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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Art and Music History Course Offerings

Previous Semesters

Fall 2022

Undergraduate and Graduate Art (HOA) and Music (HOM) courses

Linked course titles have extended descriptions. Syllabi provided where available.
Course Title Day Time Instructor Room Syllabus Description
HOM 100 M001 Sound Cultures TTH 12:30 PM-1:50 PM Fuchs, Sarah This experience-driven course will explore how sound inflects our understanding of culture. Over the course of the semester, our discussions will revolve around themes including: sound and representations of race, gender, sexuality, and class; the voice as an instrument of selfhood and subjectivity; silence and silencing; and sound and the environment. We will engage in sonic experiments, take soundwalks, curate playlists, listen collectively, make music, and read scholarship drawn from the interdisciplinary field of sound studies. Students with or without musical experience welcome!
HOA 105 M001 Art & Ideas I TTH 12:30 PM-1:25 PM Cornelison, Sally Register for one Discussion M002-M013; Section M001 will auto-enroll. Introductory overview of art and architecture from antiquity through the late medieval period that emphasizes how visual culture relates to historical and intellectual circumstances, society values, technology and diverse and changing identities. Repeatable 1 time(s), 3 credits maximum
HOA 105 M002 Art & Ideas I discussion W 8:25 AM-9:20 AM TA- Register for one Discussion M002-M013; Section M001 will auto-enroll. Introductory overview of art and architecture from antiquity through the late medieval period that emphasizes how visual culture relates to historical and intellectual circumstances, society values, technology and diverse and changing identities. Repeatable 1 time(s), 3 credits maximum
HOA 105 M003 Art & Ideas I discussion W 9:30 AM-10:25 AM TA- Register for one Discussion M002-M013; Section M001 will auto-enroll. Introductory overview of art and architecture from antiquity through the late medieval period that emphasizes how visual culture relates to historical and intellectual circumstances, society values, technology and diverse and changing identities. Repeatable 1 time(s), 3 credits maximum
HOA 105 M004 Art & Ideas I discussion W 10:35 AM-11:30 AM TA- Register for one Discussion M002-M013; Section M001 will auto-enroll. Introductory overview of art and architecture from antiquity through the late medieval period that emphasizes how visual culture relates to historical and intellectual circumstances, society values, technology and diverse and changing identities. Repeatable 1 time(s), 3 credits maximum
HOA 105 M005 Art & Ideas I discussion F 9:30 AM-10:25 AM TA- Register for one Discussion M002-M013; Section M001 will auto-enroll. Introductory overview of art and architecture from antiquity through the late medieval period that emphasizes how visual culture relates to historical and intellectual circumstances, society values, technology and diverse and changing identities. Repeatable 1 time(s), 3 credits maximum
HOA 105 M006 Art & Ideas I discussion W 11:40 AM-12:35 PM TA- Register for one Discussion M002-M013; Section M001 will auto-enroll. Introductory overview of art and architecture from antiquity through the late medieval period that emphasizes how visual culture relates to historical and intellectual circumstances, society values, technology and diverse and changing identities. Repeatable 1 time(s), 3 credits maximum
HOA 105 M007 Art & Ideas I discussion W 12:45 PM-1:$0 PM TA- Register for one Discussion M002-M013; Section M001 will auto-enroll. Introductory overview of art and architecture from antiquity through the late medieval period that emphasizes how visual culture relates to historical and intellectual circumstances, society values, technology and diverse and changing identities. Repeatable 1 time(s), 3 credits maximum
HOA 105 M008 Art & Ideas I discussion W 2:15 PM-3:10 PM TA- Register for one Discussion M002-M013; Section M001 will auto-enroll. Introductory overview of art and architecture from antiquity through the late medieval period that emphasizes how visual culture relates to historical and intellectual circumstances, society values, technology and diverse and changing identities. Repeatable 1 time(s), 3 credits maximum
HOA 105 M009 Art & Ideas I discussion W 3:45 PM-4:40 PM TA- Register for one Discussion M002-M013; Section M001 will auto-enroll. Introductory overview of art and architecture from antiquity through the late medieval period that emphasizes how visual culture relates to historical and intellectual circumstances, society values, technology and diverse and changing identities. Repeatable 1 time(s), 3 credits maximum
HOA 105 M010 Art & Ideas I discussion F 10:35 AM-11:30 AM TA- Register for one Discussion M002-M013; Section M001 will auto-enroll. Introductory overview of art and architecture from antiquity through the late medieval period that emphasizes how visual culture relates to historical and intellectual circumstances, society values, technology and diverse and changing identities. Repeatable 1 time(s), 3 credits maximum
HOA 105 M011 Art & Ideas I discussion F 11:40 AM-12:35 PM TA- Register for one Discussion M002-M013; Section M001 will auto-enroll. Introductory overview of art and architecture from antiquity through the late medieval period that emphasizes how visual culture relates to historical and intellectual circumstances, society values, technology and diverse and changing identities. Repeatable 1 time(s), 3 credits maximum
HOA 105 M012 Art & Ideas I discussion F 12:45 PM-1:40 PM TA- Register for one Discussion M002-M013; Section M001 will auto-enroll. Introductory overview of art and architecture from antiquity through the late medieval period that emphasizes how visual culture relates to historical and intellectual circumstances, society values, technology and diverse and changing identities. Repeatable 1 time(s), 3 credits maximum
HOA 105 M013 Art & Ideas I discussion F 2:15 PM-3:10 PM TA- Register for one Discussion M002-M013; Section M001 will auto-enroll. Introductory overview of art and architecture from antiquity through the late medieval period that emphasizes how visual culture relates to historical and intellectual circumstances, society values, technology and diverse and changing identities. Repeatable 1 time(s), 3 credits maximum
HOM 125 M001 Introductory Music Theory I TTH 9:30 AM-10:50 AM Dubaniewicz VPA course crosslisted with MTC 125, For Students With Little or No Music Theory Background. Elementary note reading, meter, intervals; diatonic harmony including key signatures, major & minor scales, triads, 7th chords and accompanying chord symbols. For non-music majors only.
