A liberal arts education provides an ideal framework for studying architecture. Students in the major understand and pursue architecture as a humanistic endeavor. They graduate with a comprehensive understanding of the discipline of architecture as it relates to the ideas, concepts, and methods of designing buildings, cities, and landscapes within the broader context of culture. The major includes course work in design, history and theory, urbanism, landscape, and technology, and leads to a bachelor of arts degree. Architecture majors are prepared for advanced study in a variety of fields, including architecture, art, history of art, urban planning, environmental studies, social studies, and public affairs.

The major is open to all students through an application process; sophomores apply after taking three prerequisite courses. For more information, see under Architecture in Yale College Programs of Study.

The Architecture program offers several courses open to first-year students, including those listed below. First-years may also take architecture courses offered through Yale Summer Session.

  • ARCH 005, Modern Architecture and the City
  • ARCH 009 , See it, Change it, Make it
  • ARCH 230 , Introduction to the Study of the City
  • ARCH 260 , History of Architecture I: Antiquity to the Baroque
  • ARCH 261 , History of Architecture II: The Eighteenth Century to the Millennium
  • ARCH 341, Globalization of Space