Architectural Studies Minor

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The minor in architectural studies provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the history, theory, and methods of architecture and its symbolism. The program allows students who are interested in this field to receive programmatic recognition of their work. It is designed to assist those who are contemplating enrollment at a school of architecture; are particularly interested in architectural history; want to supplement their technical majors (e.g., civil engineering) with strong academic minors; or plan to pursue careers in preservation, education, community service, and public relations.

For more information, contact the minor coordinators: Ivo van der Graaff,, art and art history, or Raymond Cook,, civil engineering.

Five courses (18-20 credits), which consist of the following:

ARTS 532Introductory Drawing4
ARTS 574Introduction to Architectural History4
Select one of the following:4
Architectural Design Studio
Introductory Woodworking
Introductory Sculpture
Select two electives from the list below chosen in consultation with the minor coordinators:6-8
Special Topics in Studio Art (Intro Graphic Design)
Internship (only topic C - Architecture)
Wood/Furniture Design Workshop
17th and 18th Century American Architecture
Nineteenth-Century Architecture: The Architecture of Empire
Twentieth-Century Architecture: Modern and Contemporary
Greek Art and Architecture
Roman Art and Architecture
Romanesque and Gothic Art
Independent Study in the Visual Arts (only topic G) Architectural Design)
Housing - Everyone Needs a Place to Live
Matrix Structural Analysis and Modeling
Independent Study
Special Topics (Green Building Design or Residential Construction topics only)
Building Rome (A J-term course)
Fundamentals of CAD (Computer Aided Design)
Total Credits18-20