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​History of Architecture

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.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Sample courses for history of architecture majors include: 

  • 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

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

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

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 Syracuse Abroad features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. 

History of architecture majors most often go abroad to the Syracuse University London Center. Summer programs of interest include Resilience and Vernacular Building in England (London), and Guatemala: Pre-Colombian to Post-Colonial Architecture.

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.