Checklist for the Architecture major

Students considering an Architecture major should choose an adviser in their area of concentration and work out a program of study.

The Architecture major consists of 11 units, which may be weighted towards architectural history or studio investigation.

The following courses are required:

  • ARTH 100 and ARTH 101. There is no exemption from this requirement by Advanced Placement, or by International Baccalaureate, or by an exemption examination.

NOTE: Students are usually required to take both ARTH 100 and ARTH 101 to fulfill the major requirements in Architecture. Since 101 will not be offered in Spring 2017 and there is some overlap in previous iterations of ARTH 101 and this year's ARTH 100, majors graduating in 2016-17 must pursue one of the following three options: 1) If you have taken ARTH 101 and are taking or plan to take ARTH 100 this year, you will fulfill your requirements; 2) If you have not taken ARTH 101 yet, you must substitute another 200-level Architecture-related course in its place; 3) If you have taken ARTH 101 and cannot fit ARTH 100 into your schedule, or believe you have covered the material already, you may petition the Architecture co-Directors to substitute another 200-level Architecture-related class in its place. If you have any questions please consult your adviser.

  • ARTS 105 and ARTS 113
  • ARTH 200 or ARTH 231 or ARTH 228 or ARTS 216
  • Two additional intermediate courses in architectural history, studio art, or design (200-level)
  • Two advanced courses in architectural history, studio art, or architectural design (300-level). At least one of these units must be taken in the Department of Art at Wellesley College.
  • Two additional courses related to architecture.

NOTE: Attention is drawn to ARTS 109 (Two-dimensional Design), which serves as a prerequisite for intermediate and advanced studios involving new technology.

Courses in Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy, and Women's and Gender Studies may also apply. Consult your adviser. Olin College courses may also be applicable to the major. See the 'Recommended courses' section of this website for recommended courses at Wellesley, MIT, and Olin.

Updated 06/27/2016