C-ID Number ARTH 110
Discipline Art History
Date Approved June 03, 2012
General Course Description

This course provides an overview of western art and architecture from prehistory through the medieval period.

Minimum Units 3.0
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Prerequisite(s) none



Completion of or concurrent enrollment in English Composition (C-ID ENGL 100)

Course Content

This course covers the art and architecture of the following periods:

  1. Prehistoric
  2. Mesopotamian
  3. Egyptian
  4. Aegean
  5. Greek through Hellenistic
  6. Etruscan
  7. Roman
  8. Early Christian
  9. Byzantine
  10. Islamic
  11. Early Medieval, including Carolingian and Ottonian
  12. Romanesque
  13. Gothic
Laboratory Activities


Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  1. Identify, examine, and assess representative works of art and architecture from prehistory through the medieval period employing appropriate art historical terminology
  2. Analyze, discuss, and differentiate works of art and architecture in terms of historical context and cultural values
  3. Analyze, discuss, and differentiate the roles of art, architecture, and the artist from prehistory through the medieval period
Methods of Evaluation
  1. Written essays and/or research projects
  2. Essay exams

    Methods of evaluation may also include:
  3. Classroom discussions
  4. Objective exams
  5. Projects and presentations
  6. Quizzes
  7. Classroom Writing Assignments
  8. Group Assignments
Sample Textbooks

Janson, H. W. History of Art.

Kleiner, Fred S. Gardner’s Art Through the Ages: The Western Perspective.

Stockstad, Marilyn. Art History.