History and Theory of Architecture Minor

School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Architecture Building
Phone: 301-405-8000

Program Director: Joseph Williams, Ph.D.

The minor in History and Theory of Architecture will provide students who have an interest in architectural history the opportunity to develop an understanding and appreciation of architecture as a basic component of human society. Students will gain an insight of diverse architectural cultures as well as apply diverse research methods in order to understand architectural phenomena in a broad context. The History and Theory of Architecture minor is ideal for students in Architecture and Art History. Students in other majors will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Program Learning Outcomes 

  1. Understand diverse historical and global architectural cultures (quizzes, exams).
  2. Ability to apply accepted research methods of architectural history (research papers).
  3. Ability to analyze and explain architectural phenomena in a broader historical context (research papers).
  4. Critically evaluate various theories of architecture in the consideration of particular topics (research papers, participation in discussion).
  5. Create and defend a coherent scholarly argument (research papers, final capstone paper).
Course Title Credits
Prerequisite Courses
History of World Architecture I
History of World Architecture II
Topical History of Architecture Courses9
History of American Architecture
History of Greek Architecture
History of Roman Architecture
Selected Topics in Architectural History (Consult program for eligible courses)
History of Renaissance Architecture
History of Contemporary Architecture
Architectural History/Theory Seminar 16
Theories of Architecture
Selected Topics in Architectural History (Consult program for eligible seminar courses)
The Architect in Archaeology
The Archaeology of Roman and Byzantine Palestine
Field Archaeology
Total Credits15

One course must include a capstone paper.