Minors+Second Majors

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. And all Washington University students can pursue the creative practice for social change minor.

Architecture Minor

Open to all Washington University students, the Architecture minor is an 15-unit course of study that introduces students to the fundamentals of architecture, developing their appreciation for buildings, cities, and environments and their role in society. The minor includes a foundational course, such as Architecture for Non-Architects, that provides an overview of the architecture discipline, as well as 3 units in architectural history. The remaining 9 units are structured as open architecture electives.
Minor advisor: Catalina Freixas, freixas@wustl.edu
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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).
Minor advisor: Shantel Blakely, s.blakely@wustl.edu
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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-foucsed 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.
Minor advisor: Eric Ellingsen, eric.ellingsen@wustl.edu
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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.
Minor advisor: Petra Kempf, petra.kempf@wustl.edu
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Creative Practice for Social Change Minor

Open to all undergraduate students across Washington University, the minor in Creative Practice for Social Change provides students with a deeper understanding of how to use creative practices in art, design, and architecture to address systemic economic, environmental, and social challenges. Creativity is an essential component of social change, particularly in creating new systems and solutions, understanding the fundamental constraints of a challenge, and leading the process of change. Creative practice can encompass a broad array of production methods, including printmaking, sculpture, fashion design, communication design, architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and performance, among others. Prior experience in art or design is not necessary.
Minor advisor: Penina Acayo Laker, p.acayo@wustl.edu
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