Course syllabi


History of Western Art and Civilization: Prehistory through the Middle Ages 

History of Western Art: Late Gothic to Neoclassicism

Modern Art in Europe and North America

History of Art and Civilization: Prehistory through Modern Art (one-term global survey)

Smarthistory has a growing collection of videos and essays that focus on the art of Africa, the AmericasAsia, the Islamic world, and Oceania. We hope to offer syllabi in these areas soon. We are adding content regularly and welcome contributions from scholars in these areas.

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Instructors use Smarthistory in a variety of ways—in the classroom, as homework, and of course students also find Smarthistory resources independently when they do a google search. Many instructors have replaced the traditional textbook with Smarthistory (often together with other online academic resources).

Above are links to three syllabi that primarily use Smarthistory resources. You can copy or download these syllabi to edit them to meet the needs of your classroom, adding any other resources that you want.

To download and modify the syllabi:

  • use the top “file” menu and choose “download,” or…
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Other Smarthistory resources

Smarthistory has thousands of high-resolution images you can use for teaching and learning on Flickr (we add new images regularly).

Nearly all Smarthistory pages include a set of curated links and/or a bibliography in a section called “additional resources” (at the bottom of the page).

The syllabi above list links to videos and essays on Smarthistory, and also quizzes that were created by Smarthistory, but which are housed on Khan Academy (all art history content on Khan Academy was created by Smarthistory).

We also support both the A-level curriculum and the AP course.

Cite this page as: Smarthistory, "Course syllabi," in Smarthistory, September 20, 2017, accessed April 25, 2018,