Topics, Regions, and Periods

For a minor in Global and International Studies, students must:

  1. Complete at least 15 semester credit hours of approved course work, including one of the courses below. Two may be taken for credit toward the minor:
      • GIS 2350:  Introduction to Global and International Studies. This gateway option is for those students particularly interested in topics, regions, and periods related to modernization and globalization;
      • CCS 2350: Perspectives on Cultural Studies. This gateway option is for those students whose interests lean more toward comparative cultural topics and historical topics.
      • WCL 2351: World Cultures through Literature and the Arts.  This gateway option also focuses on the relations of world cultures as seen in their literature and their art forms.
  2. Complete at least 9 of the 15 hours in residence, and at least nine (9) credit hours of the 15 hours at the 3000 or 4000 level.
  3. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all courses used in fulfillment of the minor.
  4. Select 12 hours from the following list according to the recommended concentrations. Courses for the GIS minor may not include more than six (6) credit hours in any one department, and no course may count toward another minor or major. Other requirements and pre-requisites may apply:

Concentrations | Topics | Regions | Periods | Affiliate Faculty

Concentrations

Topics: Myth, Belief and Society; Migration and Diaspora; Transnationalism and Globalization; Health and Healing; Visual Cultures and Modern Media

Regions: Hemispheric America; Afro-Atlantic World; Pacific Rim; Greater Asia; Middle East; Europe, including the Former Soviet Union

Periods: Antiquity; Medieval/Early Modern Cultures; Modern Cultures

A number of courses are relevant to more than one concentration, and are therefore listed more than once. Courses may be substituted from one concentration to another where relevant to the student's focus.

Where justified, a student may devise his/her own concentration in consultation with a faculty member in the Department of Comparative Cultural Studies or an Affiliate Faculty member.

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Topics

Myth, Belief and Society

ANTH 2302: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3316: Society and Culture of India
ANTH 3348: Anthropology of Religion
ANTH 3381: Global Hinduism or RELS 3381: Global Hinduism (Either ANTH 3381 or RELS 3336; only one will count toward the minor)
ANTH 4301: Language and Cultural Cognition
ANTH 4340: Anthropology through Literature
ART 4381: Pursuing Utopia

CLAS 3375: Roman, Jew, and Christian: The Politics and Sociology of Religion in the First Century A.D.

ENGL 2316: Literature and Culture
ENGL 2323: Literature and Identity
ENGL 4366: Introduction to Folklore
ENGL 4370: Folktale

HIST 3310: History of Religions of America to 1865
HIST 3311: History of Religions of America Since 1865
HIST 4323: Witchcraft in the Old & New World

HON 4375: Global Studies and Research

PSYC 2344: Cultural Psychology
PSYC 3331: Psychology of Gender

RELS 2330: Judaism
RELS 2340: Introduction to Hinduism (WID, Fall 212)
RELS 2350: Introduction to Islam (WID, Fall 212)
RELS 2360: Introduction to Buddhism (WID, Fall 212)
RELS 3366: History of Magic, Witchcraft and the Occult
RELS 3370: The Bible and Modern Science
RELS 3376: Themes in Comparative Religion
RELS 3377: Belief and Unbelief: The Search for Meaning

SOC 3322: African American Religion
SOC 3375: Religion and Society
SOC 3385: Sociology of World Religions

WCL 2351: World Cultures through Literature and the Arts
WCL 3355: Women East and West: Global Representations of Female Divinities

Migration and Diaspora

ANTH 2302: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3304: Demographic Anthropology
ANTH 3363: Race in Anthropological Perspective
ANTH 4301: Language and Cultural Cognition
ANTH 4343: Ethnicity and Multiculturalism

ARCH 4374: World Cities

ECON 3340: Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 3363: Environmental Economics

ENGL 4367: Documenting Community Culture

HIST 3379: World Civilizations to c.e. 1500
HIST 3380: World Civilization Since c.e. 1500
HIST 3381: African Civilizations Before 1750
HIST 3382: African Civilizations Since 1750

HON 4375: Global Studies and Research

INTB 3354: The History of Globalization and International Business
INTB 3355: The Political Economy of Globalization

