At which campus can I study this program?
Requirements for a minor may be completed at any campus location offering the specified courses for the minor. Students may not change from a campus that offers their major to a campus that does not offer their major for the purpose of completing a minor.
This interdisciplinary minor administered by the Department of Art History is designed for students interested in exploring architectural history from a variety of disciplines.
This minor is open to students in all majors. Majors in Art History, Anthropology, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Geography may only double count 6 credits taken in their major field towards this minor.
What is Architectural History?
Architectural history uses methods familiar to art and architectural historians, architects, urban designers, landscape architects and historians, historic preservationists, classicists, archaeologists, anthropologists, historical geographers, and social historians to study and understand architecture.
You Might Like This Program If...
You want to understand architecture from multiple points of view. If you like the idea of an interdisciplinary approach to studying the history of architecture, then architectural history might be a great minor for you!
Entrance to the Minor
For specific information on entrance procedures, please visit the website for the College of Arts and Architecture.
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Requirements for the Minor
A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10.
|Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|ARTH 201||Ancient to Medieval Architecture||3|
|ARTH 202||Renaissance to Modern Architecture||3|
|Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better|
|ARCH 210||Introduction to Architecture and Planning Theories||3|
|or LARCH 60||Cultural History of Designed Places|
|Select 12 credits of the following, including at least 6 at the 400 level: 1||12|
|Early Pennsylvania Decorative Arts and Furniture|
|American Art and Architecture of the 20th Century|
|Aztecs, Mayas, and Incas|
|Archaeology of the Near East|
|Meso-American Archaeology and Ethnography|
|The Evolution of American Indian Culture|
|Critical Postcolonial and Contemporary Perspectives in South Asian Architecture|
|Analysis of Human Settlements: Cities|
|Theory of Modern Japanese Architecture|
|The Language of Boundaries in Architecture and the Landscape|
|Asian Art and Architecture|
|Architecture and Art of South and Southeast Asia|
|Islamic Architecture and Art|
|Greek Art and Architecture|
|Pioneers of Modern Architecture|
|The Gothic Cathedral|
|Monuments of Asia|
|Renaissance and Baroque Palaces|
|The City 1600-1800|
|Special Topics (if topic is architecture)|
|Lands of the Bible|
|Wonders of the Ancient World|
|Jerusalem: Past, Present, and Future|
|Classical Archaeology--Ancient Greece|
|Classical Archaeology--Ancient Rome|
|Paris: Anatomy of a City|
|Urban Geography: A Global Perspective|
|The American Scene|
|Historical Geography of North America|
|Urban Historical Geography|
|Early Pennsylvania Decorative Arts and Furniture|
|Nineteenth Century Pennsylvania Architecture and Restoration|
|Contemporary Trends in Landscape Architecture|
|Special Topics (if topic is history)|
No more than 9 credits may be taken from any one department.
The Architectural History minor teaches exceptional visual acuity and analysis. Students will better understand space, design processes, and construction practice within historical periods. The minor also sharpens writing and verbal communication skills, and improves critical thinking.
The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.
Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee’s unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information need to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.
Associate Professor of Art History
240 Borland Building
University Park, PA 16802
The architectural history minor is a great fit for students interested in careers that relate to built environments and the history and preservation of them.
Students who are pursuing careers in architecture, landscape architecture, art history, historic preservation, historic site management, urban planning, interior design, engineering, anthropology, archaeology, classics, American studies, history, and historical geography will all find that the architectural history minor will supplement their major area of study, and open up more possibilities for them when they enter the work force!