This program explores European architecture using several different approaches, each emphasizing firsthand encounters with the built environment. One course surveys European architectural history, ranging from the prehistoric trilithons at Stonehenge to contemporary green skyscrapers aspiring to minimal energy consumption. A pair of 3-credit courses examine the historic roots and contemporary practice of urban planning in Europe and also the management, presentation and conservation of architectural landmarks and urban historic districts. A third course, offered as a mandatory S/CR/NC, teaches observational drawing skills using architecture as its thematic focus.

Numerous architectural landmarks—such as the Alhambra, the Colosseum, the Duomo of Florence, the Great Mosque of Cordoba, Hampton Court Palace, the Pantheon, the Sagrada Família, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Tower of London, and over a dozen other UNESCO world heritage sites—along with scores of additional venues, offer multicultural case studies pertinent to all of the courses in the program. Students will stay in Barcelona, Granada, London, and Rome, but will also make shorter trips or overnight visits to other locations, such as Cordoba, Florence, and Ravenna.

All students are welcome to apply. There are no prerequisite courses and no prior experience or skills are expected. The program fulfills the curricular exploration requirements for both Arts Practice and Literary/Artistic Analysis. It also fulfills the International Studies (IS) graduation requirement. In addition to Art History and Studio Art, this program can provide 6 or 12 credits towards a variety of pertinent majors and minors.