Global and Interdisciplinary Connections Track

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The Global and Interdisciplinary Connections track to the Art History major encourages students to earn a double major in Art History and another humanistic discipline. Created in the 2020s to complement the historic Iowa Idea track, the Global and Interdisciplinary Connections track meets students’ varying intellectual and career goals, creating opportunities for majors to tailor their studies and explore their interests across disciplines. Art history majors will connect with scholars in other departments, thereby reimagining the Iowa Idea in a global context.

The Global and Interdisciplinary Connections track to the art history major requires 30 s.h. of coursework in art history and 9 s.h. of coursework in one of the following disciplines: American Studies, Anthropology, Asian Languages and Literatures, Classics, English, French, German, History, Italian, Philosophy, or Religious Studies. Here are the course requirements:

1. All of the following courses must be completed:

• ARTH:1030 Themes in Global Art
• ARTH:1060 From Mona Lisa to Modernism: Survey of Western Art II
• ARTH:4999 Capstone Seminar in Art History

AND one of the following:

• ARTH:1040 Arts of Africa 
• ARTH:1050 Caves to Cathedrals: Survey of Western Art I
• ARTH:1070 Asian Art and Culture 
• ARTH:1080 How to Write About Art
• ARTH:1090 Earthly Paradises: The History of Global Landscapes
• ARTH:1095 Native American Art

2. At least two art history courses numbered ARTH:2000 through ARTH:2999

3. At least four art history courses numbered ARTH:3000 through ARTH:4998

4. Three of the courses listed below from one of the following disciplines:  

American Studies

AMST:2165 Native Peoples of North America 
AMST:2700 The Black Image in Sequential Art: Comics, Graphic Novels, and Anime 
AMST:3060 Cities in American Culture
AMST:3100 Critical Race Theory: Culture, Power, and Society
AMST:3249 History of Iowa and the Midwest
AMST:3265 American Monuments
AMST:4205 American Cultural History 1820-1920


ANTH:2165 Native Peoples of North America 
ANTH:2220 The Olmec, Maya, And Aztecs: Archaeology of Mesoamerica 
ANTH:3001 Introduction to Museum Studies 
ANTH:3121 Love, Marriage & Family in India
ANTH:3237 Politics of the Archaeological Past 
ANTH:3239 The Archaeology of the First Europeans
ANTH:3243 Archaeology of the American Midcontinent 
ANTH:3255 Introduction to Archaeological Ceramics
ANTH:3257 North American Archaeology 
ANTH:3258 Southwestern Archaeology
ANTH:3265 Archaeology of the Great Plains 
ANTH:3276 Greek Archaeology and Ethnohistory
ANTH:3278 Archaeology of Ancient Cities 
ANTH:3295 Field Research in Archaeology

Asian Languages and Literatures

ASIA:3055 Death, Dying, and Beyond in Asian Religions
ASIA:3208 Classical Chinese Literature Through Translation
ASIA:3431 Gender and Sexuality in East Asia   
ASIA:3550 Islam, Secularity, Modernity
ASIA:3650 Chinese History from 1600 to 1911
ASIA:3652 Twentieth-Century China
ASIA:3655 Zen Buddhism
ASIA:3685 Modern Korean History
ASIA:3890 Comparative Ritual


CLSA:3148 Barbarians and the Fall of Rome 
CLSA:3235 Greek Archaeology and Ethnohistory
CLSA:3404 The World of Ancient Greece
CLSA:3416 Greek Religion and Society
CLSA:3443 Pagans and Christians: The Church from Jesus to Muhammad
CLSA:3445 Mythology of Otherworldly Journeys 
CLSA:3514 Roman Religion and Society
CLSA:3821 City of Athens: Bronze Age to Roman World
CLSA:3836 Food in Ancient Mediterranean Society
CLSA:4106 Warfare in Ancient Mediterranean Society
CLSA:4181 History of Western Medicine
CLSA:4400 The Roman Empire
CLSA:4403 Alexander the Great
CLSA:4452 The Dead Sea Scrolls  
CLSA:4501 Archaeological Methodology and Field Research


ENGL:3216 Topics in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
ENGL:3226 Literature and Culture of the Middle Ages
ENGL:3236 Literature and the Culture of the Renaissance
ENGL:3266 Medieval Celtic Literature
ENGL:3276 Medieval Drama
ENGL:3287 Shakespeare  
ENGL:3459 African American Literature before 1900
ENGL:3329 Literature and Culture of Eighteenth-Century Britain
ENGL:3236 Literature and the Culture of the Renaissance 
ENGL:3338 Literature and Culture of the Romantic Period
ENGL:3339 Literature and Culture of Nineteenth-Century Britain
ENGL:3510 Topics in Transnational Literature - 20th and 21st Century
ENGL:3515 Topics in Postcolonial Studies - 20th and 21st Century
ENGL:3520 Literature and Culture of the 20th and 21st Century
ENGL:3525 Literature and Culture of the Americas
ENGL:3540 Literature of the Indian Subcontinent
ENGL:3550 African Literature
ENGL:3570 Transnational and Postcolonial Writing by Women


