Fall 2023

Reading and Writing About Architecture

Listed in: Architectural Studies, as ARCH-112  |  Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-112


Dwight A. Carey (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 112 and ARCH 112) This introductory course teaches students how to read, write, and research the buildings, landscapes, and social spaces that comprise our world. Over the course of the semester, the Amherst College campus will be our guide. We will begin with visits to familiar locales like the town common and the buildings where students live, eat, and socialize. Students will embark upon exploratory writing exercises, sharing their thoughts on such spaces, while also refining their analytical skills. As the semester progresses, we will revise these essays while considering how the scholarly literature and the historical documents covering such landscapes at the college archives can help us see these environments in new ways. Finally, we will conclude with a project that asks students to build upon the reading, writing, and research skills that they gained in the course. By the end of the semester, students will possess the knowledge and experience to tackle critical problems and questions across the college curriculum. No prerequisites. No prior knowledge of art or architecture is required. This course will give priority to first-year students during the fall orientation registration period. Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Assistant Professor Carey.

How to handle overenrollment: First-years and sophomores have priority.

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Emphasis on written work, readings, independent research, field work and field trips, visual analysis

ARCH 112 - LEC

Section 01
M 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM FAYE 217
W 2:30 PM - 3:50 PM FAYE 217


Other years: Offered in Fall 2023