2020-2021 Year at a Glance

The 2020-2021 academic year will be comprised of three semesters: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021. The Department of Art History and Archaeology will offer courses in each of these terms.

This page provides an overview of our course offerings for all three terms to help students make decisions and plans for the academic year ahead. Please note that this schedule may be subject to change, and students are encouraged not only to revisit this page but also to confirm the course listings in the online Directory of Classes and Vergil, where Fall course descriptions and class meeting times will be posted by Friday, July 24th.

  • For questions about undergraduate majors and concentrations, please contact Emily Benjamin, Undergraduate Program Coordinator and Chair’s Assistant,
  • For questions about graduate programs, please contact Nicole Meily, Graduate Programs Manager,

Fall 2020 Department of Art History and Archaeology Courses

Fall term courses will run the full 14-week term: Tuesday, September 8th – Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020.

Fall A courses will run during the first half of the term: Tuesday, September 8th – Friday, October 23rd, 2020.

Fall B courses will run during the second half of the term: Monday, October 26th – Wednesday, December 23rd, 2020.

All courses listed below meet on the Fall schedule unless otherwise noted. Course descriptions, as well as specific sections and meeting times, can be found on the Directory of Classes: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/bulletin/uwb/sel/AHAR_Fall2020.html

AHIS UN1007 Introduction to the History of Architecture (Waters)

AHIS UN2101 The Athenian Acropolis in the 6th and 5th Centuries BCE (Mylonopoulos)

AHIS UN2105 Greek Myths Seen through Ancient Greek and Roman Art (Mylonopoulos)

AHIS UN2309 Early Modern Architecture, 1550-1799 (Pistis)

AHUM UN2604 Arts of China, Japan, and Korea (Jiang)

AHUM UN2604 Arts of China, Japan, and Korea (Kuromiya)

AHUM UN2604 Arts of China, Japan, and Korea (McKelway)

AHUM UN2901 Masterpieces of Indian Art and Architecture (Dehejia)

AHIS UN3000 Majors Colloquium (Crary)

AHIS UN3002 Senior Thesis Seminar (Bergdoll)

AHIS UN3101 The Public Monument in Antiquity (Bahrani)

AHIS UN3327 Building Before Industrialization (Waters)

AHIS UN3413 Nineteenth-Century Criticism (Crary)

AHIS UN3417 Medieval Revival: Collecting, Copying, and Co-opting the Past (Clemens)

AHIS UN3453 Women Artists in Eighteenth-Century Europe (Baumgartner)

AHIS UN3503 Contemporary Arts of Africa (Strother)

AHIS UN3708 Beyond El Dorado: Materials, Values, and Aesthetics in Pre-Columbian Art History (Trever)

AHIS GU4646 Foucault and the Arts (Rajchman)

AHIS GU4740 Re-Reading American Photographs (Hutchinson)

AHIS GU4948 American Government Architecture: Governance and Governmentality (Abramson)

AHIS GR5000 MODA Critical Colloquium (Kraynak)

AHIS GR5002 MA Methods Colloquium (Baumgartner)

AHIS GR6104 Ornament and Attention: Roman Imperial Imagery and its Reception (de Angelis)

HUMA GR6913 Principles of Art Humanities (Elcott)

AHIS GR8000 Proseminar (Celik)

AHIS GR8138 Early Dynastic Art and Archaeology (Bahrani)

AHIS GR8148 Imperial Mimesis: Imitation, Replication, and Copying in the Roman World (de Angelis)

AHIS GR8350 Travel: Art, Architecture, and Mapping Worlds (Pistis)

AHIS GR8XXX The Italian Renaissance Literature of Art: Strategies for Reading (Cole)

AHIS GR8478 Globalization and Contemporary Art (Kraynak)

AHIS GR8504 Masquerade: Rhetoric, Theory, Practice (Strother)

AHIS GR8657 Japanese Colonialism and East Asian Visual Culture (Reynolds)

AHIS GR8661 Problems in Kano Painting (McKelway)

AHIS GR8714 Post-Columbian: Ancient Latin America in Art since 1800 (Trever)

AHIS GR8902 Visual Narratives in Indian Art (Dehejia)


Fall 2020 Barnard Art History Courses

Fall semester term dates are the same for Barnard courses as they are for Columbia courses.

All courses listed below meet on the Fall schedule unless otherwise noted. Barnard course descriptions, as well as specific sections and meeting times, can be found on the Directory of Classes: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/bulletin/uwb/sel/ARHB_Fall2020.html

AHIS BC1001 Introduction to the History of Art I (Bryda)

AHIS BC2698 American Monument Cultures (Hutchinson) *FALL B*

AHIS BC3626 In and Around Abstract Expressionism (Alberro)

AHIS BC3667 Clothing (Higonnet)

AHIS BC3949 Art of Witness: Memorials (Deutsche)

AHIS BC3968 Art Criticism I (Miller)

AHIS GU4045 Collecting (Higonnet)


Spring 2021 Department of Art History and Archaeology Courses

Spring term courses will run the full 14-week term: Monday, January 11th – Monday, April 26th, 2021.

