Non-Majors and Minors

Students not enrolled in one of the Department of Architecture Degree programs are welcome to take many courses offered by the department.

Courses for Undergraduate Pre-Majors

Students preparing to apply to the BA in Architectural Design program must take a series of course prior to application. These include Architecture 200 and 201: Design Drawing (offered autumn and winter quarters respectively) and Architecture 350, 351, 352: History of Architecture (offered in sequence every year). For more information on applying to this program click here.

Courses for Non-Majors

The Department of Architecture offers several courses for students who are interested in a general introduction to architecture or architectural history. These include Architecture 150-151: Appreciation of Architecture,  and Architecture 251: World Architecture - Non-Western Cultures. For more information on these courses, visit the University Course Catalog.

Many of the specialized courses offered by the Department of Architecture are also open to students from outside the Department. These include courses in architectural history, media, design computing. Students interested in specific courses should contact the Department for information about access to each course.

Architectural Design Minor

The Department of Architecture offers a 25-credit Minor in Architectural Studies. This includes  at least 20 credits of Architecture courses (of which at least 9 credits must be upper-division courses), plus 5 additional credits of upper-division courses taken in the College of Built Environments.  For more information, see these links:

Declaring a Minor

UW Rules and Regulations for Minors

Non-Matriculated Students

Non-UW students may take these courses through the UW Educational Outreach Program. For more information, visit: here

  1. Print and fill both the NM Student Registration Approval Form and the NM Student Registration Form for each course to be taken as a non-matriculated student. Instructor signature and department signature can be obtained in Gould Hall 208 during regular business hours.
  2. After obtaining signatures, register at the Non-Degree Enrollment Registration Services Office:
    4311 - 11th Ave. NE, Suite 100
    Seattle, WA 98105-4608
  3. Please note that you are on a standby basis. You will find out during the first week of class whether or not there is space available. Matriculated students received priority when registering. We do our best to accommodate non-matriculating transfer students who are seriously planning to apply to the architecture program and are interested in taking these courses.

Students must have sophomore standing in order to register for the architecture pre-requisites, 45 credits or more.