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More than one path is open to those who wish to major in Art and pursue careers in museums, galleries, or arts organizations and/or pursue further study at the graduate level. Students choose between concentrations in Art History and in Visual Arts. Those choosing Art History will take upper-level courses in non-Western art (Asian, Pre-Columbian, Latin American, African), Medieval/Renaissance art, and modern/contemporary art. Students who concentrate in Art History may pursue graduate degrees or careers in museums, galleries, or arts organizations. Others may consider occupations in such varied areas as education, historical preservation, and consulting. Faculty members work with individual students, assisting them in choosing areas of interest that will further their goals.


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Medieval Art History Class Exhibition

Medieval Art History Class Hosts an Exhibition

Dr. Laura Cochrane, professor in the Department of Art and Design, recently taught her Medieval Art History class where students created artwork that replicated the art-style from 1000-1400 AC. Students' art included paintings and the use of other mediums, but mainly focused on stained-glass. The students were to then take their art and curate an exhibit showcasing their completed work. Students were paired into teams and assigned different aspects of the curation process to assemble the exhibit holisticallyOne team was in charge of curation; they selected the theme for the artists and curated the final exhibit. Another team completed graphic design elements for the exhibit by creating flyers and ads that fit within the theme. And finally, different groups of artists used the resources and methods that they learned in class to create artwork for the Medieval Art ExhibitWith this hands-on approach, Dr. Cochrane made sure to include students in every process of an exhibition while also teaching them the history and methods of creating medieval art.

Medieval books among faculty specialty

Medieval books among faculty specialty

Dr. Laura Cochrane, assistant professor, recently discussed the topic of decorative and colorful artistry of medieval books in connection with "The Art of the Page" exhibit at MTSU's James E. Walker Library. Cochrane's research interests include early medieval art, especially Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian manuscripts. She teaches courses in medieval and Renaissance art, art history methods, and Islamic arts. The exhibit, which included a medieval-era leaf from the Catholic liturgical work Book of Hours, is an example of the access MTSU students have to faculty research and work.


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Students studying Art History may end up working in museums or galleries, in the teaching field, or in other arts- or historic-related occupations. Some possible career opportunities include

  • Advertising work
  • Appraiser
  • Architecture career
  • Art conservation/preservation
  • Art critic
  • Art dealer
  • Arts management
  • Auctioneering/collecting
  • Commercial design
  • Consulting work
  • Curator at museum/gallery
  • Educator
  • Exhibit designer
  • Filmmaker
  • Fine arts restoration
  • Historic preservation work
  • Historic research
  • Librarian

Most individuals pursuing a career in art history find that graduate work enhances their opportunities. Included among the graduate programs that MTSU art history graduates have entered are

  • Pratt Institute.
  • Savannah College of Art and Design 
  • University of London
  • Univeristy of East Anglia
  • University of Madrid
  • University of Louisville

Programs in the Department of Art and Design lead to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), or the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degrees.

Two concentrations—Art History or Visual Arts—leading to either a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree are available under an Art major. 

A major in Art Education leads to the B.S. degree.

The department offers a B.F.A. with a major in Art; students may choose between two concentrations: Studio or Graphic Design.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.

Minors in Art and Art History also are available.

Art History, B.A. 

Art, Art History Concentration, B.A.

Art and Design  
615-898-2455
Laura Cochrane, program coordinator
Laura.Cochrane@mtsu.edu

The B.A. program in Art with a concentration in Art History is designed for those who wish to pursue careers in museums, galleries, or arts organizations and/or pursue further study at the graduate level. Students should consult with their advisors each semester in order to plan their schedule of courses.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Art, Art History, B.A., Academic Map  

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements39 hours
     Major Core   15 hours*
     Art History Concentration   24 hours
Foreign Language6 hours
Approved Bachelor of Arts Minor15-18 hours
Electives16-22 hours
TOTAL120 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If program requirements are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will increase.

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following course required by the program meets General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (39 hours)

Majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in the major.

Major Core (15 hours)

  • ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    The principles and techniques of design and their application to two-dimensional art forms. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1340

  • ART 1630 - Three-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on elements of design as they operate in the three-dimensional environment. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1350

  • ART 1910 - Survey of Non-Western Art

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the non-Western arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania from ancient to modern times.

  • ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I  3 credit hours  
    (may be counted)(may be counted in General Education)  dotslash:(may be counted in General Education) title:(may be counted) 
    (may be counted in General Education) 

    ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the Paleolithic era through the Gothic period.

  • ART 1930 - Survey of Western Art II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1920 with C or better. Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the late Gothic period to the present.

