An introduction to both art history and its methodologies that will prepare students to analyze and understand art and architecture from diverse regions and time periods. Critical examination of artworks considers both their process of creation and their meaning in cultural context. Using case studies from prehistory to contemporary times, the course is subdivided to explore some of the general themes that often provide meaning to artistic expression, including space/place, the body, institutional and private patronage and self-expression. Special emphasis is given to developing skills of visual, iconographic and contextual analysis, comparative study and the interpretation of primary documents and secondary sources. This course satisfies the Core Curriculum requirement in Humanistic Foundations.