The undergraduate program in architectural studies is a pre-professional degree in architecture that provides
an academic foundation from which an individual might develop a career in the building industry. For those seeking
work at the graduate level, it provides a thorough preparation for the Master of Science programs in historic preservation,
computers in architecture, or a professionally-accredited Master of Architecture.
Students who wish to major in architectural studies should first meet with the departmental undergraduate
adviser to receive an orientation to the major. Any student interested in architectural studies major may request
to be classified as pre-architecture.
During the freshman and sophomore years, the pre-architecture student explores a variety of subject areas
and methodologies of critical inquiry while strengthening quantitative and writing skills. This process is further
developed with course work which particularly strengthens the foundation study required for the architecture curriculum.
Pre-architecture coursework fulfills the University and General Education requirements for graduation. At the
end of the sophomore year, the student makes application for admission to full major status in architectural studies.
Resource limitations and accreditation requirements limit the number of students who may be accepted into the major.
Admission to the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies Major
Admission is once annually through a competitive process based on a mix of factors including GPA, curriculum,
and portfolio. Major requirements are met through a four semester course of study during which a group of required,
co-requisite courses are taken each semester.
Second Bachelor's Degree
Students seeking to pursue a second bachelor's degree in Architecture are not eligible to apply to the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies Major. We strongly encourage these students to apply to the Masters of Architecture 3+ program.