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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Minor in History of Architecture

Louvre Museum, Paris, France

General Information

The major and minor in History of Architecture explore the history of styles and monuments, but they also do much more. They provide you with a rich and nuanced understanding of how humanity has interacted with the environment by constructing buildings and cities and by manipulating the landscape, under different social, political, technological and economic circumstances. This degree will prepare you for a variety of career paths, including historic preservation, cultural resource management, museum work, academia, architectural design, and consulting with firms specializing in historic buildings.

The History of Architecture Minor requires 18 credits of upper-division coursework drawn from courses on history of architecture taught by faculty from the School of Architecture and the Department of Art and Music Histories. HOA 105/106 or ARC 133/134 are pre-requisite courses, but do not count toward the minor.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will analyze world works of architecture and urbanism from different eras from a formal perspective.
  • Students will apply current historiographical approaches and scholarly methodologies to the study of the built environment.
  • Students will communicate their ideas and arguments clearly in writing.
  • Students will argue their ideas clearly through oral and visual presentations.
  • Students will formulate an original thesis topic based on original research of primary and secondary sources.
  • Students will explain the historical relationships between architectural culture, landscape and building production, technological development, and economic and political history.

View careers for architectural historians.

For more information, contact Prof. Matilde Mateo (

IMPORTANT: Not all courses in the History of Architecture offered in the Major and Minor in History of Architecture will be accepted as Architecture History or Architecture History Elective credits for the BA in Architecture.