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Architecture Minor

Architecture schools highly value the strong liberal arts backgrounds of Colgate students.
In addition to a strong academic background in the liberal arts, Colgate students receive targeted architectural instruction within the curriculum, and they may choose to enroll in the architecture minor.

Architecture Minor

The architecture minor is housed within Colgate's Department of Art and Art History. While not required for graduate admissions, students interested in pursuing architectural studies in graduate school should consider a minor in architecture at Colgate.

A Coherent Course of Study

The Architecture Minor offers a program of study in which our undergraduates can become more adept at understanding the power of the built environment to shape lives and embody social values. The goal of the minor is to offer a coherent course of study that focuses on architecture as a cultural and intellectual product. Courses engage historical architecture in a wide range of intellectual, social, and political contexts including:
  • the value of the built environment and architecture’s intimate relationship to design, space, place, and human behavior
  • the history and theory of architecture across time and place, in the context of local and global developments
  • the interdisciplinary nature of architecture and its intersection with other forms of art and media
  • the impact of conflict and climate on architectural heritage
  • creative design through studio practice
Architecture minor requirements

Professor Carolyn Guile and student examine an ornate building's interior structure

Graduate Study Recommendations

Students anticipating graduate work in architecture should be aware that liberal arts experience is highly valued by the best graduate schools.

Padma Kaimal directs attention to ornate sculptures on the exterior of a structure. It is strongly recommended that you take upper-level studio art courses especially drawing (ARTS 211), sculpture (ARTS 263 or ARTS 264) or architectural design courses (ARTS 271), one semester of calculus and one semester of physics (PHYS 105 or PHYS 111). Calculus and Physics are expected for graduate school admission for architecture. If you are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in architectural history and theory, foreign language study (reading proficiency) will be required.

A semester abroad on an approved program in art history or pre-architecture such as DIS in Copenhagen is also recommended so that you may experience global architecture firsthand.

Upper-level architectural design courses at Colgate will also bolster students’ résumés.

Architecture Club

Students can also join the Colgate Architecture Club, whose mission is to exposure students to architectural education, theory, and practice. The club hosts guest speakers, site visits, short film screenings, and group discussions to create opportunities for students to explore their architectural interests.

About the club

Pre-Architecture Contact

As early as possible, we encourage you to speak with the pre-architecture adviser: