This page displays the schedule of Bryn Mawr courses in this department for this academic year. It also displays descriptions of courses offered by the department during the last four academic years.

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Students must choose a major subject and may choose a minor subject. Students may also select from one of seven concentrations, which are offered to enhance a student's work in the major or minor and to focus work on a specific area of interest.

Concentrations are an intentional cluster of courses already offered by various academic departments or through general programs. These courses may also be cross-listed in several academic departments. Therefore, when registering for a course that counts toward a concentration, a student should register for the course listed in her major or minor department. If the concentration course is not listed in her major or minor department, the student may enroll in any listing of that course.

Fall 2017

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B306-001Monumental PaintingSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM TCarpenter Library 17McFadden,S.
HART B226-001Perspectives on African ArtSemester / 1LEC: 11:25 AM-12:45 PM TTHTaylor Hall BLabi,K.
HART B281-001Museum Studies: History, Theory, PracticeSemester / 1LEC: 1:00 PM- 4:00 PM FCarpenter Library 25Feliz,M.
HART B325-001Care and Conservation of Contemporary ArtSemester / 1Lecture: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM FDalton Hall 2Weldon,M.
HART B345-001Topics in Material Culture: Textiles of AsiaSemester / 1LEC: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM THCollege Hall 104Houghteling,S.
HART B373-001Contemporary Art in Exhibition: Museums and BeyondSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM FDalton Hall 25Robbins,C.
HIST B245-001Topics in Modern US History: Making Public Queer HistorySemester / 1LEC: 9:55 AM-11:15 AM TTHDalton Hall 10Vider,S.

Spring 2018

COURSE TITLE SCHEDULE/
UNITS
MEETING TYPE TIMES/DAYS LOCATION INSTR(S)
ARCH B102-001Introduction to Classical ArchaeologySemester / 1Lecture: 10:10 AM-11:00 AM MWFCarpenter Library 25Lindenlauf,A.
FREN B105-001Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1Lecture: 11:10 AM-12:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall DSanquer,M.
FREN B105-002Directions de la France contemporaineSemester / 1Lecture: 12:10 PM- 1:00 PM MWFTaylor Hall DPeysson-Zeiss,A.
HART B316-001Museum Studies Fieldwork SeminarSemester / 1Lecture: 2:10 PM- 4:00 PM WCarpenter Library 15Scott,M.
HIST B349-001Topics in Comparative HistorySemester / 1LEC: 9:10 AM-12:00 PM TScott,M., Vider,S.

Fall 2018

(Class schedules for this semester will be posted at a later date.)

2017-18 Catalog Data

ANTH B271 Museum Anthropology: History, Politics, Practices
Not offered 2017-18
This course provides an in-depth exploration of museum anthropology: the critical study of museum practices from an anthropological perspective. The course will fundamentally consider the role of museums in exhibiting culture--the politics of placing cultures on display, from living humans and human remains to cultural objects and artifacts. The course will also consider changing practices in museum anthropology, including repatriation efforts, shifting notions of heritage and identity and the emergence of community-curated exhibitions. This course complements the theoretical explorations of the museum with visits to area museums and hands-on work in Special Collections.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2018
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B234 Picturing Women in Classical Antiquity
Not offered 2017-18
We investigate representations of women in different media in ancient Greece and Rome, examining the cultural stereotypes of women and the gender roles that they reinforce. We also study the daily life of women in the ancient world, the objects that they were associated with in life and death and their occupations.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B306 Monumental Painting
Fall 2017
The Mediterranean tradition of large-scale painting begins in prehistoric times and continues through Late Antiquity and beyond. Important examples survive on the walls of houses, tombs and other structures at sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Anatolia, Macedonia, Magna Graecia, and Etruria, Rome and the famous sites of Pompeii and Hercul- aneum preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Technical, artistic, cultural and interpretive issues will be considered.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2018
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B234 Picturing Women in Classical Antiquity
Not offered 2017-18
We investigate representations of women in different media in ancient Greece and Rome, examining the cultural stereotypes of women and the gender roles that they reinforce. We also study the daily life of women in the ancient world, the objects that they were associated with in life and death and their occupations.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B102 Introduction to Classical Archaeology
Spring 2018
A historical survey of the archaeology and art of Greece, Etruria, and Rome.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ARCH B234 Picturing Women in Classical Antiquity
Not offered 2017-18
We investigate representations of women in different media in ancient Greece and Rome, examining the cultural stereotypes of women and the gender roles that they reinforce. We also study the daily life of women in the ancient world, the objects that they were associated with in life and death and their occupations.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ANTH B271 Museum Anthropology: History, Politics, Practices
Not offered 2017-18
This course provides an in-depth exploration of museum anthropology: the critical study of museum practices from an anthropological perspective. The course will fundamentally consider the role of museums in exhibiting culture--the politics of placing cultures on display, from living humans and human remains to cultural objects and artifacts. The course will also consider changing practices in museum anthropology, including repatriation efforts, shifting notions of heritage and identity and the emergence of community-curated exhibitions. This course complements the theoretical explorations of the museum with visits to area museums and hands-on work in Special Collections.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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FREN B105 Directions de la France contemporaine
Spring 2018
An examination of contemporary society in France and Francophone cultures as portrayed in recent documents and film. Emphasizing the tension in contemporary French-speaking societies between tradition and change, the course focuses on subjects such as family structures and the changing role of women, cultural and linguistic identity, an increasingly multiracial society, the individual and institutions (religious, political, educational), and "les loisirs". In addition to the basic text and review of grammar, readings are chosen from newspapers, contemporary literary texts and magazines, complemented by video materials. Prerequisite: FREN 005 or 101.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Visual Studies