HOM 125 M002 Introductory Music Theory I TTH 12:30 PM-1:50 PM Dubaniewicz VPA course crosslisted with MTC 125, For Students With Little or No Music Theory Background. Elementary note reading, meter, intervals; diatonic harmony including key signatures, major & minor scales, triads, 7th chords and accompanying chord symbols. For non-music majors only.
HOM 165 M001 Understanding Music I MW 2:15 PM-3:35 PM Wang, Serena Introduction to the art of music. Development of musical styles in the West from ancient Greece through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Assumes no prior musical knowledge.
HOM 165 M002 Understanding Music I MW 3:45 PM-5:05 PM Wang, Serena Introduction to the art of music. Development of musical styles in the West from ancient Greece through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Assumes no prior musical knowledge.
HOM 165 M003 Understanding Music I TTH 12:30 PM-1:50 PM Wang, Serena Introduction to the art of music. Development of musical styles in the West from ancient Greece through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Assumes no prior musical knowledge.
HOM 195 M001 Performance Live MW 12:45 PM-2:05 PM Opara, Ruth The art and meaning of music/dance performance through dialogue with performers in the classroom and experience of performances in local settings, emphasizing both western and non-western traditions. No musical experience necessary.
HOA 200 M001 ST: Intro to the Arts of Asia TTH 3:30 PM-4:50 PM Staff
HOM 267 M001 European Music before 1800 TTH 11:00 AM-12:20 PM Eubanks Winkler, Amanda Crosslisted with: MHL 267 European music before 1800 in its cultural and philosophical contexts. Extensive listening. Analytical focus on selected composers and works. Presupposes familiarity with musical notation, terms, and contexts. PREREQ: HOM 165 OR HOM 166 OR HOM 168 OR MHL 168
HOA 300 M002 ST: 19th C. European Art MW 3:45 PM-5:05 PM Ray (Kapoor), Romita In this course, we will study painting, sculpture, print-making, architecture, decorative arts and photography in Western Europe in the long nineteenth century. We will look at key movements from Romanticism to Art Nouveau and we will examine the rise of International Exhibitions and public spaces like cafes, dance halls, and department stores. We will also look at the connected arts of dance and music. As importantly, we will look at how European imperialism influenced art and objects during this time. At every point in the course of our study, we will think about how developments in nineteenth-century European art and architecture remain relevant today.
HOA 300 M003 ST: Byzantine Art TTH 9:30 AM-10:50 AM Peers, Glenn This course examines the art and architecture of the eastern Mediterranean from the end of Late Antiquity until the end of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. It begins with an examination of the Late Antique context out of which a truly Byzantine culture had emerged. Having defined itself against its Classical past, Byzantium in the seventh century underwent fundamental changes that produced a fully Christian, or medieval, view of the world. This course then deals with the different expressions of this medieval Greek culture through the upheavals of iconoclasm in the eighth and ninth centuries and the so-called Renaissances of the Macedonian (tenth century), Comnenian (twelfth century) and Palaiologan periods (thirteenth to fifteenth century). It will look at different media: architecture, fresco, mosaic, panel painting, coins, and seals. Finally, the course will examine art produced within the cultural orbit of Byzantium: Norman, Crusader, Islamic, Syrian, Armenian and Georgian. Finally, it will examine aspects of modernism’s fascination with the color-filled aura of Byzantine buildings and how that fascination had a deep effect on artists like Matisse, de Kooning and Rothko.
