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Architectural History

81 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
28 Master's Degrees Annually
#279 in Popularity
$66,380 Median Salary

Types of Degrees Architectural History Majors Are Getting

The following table lists how many architectural history graduations there were in 2017-2018 for each degree level.

Education Level Number of Grads
Bachelor’s Degree 81
Master’s Degree 28
Graduate Certificate 8
Doctor’s Degree 2
Basic Certificate 1

What Architectural History Majors Need to Know

In an O*NET survey, architectural history majors were asked to rate what knowledge areas, skills, and abilities were important in their occupations. These answers were weighted on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the most important.

Knowledge Areas for Architectural History Majors

According to O*NET survey takers, a major in architectural history should prepare you for careers in which you will need to be knowledgeable in the following areas:

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  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Design - Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Building and Construction - Knowledge of materials, methods, and the tools involved in the construction or repair of houses, buildings, or other structures such as highways and roads.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

Skills for Architectural History Majors

A major in architectural history prepares you for careers in which the following skill-sets are crucial:

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  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Abilities for Architectural History Majors

A major in architectural history will prepare for your careers in which the following abilities are important:

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  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Inductive Reasoning - The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).

What Can You Do With a Architectural History Major?

People with a architectural history degree often go into the following careers:

Job Title Job Growth Rate Median Salary
Architects, Except Landscape and Naval 4.2% $79,380
Historians 6.1% $61,140

Who Is Getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Architectural History?

81 Bachelor's Degrees Annually
53% Percent Women
26% Percent Racial-Ethnic Minorities
This is a less frequently chosen undergraduate major. Only 81 students graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architectural history in 2018, making it rank #279 in popularity. According to recent stats this major attracts about equal numbers of men and women. Roughly 53% of the graduates are women, and 47% are men.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

At the countrywide level, the racial-ethnic distribution of architectural history majors is as follows:

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Architectural History Students with Bachelor's Degrees
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 8
Black or African American 3
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 42
International Students 16
Other Races/Ethnicities 8

Geographic Diversity

Architectural History appeals to people across the globe. About 19.8% of those with this major are international students. The most popular countries for students from outside the country are:

  • China
  • Canada
  • Turkey
  • India
  • Spain

How Much Do Architectural History Majors Make?

Salaries According to BLS

Architectural History majors often go into careers where salaries can range from $66,380 to $88,860 (25th to 75th percentile). This range includes all degree levels, so you may expect those with a more advanced degree to make more while those with less advanced degrees will typically make less.

To put that into context, according to BLS data from the first quarter of 2020, the typical high school graduate makes between $30,000 and $57,900 a year (25th through 75th percentile). The average person with a bachelor’s degree (any field) makes between $45,600 and $99,000. Advanced degree holders make the most with salaries between $55,600 and $125,400.

Median Salary for an Architectural History Major  ( 66380 to 88860 )
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Some careers associated with architectural history require an advanced degree while some may not even require a bachelor’s. Whatever the case may be, pursuing more education usually means that more career options will be available to you.

Find out what the typical degree level is for architectural history careers below.

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Education Level Percentage of Workers
Less than a High School Diploma 3.5%
High School Diploma - or the equivalent (for example, GED) 3.6%
Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in agriculture or natural resources, computer services, personal or culinary services, engineering technologies, healthcare, construction trades, mechanic and repair technologies, or precision production) 5.9%
Some College Courses 6.9%
Associate’s Degree (or other 2-year degree) 0.2%
Bachelor’s Degree 42.0%
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Baccalaureate degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees carrying the title of Master. 4.5%
Master’s Degree 20.6%
Post-Master’s Certificate - awarded for completion of an organized program of study; designed for people who have completed a Master’s degree but do not meet the requirements of academic degrees at the doctoral level. 3.7%
First Professional Degree - awarded for completion of a program that: requires at least 2 years of college work before entrance into the program, includes a total of at least 6 academic years of work to complete, and provides all remaining academic requirements to begin practice in a profession. 9.1%

Online Architectural History Programs

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 21 schools offered some type of architectural history program. The following table lists the number of programs by degree level, along with how many schools offered online courses in the field.

Degree Level Colleges Offering Programs Colleges Offering Online Classes
Certificate (Less Than 1 Year) 1 0
Certificate (1-2 years) 0 0
Certificate (2-4 Years) 0 0
Associate’s Degree 0 0
Bachelor’s Degree 1 0
Post-Baccalaureate 1 0
Master’s Degree 9 0
Post-Master’s 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Research) 2 0
Doctor’s Degree (Professional Practice) 0 0
Doctor’s Degree (Other) 0 0

Is a Degree in Architectural History Worth It?

The median salary for a architectural history grad is $66,380 per year. This is based on the weighted average of the most common careers associated with the major.

This is 66% more than the average salary for an individual holding a high school degree. This adds up to a gain of about $529,600 after 20 years!

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You may also be interested in one of the following majors related to architectural history.

Major Number of Grads
General Architecture 7,514
Architectural Sciences & Technology 3,804
Urban & Regional Planning 2,685
Landscape Architecture 1,288
Environmental Design 702
Interior Architecture 574
Real Estate Development 370
Architecture (Other) 302

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