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Course Description

A critical survey of history through the arts of pre-Columbian natives of North, Central and South America. The course will cover major societies and events from the appearance of major civilizations through the initial colonization efforts of European nations. Due to the distinct history of the Americas, this course uses the arts - architecture, sculpture, ceramics and painting, among others - of ancient societies as a primary source material. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. This course is also listed as HIST 21. (C-ID: ARTH 145) ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and describe the role Art has played in the development of ancient civilizations of the Americas. Outline range of cultures and art forms.
  • Recognize and identify examples of major architecture, artisan goods, painting and sculpture noting contributions of the major cultures and eras.
  • Denote social, economic and political structures as interpreted by scholars reflected in limited remains of indigenous peoples of the Americas.
  • Interpret and demonstrate the historical, philosophical, and technical contributions of various cultures. Explain and analyze how and where cultures were influence by others, and distinguish from distinct cultural practices.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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