Art History Concentration (24 hours)

  • Modern/Contemporary 6 credit hours
  • Non-Western Art 6 credit hours
  • Medieval/Renaissance 6 credit hours
  • Electives from any of the above categories 6 credit hours

Foreign Language (6 hours)

Students must successfully complete 2010 and 2020 or any courses numbered above the 2000 level in a single foreign language.

Minor (15-18 hours)

  • Approved Bachelor of Arts minor

Electives (16-22 hours)

Curriculum: Art, Art History

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories. 

Freshman Fall

 

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Foreign Language 3 credit hours
  • ART 1910 - Survey of Non-Western Art

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the non-Western arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania from ancient to modern times.

 

  • ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    The principles and techniques of design and their application to two-dimensional art forms. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1340

  • ART 1630 - Three-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on elements of design as they operate in the three-dimensional environment. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1350

Subtotal: 16 Hours

 

Freshman Spring

 

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Foreign Language 3 credit hours
  • ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 

    ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the Paleolithic era through the Gothic period.

 

  • ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    The principles and techniques of design and their application to two-dimensional art forms. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1340

  • ART 1630 - Three-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on elements of design as they operate in the three-dimensional environment. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1350

Subtotal: 16 Hours

 

Sophomore Fall

 

  • ART 1930 - Survey of Western Art II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1920 with C or better. Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the late Gothic period to the present.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • MATH (Math) 3 credit hours
  • Foreign Language 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    recommended(recommended) OR  dotslash:(recommended) OR title:recommended 
    (recommended) OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Sophomore Spring

 

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - World Literatures  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - World Literatures

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • Foreign Language 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • B.A. minor course 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    (recommended)(recommended) OR  dotslash:(recommended) OR title:(recommended) 
    (recommended) OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Junior Fall

  • Upper-division Art History 6 credit hours
  • B.A. minor course 3 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Junior Spring

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division Art History 6 credit hours
  • B.A. minor course 3 credit hours
  • Elective 1 credit hours

Subtotal: 13 Hours

 

Senior Fall

  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division Art History 9 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Senior Spring

  • Elective/B.A. minor course 3 credit hours
  • B.A. minor courses 6 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division Art History 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

Art History, B.S.

Art, Art History Concentration, B.S.

Art and Design  
615-898-2455
Laura Cochrane, program coordinator
Laura.Cochrane@mtsu.edu

The B.S. program in Art with a concentration in Art History is designed for those who wish to pursue careers in museums, galleries, or arts organizations and/or pursue further study at the graduate level. Students should consult with their advisors each semester in order to plan their schedule of courses.

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Art, Art History, B.S., Academic Map 

Degree Requirements

General Education41 hours
Major Requirements39 hours
     Major Core   15 hours*
     Art History Concentration   24 hours
Electives40-43 hours
TOTAL120 hours

*This program requires courses that can also fulfill requirements of the General Education curriculum. If program requirements are also used to fulfill General Education requirements, the number of elective hours will increase.

General Education (41 hours)

General Education requirements (shown in curricular listings below) include courses in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences.

The following course required by the program meets General Education requirements:

Major Requirements (39 hours)

Majors must maintain a GPA of at least 2.00 in the major.

Major Core (15 hours)

  • ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    The principles and techniques of design and their application to two-dimensional art forms. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1340

  • ART 1630 - Three-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on elements of design as they operate in the three-dimensional environment. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1350

  • ART 1910 - Survey of Non-Western Art

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the non-Western arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania from ancient to modern times.

  • ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I  3 credit hours  
    (may be counted)(may be counted in General Education)  dotslash:(may be counted in General Education) title:(may be counted) 
    (may be counted in General Education) 

    ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the Paleolithic era through the Gothic period.

  • ART 1930 - Survey of Western Art II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1920 with C or better. Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the late Gothic period to the present.

Art History Concentration (24 hours)

  • Modern/Contemporary 6 credit hours
  • Non-Western Art 6 credit hours
  • Medieval/Renaissance 6 credit hours
  • Electives from any of the above categories 6 credit hours

Electives (40-43 hours)

Curriculum: Art, Art History

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories. 

Freshman Fall

  • ART 1910 - Survey of Non-Western Art

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the non-Western arts of Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Oceania from ancient to modern times.

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

 

  • ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    The principles and techniques of design and their application to two-dimensional art forms. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1340

  • ART 1630 - Three-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on elements of design as they operate in the three-dimensional environment. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1350

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Freshman Spring

  • ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 

    ART 1920 - Survey of Western Art I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the Paleolithic era through the Gothic period.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required to meet degree requirements.

