May 28, 2022  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Course Descriptions


 The department offers selected courses from this catalog as warranted by student needs and availability of faculty. Specific offerings for each term may be found in the Schedule of Classes.

Course Renumbering Project

Effective the Fall 2017 semester, all undergraduate and graduate courses at Oakland University were renumbered from 3 digits to 4 digits.

Most subject codes will remain the same, but the new four-digit course numbers may in some cases be similar to the previous three-digit course numbers and in other cases be different because academic departments have resequenced their course numbers.

Follow this link to the conversion list.

This searchable PDF is a guide to see how the course numbers have changed. Each row represents a course, and the columns represent: the subject code, the previous three-digit course number,and the new four-digit course number for that course, beginning in Fall 2017.

To search this PDF for a specific course using the old number, you can just hit “Control” (or “Command” if on Mac) and “F,” then type in a specific course (e.g. “WRT 160”) to find the new course number .

The following subject codes have changed:

  • Studio Art (SA) changed to (ART)
  • Some English (ENG) courses changed to Creative Writing (CW)
  • Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) and Computer and Information Technology (CIT) changed to Computer Science and Informatics (CSI)
  • Music Theory and Composition (MUT) changed to either Applied Music (MUA) or Musicology and Music Education (MUS)
  • (MLS) changed to (CDS)
  • Some (JRN) courses changed to (PR)

For more information, please contact your academic adviser. Graduate students, please contact your academic department for advising.

NOTE: If you enrolled or transferred after fall 2014 please be sure to search the 2017-18 catalog courses and review the 3 to 4 digit conversions list.

 

Applied Music - Individual Lesson

  
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    MUA 3960 - Applied Music

    (1 OR 2)
    Applied Music
  
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    MUA 4000 - Voice

    (1 TO 4)
    Voice lessons
  
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    MUA 4002 - Piano

    (1 TO 4)
    Piano lessons
  
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    MUA 4004 - Organ

    (1 OR 2)
    Organ lessons
  
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    MUA 4005 - Harpsichord

    (1 OR 2)
    Harpsichord lessons
  
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    MUA 4006 - Carillon

    (1 OR 2)
    Carillon lessons
  
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    MUA 4010 - Violin

    (1 TO 4)
    Violin lessons
  
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    MUA 4011 - Viola

    (1 TO 4)
    Viola lessons
  
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    MUA 4012 - Violoncello

    (1 TO 4)
    Violincello lessons
  
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    MUA 4013 - Double Bass

    (1 TO 4)
    Double Bass lessons
  
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    MUA 4020 - Flute

    (1 TO 4)
    Flute lessons
  
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    MUA 4021 - Oboe

    (1 TO 4)
    Oboe lessons
  
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    MUA 4022 - Clarinet

    (1 TO 4)
    Clarinet lessons
  
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    MUA 4023 - Bassoon

    (1 TO 4)
    Bassoon lessons
  
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    MUA 4024 - Saxophone

    (1 TO 4)
    Saxophone lessons
  
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    MUA 4030 - French Horn

    (1 TO 4)
    French Horn lessons
  
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    MUA 4031 - Trumpet

    (1 TO 4)
    Trumpet lessons
  
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    MUA 4032 - Trombone

    (1 TO 4)
    Trombone lessons
  
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    MUA 4033 - Euphonium

    (1 TO 4)
    Euphonium lessons
  
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    MUA 4034 - Tuba

    (1 TO 4)
    Tuba lessons
  
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    MUA 4040 - Timpani

    (1 TO 4)
    Timpani lessons
  
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    MUA 4041 - Percussion

    (1 TO 4)
    Percussion lessons
  
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    MUA 4050 - Harp

    (1 TO 4)
    Harp lessons
  
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    MUA 4051 - Guitar (classical)

    (1 TO 4)
    Guitar (Classical) lessons
  
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    MUA 4052 - Bass Guitar

    (1 OR 2)
    Bass Guitar lessons
  
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    MUA 4060 - Piano (jazz)

    (1 OR 2)
    Piano (Jazz) lessons
  
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    MUA 4061 - Guitar (jazz)

    (1 OR 2)
    Guitar (Jazz) lessons
  
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    MUA 4062 - Trumpet (jazz)

    (1 OR 2)
    Trumpet (Jazz) lessons
  
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    MUA 4063 - Saxophone (jazz)

    (1 OR 2)
    Saxophone (Jazz) lessons
  
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    MUA 4064 - Trombone (jazz)

    (1 TO 2)
    Trombone (Jazz) lessons
  
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    MUA 4065 - Percussion (jazz)

    (1 OR 2)
    Percussion (Jazz) lessons
  
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    MUA 4066 - Double Bass (jazz)

    (1 OR 2)
    Double Bass (Jazz)
  
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    MUA 4075 - World Percussion

    (1 OR 2)
    World Percussion lessons
  
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    MUA 4080 - Composition

    (2)
    Private lessons in composition and composition laboratory: studies, exercises and projects concerning creativity and craft in composing music. Weekly seminar is also required. May be repeated for credit.
    Prerequisite(s): Composition majors: MUS 1214 , MUS 1215  with average grade of 3.5 or higher. Non-composition majors: MUS 1214 , MUS 2701 , MUS 2702  with average grade of 3.5 or higher.
  
