1. School: SOLA Department: Art and Art History Department Course Number: AH 100 Course Title: Women and Art Upper Division: This is an intensive course that includes rigorous weekly readings, writing assignments and weekly reflections. 2. Justification for the Course: Learning goals: This course asks students to examine works of art by women artists from the Middle Ages to the middle of the 20th century from a social, cultural and historic perspective. identify key works of art produced in Europe and the United States by women artists. understand and utilize key art historical terminology as it relates to the works of art produced in Europe and the United States by women artists. employ art historical methodology to collect evidence of human artistic production across time and across cultures. synthesize the relationship between specific works art and their social, cultural and historic context. Recognize and compose readable (and disciplinary specific) prose, as characterized by clear and careful organization, coherent paragraphs and well-constructed sentences that employ the conventions of Standard Written English and appropriate diction (according to the style used in the History of Art). 3. Student Population: The writing-intensive course is well suited for majors and minors in both Art History and Women's and Gender Studies. It is also of general interest to upper-division students interested in the cultural history of women in the arts. 4. Relationships to Present College Curriculum: This course will serve the Writing in the Discipline designation. This course will also be cross-listed with Women's and Gender Studies. 5. Any Extraordinary Implementation Costs: None 6. Library Resources: See attached library review 7. Course Credit: 1 (3 hrs, 15 minutes a week in the classroom) Format of the Course: The class will include slide-illustrated lectures, weekly readings, weekly blogs, short-essay exams, film screenings and a five-step research paper. All aspects of the course are intended to work together to create a conversation about artistic production and the role that this activity has played in the secular and sacred life of women throughout history. Grading Options: Traditional letter grade. 8. Prerequisites: English 5 9. Course Description (for the College catalogue): This course will focus on women both as the subjects and the creators of art in Europe and the United States. It will be organized chronologically and thematically. This will involve a historical survey of women artists and their artistic contributions, as well as an examination of the religious, mythological and secular images of women in art. Extensive attention will be given to the creation, modification and persistence of these images throughout history, due to various social, economical, psychological and intellectual conditions. This course will teach students how to write and do research in the history of art, continuing the work begun in English 5 and building upon the skills learned there. This course will develop students’ thinking skills in the history of art and improve their ability to communicate within the discipline. 10. Course Content: See attached syllabus 11. Review of Experimental Offerings: The course was offered as an Experimental offering once (during Fall 2014). It was also offered three previous times as a Special Topics course within the department (and cross listed with Women’s Studies). The latest version of the course was successful for the students and myself as it addressed their need for rigor in writing and critical thinking. It is a good fit as both an upper-division art history course and a class that fulfills the Writing in the Disciplines requirements for our students. The balance between writing, classroom discussions, presentations and other student-based activities seems in agreement with a dynamic classroom experience.