Architecture Minor


The minor in architecture provides students with a liberal exposure to the humanities, technology, the social sciences, and aesthetic expression through the lenses of the built and the natural environments.

The study of architecture offers an indispensable background for studies in most disciplines: it develops skills in critical thinking and making, and it furnishes tools for interpreting and understanding the ways in which we inhabit and shape the material world. The minor in architecture is typically completed in five to six semesters. In addition, the minor in architecture is designed to enhance and provide additional knowledge for students planning to pursue a 3+ year accredited professional MArch graduate degree upon completion of their baccalaureate studies.

The minimum required hours for minor in architecture is 21 credit hours. All students must complete a minimum of 9 credit hours and three courses in the lower division and a minimum of 12 credit hours and four courses in the upper division, with a plan of study devised in consultation with faculty mentors. Additionally, students choosing a minor in architecture must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and must have completed two lower division (100-200) courses with a grade of 2.50 or better for admission. Students must have an overall GPA of 2.0 or better and must have an average of 2.50 or better in their architecture minor courses for successful completion.

Review the Course Requirements

Lower-Division Courses

  • ARC 121 Introduction to Architecture
  • ARC 122 Environment and /Behavior and Design
  • ARC 211 American Diversity and Design
  • ARC 231 Architectural History 1: Prehistory to Renaissance
  • ARC 234 Architectural History 2: Renaissance to Modern
  • ARC 241Introduction to Building Technology

Upper-Division Courses

  • ARC 322 Introduction to Building Reuse
  • ARC 328 Historic Preservation
  • ARC 343 Building Systems Technology 1
  • ARC 344 Building Systems Technology 2
  • ARC 352 Structures I
  • ARC 354 Experimental Structures
  • ARC 357 Fabric Structures
  • ARC 362 Performance Programming
  • ARC 419 Contemporary Theory
  • ARC 435 American Architecture
  • ARC 453 Structures 2
  • ARC 455 Structures 3
  • ARC 464 Behavior and Space
  • ARC 467 Research Practice
  • ARC 468 Community Design Service
  • ARC 470 Climate and Architecture
  • ARC 473 Environmental Controls 1
  • ARC 476 Landscape Design
  • ARC 479 Sustainable Design
  • ARC 481 Cost Control and Analysis
  • ARC 482 Professional Practice
  • ARC 488 Seminar in Design Theory
  • ARC 496 Community Design Service
  • ARC 499 Independent Study
  • PD 312 Design of Cities

Advising Notes:

  • No more than 3 credits of ARC 468 (Community Design Service), 3 credits of ARC 467 (Research Practice) and 3 credits of ARC 499 (Independent Study) may be applied toward minor requirements.
  • No more than two (2) non-ARC prefixed courses may be used for the minor of architecture, and no more than six (6) credits of transfer coursework may be applied toward minor requirements.
  • Other relevant courses (such as Special Topics courses) from the undergraduate curriculum in architecture may be approved for the minor, with qualified special permission, from the course instructor and the School of Architecture and Planning Office of Undergraduate Advisement.
  • The Department of Architecture guarantees that some of these courses will be offered within a six semester period so that students can complete their minor in a timely manner. Select courses approved for the minor in architecture may only be offered on an intermittent basis.

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