Honors | Fine Arts
A101 | 2088 | Kleinbauer
During the semester we will examine significant monuments and art objects
dating from around 4000 B.C. to 1400 A.D. The primary objective of the
course is to understand the civilizations of the important periods of
antiquity and the Middle Ages by means of an examination of their visual
material remains. For example, we will learn what the pyramids and
colossal sphinx tell us about ancient Egyptian civilization, what the
Acropolis and Parthenon of Athens tell us about the high point of Greek
civilization, and what Gothic cathedrals with their sculptures and stained
glass windows tell us about the middle ages and Christianity. We will be
taking a look not only at actual works of art but also archaeology,
religions, society, and literature and other salient remains of culture.
Understanding the material will be enhanced through the availability of a
digitized color image project available on campus or by local home
computers. Honors students will be assigned a few additional readings in
order to explore selected topics in greater depth.
Course requirements include four50-minute examinations, of which three
are required, and a grade in discussion section based on attendance,
participation, quizzes, and short written assignments.