N.B. All courses taken at Agnes Scott College unless otherwise noted

Art History

Art History

Introduction to the major paintings, sculptures and architectural monuments from the pyramids to postmodernism. Discussion of stylistic movements, the importance of viewing works in context, and the broadening of the canon in the dialogue of non-Western and Western art.

The Art of Spectacle in Baroque Rome

A look at the art of Baroque Rome, as well as other Baroque cultural centers, through the perspective of festivals, parades and the general concept of spectacle and how it influenced this dynamic period of art.

Contemporary Art and Theory

Examination of key artists and theories in the art of the last three decades. Issues include: postmodernism, feminism and multiculturalism. Visits to museums and/or area galleries are integrated into this course.

History of Photography

Focuses on the documentary and artistic uses of photography from its invention in the mid-19th century to the present. Also investigates photography’s relationships to in other media.

Image and Word: Methods in Art and Art History

This course examines methods and methodologies in studio art and art history. Students practice skills such as analyzing works of art for their visual, iconographic and socio-historical components, summarizing and critiquing scholarly texts and considering their methodological approaches, and giving public presentations.

Age of Cathedrals

Study of the period of cathedral building from circa 1140 to circa 1350 in France, England, Italy and Spain. Theory and construction practices, the iconography of sculpture, painting and architecture, and the vicissitudes of stylistic change are explored.

Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Bernini, taken at Florence University of the Arts

Taking as its focus a close consideration of three major Italian artists – Michelangelo, Caravaggio and Bernini – this course will examine the development of significant artistic movements from the High Renaissance to the Baroque.

Renaissance Art in Florence, taken at Florence University of the Arts

This art history courses gives the student a unique and stimulating opportunity to study Renaissance art in Florence – the city of its birth. The course will provide students with an in-depth exploration of Florentine Renaissance painting, sculpture and architecture throughout the 15th century and into the beginning of the 16th century.

Symbols and Symbolism in Western Art, taken at Florence University of the Arts

This course is divided into three parts. Since religious subject matter dominated Western art up to the end of the seventeenth century, the first part of the course looks at Christian symbolism in art and help the student decipher the visual language of images and objects in religious paintings, sculpture, architecture and objects d’art. The emphasis is on Italian art from the medieval and Renaissance periods. The second part  concentrates on Italian ruling families (the Medici in Florence, for example). In conclusion, the students look at the ways geometry is used symbolically in art and architecture to communicate a specific belief.

English Literature

American Literature after 1700

Literary texts in historical context. Poetry, prose and drama including the work of  such as Douglass, Poe, Hawthorne, Whitman, Dickinson, James, Hurston, Faulkner, Baldwin and Morrison.

Modern Poetry

Studies in Modernism, with the thematic focus on American and British poets including Frost, Eliot, Pound, Auden, H.D, Loy, Moore and Stevens.

The Woman Question in Victorian Literature

A study of the anecdotal  “Woman Question” and its appearance in Victorian Literature, including short stories, poetry and novels.

Authorial Studies: Jane Austen

Thee class focuses on Austen’s six completed novels, but will also read a sample of her juvenilia, portions of a popular conduct book for ladies, and several recent critical essays. Films are viewed selectively, primarily as their differences from the novels sharpen our understanding of Austen.

Perspectives on Literature

This is the foundation course for the English major; its purpose is to expose you to the basic tools and methods of the discipline. The course focuses on skills and forms of literary analysis, research, and scholarly writing; it explores some of the theoretical approaches used by contemporary students of literature; and it attempts to place our own work in cultural and historical context.

British Literature After 1700

Literary texts in context. Poetry,  prose and drama of the modern age, including writers such as Swift, Wordsworth, Austen, Yeats and Woolf.

Medieval Romance

A study of both French and British romances of the Medieval period. French texts are read in translation and Middle English texts are gradually introduced. Focuses include the continual construction of the medieval period and the relation to the literary canon as a whole.


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