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  • CAS AH 482: Seminar: Nineteenth-Century Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 levelor higher; or consent of the instructor.
    Topic for Fall 2013: Romanticism. An exploration of the art of Goya, Blake, Friedrich, Géricault, Delacroix, and others, who created enduring works of the imagination in an era of revolution, nationalism, and religious revival. Includes discussion of weekly readings, an oral report, and a final paper.
  • CAS AH 491: Directed Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Academic Advising Center.
  • CAS AH 492: Directed Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of the Academic Advising Center.
  • CAS AH 494: Seminar: Photography
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of the instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2014: The Photographic Book. This seminar examines the photographic book from 1839 to the present. Focus on the book as a unique form for the medium, and study of image/text relationships, narrative structures, and cultural constructions of the book's message.
  • CAS AH 501: Practicum in Museum Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of the Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset. Graduate internships must be taken in a non-profit institution in order to count for credit.
    Centered on an internship, which must comprise a supervised project approved in advance by the Director of Museum Studies. Stamped approval prior to the internship is necessary for registration in the course. Internships in Boston-area museums, galleries, historical agencies, and houses arranged for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, 10-12 hours per week (150 hours per semester) at the host institution, with written report.
  • CAS AH 502: Practicum in Museum Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of the Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of Director of Museum Studies, and stamped approval; prior museum/gallery experience an asset. Graduate internships must be taken in a non-profit institution in order to count for credit.
    Centered on an internship, which must comprise a supervised project approved in advance by the Director of Museum Studies. Stamped approval prior to the internship is necessary for registration in the course. Internships in Boston-area museums, galleries, historical agencies, and houses arranged for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, 10-12 hours per week (150 hours per semester) at the host institution, with written report.
  • CAS AH 503: Art Historical Methods
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing and at least two 300-level AH courses.
    The history and methods of art history through the writings of Vasari, Winckelmann, Kant, Wölfflin, Riegl, Panofsky, Gombrich, among others. The course plots approaches to art historical questions and frames the considered writings within broader cultural and historical contexts.
  • CAS AH 520: The Museum and Historical Agency
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: permission of the instructor and stamped approval.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of the instructor and stamped approval.
    The history, present realities, and future possibilities of museums and historical agencies. Emphasis on the collection, preservation, and use of objects, as well as on the interaction of artists, dealers, collectors, donors, scholars, trustees, and museum professionals.
  • CAS AH 521: Curatorship: Exhibition Development
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: permission of instructor and stamped approval.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor and stamped approval.
    Topic for Spring 2014: TBA.
  • CAS AH 527: Topics in Art and Society
    May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2013: Latin American Art and the Cold War. This seminar explores artistic production in Latin America during the Cold War in relation to the dominant discourses of development and dependency through which cultural production was assessed.
  • CAS AH 530: Chinese and Japanese Calligraphy: History, Theory, and Practice
    Introduction to the history, theory, and practice of the art of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy. The related art of seal carving is also introduced. No knowledge of Chinese or Japanese required.
  • CAS AH 532: Japanese Print Culture
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor.
    Seminar on print culture of Japan from the eighteenth century to the present. Study of woodblock prints, photographic prints, book art, print advertisements, postcards, and manga. Focus on their function as both artistic expression and instruments of mass communication.
  • CAS AH 534: Seminar in Roman Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor.
    In-depth examination of varying topics in the study of Roman art and architecture. Topics vary annually. Topic for Spring 2013: Imperial Rome. Studies key monuments in the development of the art and architecture of the Eternal City from Augustus to Constantine, including temples and forums, theaters and amphitheaters, triumphal arches and honorary columns, houses and palaces, baths and tombs. Also offered as AR 534.
  • CAS AH 539: Muslim Societies: An Interdisciplinary History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    Examines the states, empires, faiths, and ideologies of the Muslim world over a 1500-year period, including states from North and West Africa, through the Middle East, to Turkey, Iran, and then to Central and Southeast Asia. Also offered as CAS AN 548, HI 596, and RN 563.
  • CAS AH 571: African American Art
    Studies African American art and craft production from the early nineteenth century to the present against the background of the diaspora, reconstruction, and the modernist movements of the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Also offered as CAS AA 571.
  • CAS AH 580: Architectural Technology and Materials
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or consent of instructor.
    An introduction to the history of architectural construction, technologies, and materials, and their consequences in the built environment. Students receive a practical understanding of the building process and of its social and cultural contexts.
  • CAS AH 584: Greater Boston: Architecture and Planning
    Examines the buildings, development patterns, and open space planning of greater Boston, with particular emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Weekly visits to neighborhoods and buildings throughout the city are combined with independent research projects for each member of the seminar.
  • CAS AH 585: Twentieth-Century Architecture and Urbanism
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior standing or permission of instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2014: Architecture in Europe, 1945-1989.
  • CAS AH 587: Green Design
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior, senior, or graduate standing.
    This seminar explores the historical context for issues of sustainability and green architecture from the eighteenth century to the present, charted through questions of landscape theory, public park making, suburbanization, adaptive re-use, and new materials and methods of construction.
  • CAS AH 589: Topics in Nineteenth-Century Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior (or graduate student).
    Topic for Spring 2014: Seminar: Impressionism through Symbolism. Major currents in nineteenth-century European art are examined in light of contemporary developments in politics, science, religion, literature, music, and the history of ideas.