This information is part of the Colgate University catalog.
This minor offers a program of study by which our undergraduates can become more adept at understanding the power of the built environment to shape lives and embody values. The goal of the Minor is to offer a coherent course of study that focuses on architecture as a cultural product. Through courses that explore architectural history and theory as well as courses that examine the intersection of architecture with other forms of art, such as painting and sculpture, students will gain an understanding of architecture's impact on human lives and culture.
For more information about the department, transfer credit, etc., visit the art and art history department page.
The minor includes a minimum of six courses as follows.
Students may apply to the Architectural Studies Minor Coordinator for permission to integrate one course from outside the ARTS department into their minor concentration, as a substitute for one of the following requirements.
At least two courses must be focused on the history and theory of architecture from the following:
ARTS 220 - Bodies in Space: European Architecture, 1400-1800 (AH)
- ARTS 244 - Temples, Caves, and Stupas of India before 1300 (AH)
- ARTS 273 - Architecture of Art Museums (AH)
- ARTS 275 - American Campus Architecture (AH)
- ARTS 277 - Modern Architecture (AH)
- ARTS 344 - Hindu Temples: Architecture and Sculpture, Architecture as Sculpture (AH)
- ARTS 350 - Art and the Goddess
ARTS 357 - Storytelling Without Word
No more than two of the four courses may be drawn from those focused on architecture and its interaction with other arts and cultural forms:
- ARTS 360 - Borderlands (AH)
- ARTS 372 - Great Cities: Urban Form and Meaning (AH)
- ARTS 245 - Palaces and Paintings of India Since 1300 (AH)
- ARTS 249 - Art and Architecture of the Ancient Americas (AH)
- ARTS 207 - Roman Art (AH)
Complete at least one course from the following:
- ARTS 211 - Drawing (SA)
- ARTS 263 - Sculpture: Surface and Form (SA)
- ARTS 264 - Sculpture: Material & Process (SA)
- ARTS 271 - Architectural Design I (SA)
- ARTS 312 - Advanced Drawing (SA)
- ARTS 364 - Advanced Sculpture (SA)
Graduate Study Recommendations
Students anticipating graduate work in architecture should be aware that liberal arts experience is highly valued by the best graduate schools. To prepare for graduate work in architecture, students should take PHYS 105 or PHYS 111 and one semester of calculus. Experience in studio courses, especially drawing (ARTS 211), sculpture (ARTS 263 or ARTS 264), is extremely valuable in the preparation of a graduate portfolio. The study of historical architecture and the ways in which architecture connects to society is promoted in many art courses such as ARTS 207, ARTS 216, ARTS 220, ARTS 226, ARTS 275, ARTS 277, ARTS 344, ARTS 360, and ARTS 372. Students interested in careers in architecture should contact the architecture adviser.