Unlike many people who responded to the Yale decision, I actually have taken art history classes, including one like this.
The title of the Yale course was “Introduction to Art History: Renaissance to the Present”. Nobody, least of all Joyce Sciusco, needs to cite a Wikipedia page on the Renaissance for me to know what the Renaissance is.
The course is a survey course: starting in Europe’s Renaissance and extending to “the Present”, which, for those of you who have not taken an art history class like this, generally means American art, too.
For Joyce Sciusco, America is not in Europe. Just reminding you.
Like I said: the course was time-bound rather than geographically bound — it was not limited to Europe.
I believe art history is important to learn, and that Yale is right to get rid of survey classes doomed to fail because of the incredible breadth of their time coverage.