Art History Courses

Courses in art history (designated ARTH) may be applied as appropriate (according to individual program requirements) toward

  • the general education requirements in the arts and humanities
  • a major in humanities
  • a minor in art history
  • electives

UMGC offers a limited number of ARTH courses each session. To complete a minor, students may need to take courses at other institutions in the University System of Maryland or extend the time spent fulfilling the degree requirements. Students are advised to consult an advisor before selecting this discipline.

Film and American Culture Studies (3 Credits, ARTH 204)

An introductory study of the relationship between film and American culture. The objective is to improve one's ability to understand a film's message and to expand one's cultural awareness. Discussion covers the way one of our most popular media portrays American culture and influences our interpretation of cultural issues. Various films, filmmaking issues, and representative filmmakers' work are examined. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 204, AMST 204, or HUMN 204.

Understanding Movies (3 Credits, ARTH 334)

(Formerly HUMN 334.) An analysis of one of the most important means of artistic expression of the 20th century. The goal is to acquire a deeper understanding of the aesthetic qualities of film by considering the stylistic elements of film as it has evolved throughout the century and weighing the special relationship between cinema and literature. Students may receive credit for only one of the following courses: ARTH 334, HUMN 334, or HUMN 498D.