FREN:3120 French Civilization
FREN:3130 French-Speaking Cultures
FREN:3225 Studies in Modern France
FREN:3250 Topics in French Studies I
FREN:4026 French Women Writers
FREN:4080 Post-Colonial Literature in France
FREN:4100 French Cinema
FREN:4110 Francophone Literature of the African Diaspora
FREN:4210 Slavery Museums, Memorials, and Statues in the United States, Europe, and the Global
FREN:4520 Versailles Under the Sun King 
FREN:4750 Topics in French Studies II (may be taken more than once)


GRMN:3200 Literary Translation from German
GRMN:3405 German Cultural History
GRMN:3501 German Writers Engaged
GRMN:3850 Twentieth- and Twenty-first-Century German Children's Literature 
GRMN:3860 German Language and Society
GRMN:3865 History of the German Language
GRMN:4315 German Society Today
GRMN:4512 Topics in Global and Transnational Culture
GRMN:4540 Literature in Film
GRMN:4730 Beautiful Souls and Scandalous Writing


HIST:2294 Indigenous Art Activism
HIST:3145 Europe and the US in the 20th Century
HIST:3250 American Stuff: Discovering History in Things
HIST:3265 American Monuments 
HIST:3272 Native Americans in the Age of Empires, ca. 1500-1815  
HIST:3289 The Atlantic World c. 1450-1850 
HIST:3404 The World of Ancient Greece 
HIST:3423 Ireland in the Early Middle Ages   
HIST:3427 Family, Gender, Society Early Modern Europe 
HIST:3448 Barbarians and the Fall of Rome
HIST:3470 France from 1815 To Present
HIST:3473 German History 1648-1914
HIST:3650 Chinese History from 1600 to 1911
HIST:3745 Islam in Africa
HIST:3758 The Ancient African Past
HIST:4205 American Cultural History 1820-1920
HIST:4260 The Sixties in America
HIST:4400 The Roman Empire 
HIST:4403 Alexander the Great
HIST:4406 Warfare in Ancient Mediterranean Society
HIST:4407 The Hellenistic World and Rome
HIST:4412 History of the Medieval Church
HIST:4414 Christianity and Empire (35-450 AD)
HIST:4415 European Intellectual History Medieval to Modern
HIST:4417 Medieval Intellectual History 300-1150
HIST:4418 Medieval Intellectual History 1150-1500
HIST:4419 Ancient and Medieval Science
HIST:4428 Nineteenth-Century Europe
HIST:4438 Modern European Imperialism
HIST:4440 Artists, Intellectuals, and Politics in 20th-Century Europe
HIST:4910 The Book in the Middle Ages  
HIST:4920 The Transition from Manuscript to Print

ITAL:4550 Topics in Italian Studies (may be taken more than once)
ITAL:4633 Dante's Inferno 
ITAL:4634 The Italian Renaissance  
ITAL:4667 Modern Italian Fiction 


PHIL:3112 Medieval Philosophy 
PHIL:3143 Existentialism 
PHIL:3431 Aesthetics 
PHIL:3845 Buddhist Philosophy 
PHIL:4050 Topics in Buddhist Philosophy
PHIL:4152 Plato 
PHIL:4153 Aristotle 
PHIL:4266 Kant 
PHIL:4373 Heidegger 
PHIL:4377 Wittgenstein  
PHIL:4482 Early Modern Ethics
PHIL:4588 Philosophy of Mind
PHIL:4694 Philosophy of Science

Religious Studies

RELS:2674 Food, Body & Belief: A Global Perspective
RELS:3003 Classical and Hellenistic Periods
RELS:3055 Death, Dying, and Beyond in Asian Religions
RELS:3190 Medieval to Modern: The Birth of Protestantism
RELS:3243 Pagans and Christians: The Church from Jesus to Muhammad
RELS:3245 Mythology of Otherworldly Journeys
RELS:3385 Early Modern Catholicism
RELS:3431 Gender and Sexuality in East Asia  
RELS:3572 Comparative Ritual 
RELS:3645 Buddhist Philosophy  
RELS:3655 Zen Buddhism  
RELS:3716 Greek Religion and Society
RELS:3845 Islam in Africa
RELS:4155 Religious Conflict: Early Modern Period
RELS:4352 The Dead Sea Scrolls  
RELS:4870 Islamic Cultural Presence in Spain
RELS:5200 Varieties of Religion Contemporary World

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in art history requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 39 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.

Note that the requirements can and do change as deemed necessary by the School. However, once you have begun your program, your requirements will not change. Always refer to your degree audit as the official record of your requirements.