Art History & Architectural History at
Courses in art & architectural history
at Texas A&M University are offered through the Department of
Architecture. Undergraduate students majoring in the College of
& Regional Science, Construction
Science) as well as other colleges at Texas A&M may
pursue a minor
in art & architectural history. The minor is an
excellent complement to many fields of study and is available to all
university students who have an interest in history and historic
preservation. Upper level courses for undergraduates and graduate
students provide the historical and theoretical foundation for advanced
study in the built and virtual environments and are also open to
students in related fields (art, history, anthropology, international
COURSES - FALL 2007
ARTS 149 Art
History Survey I (Prof. Glowacki)
ENDS 149 Survey of Architectural History I (Prof. Klein)
ENDS 150 Survey of Architectural History II (Prof. Paul)
250 History of Modern Architecture (Prof. Campagnol)
ARCH 345. History of Building Technology (Prof. Geva)
ARCH 434 The Role of Sculpture and Painting in Ancient Architecture
ARCH 489 Greek Cities and Sanctuaries (Prof. Klein)
ARCH 639 Twentieth Century Architecture: Theory and Practice (Prof.
ARCH 644 Seminar in Art & Architectural History: Gothic Structure
& Design (Prof. Paul)
ARCH 649. Advanced History of Building Technology (Prof. Geva)
COURSES - SPRING 2008
(To be announced soon.)
Course Descriptions from the 2007-2008
ARTS 149. ( ARTS 1303) Art History Survey I. (3-0). Credit 3. Survey of
architecture, painting, sculpture and the minor arts from prehistoric
times to 14th century.
ARTS 150. (ARTS 1304) Art History Survey II. (3-0). Credit 3. Survey of
architecture, painting, sculpture and the minor arts from the 14th
century to the end of the 19th century.
ARTS 329. Texas Art History. (3-0). Credit 3. The development of visual
arts in Texas; an examination of art movements, artists and major works
exhibiting a broad range of artistic techniques. Prerequisite: Junior
or senior classification or approval of degree coordinator.
ARTS 330. The Arts of America. (3-0). Credit 3. Survey of painting,
sculpture, crafts and architecture of prehistoric America to the
present; emphasis on art as a record of cultural, economic and social
evolution. Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of
ARTS 335. The Art and Architecture of Rome. (3-0). Credit 3. Rome as a
microcosm of western civilization; a survey of western architectural
and art history from antiquity through the Baroque; a focus on the
Eternal City's buildings, paintings, mosaics and sculptures exploring
criteria, methods, goals and results of major architectural and
artistic movements and the people involved. Prerequisite: Junior or
senior classification or approval of degree coordinator.
ARTS 349. The History of Modern Art. (3-0). Credit 3. Chronological
development of late 19th through 20th century art; emphasis on key
artists, paintings, sculpture, photography and architecture.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification or approval of degree
ARTS 350. The Arts and Civilization. (3-0). Credit 3. Investigation of
the image of work of selected periods in terms of criticism, aesthetic
rationale, specific masters and social significance by going beyond
historical chronology. May be repeated for up to 6 credit hours.
ARTS 445. Byzantine Art and Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3. A critical
and historical investigation of Mediterranean art and architecture from
the third century to the middle of the fifteenth century; emphasis on
the artistic achievements from the late antique Mediterranean and the
Byzantine Empire; investigation of architectural decoration, public
monuments, cultural diversity and controversies over images.
Prerequisite: Junior or senior classification.
ENDS 149. (ARCH 1301) Survey of
Architectural History I. (3-0). Credit 3. A survey of the history of
architecture and the human-designed and built environment from the
prehistoric to the 14th century; origins and the evolution of ideas
related to the question of creativity in art and architectural objects
and plans that make up the total scope of the designed environment.
ENDS 150. (ARCH 1302) Survey of Architectural History II. (3-0). Credit
3. A survey of the history of architecture and the human-designed and
built environment from the 14th century to the present.
ENDS 250. History of Modern Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3. Development
of modern architecture in the 20th century; materials, structure,
social and economic changes as well as architectural theory.
Prerequisites: ENDS 149 and 150 or approval of degree coordinator.
ENDS 329. The American House I. (3-0). Credit 3. Pre-industrial
domestic architecture in America; analysis of prototype based on
contemporary documentation with an emphasis on vernacular building
types and native arts; vision of the ideal life of the period as
evidenced in original drawings and place within the framework of
variants that impact form (climate, economics, socio-cultural factors,
materials and technology). Prerequisite: ENDS 150.
ARCH 345. History of Building
Technology. (3-0). Credit 3. Chronological development of civilization
and building technology from prehistoric cultures to present; classic
and modern materials, structural devices past and present,
machine-produced products, prefabrication, construction methodology and
ARCH 430. History of Ancient Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3.
Architecture of antiquity, examining stylistic, structural and
theoretical advancements in building, beginning with Mesopotamian and
continuing with Egyptian, Greek and Roman civilizations. Prerequisite:
ENDS 149 or approval of degree coordinator.
ARCH 434. The Role of Sculpture and Painting in Ancient Architecture.
(3-0). Credit 3. Interrelationships of architecture, painting and
sculpture in the ancient world including Egypt, Mesopotamia, Crete,
Greece and Rome. Prerequisite: ENDS 149 or approval of degree
ARCH 437. Great Medieval Cathedrals. (3-0). Credit 3.
Interrelationships of architecture, sculpture and stained glass,
technology and construction, function and form, society and patronage
in the great period of medieval building. Prerequisite: Junior or
senior classification or approval of degree coordinator.
ARCH 440. History of Renaissance Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3.
Renaissance architecture in Europe and America. Prerequisite: Junior or
ARCH 441. Baroque and Rococo Architecture. (3-0). Credit 3. The
investigation of the history of architecture, the arts and society, and
major creative individuals from the late sixteenth to the early
eighteenth centuries. Prerequisite: ENDS 150 or ARTS 150 or approval of
ARCH 442. Art and Architecture of Islam. (3-0). Credit 3. An
introduction to the art and architecture of the Mediterranean, Near
Eastern and Central/South Asian territories under Muslim rule prior to
circa 1700 CE. Prerequisite: ENDS 149 and ARTS 149; approval of
ARCH 638. Architectural Theory—Renaissance Through 19th Century. (3-0).
Credit 3. Review of architectural theory and practice from the 15th to
19th centuries with emphasis on the classical tradition, its
transformations in France and in Great Britain and Germany; aspects of
this evolution. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.
ARCH 639. Twentieth Century Architecture: Theory and Practice. (3-0).
Credit 3. Background and exploration of Modern Architecture, including
consideration of region, materials, structure and style, as well as the
social and economic factors that influence architectural form and
content; discussion of the work and writings of 20th century architects
and architectural theorists. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.
ARCH 644. Seminar in Art and Architectural History. (3-0). Credit 3.
Advanced topics in art and architectural history emphasizing methods of
analysis and development of theory; topics vary each semester.
Prerequisite: Visualization Graduate Classification or approval of
ARCH 649. Advanced History of Building Technology. (3-0). Credit 3.
Readings and discussion of current topics in history of building
technology; development of understanding the importance of materials
and methods of construction to the creation of historical forms.
Prerequisite: Graduate classification or approval of instructor.
Last updated: 11 October 2007