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Introduction to Art History

Sophia's Introduction to Art History course helps you gain mastery of the basic art history elements of the Western world from prehistoric to modern times. In this course, you will explore art exhibits, analyze buildings and architecture, and examine art in everyday life. Full Description

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This Introduction to Art History Course uses problem­-based learning that shows you how to apply your knowledge in real­-world situations. Our Many Ways™ learning model feature multiple teachers and various instructional styles for each concept so you can find a style that meshes with your individual learning preference. This rich, immersive experience helps you better understand and retain information, for an all­-around smarter way to learn.

Sophia's Introduction to Art History Course helps you gain mastery of the basic art history elements of the Western world from prehistoric to modern times. In this Course, you will explore art exhibits, analyze buildings and architecture, and examine art in everyday life.

In Sophia's Introduction to Art History Course, you will complete a series of assessments comprised of 18 Challenge assessments and 6 Milestone assessments tied to the following learning outcomes:

  • Describe Art History.
  • Examine Art from 22,000 BC through 400 AD.
  • Distinguish Art from 401 AD through 1450 AD.
  • Analyze Art from 1451 AD through 1800 AD.
  • Categorize Art from 1801 AD through 1900 AD.
  • Interpret Art from 1901 AD through Present.


127 Student Reviews
by Samuel P. on December 5, 2016
Good course but a bit subjective. I'd recommend it though - broad overview of the art world which will give you a basic understanding of technique, artists, time periods, etc.
by Terry E. on November 30, 2016
The course is quite time consuming and not easy, but a great way to learn and very interesting.
by Josh R. on November 27, 2016
Art history is not my thing I found it rather difficult at times, but the course work did make it easier
by Beth H. on November 20, 2016
I loved the majority of this course; unit six was very difficult to manage and assimilate. However, this course has me looking at art in a whole new way, and with deeper appreciation. Our 25th wedding anniversary is next year and we are taking cruise that includes stops in Rome, Barcelona, Capri, and Croatia. There are many places I am looking forward to seeing in person. Thanks for a great course!
by Paula K. on November 12, 2016
The cursor moves all over the place when you scroll down to submit an answer, giving an answer that was not intended. There are no partial credits for 2 or 3 part questions. Too much detail, I think for an elective for BSN.
Sophia replied on November 14, 2016

Hi Paula - The cursor issue sounds like a technical issue that we wish we could have helped investigate for you. Yes, this course is robust and challenging. Congratulations on your successful course completion!

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach
by Mildred F. on November 7, 2016
My recommendation watch all videos take your time to answer question, for proctored use the videos again and have a cheat sheet 1 page allowed to be able to navigate through videos easier. Good Luck!
by Mary D. on November 3, 2016
Art History is kind of very long but equally interesting! The lessons were great and I learned a lot!
by Rhea G. on October 22, 2016
some of the questions in the milestones are unclear and unsupported by the instructional lectures. Also, some answer have to be EXACT while others do not which is frustrating.
Sophia replied on October 24, 2016

Rhea - Congratulations on your successful course completion, and earning these credits towards your degree! Yes, in this course, some questions require an exact term, especially when its an artist's name, or the title of work of art. Thank you, and we hope to see you in a future Sophia course.

— Mike F. | Sophia Learning Coach


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