MUSI 3301: Listening to World Music

CUST 4300: Transnational Migration

POLS 1335: World Politics
POLS 3330: Comparative Political Economy
POLS 4333: Islam and Democracy
POLS 4348: Contemporary Islamic Political Thought
POLS 4398: Religion and Politics

RELS 3334: Us and Them: Ethical Decision-making in Complex Cultures
RELS 4360: Clash of Civilizations

SOC 3326: Immigration in U.S. Society
SOC 3328: Race and Ethnicity in World Perspective
SOC 3327: Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States
SOC 3328: Race and Ethnicity in World Perspective
SOC 3343: Social Movements

WCL 3365: World Fiction and Reportage

Transnationalism and Globalization

ANTH 2302: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3350: Women and Health: Anthropological Perspectives
ARCH 2350: Survey of Architectural History I
ARCH 2351: Survey of Architectural History II

ARCH 4374: World Cities

ART 4381: Pursuing Utopia

CCS 3393: Comparative Approaches to Indigenous Cultures in the Americas
CCS 3350: Brazilian Cultures and their Histories
CCS 3351: African Religious Practices in the Americas

CHNS 3354: Chinese Culture and Language
CHNS 3360: A Look Into Modern China

COMM 1301: Media and Society
COMM 4378: The Social Impact of New Information Technology
COMM 4375: Propaganda and Mass Communication

ECON 2301: Global Economic Concepts
ECON 2305: Macroeconomics
ECON 3344: History of Economic Doctrines
ECON 3351: Economics of Development
ECON 3363: Environmental Economics
ECON 3385: Economics of Energy

ENGL 2301: Western World Literature (Classicism through Renaissance)
ENGL 2302: Western World Literature (Neoclassical to Present)

GIS 3300: Interdisciplinary India: Study Abroad

GEOG 2340:  World Realms

HIST 3379: World Civilizations Before c.e. 1500
HIST 3380: World Civilization Since c.e. 1500
HIST 3383: World Revolutions
HIST 2351: Western Civilization Before 1450
HIST 2353: Western Civilization From 1450

HON 4375: Global Studies and Research


INTB 3354: The History of Global Business
INTB 3355: Global Environment of Business

POLS 1335: World Politics
POLS 3321: Revolution and System Change
POLS 3328: Politics of the Developing Areas
POLS 3335: Political Terrorism
POLS 3337: Nationalism and Nationality
POLS 3339: Comparative Public Policy
POLS 4333: Islam and Democracy
POLS 3343: Democratic Theory
POLS 4344: Equality, Justice, and Democracy
POLS 4348: Contemporary Islamic Political Thought
POLS 4394: Selected Topics in Political Theory and Methodology
POLS 4396: Selected Topics in Comparative Politics and International Politics
POLS 4398: Religion and Politics

PSYC 2344: Cultural Psychology

RELS 3334: Us and Them: Ethical Decision-Making in Complex Cultures
RELS 3382: Politics and Religion in South Asia

SOC 3343: Social Movements

SPAN 3341: Language of Business and Trade
SPAN 3342: Cross-Cultural Business Contexts: U.S./Latin America

WCL 4379: Critical Theory and Globalization.

Health and Healing

ANTH 2302: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3342: Food and Culture
ANTH 3347: Anthropology of Women
ANTH 3363: Race in Anthropological Perspective
ANTH 3364: Disease in Antiquity
ANTH 4337: Anthropology of the Life Cycle
ANTH 4384: Anthropology of HIV

ARTH 4310: The Human Body in Non-Western Art

COMM 3372: Gender and Media

ENGL 3367: Gay and Lesbian Literature

HIST 3302: Sex and Society in American History
HIST 3303: Disease, Health, and Medicine in American History
HIST 3318: The History of American Health Care Policy
HIST 3319: Plagues and Pestilence: Epidemics in World History

HON 4375: Global Studies and Research

MUSI 3301: Listening to World Music

PSYC 2335: Health Psychology

RELS 3334: Us and Them: Ethical Decision-making in Complex Cultures

SOC 3321: The African American Family
SOC 3380: Introduction to the Sociology of Health Care