Spring A courses will run during the first half of the term: Monday, January 11th – Friday, February 26th, 2021.

Spring B courses will run during the second half of the term: Monday, March 8th – Monday, April 26th, 2021.

All courses listed below meet on the Spring schedule unless otherwise noted. Course descriptions, as well as specific sections and meeting times, will be available in advance of the early registration period in November 2020. Please note that this list is preliminary and subject to change.

AHIS UN2119 Rome Beyond Rome: Roman Art and Architecture in a Global Perspective (de Angelis)

AHIS UN2305 Renaissance Imperial Spain (Bodart)

AHIS UN2400 Nineteenth Century Art (Gamer)

AHIS UN2405 Twentieth Century Art (Alberro)

AHIS UN2500 Arts of Africa (Strother)

AHUM UN2604 Arts of China, Japan, and Korea (Xu)

AHUM UN2604 Arts of China, Japan, and Korea (Jiang)

AHUM UN2604 Arts of China, Japan, and Korea (Kim)

AHUM UN2604 Arts of China, Japan, and Korea (Kuromiya)

AHIS UN2XXX [undergraduate lecture] (McKelway)

AHIS UN2XXX [undergraduate lecture] (Murck)

AHIS UN2702 Pre-Columbian Art and Architecture (Trever)

AHIS UN3000 Majors Colloquium (Baumgartner)

AHIS UN3000 Majors Colloquium (Strother)

AHIS UN3002 Senior Thesis Seminar (Bergdoll)

AHIS UN3316 Mediterranean Maps (Mellon)

AHIS UN3410 Approaches to Contemporary Art (Joseph)

AHIS UN3444 Reflexivity in Art and Film (Crary)

AHIS GU4011 Art and Archaeology of Mesopotamia (Bahrani)

AHIS GU40XX Minimalism and Postminimalism (Joseph)

AHIS GU45XX Sin and Sodomy (Bryda)

AHIS GU45XX Art, Anthropology, Archaeology (Trever; Fowles [Anthropology])

AHIS GR5001 Curatorial Colloquium (Kraynak)

AHIS GR5002 Practices of Art History (Baumgartner)

AHIS GR5006 MODA Thesis Prep (Kraynak)

AHIS GR6408 Origins of Modern Visual Culture (Crary)

AHIS GR6411 Postwar American Art (Krauss)

AHIS GR6XXX [graduate lecture] (McKelway)

AHIS GR8136 Roman Provincial Art as Predicament (de Angelis)

AHIS GR8XXX [graduate seminar] (Bahrani)

AHIS GR8XXX Titian (Bodart)

AHIS GR8XXX [graduate seminar] (Freedberg)

AHIS GR8432 Art and Theory in a Global Context (Rajchman)

AHIS GR8486 French Nineteenth-Century Architecture and Architectural Theory (Bergdoll)

AHIS GR8XXX Reality as Illusion: Cultural Techniques of Trompe l'Oeil (Elcott)

AHIS GR8XXX [graduate seminar] (Murck)

AHIS GR8706 Directions in Contemporary Art (Alberro)


Spring 2021 Barnard Art History Courses

Spring semester term dates are the same for Barnard courses as they are for Columbia courses.

All courses listed below meet on the Spring schedule unless otherwise noted. Course descriptions, as well as specific sections and meeting times, will be available in advance of the early registration period in November 2020. Please note that this list is preliminary and subject to change.

AHIS BC1002 Introduction to the History of Art II (Higonnet)

AHIS BC2355 Apocalypse (Bryda)

AHIS BC3675 Feminism and Postmodernism (Deutsche)

AHIS BC3928 Looking at the Dutch Golden Age (Eaker)

AHIS BC3976 Japanese Photography (Reynolds)

AHIS BC3XXX Revolution and Art (Higonnet)

AHIS BC3XXX Barnard Teaches Undergraduate Curatorial Seminar: Inuit Sculpture (Hutchinson)


Summer 2021 Department of Art History and Archaeology Courses

Summer X courses will run the full 14-week term: Monday, May 3rd – Monday, August 16th, 2021.

Summer A courses will run during the first half of the term: Monday, May 3rd – Friday, June 18th, 2021.

Summer B courses will run during the second half of the term: Monday, June 28th – Monday, August 16th, 2021.

All courses listed below meet on the Summer A schedule unless otherwise noted. Course descriptions, as well as specific sections and meeting times, will be available in advance of Summer registration in April 2021. Please note that this list is preliminary and subject to change.

AHIS UN2102 Gore and Violence in Greek Art (Mylonopoulos)

AHIS UN2427 Twentieth Century Architecture (Celik)

AHUM UN2604 Arts of China, Japan, and Korea (Xu)

AHIS UN3000 Majors Colloquium (Gamer)

AHIS UN3100 Hellenistic Sculpture (Mylonopoulos)

AHIS UN3XXX Sacred Travel, Shrines, and Souvenirs in the Medieval World (Boomer)

AHIS UN3XXX Titian (Bodart)

AHIS UN3XXX [undergraduate seminar] (Pistis)