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.

Special ties exist with the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London). Students may earn 16 semester-hour credits in art history and receive all of the privileges of Courtauld students. For further information, contact Professor Fred S. Kleiner in the History of Art & Architecture Department and There are also academic year and semester programs in London and Paris. For further information, consult the general description of the London and Paris internship programs in the Study Abroad & Internship Programs section of this Bulletin. Students have also done architectural coursework in BU programs in Spain, Peru, and New Zealand.

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 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 CFA courses in sculpture, graphic design, painting, or photography, selected from a list of possible courses in consultation with the Director of Architectural Studies
  • a 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.

Student Organization

The Undergraduate History of Art & Architecture Association is an organization for art history majors and other students interested in the study of art history. Activities include discussions, lectures, and museum trips. Members also assist at events designed for prospective majors.


Questions may be sent to the Director of Architectural Studies, Professor Keith Morgan.