Honors Program

Honors History or Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval

Honors History of Art I: Prehistoric to Medieval

23959 FINA H111-02H  |  WF  |  12:00 – 1:15 PM  |  3.0 cr.

This course fulfills the Humanistic and Artistic Ways of Knowing (B.6) General Education requirement

Instructor:  Dr. Steven Cody

This class traces the development of the visuals arts from the beginnings of human history through the thirteenth century. Our primary focus will be examining how the objects we now call “art” functioned in the historical societies we study. As we will see, material artifacts engaged with issues ranging from matters of politics and power to death and the afterlife. They helped people inquire into the basic natures of humanity and divinity, as well as into the complexities of religious experience. By exploring these themes over the course of the semester, we will come to see the visual arts themselves as an important context in which the history of human thought and affairs finds tangible expression.