BS in Architectural Studies
The four-year Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (B.S.) program allows students to focus on a field allied to the profession of architecture. After common first-year studios that lay the foundation for visual thinking, students will select two minors based upon their areas of academic and professional interest. The College of Architecture and the Built Environment offers an array of minors that allow Architectural Studies students to customize their education and earn a degree with a pre-professional design emphasis with a liberal arts focus. Opportunities exist for collaborative studios, fieldwork, study abroad options, professional internships and elective offerings.
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 proficiencies 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 and geodesign, sustainable design, historic preservation, urban planning, and real estate development.
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, and may choose from the list, or a custom minor for their second minor.
Accelerated Masters Degrees
Graduates who maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher can choose to earn a M.S. in Geodesign, Construction Management, Historic Preservation, Real Estate Development or Sustainable Design at Jefferson with just one additional year of study. Students can graduate with the professional Masters in Architecture degree in two additional years of study.
The Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies program provides a customizable, pre-professional education. The opportunities to link courses from the professional degree in architecture with courses in the arts and sciences allow the student to find a comprehensive learning experience immersed in the field of architecture and the built environment. The curriculum brings foundation design studio, visualization, history, building science, historic preservation and photography courses together into this degree.