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ARCH B125 Classical Myths in Art and in the Sky
Not offered 2017-18
This course explores Greek and Roman mythology using an archaeological and art historical approach, focusing on the ways in which the traditional tales of the gods and heroes were depicted, developed and transmitted in the visual arts such as vase painting and architectural sculpture, as well as projected into the natural environment.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B226 Perspectives on African Art
Fall 2017
This course is an exploration of a selected range of art that represent the role and place of art in Africa and demonstrate the changes in artwork over time. The course begins with an examination of what defines the art of Africa, and proceeds to seek an understanding of its philosophical underpinnings and aesthetics. It then conducts a cultural as well as an historical exploration of selected art traditions on the continent. The course will emphasize the diversity of African aesthetics as well as highlight the similarities and differences between African people within and across various artistic practices in secular and non-secular settings.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARCH B234 Picturing Women in Classical Antiquity
Not offered 2017-18
We investigate representations of women in different media in ancient Greece and Rome, examining the cultural stereotypes of women and the gender roles that they reinforce. We also study the daily life of women in the ancient world, the objects that they were associated with in life and death and their occupations.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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ANTH B271 Museum Anthropology: History, Politics, Practices
Not offered 2017-18
This course provides an in-depth exploration of museum anthropology: the critical study of museum practices from an anthropological perspective. The course will fundamentally consider the role of museums in exhibiting culture--the politics of placing cultures on display, from living humans and human remains to cultural objects and artifacts. The course will also consider changing practices in museum anthropology, including repatriation efforts, shifting notions of heritage and identity and the emergence of community-curated exhibitions. This course complements the theoretical explorations of the museum with visits to area museums and hands-on work in Special Collections.
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B279 Exhibiting Africa: Art, Artifact and New Articulations
Not offered 2017-18
At the turn of the 20th century, the Victorian natural history museum played an important role in constructing and disseminating images of Africa to the Western public. The history of museum representations of Africa and Africans reveals that exhibitions--both museum exhibitions and "living" World's Fair exhibitions-- has long been deeply embedded in politics, including the persistent "othering" of African people as savages or primitives. While paying attention to stereotypical exhibition tropes about Africa, we will also consider how art museums are creating new constructions of Africa and how contemporary curators and conceptual artists are creating complex, challenging new ways of understanding African identities.
Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B281 Museum Studies: History, Theory, Practice
Fall 2017
Using the museums of Philadelphia as field sites, this course provides an introduction to the theoretical and practical aspects of museum studies and the important synergies between theory and practice. Students will learn: the history of museums as institutions of recreation, education and leisure; how the museum itself became a symbol of power, prestige and sometimes alienation; debates around the ethics and politics of collecting objects of art, culture and nature; and the qualities that make an exhibition effective (or not). By visiting exhibitions and meeting with a range of museum professionals in art, anthropology and science museums, this course offers a critical perspective on the inner workings of the museum as well as insights into the "new museology."
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B300 The Curator in the Museum
Not offered 2017-18
This course provides an introduction to theoretical and practical aspects of museums and to the links between practice and theory that are the defining characteristic of the museum curator's work today. The challenges and opportunities confronting curators and their colleagues, peers, audiences, and constituents will be addressed through readings, discussions, guest presentations, writings, and individual and group projects.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B301 Topics in Exhibition Strategies
Section 001 (Spring 2017): Exhibiting the Self
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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ARCH B306 Monumental Painting
Fall 2017
The Mediterranean tradition of large-scale painting begins in prehistoric times and continues through Late Antiquity and beyond. Important examples survive on the walls of houses, tombs and other structures at sites in the Bronze Age Aegean, in Archaic, Classical and Hellenistic Anatolia, Macedonia, Magna Graecia, and Etruria, Rome and the famous sites of Pompeii and Hercul- aneum preserved by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Technical, artistic, cultural and interpretive issues will be considered.
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B316 Museum Studies Fieldwork Seminar
Spring 2018
This course provides students a forum in which to ground, frame and discuss their hands-on work in museums, galleries, archives or collections. Whether students have arranged an internship at a local institution or want to pursue one in the Bryn Mawr College Collections, this course will provide a framework for these endeavors, coupling praxis with theory supported by readings from the discipline of Museum Studies. The course will culminate in a final poster presentation, an opportunity to reflect critically on the internship experience. Prior to taking the course, students will develop a Praxis Learning Plan through the LILAC office. All students will share a set syllabus, common learning objectives and readings, but will also be able to tailor those objectives to the specific museum setting or Special Collections project in which they are involved.
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HART B318 Cultural Property and Museums
Not offered 2017-18
This course examines cultural heritage and the concept of cultural property in relation to museums and collections. We will consider the development of national and international laws in the 20th and 21st centuries to protect cultural heritage, museum responsibilities, and case studies on topics including the looting of archaeological sites, the fate of art during war, nationalism and politics, restitution of art, and fakes and forgeries.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B325 Care and Conservation of Contemporary Art
Fall 2017
This course explores the ethics, principles, analysis and materials used in art conservation. Case studies, guest lectures, and museum visits will then introduce the unique problems involved in preserving, conserving and exhibiting contemporary art. There will be some hands on/lab component activities. Prerequisites: At least one previous HART course at Bryn Mawr College. Understanding of basic chemistry helpful.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B345 Topics in Material Culture
Section 001 (Fall 2016): Textiles of Asia
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Textiles of Asia
Fall 2017
This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Current topic description: This seminar will explore the myriad textile traditions of Asia. Through close study of woven objects in the Bryn Mawr Special Collections and visits to the Penn Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this course will trace the history of the interconnected textile traditions of Eastern and Western Asia, from Chinese and Indonesian textile traditions to the weavings of Iran and Turkey. We will consider interdisciplinary approaches to textiles and the ways that textiles are catalogued and exhibited in museum spaces. As an advanced art history seminar, we will discuss how to write art historical essays that animate non-figural textiles and how to conduct research on decorative arts and material culture.

Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B373 Contemporary Art in Exhibition: Museums and Beyond
Fall 2017
How does the collection and display of artwork create meanings beyond the individual art object? In recent decades, enormous shifts have occurred in exhibition design as artwork projected from the walls of the museum, moved outdoors to the space of the street, and eventually went online. We will study an array of contemporary exhibition practices and sites in their social and historical contexts, including the temporary exhibition, "the white cube," the "black box," museum installations, international biennials, and websites. During the seminar, we will examine how issues such as patronage, avant-gardism, globalization, and identity politics have progressively brought museums and other exhibition spaces into question.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HART B374 Topics: Exhibition Seminar
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topics course. Course content varies. Students will gain practical experience in the production of an exhibition: conceiving a curatorial approach, articulating themes, writing didactics, researching a checklist, designing gallery layout, producing print and web materials, developing programs, and marketing the exhibit. Prerequisite: At least one previous HART course at Bryn Mawr College.
Counts toward Museum Studies

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HIST B245 Topics in Modern US History
Section 001 (Fall 2017): Making Public Queer History
Fall 2017
This is a topics course in 20th century America social history.
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HIST B274 Focus: Topics in Modern US History
Not offered 2017-18
This is a topics course in 20th century America social history. Topics vary by half semester
Critical Interpretation (CI)
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Gender and Sexuality Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies
Counts toward Praxis Program

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HIST B349 Topics in Comparative History
Section 001 (Spring 2017): The Civilizing Mission
Spring 2018
This is a topics course. Topics vary.
Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts toward Africana Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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PSYC B231 Health Psychology
Not offered 2017-18
This course will provide an overview of the field of health psychology using lecture, exams, videos, assignments, and an article critique. We will examine the current definition of health psychology, as well as the theories and research behind many areas in health psychology (both historical and contemporary). The course will focus on specific health and social psychological theories, empirical research, and applying the theory and research to real world situations. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC B105) or Foundations of Psychology (PSYC H100)
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Counts toward Museum Studies

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PSYC B231 Health Psychology
Not offered 2017-18
This course will provide an overview of the field of health psychology using lecture, exams, videos, assignments, and an article critique. We will examine the current definition of health psychology, as well as the theories and research behind many areas in health psychology (both historical and contemporary). The course will focus on specific health and social psychological theories, empirical research, and applying the theory and research to real world situations. Prerequisite: Introductory Psychology (PSYC B105) or Foundations of Psychology (PSYC H100)
Course does not meet an Approach
Counts toward Health Studies
Counts toward Museum Studies

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