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Courses in LSA History of Art

History of Art examines the wide range of things that humanity has made and looked at and endowed with meaning – from the imposing facade of an imperial palace, to the colorful glory of stained glass or oil painting, to an artist’s intimate sketches. The discipline encompasses the study of painting, sculpture, the graphic media, and architecture, as well as an extensive variety of visual forms produced for purposes that run far afield of the traditional territory of “art” itself (advertising, say, or ritual and ceremony, or popular entertainment).

Students become conversant with the world’s cultures and develop skills in visual analysis in order to understand how images, objects and built environments communicate. They also learn to employ a broad selection of interpretive methodologies. Through careful work with original sources and a wide-ranging study of comparative cultures, our students learn to consider how art objects were understood in their own time and place, and how they continue to function in the contemporary world. In doing so, history of art students become acute observers and interpreters of the visual environment.

Museums (MUSEUMS)
MUSEUMS 301. Museums and Society
Sophomore standing or above. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.

This course serves as a gateway to the field of Museum Studies. It establishes an understanding of museums derived from a historical and theoretical examination of objects and collections, the institution of the museum, and the role of museums in society.

MUSEUMS 401. Contemporary Issues in Museums
MUSEUMS 301 or MSP 601. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This course complements MUSEUMS 301 by examining major areas of concern in the contemporary museum world. Thematic emphasis varies depending on the instructor and current news, but always relates to objects and collections, museums as institutions, and the museum in society.

MUSEUMS 409. Practicum in Museums
Declared academic minor in Museum Studies. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (3). (EXPERIENTIAL). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

The experiential emphasis of this class allows students to balance a historical/theoretical knowledge of the museum with firsthand understanding of the ongoing work of museums. It emphasizes reflective practice as a tool to facilitate learning and create a bridge between theory and practice.

MUSEUMS 498. Special Topics in Museum Studies
MUSEUMS 301 or MSP 601. (1 - 3). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. Rackham credit requires additional work.

Special Topics in Museum Studies allows students to benefit from the varied research interests of faculty from across the university. It provides an in-depth examination of museum-related topics that fall outside the purview of other courses.

MUSEUMS 499. Independent Study in Museum Studies
Consent of department required. MUSEUMS 301 or MSP 601. (1 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term. Offered mandatory credit/no credit.

Independent Study in Museum Studies allows students to pursue, under faculty direction, an individualized course of investigation into topics not covered in detail in other courses.

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