​History of Architecture

​College of Arts and Sciences

Gain a deeper understanding of architecture from a historical and cultural perspective.

Your learning will incorporate classes in Syracuse’s School of Architecture as well as the College of Arts and Sciences, and will include American, European, and world traditions.

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Sample Courses

  • The Mediterranean City: Architecture, Ritual, and Power
  • Italian Urbanism: 100 Cities
  • American Architecture, Settlement to 1860
  • French Architecture, 16th and 17th Centuries
  • Islamic Architecture
  • Modern Architecture: The International Style to Present

Practical Experience

Learn while you work on professional internships – on campus, off campus, or internationally.

The College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

There are more than 350 student organizations at Syracuse University, and you can get involved with any of them. Explore themes like architecture, art, cultural/international, professional, religion, and service.

Special options degree programs allow students with majors in the arts and sciences to pursue coursework in studio art, music performance, or music composition.


Study Abroad

History of architecture majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad. An international experience will broaden your perspective and enhance your resume, and SU Abroad features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Explore architecture and culture in Paris, Nice, Provence, Florence, or many other European cities. Researchers and scholars will help you uncover the connections between history, art, architecture, and creative genius.


Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Arts & Sciences graduate with a major in history of architecture, you can explore such careers as:

  • Historic preservationist
  • Architectural conservation
  • Teaching
  • Architectural consultant
  • Estate and art appraiser

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as architecture, museum studies, curating or conservation science, journalism, and education. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.