Architectural Studies (Minor)

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If you would like to add design thinking around built environments to your skill set, no matter your major, then this minor is for you.

This minor program in architectural studies provides an overview of architecture throughout history while focusing on architectural design, and it provides students opportunities to explore and apply architectural thinking.

At A Glance

Architectural Studies (Minor)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

A minimum of 18 credit hours (including nine credit hours of upper-division coursework) are required for the minor. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00) is required in all classes for the minor.
A minimum GPA of 2.50 in minor courses is required to earn the minor in architectural studies.
Lower Division Options -- 9 credit hours
ARC OR ALA Elective (9)
Upper Division Options -- 9 credit hours
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

A minimum of 18 credit hours (to include 12 credit hours of upper-division course work) are required for the minor.

Required Courses:
ALA 100 Introduction to Environmental Design, HU, G, H (3)
ALA 102 Landscapes and Sustainability, HU, G (3)
APH 313 History of Architecture I, L or HU, G, H (3)
APH 314 History of Architecture II, L or HU, G, H (3)

Six additional upper-division credit hours of electives in the architectural history and theory concentration must be selected from the following list:

ANP 494 Special Topics (1-4)
APH 394 Special Topics (1-4)
APH 414 History of the City, L or HU, H (3)
APH 421 First Concepts: What is ... The Writing, Philosophy and Culture of Architecture, L or HU (3)
APH 441 Ancient Arch (3)
APH 494 Special Topics (1-4)
APH 499 Individualized Instruction (1-3)*
ARP 451 Architecture Field Studies (1-6)

*This course requires a petition to The Design School.

A minimum GPA of 2.50 in minor courses is required to earn the minor in architectural studies. In addition, students may not use a core course to count toward the minor. Students pursuing the BS in landscape architecture must petition the school to request a substitution for any core courses that are also included in the architectural studies minor.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.50

Incompatible Majors: BSD in architectural studies

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

A minor can help students enhance the marketable skills they acquire in their major program and help them develop new skills apart from it, though most career areas do require more training than a minor alone can provide.