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    MUA 4960 - Applied Music

    (1 OR 2)
    Applied Music
  
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    MUA 4998 - Senior Recital

    (4 OR 6)
    A recital approximately one hour in length (not including pauses and intermission) in which student demonstrates his/her creative and artistic abilities. Required in some music curricula as the culminating project before graduating, optional in others. Preparation for recital includes the applied lesson for the recital semester. Satisfies the general education requirement for the capstone experience.
    Prerequisite(s): at least one semester of 4000 level applied study.

Arabic Language

  
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    ARB 1140 - Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture I

    (4)
    A two semester sequence in the fundamentals of Arabic and Arabic culture. ARB 1140 must be taken first. ARB 1140 or ARB 1150  satisfy the university general education requirement in the foreign language and culture knowledge exploration area.
  
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    ARB 1150 - Introduction to Arabic Language and Culture II

    (4)
    A two semester sequence in the fundamentals of Arabic and Arabic culture. ARB 1140  must be taken first. ARB 1140  or ARB 1150 satisfy the university general education requirement in the foreign language and culture knowledge exploration area.
  
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    ARB 2140 - Second Year Arabic I

    (4)
    Two semester sequence continuing the work of ARB 1140  and ARB 1150  with the addition of cultural and literary readings. ARB 2140 must be taken first. ARB 2140 or ARB 2150  satisfy the university general education requirement in the foreign language and cultural knowledge exploration area or the knowledge applications integration area, not both. Prerequisite for knowledge applications integration: Completion of the university general education requirement in the foreign language and culture knowledge exploration area.
    Prerequisite(s): One year of college Arabic or equivalent.
  
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    ARB 2150 - Second Year Arabic II

    (4)
    Two semester sequence continuing the work of ARB 1140  and ARB 1150  with the addition of cultural and literary readings. ARB 2140  must be taken first. ARB 2140  or ARB 2150 satisfy the university general education requirement in the foreign language and cultural knowledge exploration area or the knowledge applications integration area, not both. Prerequisite for knowledge applications integration: Completion of the university general education requirement in the foreign language and culture knowledge exploration area.
    Prerequisite(s): One year of college Arabic or equivalent.
  
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    ARB 3160 - Arabic Conversation

    (2)
    Practice in speaking at the intermediate level. Format may include oral presentation and phonetics. Must be taken concurrently with ARB 3180 .
    Prerequisite(s): ARB 2150  or equivalent.
  
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    ARB 3180 - Arabic Composition

    (2)
    Practice in written composition using formal literary Arabic. Techniques of textual analysis and exposition are introduced. Must be taken concurrently with ARB 3160 .
    Prerequisite(s): ARB 2150  or equivalent.
  
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    ARB 3510 - Arabic Civilization

    (4)
    Survey of Arabic culture and civilization from topical, literary, and historic perspectives. Conducted in Arabic and English.
    Prerequisite(s): ARB 2150  
  
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    ARB 3700 - Arabic Literature

    (4)
    Introduction to Arabic literature with a focus on influences, major trends, themes, and genres. Will provide a foundational knowledge of literature in the Arabic language. Conducted in Arabic and English.
    Prerequisite(s): ARB 2150  
  
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    ARB 3920 - Directed Readings in Arabic

    (2 OR 4)
    Directed individual readings in Arabic. May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.
    Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.

Art

  
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    ART 1000 - Foundations of Visual Literacy

    (4)
    In this analytical overview of the forms and uses of visual imagery, students will learn to think critically about the formal methods and cultural impact of contemporary art media. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the arts knowledge exploration area.
  
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    ART 1002 - Foundations of Studio Art: 2D

    (4)
    Hands-on course exploring the visual, physical, and social aspects of two-dimensional art forms with emphasis on the principles and application of design elements such as line, shape, texture, value, and color.
  
