) is emphasized.

58.340 Women and Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6241
Status Active

Investigation of the various ways women have been portrayed in the visual arts from antiquity to the present. A chronological examination of selected female artists and their milieu from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century.

58.370 Art History and Film Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6247
Status Active

Examination of issues of content, theory and criticism in the traditional, modern and contemporary lives of artists; autobiographies, biographies and historiographies as source of filmic expression. Focus on the interpretation and transformation of art historical records into filmic vision as revealed in set and costume design, music, camera technique and other aesthetic elements of film, as well as how such elements function to extend and convey directorial vision to movements in art history.

59.105 Comparative Arts Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6258
Status Active

This course studies the aesthetic, artistic and intellectual similarities between art history and music history. By comparing modes of visual and aura representation, the course focuses on the development of human creativity and expression through the arts, from ancient times as 'art and morality' followed in the Renaissance as 'art and sciences' continued in the Enlightenment as 'art and society' contrasted in the nineteenth century as 'art and enlightenment'.

59.111 Foundations in Cultural Studies Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 34823
Status Active

This course explores a series of fundamental issues in the interdisciplinary field of cultural studies, addressing the breadth as well as the limits of the term culture. it will relate to languages, visual and performing arts, film, sports, food, music, and fashion, using case studies from different historical and geographical contexts.

59.203 History of Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6221
Status Active

A survey of the origins and development of painting, sculpture and architecture from prehistoric times to the Medeival period. Emphasis is placed on representative works of art from Ancient Egypt and Near East, Antiquity, Byzantine and Medeival, and Early Renassance Europe. Methodological problems of interpretation, formal analysis and aesthetic principles are studies in these art works.

59.204 History of Art II: Renaissance to Modern Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6222
Status Active

A survey of the origins and development of painting, sculpture, and architecture from Renaissance times to the Modern period. Emphasis is placed on representative works of art from the Renaisance, Baroque, Rococo, Nineteenth Century Movements-Neoclassicism, Romanticism, Impressionism, Cubism, Dadaism, Surrealism and Abstract Art. The aim of the coure is to introduce the student to basic critical and art historical methods as well as the analysis of style and content within sequential cultural contexts.

59.209 Cultural Studies II Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6266
Status Active

This course examines later cultural progressions around the world. These will include Classical, romantic and Modern periods in European arts and the cultural influences of colonial interactions on both the European powers and the colonized. We will also examine cultural arts in the era of technologies and the beginning of the modern era (such as recording and reproduction, architecture and technology), cultural globalization , and subcultures of the 20th century.

59.225 History of Picturing Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6227
Status Active

This course surveys the major trends and functions of imaging and picturing, as well as its societal impact as it becomes a pervasive cultural and aesthetic entity since the invention of photograph, film and video. Lectures trace the chronological development of the medium; analyze images, culture and integrate discussions pertaining to the role of imaging as it affects the process of visual information as well as how imaging and picturing can affirm existing cultural structures or shape the course of new aesthetic images and ideas.

59.331 Greek & Roman Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6302
Status Active

A study of Greek painting, sculpture, and architecture from the Cycladic to the Hellenistic period, and an examination of Roman Art from the Etruscan age to the beginning of Christian art. Emphasis is placed on the Greek Classical period and the Roman Empire.

59.332 Baroque Art in Italy Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6239
Status Active

The development of painting, sculpture and architecture in Italy during the seventeenth century with special emphasis on Rome and Venice. The role of representative artists (Caravaggio, Bernini, Borromini, Pietro da Cortona, Artemisia Gentileschi, Elisabetta Sirani and Longhena) is emphasized.

59.340 Women and Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6241
Status Active

Investigation of the various ways women have been portrayed in the visual arts from antiquity to the present. A chronological examination of selected female artists and their milieu from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century.

59.369 Art, History and Film Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 30431
Status Active

Examination of issues of content, theory and criticism in the traditional, modern and contemporary lives of artists; autobiographies, biographies and historiographies as source of filmic expression. Focus on the interpretation and transformation of art historical records into filmic vision as revealed in set and costume design, music, camera technique and other aesthetic elements of film, as well as how such elements function to extend and convey directorial vision to movements in art history.

59.372 Italian Mannerism Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6237
Status Active

A study on the impact of the High Renaissance in the sixteenth century, the subsequent development of early Mannerism in central Italy and the formation of the Proto-Baroque syle in Venice and Northern Italy, the establishment of the courtly Mannerist style. The role of representative artists such as Anguissola, Pontormo, Rosso, Parmigianino, Bronzino, Beccafumi, Fontana, Vasari, Veronese, Bandinelli, Cellini, Palladio, Peruzzi and Ammanati is emphasized.

59.421 Italian Renaissance Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6235
Status Active

A study of painting, sculpture, and architecture in Florence, Rome and .Venice during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. Special emphasis on the formation of the High Renaissance style and the role of representative artists of the period, such as Leonardo, Michelangelo and Raphael in Central Italy; Giorgione and Titian in Venice.

71.110 Basic Music Theory Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6901
Status Active

Studies the symbolics of music and their application to the comprehension of the architectural, organizational. and aural elements of music literature. Non-Music majors only.

79.221 Twentieth Century Art Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 6226
Status Active

A study of American and European movements in painting, sculpture, and architecture from 1900 to the present. Emphasis is placed on Fauvism, Cubism, Expressionism, Surrealism, International Style, Pop, Op Art, Minimal Art, Photorealism, and Post-Modernism.

Pre/Co-Requisites: Pre-Reqs: 58.203 History of Art:Preh-Med and 58.204 Hist of Art II: Ren-Mod.

THEA.493 Practicum in Theatre Credits: 1-3

Course Details
Min Credits 1
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37391
Status Active

Part-time, full-semester internship at a professional theatre. Program director's permission required. Replaces 42.495 and 59.495; may be repeated for credit with permission.

THEA.494 Directed Study in Theatre Credits: 3

Course Details
Min Credits 3
Max Credits 3
Course ID 37390
Status Active

Supervised independent project in theatre. Instructor's permission required. Replaces 42.494 and 59.494; may be repeated for credit with permission.