Students in HIAA explore Western and non-Western areas ranging over a wide period of time (Ancient, Medieval, Islamic, East Asian, Latin American, Early Modern, Modern/ Contemporary). Concentrators often focus on a particular period (e.g. ancient, modern architecture), a particular branch of the field (e.g. urbanism), or a methodology (e.g. semiotics, critical interpretation, archaeology), but students may choose to create their own program of study. Concentrators will receive essential training in perceptual, historical, and critical analysis.

Student Goals

Students in this concentration will:

  • Examine visual cultures across historical periods and geographic regions
  • Develop an awareness of the history and theories of architecture and urban development
  • Understand how objects of material culture are made, viewed, and collected
  • Become conversant in perceptual, historical, and critical analysis
  • Engage in independent research


  • Architectural Studies

Graduating Class

Class Year Total Students Capstone Graduates Honors Graduates
2014 39 
2015 40   
2016 24   
2017 12   
2018 20   


Director of Undergraduate Studies/Advisor: Jeffrey Muller

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