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Architectural Studies (Four-Year B.S.)

Interim Program Director: David Kratzer


Contemporary architecture encompasses a number of discrete, though intersecting, disciplines and requires individuals trained to fill a variety of roles beyond that of designer. The College of Architecture and the Built Environment offers an array of minors to allow students to customize their education and earn a degree with a pre-professional design emphasis and a liberal arts focus. Options range from areas that are intrinsic to making and constructing buildings and environments, such as building technology, to fields that support the rehabilitation and documentation of architecture and sites, such as historic preservation. Students are encouraged to explore their career goals and consider a diversity of combinations of Minors. Through required courses, elective offerings, internship opportunities as well as study abroad options, the architectural studies program encourages each student to develop proficiency in the concentration appropriate to the B.S. level. For those students seeking graduate studies, the program furnishes the groundwork for master’s degrees in a number of fields, including architecture, construction management, landscape architecture, geospatial technology/geodesign, sustainable design, historic preservation, urban planning, and real estate development.

Program Learning Goals

  • Demonstrate expertise and professional level competency in technical and graphic methods used in practice
  • Experience collaboration, including multidisciplinary collaboration, in solving design problems
  • Demonstrate knowledge of history and theory of historic and modern periods, styles, and places and apply knowledge in the context of architectural fields
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic building systems and materials with emphasis on issues of sustainability, and apply knowledge in the context of a range of architecture related fields
  • Demonstrate and apply discipline specific knowledge of content areas that are studied as part of student selected minors


After completing a foundation sequence of studio and technical courses, Architectural Studies students select two minors as they begin the second or third year depending upon their areas of interest. Students must select one CABE undergraduate minor from the catalog, and may choose from the catalog or a custom minor for their second minor (see options below). 

CABE Minors (visit philau.edu/catalog/minors-concentrations for additional information)

Architectural History / Theory: 12 Credits
Building Technology: 12 credits
Construction Management: 12 credits
Historic Preservation: 12 Credits
Interior Design for Arch Studies: minimum 12 Credits
Landscape Design: minimum 12 Credits
Landscape Planning: 12 Credits
Photography: 12 Credits

CABE Minors in Graduate Programs (visit philau.edu/catalog/minors-concentrations for additional information) 

**GIS - 12 Credits
**Real Estate Development - 12 Credits
**Sustainable Design - 12 Credits

** to complete 12 graduate level credits students will need to earn a minimum of 132 credits (120 + 12) to complete the BS in Architectural Studies

Non-CABE Minors

Business for Non-Business Majors - 12 Credits
Graphic Design - 14 Credits

Custom Minor (undergraduate or graduate)

With approval: Minimum 12 Credits (visit philau.edu/catalog/minors-concentrations for additional information)