University Core Curriculum: Creative Arts For students who entered TAMU prior to Fall 2014, ARCH 250 fulfills the University Core Curriculum requirements in the Humanities (UHUM) and the Visual & Performing Arts (UVPA). For students entering TAMU in or after Fall 2014, ARCH 250 fulfills the University Core Curriculum requirements in the Foundation Component Area of Creative Arts. Courses in this category focus on the appreciation and analysis of creative artifacts and works of the human imagination. Creative Arts courses involve the synthesis and interpretation of artistic expression and enable critical, creative, and innovative communication about works of art. For more information about the University Core Curriculum, see
Texas A&M University | Department of Architecture | ARCH 250 Syllabus | Spring 2017 | Nancy Klein | page 2 Statement on International and Cultural Diversity ARCH 250 examines the global built environment in a diverse range of cultural and religious contexts from the 13th to the 19 th century. In this cultural-historical approach to architectural history, students develop an awareness of the religious architecture of many faiths (Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam), the evidence for the transmission of design and technology across cultures and over time, and an understanding of how cultural identity is expressed in the visual arts. The survival of many historic structures to the present day provides an opportunity to discuss issues of social memory, identity, adaptive reuse, and historic preservation. By learning how to appreciate, understand, and respect the built environment of different cultures, students will gain insights into how the world we build has always reflected who we are. Textbook and Resource Materials Required Textbook: For this course you will be required to purchase McGraw-Hill Education Connect® access for Fazio, Moffett, & Wodehouse’s BUILDINGS ACROSS TIME, 4th edition. Connect® access will provide you with an online version of the textbook as well as additional features, such as self-paced reading quizzes. A significant portion (10%) of your grade in this class will be based on these online Connect® reading quizzes, so it is essential that all students purchase the access code individually. NOTE: You must use this code to register for Connect® through our course eCampus page so that your personal account will be properly synched with the ARCH 250 gradebook. (A demonstration and detailed instructions will be provided in class on Thursday, January 19, 2017. You may wish to wait until then to choose your purchase options.). Notice : As a student at Texas A&M you are not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from a university affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from independent retailers, including online retailers. Please be aware that if you purchase a new or used textbook from a bookstore or an online retailer, you will still need to purchase Connect® access for this class (see #3 below).