  • Natural Sciences 4 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

 

  • ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    ART 1610 - Two-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    The principles and techniques of design and their application to two-dimensional art forms. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1340

  • ART 1630 - Three-Dimensional Design

    3 credit hours

    Emphasis on elements of design as they operate in the three-dimensional environment. Six-hour studio course. TBR Common Course: ART 1350

Subtotal: 16 Hours

Sophomore Fall

  • ART 1930 - Survey of Western Art II

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ART 1920 with C or better. Survey of the arts of the Western tradition from the late Gothic period to the present.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication  3 credit hours  
    (Comm)(Comm)  dotslash:(Comm) title:(Comm) 
    (Comm) 

    COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Introduces principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement. TBR Common Course: COMM 2025

  • MATH (Math) 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    (recommended)(recommended)  dotslash:(recommended) title:(recommended) 
    (recommended) 
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Sophomore Spring

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA) OR(Hum/FA) OR  dotslash:(Hum/FA) OR title:(Hum/FA) OR 
    (Hum/FA) OR 

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - World Literatures  3 credit hours  
    (Hum/FA)(Hum/FA)  dotslash:(Hum/FA) title:(Hum/FA) 
    (Hum/FA) 

    HUM 2610 - World Literatures

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

 

  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Electives 9 credit hours

 

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2010

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II  3 credit hours  
    (recommended)(recommended)  dotslash:(recommended) title:(recommended) 
    (recommended) 
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. Discusses the era from 1877 to the present. May be used to satisfy one part of the the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020. TBR Common Course: HIST 2020

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement. TBR Common Course: HIST 2030

  • HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I  3 credit hours  
    OROR  dotslash:OR title:OR 
    OR 

    HIST 2040 - Survey African American History I

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in establishing and shaping the American nation. Covers their historical development and contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

    NOTE: HIST 2040 is not a prerequisite for HIST 2050.

  • HIST 2050 - Survey African American History II

    3 credit hours

    The role of African Americans in shaping the American nation and creating a twentieth-century racial identity. Covers their historical development and examines their contributions to American art, music, literature, and religion. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Fall

  • Electives 6 credit hours
  • Humanities and/or Fine Arts 3 credit hours
  • Upper-division Art History 6 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Junior Spring

  • Electives 4 credit hours
  • Upper-division Art History 6 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 13 hours

Senior Fall

  • Upper-division Art History 9 credit hours
  • Social/Behavioral Sciences 3 credit hours
  • Elective 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

Senior Spring

  • Electives 12 credit hours
  • Upper-division Art History 3 credit hours

Subtotal: 15 Hours

 

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ART 4120 - Intermediate Printmaking
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 3021 with C or better or permission of instructor. A printmaking course featuring intermediate level projects in silkscreen, relief, etching and lithography.  A greater focus on creating layered, color prints and discussion of contemporary issues related to multiplicity and processed-based image making. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4130 - Advanced Printmaking
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 4120 with C or better or permission of instructor. Advanced level studies in print media with a focus on creating layered, self-directed work in printed form. A mixture of guided assignments in new techniques and independent work based on individual proposals. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4140 - Printmaking Thesis
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 4130 with C or better or permission of instructor. Intensive independent research in one or more of the areas chosen by the student and planned in consultation with the instructor resulting in work for B.F.A./B.A. exhibition. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4280 - Digital Illustration
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640 with C or better or permission of instructor. Vector software and the conceptualization, technical skills, and professional practices of digital illustration. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4290 - Beginning Illustration
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1640 with C or better. Introduces basic methods, materials, and business practices of illustration, with an emphasis on development of rendering skills. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4300 - Advanced Illustration
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 4290 with C or better. Continued exploration of methods and materials with an emphasis on development of a personal style. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4310 - Portfolio II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 3330 with C or better or permission of department. Continued production of portfolio-based problems with increased emphasis on advanced design skills related to the specific needs of the workplace. Includes basic collateral problems, ad campaigns, corporate identity, signage, plus a self-promotional package. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4320 - Senior Project
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 4310 or permission of department. Following a portfolio review, each class member will devise a project that conceptually and visually addresses his or her design/illustration goals. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4330 - Internship
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. Advanced students gain practical experience in a professional setting as an intern. Approximately 150 work hours required for the semester.

ART 4390 - Interactive Design II
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 3930 with C or better. An intermediate interactive design class with an emphasis on interface design. Focuses on design, planning, and creation of Web sites using industry-standard Web design applications. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4400 - Interactive Design III
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 4390 with C or better or permission of instructor. An advanced interactive design class that emphasizes the design and implementation of visually engaging, immersive environments. Students work individually and as teams using industry-standard Web design applications to create stand-alone and Web projects. Six -hour studio course.