WOST 2360: Introduction to Women’s Studies

Visual Cultures and Modern Media

ARTH 3310: Art and Architecture of India (CBM submitted)
ARCH 1359: Design since 1945
ARCH 2350: Survey of Architectural History I
ARCH 2351: Survey of Architectural History II

ARCH 3350: Architecture, Art, and Politics (prerequisites ARCH 2350-2351, or permission of instructor)

ARTH 3312: Pre-Columbian Art
ARTH 3313: Pre-Columbian Art
ARTH 2388: Survey of the Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
ARTH 3314: Latin American Art

CHNS 3350: Chinese Culture Through Films

COMM 1301: Media and Society
COMM 2370: Film Appreciation
COMM 3324: Photojournalism
COMM 3370: History of Cinema
COMM 3372: Gender and Media
COMM 4337: Television and the Family
COMM 4370: Social Aspects of Film
COMM 4375: Propaganda and Mass Communication
COMM 4378: The Social Impact of New Information Technology

GERM 3381: German Cinema

MUSI 3301: Listening to World Music

PHIL 3371: Depiction, Narration, and Critical Theory
PHIL 1361: Philosophy and the Arts

PSYC 4343: Perception Psychology

RELS 3334: Us and Them: Ethical Decision-making in Complex Cultures

SOC 3340: Sociology of Film SOC 4383: Senior Seminar in Visual Sociology

THEA 3335: History of the Theatre I (Antiquity to Early Modern Era) THEA 3336: History of the Theatre II (18th century to the Present)

WCL 2351: World Cultures Through Literature and the Arts
WCL 2352: World Cinema
WCL 3366: Latin American & Latino Film Studies
WCL 3376: Visual Stories: Local and the Global

Regions:

Hemispheric America (Comparative American Cultures)

ANTH 2365: Aztec and Maya Beliefs and Cosmologies
ANTH 3324: Peoples and Cultures of Latin America
ANTH 3375: North American Archeology
ANTH 3377: Archaeology of Central America
ANTH 4372: Maya Archaeology
ANTH 4373: Archaeology of the Aztecs and Their Neighbors
ANTH 4375: Archaeology of the Southeastern United States
ANTH 4376: Archaeology of Texas

ARCH 3343: Latin American Architecture (prerequisite ARCH 2350-2351 or permission of the instructor)

ARTH 3312: Pre-Columbian Art
ARTH 3313: Pre-Columbian Art
ARTH 2388: Survey of the Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas
ARTH 3314: Latin American Art
ARTH 4394: Ancient Gulf Coast of Mexico

CCS 3393: Comparative Approaches to Indigenous Cultures in the Americas
CCS 3350: Brazilian Cultures and their Histories
CCS 3351: African Religious Practices in the Americas

ECON 3350: American Economic Growth

ENGL 2323: Literature and Identity
ENGL 3322: Contemporary Fiction: Magical Realism
ENGL 3368: Caribbean Novels
ENGL 4394: The Historical Novel: Latin American History Through the Novel

GEOG 2340:  World Realms

HIST 2371: Latin America 1492-1820
HIST 2372: Latin America Since 1820
HIST 3310: History of Religions of America to 1865
HIST 3311: History of Religions of America Since 1865
HIST 3316: Race and Racism in American Science and Medicine
HIST 3317: Making of Ethnic America
HIST 3338: Native American History
HIST 3370: Twentieth Century Revolutions in Latin America
HIST 3371: The U.S. and Latin America
HIST 3376: Caribbean History
HIST 4366: Latin American History through the Novel

LAST 3300: Latin America: Hemispheric and Global Perspectives

PHIL 3371: Depiction, Narration, and Critical Theory

POLS 3328: Politics of the Developing Areas
POLS 3322: Introduction to Latin American Politics
POLS 3349: American Political Thought
POLS 3343: Democratic Theory
POLS 3331: American Foreign Policy

RELS 3320:  Ritual and Performance or ANTH 2320:  Ritual and Performance (Either RELS 3320 or ANTH 2320;  only one will count toward the minor)     
RELS 3335:  Black Atlantic Religions or ANTH 3335:  Black Atlantic Religions (Either RELS 3335 or ANTH 3335;  only one will count toward the minor)     
RELS 3336:  CARIBBEAN SOCIETIES AND CULTURES or ANTH 3336:  Caribbean Societies and Cultures (Either RELS 3336 or ANTH 3336;  only one will count toward the minor)

