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College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities

Bachelor of Arts

Why Architecture?

Professor Robert Silance Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies
Professor Sallie Hambright-Belue Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies

Architecture is a great field of study for those who are artistically talented and interested in creative design and the built environment. Clemson's undergraduate program allows students to tap into their creative talents, introduces them to the challenging world of building design and construction, and prepares them to pursue a master's degree in architecture and other fields. Clemson students develop critical thinking, research and analysis skills, and an ability to engage theory and culture with an understanding of how these forces work together in the built environment.

The first two years of the program prepare students for the Fluid Campus by training them in design, drawing and computer applications. Computer integration in the design studios is emphasized in the second year. First- and second-year students are trained in public speaking through a joint program with the Department of Communication Studies.

Students have access to a full range of course offerings in each of the University's five academic colleges. While developing skills in design, drawing, computer applications and construction, students also study history, theory, social science and humanities.

Career Opportunities

Numerous career options are available to graduates who have a major in architecture. Many work in architecture offices and other design areas. Others pursue careers as graphic designers, product designers or interior designers. To become a licensed architect, a graduate must also complete a master's program and obtain a professional license. Most states require that an individual who intends to become an architect must hold an accredited degree.

Curriculum, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture

Download the 2014/2015 Undergraduate Curriculum

Freshman Year

Fall Semester   
3    AAH 1010    Survey of Art & Arch History I   
3    ARCH 1010    Introduction to Architecture   
3    ENGL 1030    Accelerated Composition   
4    MTHSC 1060    Calculus of One Variable   
3    PHYS 2070    General Physics I   
1    PHYS 2090    General Physics I Lab   
17    credits   

Spring Semester   
3    AAH 1020    Survey of Art & Arch History II   
5    ARCH 1510    Architecture Communication   
3    BIOL 2040    Environment, Energy & Society   
4    Foreign Language Requirement   
15    credits     

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester   
6    ARCH 2510    Architecture Foundations I   
3    ARCH 2040    History and Theory of Modern Arch.   
3    ENGL 2120    World Literature   
3    Foreign Language Requirement   
15    credits   

Spring Semester   
3    ARCH 2700    Structures I   
6    ARCH 2520    Architecture Foundations II   
3    Foreign Language Requirement   
3    Social Science Requirement   
15    credits   

Junior Year

Fall Semester   
3    Architecture History/Theory Requirement   
3    Building Technology Requirement   
6    Studio Requirement   
3    Elective   
15    credits   

Spring Semester   
3    ARCH 4010    Architectural Portfolio   
6    Minor Requirement   
6    Studio Requirement   
15    credits   

Senior Year

Fall Semester   
6    Minor Requirement   
3    Social Science Requirement   
6    Studio Requirement   
15    credits   

Spring Semester   
6    ARCH 4520    Synthesis Studio   
3    Minor Requirement   
6    Elective   
15    credits   

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