HNRS 271

Architecture of Sweet Briar College: A Social History

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Based on the premise that buildings serve to legitimate ideas, the course will examine how precisely the college's architecture reflects the values of Sweet Briar, particularly as it has defined itself as a women's college. In addition to a variety of secondary sources, we will be utilizing the college's collection of blueprints and archives. We will compare the results of our investigation with other types of social architecture, including prisons, asylums, and of course, institutions of higher education, both coeducational and single sex. It is hoped that by doing so, the students will cultivate a sense of place and a deeper connection with their environment. Not open to students who have received credit for INTD 120. May be counted toward the major or minor in art history. V.1, V.6a