For students entering Fall 2017

12 units required courses:

4 units HIS-4121*    Buildings, Texts, Contexts I
4 units HIS-4141*    Histories of Landscape Architecture I
4 units HIS-4122*   Building, Texts, Contexts II
4 units HIS-4142*   Histories of Landscape Architecture II
4 units HIS-4223*   Buildings, Texts, Contexts III (not offered in 2017/18)
* Students must take 3 of the following 5 courses in the first and second year: 4121, 4141, 4122, 4142, or 4223.

32 – 36 units of elective courses (see suggestions below, total dependent upon chosen track)

In the second semester, students will elect which track to follow to complete the program:

3 Semester Track: Qualifying Paper – Total 48 units
16 units electives or remaining requirements
Qualifying Paper (Guidelines available here)


4 Semester Track: Open Projects – Total 56 units
12 units electives or remaining requirements
4 units Open Projects I
8 units Open Projects II

Suggested Electives for History and Philosophy of Design

View suggested electives for HPD on my.Harvard.