HIST198 History of American Architecture

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Historic Preservation

I. Course Number and Title
HIST198 History of American Architecture
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250 minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
A survey of American architectural styles with emphasis on Bucks County´┐Żs role in this development.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. To define and identify basic architectural terms
    2. To identify standard architectural styles
    3. To understand how Bucks County architecture reflects national architectural styles
    4. To read the visual landscape of Bucks County
    5. To instill an interest in architecture that transcends this course
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    1. Architecture of the early colonies, 17th and early 18th century
    2. Georgian and Federal periods, c. 1740 - c. 1830
    3. The revival: Greek, Roman, Gothic, Italianate, c. 1830 - c. 1860
    4. Romanesque, Richardson, Revival, Second Empire, Beaux Arts, Second Renaissance Revival, c. 1860 - c. 1920
    5. Queen Ann, Stick, Shingle, Colonial Revival, Sullivanesque, Neo-classism, c. 1880 - c. 1920
    6. Spanish Revival, Prarie, American 4-Square, Bungalow, Art Deco, International, Modernism, c. 1890 - present
    7. Vernacular architecture, diffusion and migration
    8. Barns & outbuildings, Industrial structures
    9. Villages, towns, and cities
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

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VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Class lecture, discussions, slides, projects, guest speakers, and field trips

Review/Approval Date -2/99