Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

Overview
The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (BA) is a four-year, undergraduate degree program in which students explore the many factors that shape our built environment. The program provides a liberal arts foundation in the discipline of architecture that covers spatial reasoning, aesthetics, political and economic structures, socio-cultural influences, urbanism, landscape, construction, building technologies, and ecology. As a non-design architectural studies curriculum, the program engages students and allows them to experience architecture as a complex, multi-faceted discipline. It gives students the opportunity to focus their studies through a sequence of courses that allows concentration in one of three areas:
 
  • History and Theory
  • Materials and Fabrication
  • Sustainability and Technology


The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture program emphasizes a broad liberal arts foundation followed by fundamental prerequisite courses centering on the theory and history of design and construction of global architecture. After successful completion of Years One and Two, students are admitted to the program. Year Three begins with a series of courses that emphasize history and theory, materials and the making of buildings, and sustainable themes in architecture. Once in Year Four, students have the option of focusing on a custom program tailored to their interests. A senior capstone course completes the degree requirement before graduation. 

The prerequisite classes students must take for admission into the program include:

  • ARCH 200: Architectural Design and Represenation I (AU)
  • ARCH 231: Making and Craft (SP) 
  • ARCH 350: Architecture of the Ancient World (AU)
  • ARCH 351: Roman, Gothic, and Renaissance Architecture (WI)
  • ARCH 352: History of Modern Architecture (SP)


Students in this program will be well prepared for graduate study in the field of architectural design as well as advanced study in allied disciplines such as architectural history, historic preservation, landscape architecture, urban planning or construction management. This liberal arts degree also prepares students for careers in other areas of design, journalism and criticism, planning policy and law, community leadership, real estate or development or work in related non-profit organizations.

For application guidelines and materials, see Admissions.

Curriculum

YEAR ONE          
Autumn   Winter   Spring  
Visual, Literary, Performing Arts 5 Visual, Literary, Performing Arts 5 Visual, Literary, Performing Arts 5
English Composition 5 Natural World 5 Natural World 5
Calculus 5 Individuals and Societies 5 Individuals and Societies 5
  15   15   15
           
YEAR TWO          
Autumn   Winter   Spring  
350 Arch of the Ancient World 3 351 Rom, Goth, and Ren Arch 3 352 History of Modern Arch 3
200 Arch Design and Representation I 5 Visual, Literary, Performing Arts 5 231 Making and Craft 5
Individuals and Societies 5 Individuals and Societies 5 Natural World 5
    Areas of Knowledge Elective 3 Areas of Knowledge 3
  13   16   16
           
YEAR THREE          
Autumn   Winter   Spring  
361 Arch Studies Colloquium  5 362 Architecture and Theory 5 331 Energy and Buildings 5
332 Making and Materials 5 Making and Materials Selective 3 History and Theory Selective 3
Architecture Elective 3 Architecture Elective 3 CBE Elective 3
CBE Elective 3 Upper Division Elective 5 Upper Division Elective 5
  16   16   16
           
YEAR FOUR          
Autumn   Winter   Spring  
Sustainable Technologies Selective 3 468 Arch Capstone Preparation 3 469 Arch Capstone 6
Area of Cencentration Selective 3 Area of Concentration Selective 3 Area of Concentration Selective 3
Architecture Elective 3 Architecture Elective 3 Architecture Elective 3
Upper Division Elective 5 Upper Division Elective 5 Upper Division Elective 3
  14   14   15

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