A liberal arts education provides an ideal framework for studying architecture. Students in the architecture program 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.

Buildings should reflect the values of those for whom they are built and the culture they exemplify. Critical to the discipline is examination of the theories and designs an architect employs and of the influence architecture may have on individuals, on a community, and on the landscape. Core course work introduces creative (studio), reflective (theory/history), and process (planning/development) approaches to architecture, which are developed in greater depth as areas of concentration in the major.

The major is open to a limited number of students on a competitive basis; sophomores apply after taking three prerequisite courses. Upon acceptance to the major, juniors choose a concentration in design; in history, theory, and criticism; or in urban studies. For more information, see under Architecture in Yale College Programs of Study.

The Architecture program offers several courses open to freshmen, including those listed below. Freshmen 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 Space