This information is part of the Colgate University catalog.

This minor offers a program of study by which our undergraduates can become more adept at understanding the power of the built environment to shape lives and embody values. The goal of the Minor is to offer a coherent course of study that focuses on architecture as a cultural product. Through courses that explore architectural history and theory as well as courses that examine the intersection of architecture with other forms of art, such as painting and sculpture, students will gain an understanding of architecture's impact on human lives and culture.

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Minor Requirements

The minor includes a minimum of six courses as follows.

Introductory Course

Four Courses

Students may apply to the Architectural Studies Minor Coordinator for permission to integrate one course from outside the ARTS department into their minor concentration, as a substitute for one of the following requirements.


Complete at least one course from the following:

Graduate Study Recommendations

Students anticipating graduate work in architecture should be aware that liberal arts experience is highly valued by the best graduate schools. To prepare for graduate work in architecture, students should take  or  and one semester of calculus. Experience in studio courses, especially drawing (), sculpture ( or ), is extremely valuable in the preparation of a graduate portfolio. The study of historical architecture and the ways in which architecture connects to society is promoted in many art courses such as , , , , , , , , and . Students interested in careers in architecture should contact the architecture adviser.