At the core of HTA is a group of courses on architectural history ranging from antiquity to the present day, taught by the architectural historians on our faculty (see the ‘Faculty’ link). The program begins with introductory lecture courses that cover wide swaths of history (prehistory to 1600, 1600 to the present). As students progress through the program, the courses become more focused chronologically and thematically, culminating in fourth-year seminars that explore specific topics in great depth while providing a more intimate and interactive classroom environment.
Around this core of courses in architectural history is a group of complementary courses in art history. These can be chosen to dovetail with a student’s primary interests; for example, if Modern architecture is your great passion, then you can also take courses in Modern art that will give the architecture a more complete cultural context.
The HTA curriculum also includes courses from complementary disciplines, such as History, Geography, and Heritage Conservation (in Canadian Studies and the Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism). Carleton’s unique blend of interdisciplinary expertise makes it an exceptionally stimulating place to study all aspects of the built environment.
Finally, students are able to take courses, called ‘electives’, that are not directly associated with their specialization. These electives may be taken in a wide range of departments, and are your opportunity to broaden you horizons and make unexpected and exciting connections between diverse disciplines.