INSTRUCTOR: Heidi Saleh, Ph.D.



The purpose of this course is to introduce you to major works of art from the 16th century C.E. to contemporary times and to aid you in interpreting these works within their global contexts. Throughout this course, we will not only consider what the images tell us about these periods, but also what our interpretations reveal about our modern ways of seeing and understanding these images. You will learn to recognize the most prominent artistic trends of the times, and you’ll be able to speak articulately and write coherently about how these trends reflect world viewpoints. Because we will be dealing with an immensely large time frame, this course will provide a general overview of world art from Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and the Americas.


  • Introduction to the discipline of art history

  • Principles of aesthetic and formal analysis 

  • 16th century art in Europe

  • Baroque art in Europe 

  • Art of South and Southeast Asia 

  • Art of South and Southeast Asia 

  • Art of Japan 

  • Art of the Americas 

  • Art of Pacific Cultures/Oceania 

  • African art 

  • 18th century art in Europe and North America 

  • 19th century art in Europe and North America 

  • 20th century and contemporary art in Europe and North America


Upon completion of this course the student will be able to: 

  1. Place a work of art in its historical, cultural, and stylistic context. 
  2. Perform visual and critical analysis of a work of art using specialized vocabulary.


Art History, Volume 2, 5th Edition
By Marilyn Stokstad, Michael Cothren

ISBN-10: 0205877575  
ISBN-13: 9780205877577  
Published by Pearson  © 2013

Course Requirements

4 multiple-choice exams and  2 Papers (Gallery/Museum Response paper & a Formal Analysis Essay). 

For more information


See ART 1.2 in the Schedule of Classes

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