SOC 3320: African American Stratification
SOC 3324: Hispanic Identity
SOC 3327: Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States

SPAN 3373: Spanish Culture and Civilization
SPAN 3374: Spanish American Culture and Civilization
SPAN 3375: United States Hispanic Culture and Civilization
SPAN 4368: Mexican Literature in the Twentieth Century
SPAN 4391: Latin American and Latino Cultural Studies

WCL 4301: Culture and Communication: Methods in Linguistic Anthropology

The Afro-Atlantic World

ANTH 2302: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 3338: Peoples of Africa
ANTH 3341: Cultural Ecology
ANTH 4377: Archaeology of the African Diaspora

ARTH 2388: Survey of the Art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas

CCS 3350: Brazilian Cultures and their Histories
CCS 3351: African Religious Practices in the Americas

ECON 3340: Comparative Economic Systems
ECON 3363: Environmental Economics

ENGL 3360: Survey of African American Literature
ENGL 3364: African American Poetry and Drama

HIST 3368: World Environmental History to 1800
HIST 3391: Africans and Islam in the Indian Ocean World
HIST 3392: Central Africans and the Atlantic Diaspora
HIST 3381: African Civilizations Before 1750
HIST 3382: African Civilizations Since 1750
HIST 4318: Africa and the Oil Industry
HIST 3397: Global Environmental History to 1800
HIST 4396: Africa 1945-Present

POLS 3328: Politics of the Developing Areas

RELS 3335:  Black Atlantic Religions (CBM submitted) or ANTH 3335:  Black Atlantic Religions (Either RELS 3335 or ANTH 3335;  only one will count toward the minor)     
RELS 3336:  Caribbean Societies and Cultures (CBM submitted) or ANTH 3336:  Caribbean Societies and Cultures (Either RELS 3336 or ANTH 3336;  only one will count toward the minor)

SOC 3322: African American Religion

The Pacific Rim/Asian America

ANTH 2302: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 4301: Language and Cultural Cognition

ECON 3355: Economic Development of Asia

GEOG 2340:  World Realms

HIST 3388: China: Early Civilization to 1600 (formerly HIST 3386)
HIST 3389: China Since 1600 (formerly HIST 3385)

HON 4375: Global Studies and Research

CUST 2300: Intro to Asian American Studies & Cultural Studies
CUST 3310: Asian American Communities in Popular Culture
CUST 4397: Emergent Asian Cities and Global Assemblages
CUST 4300: Transnational Migration

POLS 4322: Political Economy of Asia POLS 3343: Democratic Theory

Greater Asia

ARTH 3310: Art and Architecture of India
ANTH 3316: Society and Culture of India
ANTH 3341: Cultural Ecology
ANTH 3381: Global Hinduism or RELS 3381: Global Hinduism (Either ANTH 3381 or RELS 3336;  only one will count toward the minor)

CHNS 3350: Chinese Culture Through Films
CHNS 3352: Chinese Culture and Society Through Modern Literature
CHNS 3354: Chinese Culture and Language
CHNS 3360: A Look Into Modern China

GIS 2396: Selected Topics in Global Studies
GIS 3350: Interdisciplinary India:  Study Abroad
GIS 3396: Selected Topics in Global Studies

HIST 3388: China: Early Civilization to 1600 (formerly HIST 3386)
HIST 3389: China Since 1600 (formerly HIST 3385)
HIST 3391: Africa and the Indian Ocean World

CUST 3315: South Asian Youth and Global Culture

RELS 2345: Sacred Texts and Mythologies of India
RELS 2340: Introduction to Hinduism
RELS 2350: Introduction to Islam
RELS 2360: Introduction to Buddhism
RELS 3380: Introduction to Asian Religions
RELS 3382: Politics and Religion in South Asia

SOC 3355: Sociology of India
SOC 3362: Sociology of Religions in India
WCL 2351: World Cultures through Literature and the Arts.
For a concentration in India Studies, please consider the India Studies minor.

