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Architectural History Minor

Explore the history, context, and preservation of built environments.
Leverage an interdisciplinary approach to studying architectural spaces, design processes, and construction practices across historical periods. You will analyze architecture and its context from multiple points of view, and fields of study, to build a layered understanding of architectural history.

This interdisciplinary minor administered by the Department of Art History is designed for students interested in exploring architectural history from a variety of disciplines. Architectural history uses methods familiar to art and architectural historians, architects, urban designers, landscape architects and historians, historic preservationists, classicists, archaeologists, anthropologists, historical geographers, and social historians to study and understand architecture.

This minor is open to students in all majors. Majors in Art History, Anthropology, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, and Geography may only double count 6 credits taken in their major field towards this minor.

On/Of Paper exhibition featuring work by the faculty of Architecture at Penn State.

Does this sound like you?

You want to understand architecture from multiple points of view and you are excited by the idea of an interdisciplinary approach to studying the history of architecture.

If so, the Architectural History minor sounds like a great fit for you!

Faculty Spotlight

Book cover: The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender
Book cover: The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender

Alexandra Staub

Professor of Architecture; Affiliate faculty member: Penn State Rock Ethics Institute

Sandra Staub’s research focuses on how our built environment shapes, and is shaped by, our understanding of culture. As a member of the Department of Architecture’s Culture, Society and Space Research Cluster, Staub has supervised research projects that have examined cultural aspects of housing and urban spaces in countries as diverse as the United States, Russia, China and Iran. Her recent book, “The Routledge Companion to Modernity, Space and Gender,” looks at modernity in various cultural contexts, how this concept is expressed spatially through architecture and urban form, and how this has affected women in their everyday lives.

Sandra Staub
Jan 22 - 29

Virtual Undergraduate Honors Recital

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School of Music Virtual Undergraduate Jury Recognition Recital

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Jan 23

School of Music Virtual Graduate Jury Recognition Recital

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Jan 24

Together, Alone
Jan 25 - Mar 29

Available Online: Together, Alone Series Website The idea for the Together, Alone Faculty Concert Series arose from a discussion regarding the Covid-19 Pandemic and its

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