The four-course minor introduces students to the study of architectural history, paying particular attention to the relationship between buildings and their larger urban, cultural, economic, and social environments. The minor includes two general survey classes that cover a variety of different cultures and geographic contexts over time as well as two upper-level classes that focus on architectural development and theoretical discourse in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Students need not fill out paperwork to get the minor; they need only complete the four courses and ask that they be given the recognition of the minor prior to graduation.

The school offers additional courses in architectural history for majors, minors, and the Northeastern community.


ARCH 1310: Architecture and Global Cultures, Prehistory to 1400
ARCH 1320: Architecture and Global Cultures, 1400 to 1800
ARCH 2330: Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1800 to 1910
ARCH 2340: Architecture, Modernity, and the City, 1910 to 1980


ARCH 1350: American Architecture
ARCH 2310: Chinese Architecture I: Premodern
ARCH 2320: Chinese Architecture II: Modern
ARCH 4850: Urban + Architecturel History Abroad-China
ARCH 4820: Urban + Architecturel History Abroad-Spain
ARCH 3362: Berlin Architecture and Urbanism: Inventing the Modern City (Berlin Campus)
ARCH 3370: Topics in Architectural History and Theory
Past offerings include:

  • Architecture of Early Modern Spain 1400-1800
  • The Modernization of Chinese Architecture
  • Architecture, Infrastructure, and the Modern City
  • Influence and Originality in Architecture
  • Chinese Architecture before the Opium War
  • Networked Urbanism, Boom to Bust and Back
  • Innovation by Design: Radical Ideas and Creative Action since 1960

ARCH 6330: Seminar in Modern Architecture (Graduate course)
ARCH 6340: Architecture Topics (Graduate course)
Past offerings in architectural history include:

  • The City in Modern Italy
  • James Stirling: A Close Reading
  • Spaces of Memory: Conservation, Transformation, Reuse