Majoring

Majoring in History of Art & Architecture

Students majoring in History of Art & Architecture choose between a general track and a track with primary focus on the history of architecture. The general track requires a two-semester survey course in western art history (CAS AH 111/112), one-semester surveys in two of four non-western areas (African, Ancient America, Asian, and Islamic), and upper-level courses (including at least one seminar) chosen from a variety of art historical periods and areas. Requirements for the architectural history track of this major are similar, but students take AH 201 and AH 205 instead of AH 111/112 and focus their upper-level coursework on architectural history.

Whichever of the two tracks students choose, majors in History of Art & Architecture are encouraged to take courses in related areas such as archaeology, classics, philosophy, history, and literature. Opportunities exist for dual majors or major/minor combinations and are encouraged for those who wish to pursue an interdisciplinary liberal arts education. Each student works closely and regularly with his or her advisor in developing a coherent and meaningful program of study suited to his or her needs and interests. Upon graduation, art and architectural history majors may work in museums, galleries, architectural firms, municipal and state cultural programs, educational institutions, and the publishing industry. Many students go on to do graduate work in a variety of fields, and professional schools are increasingly interested in students with a background in the humanities.


The learning outcomes for the BA in the History of Art & Architecture:

  • Acquire geographically and temporally broad knowledge of the history of art and architecture
  • Acquire familiarity with different methodologies in the history of art, architecture and material culture
  • Develop visual and textual analytic skills
  • Learn oral communication of art historical arguments
  • Learn to produce cogent written arguments supported by visual and textual research

Click here for a .pdf containing the current requirements for a concentration in the History of Art & Architecture.


The learning outcomes for the BA in History of Architecture:

  • Acquire a broad knowledge of the global spectrum of architectural history and urbanism
  • Demonstrate the ability to read critically, to discuss clearly, to think critically, and to write synthetically
  • Master effective analysis of visual, spatial, and structural issues in architecture
  • Acquire a deeper knowledge of a range of chronological periods, geographical areas and methods of analysis of the built world
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct research, manage evidence, and construct an argument concerning a topic in architecture, landscape, or urbanism

Click here for a .pdf containing the current requirements for a concentration in Architectural History.

 

Majoring in Architectural Studies

The major in architectural studies emphasizes skills and knowledge that are fundamental to thinking and writing about buildings and spaces, as well as to careers and graduate study in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning.

In addition to AH 201, AH 205, AH 398, and upper-level electives in architectural history and related disciplines, students majoring in architectural studies take one drawing course (CFA AR 193 or 131 or 132) and a second CFA visual arts course, a course in architectural technology and materials (AH 580), one semester of calculus (MA 121 or 123), and one semester of physics (PY 105 or 211).


The learning outcomes for the BA in History of Architecture:

  • Acquire knowledge of specific areas of learning that will prepare the student for a future career in architecture or related fields of design
  • Demonstrate the ability to read critically, to think critically, to design creatively, and to write synthetically
  • Acquire a foundation in the history and theory of architecture and urbanism
  • Master effective analysis of visual, spatial, and structural issues in architecture
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct research, manage evidence, and construct an argument concerning a topic in architecture, landscape, or urbanism

Click here for a .pdf containing the current requirements for a concentration in Architectural Studies.

 

Grades

A grade of C is the minimum acceptable for a concentrator in a departmental course. For information about concentrations, see the Director of Undergraduate Studies.