History of Art & Architecture Major


Majoring in History of Art & Architecture

This major introduces students to monuments and works of art worldwide. Majors work closely with faculty to gain visual and interpretative skills as well as an understanding of technique, materials, and the context in which works of art and architecture are made and viewed. Students come away with a mastery of written and oral skills, together with a thorough knowledge of the history of art and architecture spanning diverse cultures and a broad chronological range. The opportunity to do a major with honors is available. The major encourages study abroad through many programs. Students take advantage of local Boston museums for assignments and internships. Upon graduation, History of Art & Architecture majors work in museums, galleries, auction houses, architectural firms, municipal and state cultural programs, educational institutions, preservation, and publishing. Many students go on to do graduate work.

Majors in History of Art & Architecture 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.

Students majoring in History of Art & Architecture choose between two tracks, detailed below. Track 1 covers general Art History. Track 2 focuses upon Architectural History.

All students entering as freshmen in Fall 2018 and after will pursue coursework in the BU Hub, a general education program that is integrated into the entire undergraduate experience. BU Hub requirements are flexible and can be satisfied in many different ways, through coursework in and beyond the major and, in some cases, through co-curricular activities. Students majoring in History of Art & Architecture will, through coursework in the major, satisfy BU Hub requirements in Philosophical, Aesthetic and Historical Interpretation, Diversity, Civic Engagement and Global Citizenship, Communication and the Intellectual Toolkit. Remaining BU Hub requirements will be satisfied by selecting from a wide range of available courses outside the major or, in some cases, co-curricular experiences. All major courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher.

For full details of the major, see the Bulletin description. 


The learning outcomes for the BA in the History of Art & Architecture (Track 1: General):

  • 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 History of Art & Architecture, Track 1: General.


The learning outcomes for the BA in the History of Art & Architecture (Track 2: Architectural History):

  • 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 History of Art & Architecture, Track 2: Architectural History.

Grades

A grade of C is the minimum acceptable for a concentrator in a departmental course.