For students entering Fall 2021

First Semester

4 units ADV-9673 Proseminar in NARRATIVES: Word and Image
12 units Electives or Distributional Electives**

Second Semester

16 units Electives or Distributional Electives**
Choose elective courses to develop the Trajectory

Third Semester

16 units Electives
Choose elective courses to develop the Trajectory

Fourth Semester

8 units Electives
8 units ADV-9307 Open Project

**In the first year, students are required to take a minimum of 12 units of distributional electives from an approved list of courses.
Distributional electives may be completed in the second year with approval from the Domain Head.


Selection of Distributional Electives
Students are required to select 3 from across disciplines.

VIS 2229 Digital Media: Composition
VIS 2345 Offsite/Onsite: Curating Contemporary Art
VIS 2348 Representation First (!!!) then Architecture
VIS 2361 Discourse and Advocacy in the Spaces of Curation
VIS 2483 Interrogative Design: Cultural Prosthetics
VIS 2484 Interdisciplinary Art and Design Practices
DES-3479 Philosophy of Technology: From Marx and Heidegger to AI, Genome Editing, and Geoengineering (HKS)
HIS 4100 Buildings Texts, and Contexts: Origins and Ends
HIS 4223 Modernism and Its Counter-Narratives
HIS 4374 Cities, Infrastructures, and Politics: From Renaissance to Smart Technologies
HIS 4395 Environmentalisms II: How to Have a Politics
HIS 4484 Otherness and Canon: Episodes of a Dialogic Reading of the History of Architecture
HIS 4779 Power & Place: Culture and Conflict in the Built Environment
SCI 6373 Domestic Logistics

VIS-2344 Constructing Visual Narratives of Place
DES 3241 Theories of Landscape as Urbanism
DES 3336 Landscape Fieldwork: People, Politics, Practices
HIS 4141 Histories of Landscape I: Textuality and the Practice of Landscape Architecture
HIS 4142 Histories of Landscape Architecture II: Topical Questions
HIS 4303 Modernization in the Visual United States Environment, 1890-2035
HIS 4387 Topology and Imagination: Between Chinese Landscapes and Architecture
HIS 4461 Natural Histories for Troubled Times, or, Revisiting the ‘Entangled Bank’

Urban Planning & Design
DES 3348 The Idea of Environment
HIS 4115 Histories and Theories of Urban Interventions
SES 5386 Urban Ethnographies
SES 5399 Race, Power, and Resistance in the City
SES 5486 The Gentrification Debates: Perceptions and Realities of Neighborhood Change
SES 5502 Urban Governance and the Politics of Planning in the Global South


Students contemplating cross-registering for courses at another Harvard school must abide by the dates and policies of the school in which the course is offered. Priority for enrollment may be given to the other school’s students first before cross-registrations are accepted — enrollment is not guaranteed. See