BA 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, historic preservation, and urban planning. The major takes advantage of Boston’s vibrant architectural scene and is especially appropriate for students considering graduate study leading to careers in the design professions.

Majors in Architectural Studies are encouraged to take courses in related areas such as archaeology, classics, philosophy, history, religion, 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 chosen advisor in developing a coherent and meaningful program of study suited to his or her needs and interests.


Eleven courses are required for the major in Architectural Studies:

  • CAS AH 201 Understanding Architecture: Theoretical Approaches to the Built Environment (4 cr)
  • CAS AH 205 History of World Architecture (4 cr)
  • CAS AH 398 Twentieth-Century Architecture (4 cr)
  • CAS MA 121 Calculus for the Life and Social Science (4 cr) or CAS MA 123 Calculus I (4 cr)
  • CAS PY 105 Elementary Physics 1 (4 cr)
  • CAS AH 580 Architectural Technology and Materials (4 cr)
  • CFA AR 193 Visual Arts Drawing (4 cr) or CFA AR 131 Drawing 1–Majors (4 cr) or 132 Drawing 1–Continued (4 cr)
  • one of five selected College of Fine Arts (CFA) courses in architectural drawing and computer-assisted design, sculpture, graphic design, painting, photography, or other media selected in consultation with the Director of Architectural Studies
  • one senior capstone seminar on an architectural topic (CAS AH 400- or 500-level)
  • two 4-credit courses on architectural topics chosen with your advisor


Students must earn a minimum grade of C in all AH courses taken toward the major.