Architectural Studies

Co-coordinators: Professor Kathleen Curran (Fine Arts) and Associate Professor Kristin Triff (Fine Arts)

The architectural studies minor is intended to equip the student with an understanding of the built environment, whether it is a Greek temple, a skyscraper, or a city. The minor includes historical, technological, and artistic approaches to the study of monuments and cities. Architectural history courses in the art history program, which form the basis of the minor, acquaint the student with major theoretical, cultural, stylistic, and technological developments throughout history. For those students interested in becoming architects, engineering and studio arts courses provide the techniques required in architectural practice, including design, drafting, and three-dimensional thinking. Students more interested in urban studies and interdisciplinary approaches to studying the city should consult the courses listed for the Center for Urban and Global Studies. Its Web site is

Course requirements:

The architectural studies minor requires a total of six courses representing three different fields. Students must take two or three architectural history courses. Often, they will select their other courses from among those in the fields of engineering and studio arts listed below. However, these are not the only options. For example, courses in the fields of history, anthropology, political science, or international studies might be substituted if they have a significant architectural or urban component.

Architectural history


Studio arts

An integrating project combining the student’s three fields shall be carried out in consultation with the student’s minor adviser.