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    ART 1003 - Foundations of Studio Art: 3D

    (4)
    Hands-on course exploring the visual, physical and social aspects of three-dimensional art forms with emphasis on the principle and application of design elements such as line, shape, plane, texture, mass, volume, light, space, and time.
  
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    ART 1004 - Foundations of Media Art

    (4)
    Students explore the aesthetic, conceptual and technological transformations of media passing into, through and out of the digital domain.
  
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    ART 1130 - Graphic Design for Non-Majors

    (4)
    Through observation and the building of graphic design skills, students with little or no experience explore the elements and fundamentals of the field. Cannot be used to fulfill any studio art or graphic design requirements for the major or minor.
  
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    ART 1150 - Drawing for Non-Majors

    (4)
    Through observation and the building of basic drawing skills, students with little or no art experience explore the fundamentals of traditional drawing. Cannot be used to fulfill any studio art requirement for the studio art major or minor. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Prerequisite for knowledge applications integration: completion of the general education requirement in the arts knowledge exploration area.
  
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    ART 1160 - Photography for Non-Majors

    (4)
    Introduction to the technical, intellectual, inventive, and expressive possibilities of a broad range of traditional and non-traditional photographic processes. Cannot be used to fulfill any studio art requirements for the major or minor, but does fulfill a core requirement for majors in the studio art education K-12 degree program. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Prerequisite for knowledge applications integration: completion of the general education requirement in the arts knowledge exploration area.
  
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    ART 1170 - Painting for Non-Majors

    (4)
    Focus on technique and building of basic painting skills. Students with little or no art experience explore the fundamentals of painting. Cannot be used to fulfill any studio art requirements for the major or minor.
  
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    ART 2000 - Critical Theory and Practice in Art

    (4)
    Analytical reading in critical art and cultural theory, combined with the practice of art, critical analysis, writing and lecturing about art. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in the major. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): AH 1002 . May not be taken concurrent with ART 4999  
  
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    ART 2100 - Introduction to Drawing

    (4)
    The fundamentals of drawing, through accurate observation of the physical world, are explored: tools, techniques, rendering linear perspective and chiaroscuro.
  
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    ART 2200 - Introduction to Interactive Art and Technology

    (4)
    Investigates a broad range of art practices in video and interactive art including historical and contemporary practices in lens-arts, coding arts, fabrication and animation.
  
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    ART 2300 - Introduction to Painting

    (4)
    Introduction to the technical, intellectual, inventive and expressing possibilities of oil painting on canvas.
  
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    ART 2400 - Introduction to Photography

    (4)
    Introduction to the technical, conceptual, and expressive possibilities of photographic art forms and practice.
  
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    ART 2500 - Introduction to Sculpture

    (4)
    Introduction to the technical, conceptual, and expressive possibilities of sculptural art forms and practice.
  
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    ART 3000 - Professional Practices and Portfolio Design

    (2)
    Professional preparation in studio art, through portfolio design, writing for the visual arts, studio safety/environmental issues and the financial, legal and ethical aspects of careers in art.
    Prerequisite(s): One 3000-level studio art course and declared studio art major.
  
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    ART 3120 - Life Drawing I

    (4)
    Drawing from the life model, course focuses on the traditional practices of anatomical rendering.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 2100 
  
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    ART 3150 - Process Drawing

    (4)
    The practice of drawing is explored through traditional and nontraditional materials and methodologies.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 1002 , ART 1003 , ART 1004  and ART 2100  
  
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    ART 3240 - Interactive Art

    (4)
    Explores open source electronics and coding and how critical understanding of theories of human interactivity complement artistic production. Students will create responsive artworks including sculpture, wearables and machines.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 1002 , ART 1003 , ART 1004 , and ART 2200  
  
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    ART 3260 - Fabrication and Coding Practices

    (4)
    Investigates current practices in coding and fabrication used by artists to create interactive systems. Skill building and concept generation are emphasized.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 1002 , ART 1003 , ART 1004 , and ART 2200  
  
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    ART 3280 - Video, Performance, and Installation

    (4)
    Exploration of interdisciplinary practices - in particular, the possibilities surrounding the intersection of video, performance and installation. Screenings and readings will be discussed to complement artistic production.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 1002 , ART 1003 , ART 1004  and ART 2200  
  
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    ART 3320 - Life Painting I

    (4)
    Focuses on objective study and formal construction of the figure using oil paint. Emphasis is placed upon accuracy and chiaroscuro.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 3120 
  
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    ART 3330 - Historic Painting Techniques I

    (4)
    Study of the techniques of the Old Masters, focusing on the tools and methods of five hundred years of western painting, particularly oil glazes on panel, egg tempera on panel, fresco and oil on canvas.
    Prerequisite(s): AH 1002  or ART 1002 
  
