Academic advising is an ongoing process in the School of Architecture that gives its majors the opportunity to shape their architectural education to suit their individual needs within the context of a holistic Clemson University education.
Each architecture major is assigned and academic advisor to assist them in interpreting University academic policies and procedures. Students are encouraged to work with their assigned advisor as they develop and refine their academic plan for completing the BA in Architecture degree requirements and schedule their semester courses. It is the responsibility of each student to fulfill all degree requirements for graduation.
Both the College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities and Clemson University maintain individual advising web sites, and the undergraduate catalog provides the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. Students should familiarize themselves with the material on these web sites and inside the catalog:
Each architecture major is assigned to a School of Architecture faculty member who also serves as an undergraduate academic advisor. Below is a list of the current academic advisors along with their contact information. Each advisor is asked to post office hours outside their office door for the purpose letting students know when they are available to discuss advising issues.
|Faculty Advisor||Office||Email Address|
|Robert Hogan||Lee email@example.com|
|Sallie Hambright-Belue||Lee firstname.lastname@example.org|
|David Lee||Lee email@example.com|
|Rob Silance||Lee firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Martha Skinner (On Leave)||See Robert Hoganemail@example.com|
There are times when matters will keep advisors from their posted office hours. In the event that a student is unable to make timely contact with their assigned advisor, they can contact Robert Hogan, Director of Undergraduate Studies and Undergraduate Advising Coordinator in the School of Architecture, in Lee Hall room 3-132 for assistance.
New freshman, transfer and change of major students will be emailed their assigned advisor in late September. Until then, see Robert Hogan for academic advising.
The University provides each student with the ability to track completion of degree requirement through the Degree Progress Report (DPR). This is available to each student any time through the Student Information System (SIS). Students should read through their DPR thoroughly to become familiar with all curriculum requirements.
The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree has four sets of degree requirements as listed below. These are used in organizing course requirements in the DPR.
Students should develop their own academic plan that indicates specific courses they will be taking each semester through completion of their degree requirements. Simply checking off courses on the Degree Progress Report or courses in the published curriculum does not give a good indication if a student is on track for graduation, meeting scholarship requirements, or missing opportunities to take course work that would be of unique benefit or interest.
An academic plan that is well developed by the student and reviewed by the academic advisor can have the following benefits:
During the junior year, architecture majors are required to participate in the Fluid Campus program. Opportunities currently exist for students to study in one of three locations including Charleston, South Carolina; Barcelona, Spain; and Genova, Italy. The fall semester of the junior year in the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree program is the curriculum that is offered at all the off-campus study locations.
In the Barcelona and Genoa locations, a fixed curriculum has been established in which all students must be enrolled.
Students may receive credit for their Cross Cultural Awareness requirement, if they have not already done so, by enrolling in IS 101 in the semester following their study abroad experience. Information pertaining to this course can be found at the following website. Read about IS 101 on this web page.
Reminder: It is the responsibility of each student to fulfill all degree requirements for graduation.
Enrolled students who wish to change majors must process a Change-of-Major form, available in Enrolled Student Services, 104 Sikes Hall. The form must be approved by both the current and new academic departments. Students should gain the acceptance of the new major department prior to disengaging from the current major. Student can perform a “What If” under the Degree Progress Report to see how current completed course work will apply to the new major.
Students planning to change their major from architecture to another major should first visit with their assigned architecture academic advisor. Students should then contact the departmental office of their intended new major to make an appointment with an advisor to discuss the major requirements and their change of major procedures.
Changing your major to architecture is a competitive process and based on space availability.
A limited number of non-architecture majors are accepted into the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree program once per year, normally in late April. Candidates must have completed ARCH 101 and have a 2.7 overall GPR at the end of the fall semester. In addition they must be in the process of completing ARCH 151 during the spring semester. Students will be accepted into the major based on space availability and on their performances in the two courses listed above. Typically, there will be twice as many students competing for admission as there are spaces available. It is important to note that because of the seven course studio sequence, it could take up to three years to complete the undergraduate degree after being accepted into the architecture program.
Undergraduate students here at Clemson University who want to change their major to architecture should contact Robert Hogan, Director of Undergraduate Studies, at firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment to discuss the change of major procedures in the School of Architecture in more detail and to see about being added to the ARCH 101 – Introduction to Architecture course for the fall semester.
Students not accepted into the major can complete an undergraduate degree in another major, minor in architecture, and apply to the Graduate School for admission to the Master of Architecture program. The length of the Master of Architecture degree program without an undergraduate degree in Architecture is three years.
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