The Architectural Studies program is deeply interdisciplinary. Indeed, its goal is to encourage students to consider architecture and the cultural landscape from as many different disciplinary perspectives as possible. Thus, the major includes courses from fifteen different departments and from all four academic divisions of the college: arts, humanities, social sciences, and sciences. Architectural Studies majors often pursue a second major or a minor in one of those other departments.
As an Architectural Studies major, you will be also well-positioned to take advantage of the College's interdisciplinary centers and other certificate programs. For instance, you might pursue a certificate from the Ammerman Center in Arts and Technology, developing an integrative project using technology to investigate cycles of building, decline, and preservation on New London's Starr Street. Or you might take part in CISLA, completing an international internship in an architect's office in the summer between your junior and senior years and using that experience as the basis for an integrative project in your senior year. Or you might apply to the Program in Community Action through the Holleran Center, devising a service-learning project that heightens local awareness of the cultural landscape. Perhaps you have an interest in working at an open-air museum (like Mystic Seaport) or an architecture museum (like the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.). Pursuing a Museum Studies certificate is an excellent way to deepen your understanding of museum practice.