The Art History course surveys influential works of art and architecture in the Western tradition, from the prehistoric to the postmodern. Students will study architecture, painting, sculpture, and other media in their cultural and historical contexts. They will understand and discuss these works from various social perspectives to recognize, analyze, and value artistic expressions, functions, and effects. Works of art will be explored as aesthetic and material objects as well as cultural artifacts and forces. This course provides a solid foundation in art and design, allowing students to think critically about the visual arts, media, and architecture.