Minors+Second Majors

Jacqueline Margetts, senior lecturer in landscape architecture, reviews work with a student. Photo by Joe Angeles.

Architecture students may choose to minor in one of three areas within the College of Architecture: architectural history and theory, landscape architecture, or urban design. With proper planning, you may also pursue minors and second majors across the University. Dual degrees are also possible and typically take five years to complete.

In addition, WashU students outside the College of Architecture may choose to pursue an architecture minor.

Architecture Minor

Open to all Washington University students, the Architecture minor is an 18-unit course of study that includes courses in design processes and architectural history.
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Architectural History and Theory Minor

Open to all students at Washington University, the Architectural History and Theory minor explores the broader cultural context of the discipline of architecture. Through 18 units of course work, students learn about historical and contemporary issues in architecture around the world. Possible electives include Concepts and Principles of Architecture, History of Landscape Architecture, and Rethinking Renaissance Visual Culture (part of the Florence summer program).
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Landscape Architecture Minor

The study of landscape architecture is essential to understanding the design of the natural and built environment. Architecture, city, and region interact conceptually, spatially, socially, and ecologically at a variety of scales.

Open to students in the College of Architecture, the Landscape Architecture minor is an 18-credit course of study that explores issues that are vital to architecture and urban design—such as vegetation strategies and water management—at the local and regional scales. Students take a landscape architecture studio, 3 credits of history, and an ecological systems courses focused on principles of ecology, along with at least 6 credits of landscape architecture electives. Electives may include the courses Videography for Designers; Emergence in Landscape Architecture; The Unruly City; Integrated Planting Design; Landscape Technology; Critical Spatial Practice; and Trees, Soils, & Systems: Intro to Arboriculture.
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Urban Design minor

As city populations increase, the need to build more sustainable environments makes an urban design education for architects more important than ever.

Open to students in the College of Architecture, the Urban Design minor is an 18-credit course of study that gives you more opportunities to develop your skills as an architect through direct involvement with the community, including a senior-level urban design studio. Additional theory-based course work focuses on urban design policy, sustainable development, and urban infrastructure.
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