Current Course Offerings


 

Spring 20

CORE COURSE

MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE: EXHIBITING ART, EXHIBITING CULTURE
ANTH 341

Instructor: Heath-Stout, Laura E.
A wide-ranging introduction to museum studies with a particular focus on the collection and exhibition of cultural heritage materials. We will examine how heritage objects are displayed and represented in museums of art, natural historical history, and heritage. Topics include looking and ethics of collecting, policies of display, changing roles for museums; exhibition design and curatorial practice. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ANTH 341 if student has credit for ANTH 541. (View Registrar Listing)

 

ELECTIVES

ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIELD TECHNIQUES
ANTH 362 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Morgan, Molly
Methods used in fieldwork, laboratory analysis, and interpretation of archaeological data from a local site excavated by the class. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ANTH 362 if student has credit for ANTH 562. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

THE ARCHAEOLOGY OF CITIES AND STATES
ANTH 363 Distribution Group II

Instructor: Morgan, Molly
A comparative study of the archaic cities and states of Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus, China, and South America, emphasizing the causes and conditions of their origins. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ANTH 363 if student has credit for ANTH 563. (View Registrar Listing)

 

FOUNDATIONS IN THE HISTORY AND THEORY OF ARCHITECTURE I (1450-1850)
ARCH 345 Distribution Group I

Lectures and discussions focusing on significant architectural and urban practices and ideas formulated before 1850. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for ARCH 345 if student has credit for ARCH 235/ARCH 535/ARCH 645. (View Registrar Listing)

 

THE CHEMISTRY OF ART
CHEM 176 Distribution Group III

Instructor: Whitmire, Kenton H.
The chemistry of the materials and methods used to create, conserve and authenticate art objects will be presented. Topics will include sculpture, painting, photography, textiles, jewelry, furniture, etc. Taught in conjunction with the Conservation Department and Staff of the MFAH. Some classes will be held at the MFAH or HMNS. (View Registrar Listing)

 

CONTEMPORARY ART AND ENVIRONMENT
FWIS 109

Instructor: Dib, Lina
This course delves into questions of environment, ecology and sustainability through the lens of contemporary art. From earthworks, to performance, to land art, activist art, and community-based practices, participants engage critically and creatively with contemporary practices. This course is eligible for credit toward the Environmental Studies minor. (View Registrar Listing)

 

A REVOLUTION FROM WITHIN: TRENDS IN CONTEMPORARY CUBAN CULTURE
HART 304 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Duno-Gottberg, Luis
This research seminar will explore contemporary trends in Cuban culture through literary texts, films, music and works of art. We will examine the ways in which politics and the practices of artistic representation intersect in post-revolutionary Cuba. A research trip to Cuba has been organized as part of this seminar. (The trip is optional. There is a course fee.) Course taught in Spanish. Recommended Prerequisite(s): Third year Spanish Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for HART 304 if student has credit for HART 565. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HISTORY OF AFRICA IN THE MUSEUM
HIST 343 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Domingues da Silva, Daniel B.
Provides students with an opportunity to examine the history of Africa in modern museums through readings, discussions, and analyses of exhibits. (View Registrar Listing)

 

SPECIAL TOPICS: SPATIAL HUMANITIES
HURC 432

Instructor: Miller, Michael F.
This course will trace the evolution of a city as it existed and as it was imagined. Views, historic maps, and ground-floor plans will be located in both time and space while their associated visual and spatial data will be integrated across digital platforms. Graduate students enroll in an additional bootcamp and mentor undergraduate students. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for HURC 432 if student has credit for HURC 632. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)

 

MEDICINE AND THE MUSEUM: CLINICAL AESTHETICS AND THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON
RELI 335 Distribution Group I

Instructor: Brennan, Marcia G.
Through weekly visits to the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, this class develops key skills and engages relevant themes relating to medicine and caregiving, including observation and description, embodiment and motion, eros and suffering, vulnerable populations, grief and loss, human mortality and spiritual transcendence. (View Registrar Listing)

 

PRACTICA

MUSEUM INTERNSHIP I
HART 300

Instructor: Costello, Robert L.
The aim of this course is to provide select students a practicum in museum work accompanied by an introduction to a history of museums, including the varieties of museums, their role in society and significant issues in museums today. (View Registrar Listing)

 

MUSEUM INTERNSHIP II
HART 301

Instructor: Costello, Robert L.
The aim of this course is to provide select students a practicum in museum work accompanied by an introduction to a history of museums, including the varieties of museums, their role in society and significant issues in museums today. (View Registrar Listing)

 

BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP I
HART 400

Instructor: Manca, Joseph P.
Undergraduate Internship at Bayou Bend, the American Decorative Arts Center of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Must be a Jameson Fellowship recipient to enroll. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for HART 400 if student has credit for HART 603. (View Registrar Listing)
 

 

BAYOU BEND UNDERGRADUATE INTERNSHIP II
HART 401

Instructor: Manca, Joseph P.
Undergraduate Internship at Bayou Bend and The American Decorative Arts Center of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Must be a Jameson Fellowship recipient to enroll. Mutually Exclusive: Cannot register for HART 401 if student has credit for HART 604. (View Registrar Listing)

 

HRC PRACTICUM IN CULTURAL HERITAGE
HURC 423

Instructor: Mulligan, John C.
This research-based course is conducted in partnership with cultural heritage institutions in Houston. Qualified and advanced students work 10 hours/week on site with curators, artists, archivists, center directors, and others to develop projects in specific research areas. Students meet regularly with instructor to discuss research and to present work at an end of semester symposium. Repeatable for Credit. (View Registrar Listing)