The Middle East

ANTH 3348: Anthropology of Religion
ANTH 3315: Muslim Peoples of the Middle East

ARAB 3306: Introduction to Arabic Culture, Language, and Islam
ARAB 3312: Introduction to Arabic Literature in Translation

ARAB 3313: Qur'an as Scripture
ARAB 3314: Women and Gender in Arabic Literature

ARAB 3340: Modernity and Rationalism in Islamic Tradition

ARCH 4374: World Cities

HIST 3390: Middle East: Pictures & Words
HIST 3391: Africans and Islam in the Indian Ocean World

POLS 3326: Government and Politics in the Middle East
POLS 4333: Islam and Democracy
POLS 4348: Contemporary Islamic Political Thought  
POLS 4396: Selected Topics in Comparative Politics and International Politics
POLS 4398: Religion and Politics

RELS 2350: Introduction to Islam (WID core, as of Fall 2012)
RELS 4360: Clash of Civilizations

WCL 2351: World Cultures Through Literature and the Arts
WCL 3377: The Modern Middle East: Literature, Politics, and Ideas

Europe, including the Former Soviet Union

ARCH 3356: City as Palimpsest: Paris (prerequisite ARCH 2350-512351 or permission of instructor)

ECON 3341: Russian and Soviet Economic Development and Transformation

GERM 4359: Germany since Reunification

HIST 2351: Western Civilization to 1450
HIST 2353: Western Civilization From 1450
HIST 3347: Comparative European Revolutions - English, French, and Russian
HIST 3355: British Empire Since 1500
HIST 4327: Europe 1930-1945

POLS 3324: Government and Politics in Contemporary Germany
POLS 3329: The Nations of Europe
POLS 3344: Capitalism and Socialism
POLS 3325: Government and Politics of Russia and the Commonwealth
POLS 3320: Government and Politics in Great Britain
POLS 4329: European Union Politics

RELS 2310: The Bible and Western Culture

SPAN 3373: Spanish Culture and Civilization

Periods

Antiquity

ARTH 311: Greek Art
ARTH 3313: Roman Art
ARTH 3317: Art of the Ancient Near East

CLAS 3308: Myths and the Cult of Ancient Gods
CLAS 3345: Myth and Performance in Greek Tragedy (Visual and Performing Arts core)
CLAS 3374: Women in the Ancient World
CLAS 3375: Woman, Jew, and Christian: The Politics and Sociology of Religion in the First Century A.D.
CLAS 4305: Fifth-Century Athens: Readings in Intellectual, Literary, and Political
CLAS 4353: Classics and Modernity: The Uses of Antiquity in Modern and Postmodern Contexts
CLAS 4370: Comparative Epic
CLAS 4374: Sex and Gender in Antiquity
CLAS 4381: Latin Classics in Translation or ENGL 4381: Latin Classics in Translation (either CLAS 4381 or ENGL 4381; only one will count toward the minor)

HIST 2361: Early Civilizations
HIST 3339: Ancient Greece
HIST 3340: Ancient Rome
HIST 4335: Greek and Roman Historians

POLS 3340: Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
POLS 4346: Greek Political Thought

THEA 3335: History of the Theatre I (Antiquity to Early Modern Era)

WCL 4301: Culture and Communication: Methods in Linguistic Anthropology

Medieval/Early Modernity

ENGL 3302: Medieval Literature
ENGL 3305: English Renaissance
ENGL 3306: Shakespeare: The Major Works

HIST 2351: Western Civilization to 1450
HIST 3335: Barbarians and the Birth of Europe to 1050 A.D.
HIST 3336: Europe in the Age of Chivalry: The High Middle Ages 1050-1350
HIST 4328: The Vikings
HIST 4329: The Viking and Norman Worlds
HIST 4330: The Flowering of the Middle Ages
HIST 4331: The Normans
HIST 4332: The Crusades
HIST 4333: Europe in the Renaissance
HIST 4334: The Reformation in Europe (formerly 3337)

HON 4375: Global Studies and Research

POLS 3340: Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
POLS 3341: Political Thought From Machiavelli and the Renaissance

Modernity/Postmodernity

CLAS 4353: Classics and Modernity: The Uses of Antiquity in Modern and Postmodern Contexts

