Architectural History: Political, Social, and Cultural Histories of Architecture


The Stackable Graduate Certificate in Architectural History: Political, Social, and Cultural Histories of Architecture investigates the social, political, and economic histories of architecture and urbanism. With an emphasis on macro structures (i.e. capitalism) in relation to historically marginalized groups (migrants, people of color, laborers, etc.) these courses ask students to deeply contextualize "sites" and "architectures."

To complement the work and role of the architect, the focus explores the users and makers of ordinary built environments as well as canonical works of architecture. Beyond developing a specific historic lens or framework to view and analyze architecture, students will also learn how to conduct their own architectural histories of everyday environments, and how to ask questions about architecture that address the pressing social issues of our time.

The stackable graduate certificate is open to any UT Austin degree-seeking graduate student and requires three classes (nine credit hours).


  • ONLY the ARC graduate sections of the courses listed below may fulfill the Stackable Graduate Certificate requirements.
  • Please do not register for a cross-listing in another discipline or an undergraduate section. It is not possible to count any other section toward this Stackable Graduate Certificate. 

Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator with any course registration questions or for more information. 


Fall Courses

ARC 388R Reconstructing the South 
ARC 388R African American Experiences in Architecture
ARC 388R Hybridity in Landscape Architecture/Architecture
ARC 388R Architecture and Labor 
ARC 388R History of Water in Cities
ARC 388R Central European Architecture, 1648-Present

Spring Courses

ARC 388R Race and Place
ARC 388R Racial Capitalism and Architecture
ARC 388R Modernist Spaces of Af Am Literature
ARC 388R American Architecture
ARC 388R German Modernism

*In a rare exception, the Graduate Certificate Program Faculty Contact may approve an ARC 388R Topics in the History of Architecture and Historic Preservation course related to the certificate topic that is not on this list.