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  • CAS AH 557: High Renaissance and Mannerist Art in Italy
    Topic for Fall 2015: Michelangelo. Considers the major works of Michelangelo, with particular focus on the role of the artist in emulative practices. The enormous artistic and literary productions by Michelangelo serve as a background for thinking.
  • CAS AH 563: Global Baroque: Art and Power in the Seventeenth Century
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS AH 111 and CAS AH 112; and two courses at the 200 level or higher, or consent of the instructor.
    Investigates interactions between art and structures of power in seventeenth-century Europe, with particular attention to the global dimensions of this phenomenon. Primary focus on painting, sculpture, and architecture by Baroque artists, including Rubens, Rembrandt, Velázquez, and Bernini.
  • 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 574: Topics in African Art
    An in-depth study of selected topics in the history of African art. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Spring 2017: Photography in Africa. A consideration of how historical photography influenced how the world views Africa. Also examines images created by contemporary African photographers in order to address how Africans have played an active role in confronting negative stereotypes and manipulating their own self-image.
  • CAS AH 575: From Studio to Savannah: Photography in Africa
    Study of the role photography plays in determining how the world views Africa. Focus on both colonial and on contemporary photographs. An emphasis on how Africans have played an active role in confronting colonialism and in manipulating their own self-image.
  • 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 2015: TBA.
  • CAS AH 587: Green Design
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior, senior, or graduate standing.
    Explores sustainability and green architecture from the eighteenth century to present. Charts intersections of nature and built environments through methods from architectural and urban history, history of technology, and environmental history. "Green architecture" examined within historical and spatial context.
  • CAS AH 589: Topics in Nineteenth-Century Art
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior (or graduate student).
    Topic for Spring 2015: 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.
  • CAS AH 591: Seminar in Photographic History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, or consent of instructor.
    Topic for Spring 2015: Documentary Photography. A study of changing uses, definitions, and archives of documentary photography from 1839 to the present. Topics include urban photography, war imagery, topographical and survey landscapes, architectural records, social reform photography, New Deal imagery, and digital documents.
  • CAS AH 598: The Sister Arts
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Explores intimate but conflicted relations between word and image in western culture. Centers on case studies, from ancient Greece to modern America, that illustrate the means by which artists and writers have attempted to combine showing and telling. Also offered as CAS EN 594.
  • CAS AI 101: Introduction to Asian Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: required of all Asian Studies majors.
    Mini-seminar to analyze and integrate students' coursework of the Asian Studies Major. Student presentations on relevant events outside coursework; reading and discussion focused on current issues in Asian studies. Required of all Asian Studies majors.
  • CAS AI 401: Honors Research in Asian Studies
    Honors research in Asian Studies.
  • CAS AI 402: Honors Research in Asian Studies
    Honors research in Asian Studies.
  • CAS AM 200: Introduction to American Studies
    An exploration of the multi-faceted themes of American society and culture in selected historical periods using a variety of approaches to interpret such topics as American art, literature, politics, material culture, and the mass media. Required of majors and minors. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AM 202: What's Boston?
    What's Boston? explores Boston's complex urban and natural world. University faculty share cutting-edge research, focusing on Boston as a PLACE and a guiding IDEA, introducing the perspectives of disparate scholarly disciplines. Discover where you stand and where you might go! No prerequisites. This course welcomes first-year students and is open to all BU undergraduates. Carries either humanities or social science divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS AM 250: American Arts and Society
    Investigates key issues and themes in American arts and letters. Topic for Spring 2017: Cheers! Material Culture of Drinking in America, 17th Century to the Present. From coffee and tea to alcohol and Coca-Cola, this course considers the role of drinking in American culture from the 17th century to the present. A wide variety of objects such as drinking vessels, advertisements, prints, and paintings are closely analyzed.
  • CAS AM 301: Perspectives on the American Experience
    American history and society as viewed by those who made it. Topic for Fall 2016: Balls, Nets, and Boards: Sports in American Culture. Amateur and professional sports are deeply connected to everyday American life. By analyzing texts, photographs, films, and architecture, this course explores the role that sports have played in American society and culture from the colonial era to the present.
  • CAS AM 313: Internships in Public History
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Students undertake supervised work in Boston-area institutions dedicated to the public presentation of America's past. Students meet with the instructor to discuss themes in public history theory and practice that, together with the internship experience and related readings, inform a final research project and class presentation. Also offered as CAS HI 313.