Architectural history is a quintessentially liberal arts field of study, combining the close analysis of the built environment with an investigation of the social, cultural, political, and economic contexts in which it is produced. Middlebury has a wide variety of offerings in the history and theory of architecture and urban form, ranging from classes in the architecture of the classical world to courses on the contemporary American city.
Students can combine courses in architectural history with the architectural studio sequence to complete a major in architectural studies, or they can major in art history.
Study Abroad in Architectural History
Studying abroad is a crucial part of the education of students who are interested in architectural history. Not only can students enroll in classes in the architectural history of the countries they visit, they experience firsthand the way in which architectural and urban cultures vary from city to city and country to country. Site visits, travel, and research in major libraries are all an integral part of study abroad, and many students return with fresh perspectives on their research and topics for senior theses.