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Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
CAS AA 207
Social definition of race and ethnicity. The adjustment of different ethnic groups and their impact upon U.S. social life. How prejudice and discrimination create class identities and how caste relations have affected patterns of integration during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
Toni Morrison's American Times
CAS AA 305
Examines four of the Nobel Laureate's novels, using primary and secondary materials to construct historical contexts and critical perspectives. 4 cr.
Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
CAS AA 507
A study of the major writers of the Harlem Renaissance. Explores how they proclaimed a renewal of racial consciousness and cultural pride, and how they challenged racial and cultural barriers in American society. 4 cr.
Introduction to Art History I: Antiquity to the Middle Ages
CAS AH 111
An introduction to art history and the analysis of painting, sculpture, architecture, and other arts. Study of masterpieces of Western Art from prehistoric to dawn of Renaissance. Focus on monuments of Greece, Rome, and the Middle Ages, with a survey of Egyptian and Near Eastern art. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
Introduction to Art History II: Renaissance to Today
CAS AH 112
Major monuments and artists. Sequential development from the late Renaissance to the modern period of major styles in architecture, sculpture, painting, graphic arts, and photography. Relationship of visual art to social and cultural trends. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
Architecture: An Introduction
CAS AH 205
Examination of the factors involved in architectural design including program, spatial composition, structure, technology, iconography, and the role of architecture in society. Discussion of major monuments of Western architecture and urbanism from ancient Egypt to the twenty-first century. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
CAS AH 211
An introduction to the fundamentals of visual analysis and the history of art, focusing on outstanding works in the collections of Boston and Cambridge museums. Current, temporary exhibitions are included. Also examines the curatorial decision-making process determining the choice of works and the conditions under which they are displayed. 4 cr.
Arts of Asia
CAS AH 225
Surveys of the major artistic traditions of Asia. Important monuments are examined analytically in order to explain why certain forms and styles are characteristic of specific times and places, and how these monuments functioned in their cultural contexts. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.
History of Photography
CAS AH 295
An introduction to the study of photographs. The history of the medium in Europe and America from its invention in 1839 to the present. After lectures on photographic theory and methodology, photographs are studied both as art objects and as historical artifacts. 4 cr.
CAS AH 389
Detailed study of Impressionism from 1860s to circa 1900. Emphasis is on French artists, but Impressionists elsewhere in Europe and America are also considered. Discusses Impressionism's sources, Realist underpinnings, stylistic development, themes, and changes in the 1880s. 4 cr.