About the Major

Advisory Committee:  

Professors Ronald C. Rosbottom (Chair), Nicola Courtright and Laure Katsaros; Associate Professor Heidi Gilpin; Assistant Professor Yael Rice; Assistant Professor Dwight Carey; Assistant Professor Gabriel Arboleda; Five College Associate Professor Thom Long.

Amherst College participates in the Five College Architectural Studies (FCAS) major with the unique requirements indicated below.

The FCAS major firmly places the study of architecture in the liberal arts by encompassing the history, theory, philosophy, design, and science of the built environment. The major draws on resources and faculty from a range of disciplines across the colleges, which include art history, cultural studies, history, literature, economics, urban studies, visual and media arts, gender studies, physics, sociology, and environmental studies. With the guidance of their Amherst FCAS advisor, Amherst students create an individualized course of study that may include, among others, sustainable design, urban planning, and architectural history, theory, and criticism.