Arts 2F / ICS 5: History of Multicultural Arts in the United States

This class is an introduction to multicultural arts in the U.S. based upon a cross-cultural history of American art.
We will study multicultural art history from two perspectives:
1. A survey providing a basic understanding of African-American, Latinx (including Mexican-American/Chican@), Native American and Asian-American art history. 
2. A thematic approach to the diverse art forms created by artists of color including discussions addressing race and discrimination, bicultural identity, gender, social class, cultural traditions and values, and contemporary social/political awareness.

We will apply an interdisciplinary approach to art history including methods of analysis from intercultural studies, anthropology, history and cultural studies. Students will also learn basic skills in stylistic analysis and how to describe a work of art.

SCROLL DOWN to bottom of page to see POSTED CLASS TEXTBOOK for reading assignments.

Spring 2019 Arts 2F / ICS 5 ONLINE class syllabus

Midterm study guide
Midterm study slides

Final Exam study guide
Final Exam study slides
Presentation Guidelines (conventional sections only)


The chapters for the class text are available in Adobe Acrobat format.

You can access them here:

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4 part 1

Chapter 4 part 2

Chapter 5

Right-click (on Windows) or Control-click (on a Mac) on the links above and choose 'Save as...' from the menu to download the files to your computer. Open them with Adobe Acrobat reader. Each chapter is locked with a password. The passwords will be distributed in class OR on Canvas in class schedule.

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