Bachelor of Architectural History
The undergraduate curriculum provides an introduction to the discipline of architectural history within a liberal arts course of study. Our program offers a broad-ranging, individually tailored course of study in the history of architecture. By developing a nuanced understanding of how buildings, cities, and cultural landscapes change over time, our students gain insights both about the past and about today's most pressing philosophical, social, cultural, and environmental concerns. In addition to the broad course offerings available in the School of Architecture, students in Architectural History are encouraged to take advantage of select offerings in the College. Our students have gone on to pursue varied career paths, including historic preservation, cultural resource management, museum work, academia, architectural design, and consulting for firms specializing in historic buildings.
Course offerings focus on the following areas of architectural history:
- Europe after 1750
- Non-western, particularly East Asian
A minimum of 38 credits in architectural history is required for the major. These include a research and writing preparatory course and a thesis taken during the fourth year, which allows students to research and write an independent advanced paper on a topic of their choice while working closely with a faculty member. Students must also complete the first year of architectural design courses. Appropriate preservation and art history courses may be used to fulfill architectural history requirements after consultation with an academic advisor. Students must take at least one course from four of the areas listed above.
See the 2012-13 Undergraduate Record.