ART 4410 - Typography in Motion
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 2325 with C or better or permission of instructor. Students will gain an advanced understanding of the graphic design process in time-based media. Emphasizes formal, conceptual, and technical aspects of kinetic typography through individual projects created with industry specific software applications. Six-hour studio course

ART 4510 - Sculpture IV
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 3530 with C or better or permission of instructor.  Development of concepts and techniques with primary emphasis on metal sculpture. Gas and electric welding, fabricating, grinding, finishing, and subordinate use of other sculpture materials. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4520 - Sculpture V
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 4510 with C or better or permission of instructor. Development of concepts and techniques with primary emphasis on casting activities in the foundry; covers various metal casting techniques and subordinate use of other materials. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4530 - Advanced 3D Practices
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: two of the following: ART 3010, ART 3011, ART 3012, ART 3040, ART 3041, ART 3820; or permission of instructor. Advanced course for students working to broaden artistic practices or refine their approach to 3D art making. Students work independently under the supervision of the instructor developing a cohesive portfolio of 3D-based work. Covers discussion and research concerning contemporary issues in spatial practices as well as advanced techniques that expand on introductory skill sets offered in earlier 3D courses. Six-hour studio course. May be repeated up to 9 hours.

ART 4640 - Advanced Art Problems
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. Structure and content determined by the art faculty on the basis of individual need. The student should be prepared to do independent research and experimentation in the area selected. (A maximum of 6 credits may be applied to a degree.) Students may only register for ART 4640 once per semester. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4710 - Painting IV
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 3730 with C or better or permission of instructor. Projects in painting; content of the course is planned by the student under supervision of the instructor. A final paper is required. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4720 - Painting V
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 4710 with C or better or permission of instructor. Independent studies course in painting which continues the concerns of Painting IV. A final paper is required. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4730 - Painting VI
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 4720 with C or better or permission of instructor. Directed individual study; a continuation of Painting IV at a more advanced level. A final paper is required. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4770 - Topics in Letterpress
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, and ART 1650 with C or better or ART 2310 with C or better or permission of instructor. Focuses on specific aspects of letterpress printing, typesetting, designing, printing raised forms to create text and image, the creative process of collaboration, production, and designing for the marketplace. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4810 - Ceramics IV
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 3830 with C or better or permission of instructor. Directed individual studies of problems mutually agreed upon by the student and course instructor. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4820 - Ceramics V
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 4810 with C or better or permission of instructor. Further work as described in Ceramics IV (ART 4810). Six-hour studio course.

ART 4830 - Ceramics VI
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 4820 with C or better or permission of instructor. Further work as described in Ceramics V (ART 4820). Written paper and exhibition required. Six-hour studio course.

ART 4870 - African Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1910 with C or better or permission of instructor. Survey of visual art from the African continent and an examination of selected artists of the African diaspora. Discussion of ancient through contemporary artistic production, with focus upon nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

ART 4880 - African American Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1920 and ART 1930 with C or better or permission of instructor. An art historical survey of African American culture and visual arts, beginning with eighteenth century expressions in painting, sculpture, and the decorative arts, but focusing on the twentieth century expressions.

ART 4890 - Design History
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: ART 1920 and ART 1930 with C or better or permission of the instructor. Surveys the history of two-dimensional design in Europe and North America, focusing mainly on the role of visual culture in modern society and on the influence of fine art, architecture, advertising, and the professionalism of the field on modern and contemporary design.

ART 4900 - Nineteenth-Century Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1920 and ART 1930 with C or better or permission of instructor. Examines visual arts of the nineteenth century from Europe, the United States, Africa, or the Americas. Topics will vary according to areas of expertise of the professor.

ART 4905 - Survey of Women Artists: Renaissance to Modern
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1920 and ART 1930 with C or better or permission of instructor. Painting and sculpture produced by women artists from Europe and the Americas during the period from the Renaissance (1400) to the Modern era (1945).

ART 4920 - Contemporary Art
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1920 and ART 1930 with C or better or permission of instructor. Western visual art movements and issues in American painting and sculpture in the twentieth century.

ART 4940 - Special Studies in Art History
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1920 and ART 1930 with C or better or permission of instructor. Content varies. When offered, particular topics addressed are indicated by the course title in the class schedule. Depending on the nature of the material to be covered, prerequisites may be imposed by the instructor. Can be repeated for up to 9 hours.

 

ART 4960 - Independent Studies in Art History
1 to 3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. Independent investigations into art history under the guidance of a member of the art history faculty. Topic(s) of investigation must be agreed upon by both student and faculty prior to registration. May not be repeated.  

ART 4965 - Museum Studies Internship
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: ART 1910, ART 1920, and ART 1930; ART 3575 all with a grade of C or better. Allows art history majors and/or museum studies minors to gain professional experience through an internship in the curatorial or museum education departments at an area art museum or gallery.

ART 4970 - Senior Thesis in Art History
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Permission of department. An intensive research and writing project under the direct guidance of a supervising art history faculty member.

 

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