Architecture: Design, BA

The Major in Architecture is for students who intend to pursue a career in architecture or a related design discipline (e.g., landscape architecture, urban design, product design, etc.). The Major is a studio-based liberal arts program offering two concentrations. The Design Concentration includes a six-semester sequence of design studios and courses in the history and theory of art, architecture, and landscape architecture.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 33. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Architecture Requirements
Architecture courses must be taken in the following sequence:
ARCH 1010Introduction to Design1
or ARCH 1020 Introduction to Architecture
ARCH 2010Design Fundamentals I1.5
ARCH 2020Design Fundamentals II1.5
ARCH 3010Architecture Design I2
ARCH 3020Architecture Design II2
ARCH 3110Theory I: Geometry in Architecture1
Art History Requirements
ARTH 2810Modern Architecture,1900-Present1
Select one of the following courses in Art History:1
World Art before 1400
The Artist in History,1400-Now
Architect and History
What is Modern Art?
Select one of the following courses in Culture, Society and the City:1
Origin and Culture of Cities
Urban Sociology
Transformations of Urban America: Making the Unequal Metropolis, 1945 to Today
The Modern City
Transdisciplinary Environmental Humanities
Select one of the following courses in Environmental Science:1
Introduction to Environmental Science
Humans and the Earth System: How it Works, How We Got Here, and How to Save Our Planet
Global Environmental History from Paleolithic to the Present
Environment and Society
Environmental History
Global Climate Change
Additional Requirements
Internship and/or Research Experience
Total Course Units33

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


A minimum GPA of 3.75 in ARCH courses is required.

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.