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AH 201 – History of Art I

University of Mississippi
Department of Art
116 Meek Hall
(662) 915-7193
3 credit hours 

Instructor Information:

Lance Herrington

Lance Herrington

Lance Herrington is an adjunct instructor of art history, and has been affiliated with the Department of Art since 2000. He received his B.A. in art history from the University of Texas and his M.A. in art history from the University of Mississippi. Courses that he has taught include Introduction to Western Art, Introduction to Non-Western Art, History of Art I, History of Art II, Egyptian Art & Archaeology, and Art on Location: Japan.

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The University of Mississippi
Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

Phone: (662) 915-7313, toll-free (877) 915-7313
Fax: (662) 915-8826

Course Description

This 15-lesson Independent Study course is a chronological and thematic survey of the art, architecture, and artifacts of world civilizations of the ancient through medieval eras. A variety of cultural issues, aesthetic styles, contextual perspectives, artists, and exemplary works of art will be examined and considered. Each lesson includes a reading assignment and corresponding questionnaire, to be followed by an eventual midterm exam and an eventual final exam. Additionally, every fifth lesson (Lessons 5, 10, and 15) requires a written essay, as well.

Textbook Information:


Required Textbook:

Gardner's Art Through the Ages: A Global History, Volume I (13th edition), by Fred S. Kleiner Wadsworth Publishing
ISBN-13: 978-0495500315

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Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to):

  • developing an artistic vocabulary for critical thinking as relates to the visual arts

  • understanding the processes by which art is produced

  • evaluating the formal and expressive content of art

  • learning proper historical perspectives for the original contexts of works of art

  • introducing the fundamentals of connoisseurship, and facilitating the recognition of masterworks

Course Outline:

Lessons & Exams

Assigned Readings

Due for Grades

Lesson One

Introduction: What is Art History?

Reading questionnaire

Lesson Two

Chapter 2: The Ancient Near East

Reading questionnaire

Lesson Three

Chapter 4: The Prehistoric Aegean

Reading questionnaire

Lesson Four

Chapter 4: Part II: Ancient Greece

Reading questionnaire

Lesson Five

Chapter 6: South and Southeast Asia before 1200

Reading questionnaire & essay

Lesson Six

Chapter 7: China and Korea to 1279

Reading questionnaire

Lesson Seven

Chapter 9: The Etruscans

Reading questionnaire

Mid Course Exam

Introduction through Chapter 10,Part I

To be scheduled and completed before proceeding

Lesson Eight

Chapter 10 Part II: The Roman Empire

Reading questionnaire

Lesson Nine

Chapter 11: Late Antiquity

Reading questionnaire

Lesson Ten

Chapter 13: The Islamic World

Reading questionnaire & essay

Lesson Eleven

Chapter 14: Native Arts of the Americas before 1300

Reading questionnaire

Lesson Twelve

Chapter 16: Early Medieval Europe

Reading questionnaire

Lesson Thirteen

Chapter 17: Romanesque Europe

Reading questionnaire

Lesson Fourteen

Chapter 18: Gothic Europe

Reading questionnaire

Lesson Fifteen

Chapter 19: Italy, 1200 to 1400

Reading questionnaire & essay

Final Exam

Chapter 10, Part II through Chapter 19

To be scheduled and completed to finalize credit


Written assignments for AH 101 consist of twelve lessons, each with a set of review questions to be submitted with the lesson, two tests, and a final examination. Each lesson, with the exception of Lesson #9, which is worth 20 points, is worth 10 points; each test 85 points, and the final examination 100 points. A total of 400 points may be earned which will be averaged by 4 to determine the final letter grade. The review questions quizzes are for test preparation and will not be graded. To check responses, see page numbers given in quiz feedback. The first test follows Lesson # 3 and the second follows Lesson # 8. Typed answers to questions are preferred.





A -


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< 60%


Grading Information:
Categories of Evaluation:
Each student's final course-grade shall be comprised of:

Lesson Assignments = 60%, consisting of:
15 Reading Questionnaires @ 3% each = 45%
3 Essays @ 5% each = 15%

Exams = 40%, consisting of:
1 Midcourse Test @ 20% = 20%
1 Final (non-comprehensive) @ 20% = 20%
TOTAL = 100%

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