Art & Architectural History

As an Art & Architectural History student, you’ll immerse yourself in the study of visual culture and its philosophical, aesthetic and social meanings across history. Through coursework, internships and a semester abroad at our Florence architectural studio, you’ll explore the interconnectedness of the arts and develop the analytical and critical skills needed for a career in teaching, museums and galleries, art conservation and commercial art.

Degree Requirements

The Art & Architectural History Major

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The program leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Art & Architectural History is a 12-course, 36-credit major. The courses build upon a two-course introductory sequence, a seven-course intermediate level, two advanced seminars and a senior seminar or thesis. This flexible program is tailored to the particular interests and goals of each student who may, beginning at the intermediate level, develop a six-course concentration in either Art History or Architectural History. Majors are required to complete two years of study in a foreign language.

Introductory Courses

SubjectNumberTitle
AAH121-122History of Art and Architecture I-II

Intermediate Courses

SubjectNumberTitle
AAH305Theory and Methods of Art and Architectural History
And six from the following menu of options
AAH311History of American Art
AAH312History of Modern Art
AAH315The History and Theory of Photography
AAH317Giotto to Leonardo
AAH318Michelangelo to Vasari
AAH320The Art of Buon Fresco
AAH321Art and Architecture in the Classical World
AAH322Art and Architecture in the Medieval World
AAH323Art and Architecture in the Islamic World
ARCH324Evolution of Urban Form
ARCH325History of Modern Architecture
ARCH327History of American Architecture
ARCH329History of Landscape Architecture
AAH330Topics in Art and Architectural History

Advanced Seminars

SubjectNumberTitle
Three of the following:
AAH421Issues in Contemporary Art
AAH423Nature and Art
AAH430Special Topics in Art and Architectural History
AAH530Special Topics in Art and Architectural History
AAH560The Newport Seminar
ARCH573Modernism in the Non-Western World
ARCH575Contemporary Asian Architecture and Urbanism
ARCH576Theoretical Origins of Modernism
ARCH577The Skyscraper
400 level courses in Art and Architectural History from the Institute for Fine and Liberal Arts of the Palazzo Rucellai.
or
AAH450Senior Thesis

Foreign Language Requirement

The B.A. in Art and Architectural History requires students to complete two years of study in a foreign language.

Optional Concentration

Students may elect to pursue a six-course concentration from the intermediate courses and advanced seminars in either Art History or Architectural History.

Art History Concentration: six from AAH 311, AAH 312, AAH 315, AAH 317, AAH 318, AAH 321, AAH 322, AAH 323, AAH 330 (relevant topics), AAH 421, AAH 423, AAH 430 (relevant topics)

Architectural History Concentration: six from ARCH 324, ARCH 325, ARCH 327, ARCH 329, AAH 321, AAH 322,AAH 323, AAH 330 (relevant topics), AAH 423, AAH 430 (relevant topics) ARCH 530 (relevant topics), ARCH 573, ARCH 575, ARCH 576, ARCH 577

The Art & Architectural History Minor

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SubjectNumberTitle
AAH121-122History of Art and Architecture I–II

Two Intermediate Courses from the Art & Architectural History Major

Two additional courses from the Art & Architectural History Major, a minimum of one at the 400 level or above.

To read more about our academic offerings, or to view full course descriptions, please refer to our University Catalog.