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Bachelor of Arts, Department of Art (Architecture Program)

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The Architecture major prepares students for graduate study in architecture or a related field. The curriculum is primarily studio-based, building foundational skills in drawing, design, watercolor, in addition to the core architectural design studios. Coursework in the history and theory of art and architecture, plus a summer study abroad are required components of the major, as well.


Christopher C. Miller, Ph.D.
Professor & Architecture Program Director
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  • John Haigh, M.Arch. AIA
    Assistant Professor, Architecture

  • Susan Leo, MFA
    Assistant Professor, Art

  • Christopher Miller, Ph.D.
    Professor of Architecture Program Director

  • Denis McNamara, Ph.D.
    Executive Director of the Center for Beauty and Culture

  • Peter Merkle, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Engineering

  • Scott Newbolds, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Engineersing

  • Patrick O’Malley, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Engineering

  • Bryan Park, MFA
    Associate Professor and Art Department Chair

  • Jay Wallace, MFA
    Assistant Professor, Art

Freshman Year

ARCH-1300Introduction to Architecture [+ lab]3
ART-1000Drawing I3
ART-10102-D Design3
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1
GNST-1000BC Experience1
MATH-1250Pre-Calculus/Gen Ed4-3
THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
ARCH-1100Freshman Studio4
ARCH-2200Architectural Drawing3
ENGL-1010English Composition3
EXSCActivity Course [or EXSC-1115]1
MATH-1300Calculus 14
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature3

Sophomore Year

ARCH-2111Sophomore Studio 14
ARCH-2201Arch. Watercolor & Rendering
ARCH-2300Theory & History of Arch. 13
PHYS-2100 or PHYS-2000Classical Physics I or College Physics I3
PHYS-2101 or PHYS-2001Classical Physics I Lab or College Physics I Lab1
-Faith or Philosophical Inquiry3
ARCH-2112Sophomore Studio 24
ARCH-2310Theory & History 23
-Historical Inquiry3
-Natural World Foundation3
-Faith or Philosophical Inquiry3

Summer Study Abroad Program (in Italy)

ARCH-3310Theory and History: Field Study2
ARCH-3200Plein Air Drawing and Watercolor Studio2

Junior Year

ARCH-3113Junior Studio 35
ARCH-3400Architecture of Cities3
Foreign Language4
ARCH-3114Junior Studio 45
ENGR-2320Mechanics of Materials3
-Foreign Language4

Senior Year

ARCH-4115Senior Studio 56
ARCH-4400Environ Sys & Sustain.4
-Faith or Philosophical Inquiry3
ARCH-4116Capstone Studio 66
ARCH-COMPSenior Comprehensive Examcr
CIVL-3550Bldg Component & Sys. Design3
-Faith or Philosophical Inquiry3

Total program credits: 129-130

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