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    ART 3340 - Painting Practices

    (4)
    The practice of contemporary painting is explored through the mediation of content.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 1002 , ART 1003 , ART 1004  and ART 2300  
  
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    ART 3350 - Historic Painting Techniques II

    (4)
    Building on ART 3330 , class focuses on a particular epoch or artist for a more refined directed individual course of study.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 3330 
  
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    ART 3360 - Drawing/Painting Studio

    (4)
    The practice of contemporary drawing and painting is explored through the mediation of specific student-driven aesthetic and/or conceptual agendas.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 1002 , ART 1003 , ART 1004 , ART 2100  
  
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    ART 3380 - Drawing/Painting Contexts

    (4)
    The practice of contemporary drawing and painting is explored through the mediation of context and influence.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 1002 , ART 1003 , ART 1004 , and (ART 2100  or  ART 2300 )
  
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    ART 3430 - Digital Photography

    (4)
    Explores the digital photographic process (cameras, scanners and digital manipulation) as tools to create conceptually relevant art.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 1002 , ART 1003 , ART 1004 , and ART 2400  
  
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    ART 3450 - Analogue Photography

    (4)
    Focus on the development of traditional photographic technique and the conceptual practice of photography as a fine art medium.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 1002 , ART 1003 , ART 1004 , and ART 2400  
  
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    ART 3480 - Alternative Photography

    (4)
    The practice of contemporary photography is explored through the mediation of specific student-driven aesthetic and/or conceptual agendas.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 1002 , ART 1003 , ART 1004 , and ART 2400  
  
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    ART 3500 - Sculpture

    (4)
    Immersion into the technical, conceptual and expressive possibilities of sculptural art forms and practice.
    Prerequisite(s): ART 1003 
  
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    ART 3750 - Conceptual and Postmodern Art

    (4)
    Advanced course explores the intellectual and expressive possibilities of conceptual and postmodern art through the creation of art that questions traditional modes of representation.
  
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    ART 3900 - Topics in Studio Art

    (4)
    Specific topics in studio art for which no regular course offerings exist. Topic, instructor and prerequisite will be announced before each offering. May be repeated for 4 additional credits.
    Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor
  
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    ART 3910 - Directed Study Abroad in Studio Art

    (1 TO 4)
    Directed individual research for studio art majors who travel abroad to study art monuments. Topic/creative activity must be approved by instructor before departure. May be repeated in a subsequent semester on a different topic for a total of up to 8 credits.
    Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.
  
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    ART 3911 - Study Abroad in Studio Art

    (4)
    Specific topics and directed individual creative activity in studio art offered through the Center for International Programs. Specific international program will be announced in the schedule of classes.
    Prerequisite(s): permission of Director of International Education.
  
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    ART 3950 - Projects in Studio Art

    (2)
    Specific projects in studio art for which no regular offerings exist. May be repeated in a subsequent semester under a different instructor for a total of 4 credits.
    Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor
  
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    ART 4930 - Field Experience in Studio Art

    (4)
    Field experience for studio art majors under faculty supervision. An academic project that incorporates student performance in an occupational setting. May not be repeated for credit or taken by students who have received credit for AH 3930 .
    Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor.
  
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    ART 4980 - Advanced Drawing and Painting II

    (4)
    In-depth individual study and group critique as students begin work on self-assigned projects as precursors to their student thesis work.
    Prerequisite(s): may not be taken concurrent with ART 4999 
  
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    ART 4988 - Seminar in Studio Art

    (4)
    In-depth individual study and group critique as students begin work on self-assigned projects as precursors to their thesis work. Emphasis is placed on the discussion, written support, and production of a substantial seminar project. Cannot be taken concurrently with ART 4999 .
    Prerequisite(s): Completion of two 3000-level studio art courses and declared studio art major.
  
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    ART 4996 - Independent Study in Studio Art

    (4)
    Directed individual investigation of specific problems in the visual arts. May be repeated in a subsequent semester on a different topic for a total of 8 credits.
    Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor
  
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    ART 4997 - College Teaching Apprenticeship

    (2 OR 4)
    Supervised participation in teaching an undergraduate course in studio art. Discussion of teaching objectives and methods.
    Prerequisite(s): permission of instructor
  
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    ART 4999 - Senior Thesis in Studio Art

    (4)
    Focusing on directed individual study, the student completes a coherent body of advanced art work, culminating in a thesis exhibition and thesis paper. Cannot be taken concurrently with ART 4988 . Satisfies the university general education requirement for the capstone experience.
    Prerequisite(s): Senior standing, all required art courses (core and specialization), and permission of faculty adviser.

