History of Art
(effective date: Winter Term, 1999)
May be elected as a departmnetal concentration program
Prerequisites to Concentration. Any two courses below the 300 level, one of which must be chosen from among the courses numbered in the 101-110 sequence. One 100-level course can be met through AP, upon approval by a History of Art advisor. Each prerequisite should, if possible, be from a different subfield or group, chosen from those listed below.
Concentration Program. 27 credits. At least four courses (or a minimum of 12 credits) must be at the 300 or higher level, and one of these must be a three-credit Junior/Senior Seminar which will focus on Comparative Studies, Theory, Methodology, or Museology. Three courses (usually at the 200 or higher level) must meet the distribution requirements described below. Students are otherwise free to choose whatever they wish to make up their concentration.
Chronological and Geographical Distribution Requirements. History of Art at the University of Michigan offers a culturally interlaced and multi-centric program, encompassing the histories of the visual and architectural arts in a diversity of temporal and geographical locations. Concentrators must ensure that at least three of their courses adequately cover some of this rich diversity. To do this, students must take courses covering each of at least three chronologically different periods, and courses covering each of at least three geographical regions. A single course may count as covering both a chronological and geographic category, but not two of either category (for example, "Venetian Painting" falls only under "Early Modern" on the chronological axis and "Europe" on the geographical axis). Hence, three courses, carefully chosen, will cover these distribution requirements because each will cover both a different chronological and geographic area.
The chronological categories can be broadly defined as: (1) Ancient; (2) Medieval; (3) Early Modern (early Renaissance to late Baroque in European terms; equivalent time frames for other geographies); (4) Modern and Contemporary (18th century or later).
The geographical areas can be described as: (1) Western Asia and North Africa (Middle East) and Central Asia; (2) Sub-Saharan Africa; (3) Eastern Asia (China, Japan, India, Southeast Asia); and the Pacific; (4) Europe (east and west), with certain North America (courses to be determined in consultation with the Undergraduate Advisor); (5) the Americas and the Caribbean.
A student thus might take the following cluster of courses to fulfill the distribution requirement: Ancient China, Byzantine Middle East, Modern Russia; another cluster could be Hellenistic Egypt, Medieval Western Europe, Early Modern Africa. Many other combinations are possible.
Students are encouraged to take a semester of work in history of art at various international programs. However, at least 12 credit hours for the concentration (excluding prerequisites) must be taken in residence at UM-Ann Arbor.
Cognates. Six credits of courses at the 300- or higher level, preferably in fields related to the themes and materials of a student's area of focus in history of art (e.g., courses in ALC, CAAS, Classical Civilization, History, Romance Languages, or MARC). One course may be at a lower level if it is a studio/practicum course (e.g., Chinese 225 "Calligraphy"; or a studio course taken in Art & Design or Architecture & Urban Planning or the RC; or certain internships, approved by an Undergraduate Advisor in History of Art.
(NB No course in which the student obtained lower than a C- grade may be accepted in satisfaction of the Department's concentration requirements).
History of Art 393 Junior Proseminar is open to junior concentrators upon recommendation of a concentration advisor. History of Art Honors students are required to take the Proseminar and to write the Honors Thesis (History of Art 396)
Language Preparation. Students who wish to pursue graduate work in the history of art are encouraged to develop second language proficiency beyond the requirements set by LS&A. Advanced reading proficiency in German, in particular, and French are skills required by most history of art graduate programs. Students who wish to pursue graduate studies in west or east Asian art are strongly encouraged to begin the study of Arabic, Persian, Japanese, Chinese or a related language as early as possible in their undergraduate program. To learn more about graduate programs, students may peruse the MA and PhD program binders in the History of Art Career Planning Resource Center in 120 Tappan Hall.
Credit for Study Abroad. Credit awarded by the University of Michigan Office of International Programs (OIP) may automatically be offered in satisfaction of appropriate history of art concentration requirements. However, if the student plans to earn more than three history of art credits in the program (2 courses), s/he must meet with a history of art concentration advisor who will ascertain that the OIP courses relate to the Department's course offerings. The concentration advisor will also sign the student's OIP application.
History of art courses taken through other university study-abroad programs, however, must be evaluated by the concentration advisor on a case-by-case basis. Students hoping to present such work toward their concentration must consult with the concentration advisor prior to undertaking foreign studies, with the end of identifying potentially appropriate courses. It is understood that no such courses can be preapproved, and that students upon their return must be prepared to document their work fully by providing the syllabi, papers, and/or exams for the courses in question. Depending upon the content, academic demands, and relationship to department course offerings thus demonstrated, full, partial, or no credit toward meeting concentration requirements may then be granted.
Credit for Internship Experience. Internships at museums, galleries, auction houses, and archaeological digs can be of great benefit to students of the history of art, providing intimate contact with works of art and exposure to the many facets of the discipline. The department is therefore prepared to award credit for internship experience through independent study (HA 399). Before registering, the student completes the independent study (IS) contract form and meets with a faculty member to determine the objectives that will be met by the internship, as well as the grade criteria and the number of academic credits to be earned. As with any independent study, students will meet the academic requirements for course credit by submitting a written product, whether a project or a journal, describing the skills acquired by the internship and how those skills will contribute to the student's academic and/or career goals. The final grade will be determined once the internship is completed, and the written product is submitted for evaluation.
Honors Program. The Honors concentration is open to juniors and seniors who have obtained the permission of the Honors concentration advisor and the Honors Council. Candidates for Honors in history of art must meet all requirements for a regular concentration. The core of the Honors program is the work done in conjunction with History of Art 393 and 396. In their last term Honors candidates must complete the Honors thesis.
Advising. Students concentrating in the history of art are required to discuss their program with a departmental concentration advisor at least once a year, and are strongly urged to do so at least once every Fall/Winter Term. The department generally has at least concentration advisors available, one of whom serves as Honors advisor. One advisor is on hand during the spring and summer terms. These advising appointments are scheduled through the Department office (110 Tappan Hall). However, progress toward the satisfaction of the many and varied LS&A distribution requirements should be monitored by an LS&A academic advisor (1255 Angell Hall). While every effort is made to apprise students of the various Departmental and College regulations and to monitor student progress, the ultimate responsibility for assuring that all requirements are met rests with the student.
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