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British and American Art History Classes

Please note that not all courses are offered every semester. This listing is not considered authoritative. Please visit Access.SMU for authoritative course offerings including meeting times, professor, and more.

ARHS 3373: American Art and Architecture to 1865
A survey of American painting, sculpture and architecture from the Colonial period through the Civil War.

ARHS 3374: American Art and Architecture, 1865–1940
The course provides a stylistic and iconographic survey of American painting, sculpture, photography, and architecture from 1865 to 1940. The course also attempts to situate the images within their specific cultural contexts. Broad underlying issues such as nationalism, class, race, and gender are discussed. The strengths, assumptions, and weaknesses of these interpretations are evaluated through group discussions, which are relevant for the students’ research, thinking, and writing.

ARHS 5360: Seminar in British Art
Specific topics for investigation chosen by the instructor.

ARHS 5361, 5362: Seminar in American Art
Specific topics for investigation chosen by the instructor.

ARHS 6373: American Art and Architecture to 1865
A survey of American painting, sculpture and architecture from the Colonial period through the Civil War.

ARHS 6374: American Art and Architecture, 1865-1945
A survey of American painting, sculpture and architecture from the Civil War through World War II.

ARHS 6375: Arts of the American Southwest
An overview of the visual culture of the region, defined as Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona and California. Focuses on the region’s cultural landscape, its identity past and present as an art colony, art subject and art center. Looks at works produced by indigenous inhabitants, later arrivals and visitors; at cross-cultural connections and disconnections; at the roles played by the arts and tourism in the region’s development; and at the validity of regionalism as a category of investigation.

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