HOA 300 M004 ST: History of Photography TTH 6:30 PM-7:50 PM Innes, Margaret This class surveys the history of photography from the mid-nineteenth century to the present with an emphasis on aesthetic, cultural, and technological developments and debates. Major themes include photography's entanglement with the arts; its relationship to structures of colonialism, capitalism, and globalization; and its many vernacular and social functions. We will also devote significant attention to the analysis of photographs as images and material objects.
HOA 300 M005 ST: Holocaust, Memory & Visual Arts MW 5:15 PM-6:35 PM Gruber, Samuel Meets with: JSP 300 and REL 300 The Holocaust is a series of historic events from which today’s students are already removed by several generations; but cultural, psychological and political effects continue today. “Holocaust” relates specifically to the oppression and murder of European Jews during the years of Nazi ascendancy and throughout the Second World War. This course examines the way in which the history and horrors of the Holocaust have been presented and interpreted in the visual arts, including drawing, painting, book illustration, sculpture, landscape, architecture and film. We will examine works created by victims, perpetrators, and bystanders during the Holocaust, and many subsequent works of documentation, recollection, and commemoration, including public monuments and museums.
HOM 313 M001 Film Music TTH 2:00 PM-3:20 PM Fuchs, Sarah Survey of film music, from the era of silent film to the present day.
HOM 314 M001 Music Videos from MTV to Today TTH 11:00 AM-12:20 PM Staff A critical and historical examination of music videos from the 1980s to today.
HOA 350 M001 Art in Eighteenth Century Europe MW 12:45 PM-2:05 PM Franits, Wayne Work relating to profound cultural changes of the period. Watteau, Fragonard, Boucher, Chardin, Reynolds, Gainsborough, and Tiepolo.
HOA 389 M001 Islamic Architecture MW 3:45 PM-5:05 PM Henderson, Susan Crosslisted with: ARC 435 and ARC 735 Major building traditions of Islam in the Middle East, North Africa, Spain, Turkey, and India elucidated through in-depth examination of major works and principles of architectural, urban, and garden design. Additional work required of graduate students. PREREQ: HOA 105 OR ARC 134 OR CAS 134
HOA 396 M001 Art and Architecture of India MW 12:45 PM-2:05 PM Ray (Kapoor), Romita Crosslisted with: ARC 331, SAS 396 Art and architecture of the Indian subcontinent from the Indus Valley Civilization to the present.
HOM 400 M001 ST: Music and the Global Woman MW 3:45 PM-5:05 PM Opara, Ruth Meets with: HOM 600 and WGS 400/600 Music and the Global Woman explores the global musical traditions from women’s perspectives to reveal gender ideologies and their effect on music-making in specific cultures. Analyzing the music of selected women musicians from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America, this class explores the tradition of art music, traditional music, popular music, sacred music, and the role of women as active creators, performers, sponsors, and consumers of music that reflect their lived experiences. This course introduces the concept of intersectionality as articulated by women scholars as a lens through which it explores representations of gender, sex, class, and race in music. Students will be equipped with vocabularies and analytical tools to critically analyze music as an active agent in intergender relations. Scholarships with the intersection of music, feminism(s), and women’s studies will be examined.
HOM 419 M001 Music and Media MW 2:15 PM-3:35 PM Staff A critical studyof contemporary music and media in a variety of contexts, including radio, recordings, television, film and cyberspace.
HOA 439 M001 French Architecture, Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries TTH 9:30 AM-10:50 AM Bedard, Jean-Francois Crosslisted with: ARC 433 and ARC 737 Architecture of the Renaissance transported from Italy to France and developed into a specifically French architecture. Outstanding achievements of more than local interest. Additional work required of graduate students. PREREQ: HOA 105 OR ARC 134 OR CAS 134
HOA 454 M001 The Architecture of Revolutions TTH 8:00 AM-9:20 AM Bedard, Jean-Francois Crosslisted with: ARC 334 and ARC 634 Survey of European architectural theory and practice from the seventeenth century to the nineteenth century. Discussion and analysis of major architects, buildings, and architectural treatises, principally from France, England, and Germany. Additional work required of graduate students.
HOA 475 M001 Modern Architecture: The International Style to Present MW 12:45 PM-2:05 PM Henderson, Susan Crosslisted with: ARC 436 and ARC 736 Architecture of the modern period since World War II. Major works and figures as framed by the larger architectural issues of the period. Additional work required of graduate students. PREREQ: HOA 105 OR HOA 106 OR ARC 134 OR CAS 134
HOM 482 M001 The Roots of Global Pop TTH 3:30 PM-4:50 PM Wang, Serena The development of world popular music throughout the 20th century in the contexts of colonization, modernization, resistance, nationalism, and globalization. The sounds and production values of global fusions and issues of authenticity, identity, and appropriation. This course casts a critical glance toward global popular music, i.e., music transmitted through mass media and subjected to the mechanisms of multinational capitalism. We will explore the role of popular music in the broader issues of ethnic, national, and transnational identities; gender; popular resistance; and cultural hegemony. Case studies will include global hip-hop, K-pop, reggae, and bhangra. PREREQ: ANY HOM 100-699 LEVEL OR ANY MHL 100-699 LEVEL
HOA 498 M001 Senior Seminar: Research and Professional Practice TTH 2:00 PM-3:20 PM Peers, Glenn Research, writing, and career exploration for senior art history majors. Students develop, edit, and revise texts spanning professional practices in art history.