Art Education

  
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    AED 4120 - Visual Culture, Theories in Art Education

    (2)
    This course develops knowledge of the theories and historical foundations of art education. Through lectures, readings, and discussion, students will explore historical and current trends in art education and visual culture as they learn to construct effective instruction and curricula in the visual arts using current instructional models and assessment strategies. This course is cross-listed with EST 5120.
  
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    AED 4220 - Teaching Art in the Elementary School

    (4)
    This course develops knowledge and skills for teaching art in elementary schools. Through lectures, readings, discussion, and field experience, students explore current trends in art education, visual literacy, and visual culture while constructing and practicing effective instruction and designing curricula in the visual arts using current instructional and assessment strategies. This course is cross listed with EST 5220. Field placement required.
    Prerequisite(s): AED 4120  (B)
  
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    AED 4221 - Teaching Art in the Middle School

    (2)
    This course is designed to develop knowledge and skills for teaching art in middle schools. Through lectures, readings, discussion and field experience, students explore current trends in art education, visual literacy, and visual culture while constructing and practicing effective instruction and designing curricula in the visual arts using current instructional assessment strategies. This course is cross-listed with EST 5221. Field placement required.
    Prerequisite(s): AED 4120  and AED 4220 
    Corequisite(s): AED 4320 
  
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    AED 4320 - Teaching Art at the Secondary Level

    (4)
    This course develops knowledge and skills for teaching art at secondary levels. Through lectures, readings, field and studio experience, students explore historical and current trends in art education, visual culture, and visual literacy while constructing effective instruction and curricula in the visual arts using current instructional and assessment strategies. This course is cross-listed with EST 5320. Field placement required.
    Prerequisite(s): AED 4120 , AED 4220 
    Corequisite(s): AED 4221 
  
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    AED 4950 - Internship in Art Education

    (12 )
    Provides teaching and other appropriate activities in an area classroom with guidance by university supervisor and cooperating teachers. General and specific instructional interns concerns are explored in multiple concurrent seminars. Completion of a program evaluation is required before a grade is reported to the registrar. Grade (B) or above is required for certification recommendation. May not be repeated.
  
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    AED 4996 - Independent Study in Art Education

    (1 TO 4)
    Pursues directed individual reading and research in art education. May include a field placement, as well as development of specific teaching materials. May be repeated for a total of four credits.
    Prerequisite(s): permission of department (present written consent by faculty who will supervise study).

Art History

  
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    AH 1001 - History of Western Art, Prehistory through Medieval

    (4)
    History and analysis of the visual arts of western Europe from prehistoric times through the Medieval period. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the arts knowledge exploration area.
  
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    AH 1002 - History of Western Art, Renaissance to Present

    (4)
    History and analysis of the visual arts of western Europe from the Renaissance to the present. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the arts knowledge exploration area.
  
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    AH 1003 - Arts of Asia and the Islamic World

    (4)
    Introduction to the monuments of Asia, including India, China, Japan and the Islamic world, including the Near East and North Africa. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the arts knowledge exploration area.
  
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    AH 2000 - Critical Thinking and Writing in Art History I

    (4)
    Introduction to research in art and art history, practice in writing about art from various points of view, and analytical reading of critical texts. Written and oral presentation of major research papers. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in the major. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): AH 1001 , AH 1002  or AH 1003  and written permission of the instructor.
  
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    AH 2100 - Concepts of Modern and Postmodern Art

    (4)
    An overview of major movements, artists and critical themes of twentieth century art and an introduction to the themes of contemporary critical discourse. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): AH 1002 
  
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    AH 2200 - Introduction to the History of Western Architecture

    (4)
    History and analysis of the architecture of Western Europe and North America from the period of ancient Greece to the present. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Prerequisite for knowledge applications: completion of the general education requirement in the arts knowledge exploration area.
  
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    AH 3000 - Critical Thinking and Writing in Art History II

    (4)
    Introduction to critical theory and the application of its methodologies to the study of art. Satisfies the university general education requirement in the knowledge applications integration area. Prerequisite for knowledge applications integration: completion of the general education requirement in the arts knowledge exploration area. Satisfies the university general education requirement for a writing intensive course in general education or the major, not both. Prerequisite for writing intensive: completion of the university writing foundation requirement.
    Prerequisite(s): AH 2000  or permission of instructor.
  
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    AH 3010 - Japanese Art

    (4)
    The development of architecture, sculpture, painting, and other art forms (bronze, ceramic, lacquer ware, armor) in Japan from prehistory to modern times.
    Prerequisite(s): AH 1003  or IS 2200 
 

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