ENGL 3321: Modern British Literature
ENGL 3324: The Development of the Novel
ENGL 3353: Modern American Fiction
ENGL 3354: Contemporary American Fiction
ENGL 3365: Postcolonial Literature

GEOG 2340:  World Realms

GERM 3350: Understanding the 20th Century through German Culture
GERM 3362: Paris and Berlin
GERM 3364: Writing Holocausts: The Literatures of Genocide

HIST 2363: Modern Civilizations
HIST 2365: Modern India since 1900: Society, Culture, Religion, Politics
HIST 3363: Pirates and Smugglers in the Modern World
HIST 2353: Western Civilization From 1450

ITAL 3304: Culture of Italy ITAL 3306: Italian Culture Through Films

WCL 4351: Frames of Modernity I (History of Ideas from 1780-1940)
WCL 4352: Frames of Modernity II (From Postmodernism to Globalization)
WCL 4353: Frames of Modernity III (Classics and Modernity)

All Concentrations, when the selected topic is relevant to the student’s concentration:

CCS 2396: Selected Topics
CCS 3396: Selected Topics    
CCS 4396: Selected Topics  
GIS 2396: Selected Topics in Global Studies
GIS 3396: Selected Topics in Global Studies

Affiliate Faculty Mentors

Below is a list of Affiliate Faculty in Comparative Cultural Studies and other departments and colleges. These faculty members are available to advise students taking the Global and International Studies minor as they focus in the following areas:

Topics:

Myth, Belief and Society

Carl Lindahl, English
Marie-Theresa Hernández, Modern and Classical Languages
Helen Rose Ebaugh, Sociology
Barbara Rose Lange, Moores School of Music
Andrew Gordon, Comparative Cultural Studies
Rebecca Storey, Comparative Cultural Studies

Migration and Diaspora

Hosam Aboul-Ela, English
James Conyers, African American Studies
Susan Kellogg, History

Transnationalism and Globalization

Alessandro Carrera, Modern and Classical Languages
Long Le, Comparative Cultural Studies
Ruxandra Prodan, Economics
Lois Parkinson Zamora, Comparative Cultural Studies

Health and Healing

William Monroe, English
Janis Hutchinson, Comparative Cultural Studies

Visual Cultures and Modern Media

Rex Koontz, Art
Xavia Karner, Sociology
Michelangelo Sabatino, Department of Architectural History and Theory, College of Architecture

Regions:

Hemispheric America (Comparative American Cultures)

Hosam Aboul-Ela, English;
Anadeli Bencomo, Hispanic Studies
Susan Kellogg, History
Kayla Price de Guadian, Language Acquisition Center
Marie-Theresa Hernández, Modern and Classical Languages
Lois Parkinson Zamora, Comparative Cultural Studies
Randolph Widmer, Comparative Cultural Studies

The Afro-Atlantic World

James Conyers, African American Studies
Kairn Kleiman, History
Kenneth Brown, Comparative Cultural Studies
Susan Rasmussen, Comparative Cultural Studies

The Pacific Rim

Yali Zou, Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies, College of Education
Sharon Wen, Modern and Classical Languages

Greater Asia

Helen Rose Ebaugh, Sociology
Sharon Wen, Modern and Classical Languages
Yali Zou, Educational Leadership and Cultural Studies, College of Education

The Middle East

Emran El-Badawi, Modern and Classical Languages
Hosam Aboul-Ela, English

Europe, including the Former Soviet Union

Ruxandra Prodan, Economics
Thomas Behr, Comparative Cultural Studies
David Phillips, Philosophy
Susan Scarrow, Political Science
Sarah Fishman, History

Periods:

Antiquity

Richard Armstrong, Modern and Classical Languages;
Francesca Behr, Modern and Classical Languages
Kairn Kleiman, History
Rebecca Storey, Comparative Cultural Studies
Randolph Widmer, Comparative Cultural Studies

Medieval/Early Modernity

Francesca Behr, Modern and Classical Languages
Jamie Ferguson, English

Modernity

Anadeli Bencomo, Hispanic Studies
Susan Scarrow, Political Science
Alessandro Carrera, Modern and Classical Languages
Michelangelo Sabatino, Department of Architectural History and Theory, College of Architecture