HOA 500 M001 ST: Russian Modernism T 3:30 AM-6:15 PM Johnson, Sam This course gives students an in-depth look at 20th century art in Russia and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, or USSR. The unusual—indeed revolutionary—circumstances of the Russian 20th century make its art especially rich and complex. Rather than a change in governments, the territories of the former Russian Empire experienced the transition to whole new society in 1917, one in which art would play an entirely different role. In this class, we will trace the assimilation of a vibrant avant-garde culture into a state-controlled propaganda system; we will look closely at the interactions between artists in Russia and Western Europe as they become increasingly regulated and infrequent; we will examine the activities of a small group of “non-conformist” artists who emerge from isolation to rejoin the international scene after World War II; and finally, we will see how artists respond to the collapse of the Soviet system and the chaotic transition to post-Soviet life.
HOA 524 M001 The Italian Renaissance Home W 12:45 PM-3:30 PM Cornelison, Sally How did people live during the Italian Renaissance? This course answers that question through an exploration of the visual culture of the domestic environment in Italy from c. 1300 to 1600. Palace architecture, religious works made for private devotions, the role of servants, gender and sexuality, and the visual culture of dining, childbirth, marriage, and other life events will be examined within the contexts of contemporary theories of virtue and magnificence, domestic rituals, the public and private promotion of political and personal agendas, and changing tastes.
HOA 577 M001 Intro to Preservation MW 8:00 AM-9:20 AM Bartlett, Charles Crosslisted with: ARC 566 Problems and methods in implementing continued use for quality segments of the humanly built environment. PREREQ: ARC 134 OR CAS 134
HOM 600 M001 ST: Music and the Global Woman MW 3:45 PM-5:05 PM Opara, Ruth Meets with: HOM 400 and WGS 400/600 Music and the Global Woman explores the global musical traditions from women’s perspectives to reveal gender ideologies and their effect on music-making in specific cultures. Analyzing the music of selected women musicians from Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, North America, and South America, this class explores the tradition of art music, traditional music, popular music, sacred music, and the role of women as active creators, performers, sponsors, and consumers of music that reflect their lived experiences. This course introduces the concept of intersectionality as articulated by women scholars as a lens through which it explores representations of gender, sex, class, and race in music. Students will be equipped with vocabularies and analytical tools to critically analyze music as an active agent in intergender relations. Scholarships with the intersection of music, feminism(s), and women’s studies will be examined.
HOA 653 M001 Art & Patronage in England, 1558-1702 M 3:45 PM-6:30 PM Franits, Wayne This interdisciplinary seminar will examine the nature and role of art in the celebrated Elizabethan, Jacobean, and Stuart courts of late sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. We will investigate the royal and aristocratic patronage of native English artists and prominent foreign ones–most notably, the Fleming, Anthony van Dyck–as well as the active purchase of art works from the continent by the same patrons. Issues of patronage, taste, and collecting will therefore be explored, along with the complicated socio-political and cultural concepts fostered by the courts and evoked by the art produced and collected within them.
HOA 655 M001 Proseminar in Graduate Research Methods and Scholarly Writing T 9:30 AM-12:15 PM Scott, Sascha This proseminar teaches graduate students in art history the research methods and scholarly writing skills required to be successful M.A. candidates and to become competitive professionals in art history and related fields. To this end, this course provides extensive training to develop students’ skills in the following three areas: writing, research, and presentation. We hone these skills by curating an exhibition for the SU Art Museum.
HOA 656 M001 Literature of Art Criticism TH 3:30 PM-6:15 PM Johnson, Sam This course prepares graduate students for advanced studies in history of the visual arts by examining some major contributions to the rigorous study visual artifacts. Since the practice of writing about art’s history is older than the academic discipline of art history, the literature of art criticism includes texts from a variety of humanistic studies, including history, literature, philosophical aesthetics, psychology, and linguistics, all of which have influenced the discipline at various times. In addition to its focus on the fundamental art historical concepts of style and iconography, this course reviews the debates in contemporary scholarship that are sometimes grouped under the heading of postmodernism (feminist, structuralist and post-structuralist, and post-colonial approaches) or visual culture studies. Course readings will familiarize students with some central theoretical problems in the interpretation of artworks and their ramifications in the field.