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INTRODUCTION TO THE HISTORY OF WESTERN ARCHITECTURE (ART-221434)

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Course Description:


This lower-level introductory course surveys western architecture and society from ancient times to the present. Students will have the opportunity to learn about the language of architecture, architects, and major architectural styles in several key periods across western civilization with a special emphasis on architecture of the 19th to 21st century.

In addition to the main purpose of introducing students to western architectural history and its styles and architects, the course also seeks to enhance the critical understanding of the development of western culture as a whole, and to further develop the understanding and relevance of architecture in our current society.

Students will be able to learn about the development of western civilization through the contextual understanding of the function and meanings of architecture in a variety of cultures throughout time. Studying relationships between different architecture, society, cultures, institutions, and other relevant contexts will enable students to understand western civilization and its connection to other cultures, societies, and times.

The core learning topics will consist of (1) Understanding Architecture; (2) History of Architecture from Caves to the Age of Enlightenment; and (3) History of Architecture from the 19th Century to Postmodernism. Assignments will encourage students to explore architects and architecture of their interests and discover architecture in their own community.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Western Civilization for 4 credits and in The Arts for 4 credits.



This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Lower Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: The Arts-Full;Western Civilization-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Summer. Fall 1.

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