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, studio arts and architectural drawing and design courses provide the skills required in architectural practice, including design, drafting, and three-dimensional thinking. The minor consists of six courses in three required disciplines, and an integrating exercise to be determined with the student’s minor coordinator. All courses to be counted toward the minor must be approved by the minor coordinator. Students must earn a minimum of C- for all courses counted toward the minor. 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:

  • Six courses representing three different fields related to the history and practice of architecture. Courses in the fields of history, anthropology, political science, urban studies, or international studies might be substituted if they have a significant architectural or urban component and are approved by the minor coordinator.
    • At least two architectural history courses
    • At least one course in studio arts
    • At least one course in architectural drawing or design
  • An integrating project combining the student’s three fields shall be carried out in consultation with the student’s minor advisor.

Special conditions:

  • No more than two courses from the architectural studies minor may be counted toward the art history minor.

Coordinator: Associate Professor Kristin Triff