This course provides a much needed non-Western counterpart to the preexisting ARTH 105 and ARTH 106 surveys of art history. ARTH 107 also provides students with a choice when completing the prerequisites for the Art History major.
A broad survey of Asian art at the 100-level will better prepare students (majors and non-majors alike) for 300-level and 500-level courses in more specific Asian art subjects.
Additionally, the AP Art History Course and Exam offered in many high schools has recently been revised to include much more non-Western material, especially Asian. This means that more in-coming students will arrive with an interest and desire to learn more about Asian art specifically at the university level.
It has become apparent that the creation of 200-level courses between the survey 100-levels and the mid-level 300s will provide another group of ARTH courses open to and attractive to non-majors, still at a fairly basic level. This will help us increase course enrollments (individually as professors, as a program area, as a unit, etc.). The 200-level course options will instruct students in some of the basic thematic issues of art history. One such course has already been proposed: ARTH 201 "What is Art?". This course is a basic introduction to theories about art (and even more broadly, the Arts writ large) from antiquity and the Renaissance through the present Postmodern period. For those who may have taken the 100-level surveys, a 200-level course like this allows for a thematic exploration of some deeper issues that are often glossed over or neglected in the big surveys, while still remaining introductory in nature. At the same time, we want these 200-level courses to count towards the major for those who decide to do so. So we need to change the line "12 credits at the 300-level and above" to read "12 credits at the 200-level and above."
Changes to the Major
Currently, the Bulletin stipulates that ARTH majors must take both ARTH 105 and ARTH 106. Bulletin language would be amended to state that ARTH majors must choose two of the three 100-level offerings (ARTH 105, ARTH 106, and ARTH 107) to satisfy the prerequisites for the degree.
General Education Options
ARTH 107 counts as either AIU (Aesthetic and Interpretive Understanding) or GHS (Global Citizenship, Multicultural Understanding, and Historical Thinking) in the Carolina Core.