Architectural Studies, The B.A. Path

The B.A. in Architectural Studies is designed to serve as a platform or foundational degree for students who plan to specialize in architecture and other disciplines that focus on the design, planning and construction of the built environment.  It exposes students to ideas and practices currently followed in all of the School’s design disciplines and it focuses on many of the business, communications and organizational skills that are not covered in the technical requirements of the graduate curricula.  Students at KU who start in the B.A. in Architectural Studies, co-enroll in graduate professional degrees and take courses that count toward the B.A. and the graduate professional degree.

Some students may opt to complete the 124-credit B.A. without continuing and completing the additional year (or two) required to finish one of the professional degree paths.  The four-year, 124-credit course of study that leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Architectural Studies prepares students for graduate education in many other fields such as law, business, government, facility management, and public administration that are enhanced by a broad knowledge of architecture.  It also prepares them for work in a number of fields related to architecture.

Students who complete the B.A. and later wish to become licensed architects may pursue a professionally accredited Master of Architecture degree.  This educational path may include KU’s accredited M.Arch III or it may include a three-year M.Arch III at one of the many other architecture schools that offer this graduate professional degree.

NOTE:  Students admitted to the B.A. Architectural Studies degree prior to 2018 must follow the 4-year, 124-credit curriculum in place at the time of their admission. (see the KU Academic Catalog for 2013).  Students admitted in a future semester must follow a new 120 hour degree curriculum (to be determined at a later date).

Applications are not being considered at this time.

Requirements for the B.A. in Architectural Studies

A minimum of 124 hours is required, including 45 hours of courses numbered 300 or above.

Students must follow the degree curriculum as stated under B.A. Architectural Studies.

Credit for ROTC Courses

Students may enter the Reserve Officers Training Corps to train for commissions as regular or reserve officers. An allowance of 6 hours of military science, aerospace studies, or naval science may be substituted for free electives in the M.Arch. program. A student who enters one of the ROTC programs but discontinues military training and does not receive a commission may not apply credits for ROTC courses toward a degree in architecture. If a student does not receive a commission because of circumstances beyond his or her control (such as a medical discharge), he or she may use ROTC credits as part of the requirements for the degree as indicated above.

Activity Courses

The School of Architecture, Design and Planning does not accept physical education activity courses for fulfilling graduation requirements.

4-Year Graduation Plan for students admitted 2014

B.A. in Architectural Studies

Suggested Undergraduate Curriculum

ARCH 1033ARCH 1043
ARCH 1086ARCH 1096
MATH 115, 105, or 3653ENGL 102 or 1053
ENGL 1013Free Elective 13
 KU Core Goal 3 Nat. Science(Geog 104 or Phsx 114 suggested)3-4
 15 18-19
ARCH 3803ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3
ARCH 5403ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3
ARCH Urban Design/Sustainability Elective3ARCH 5413
Free Elective 23Free Elective 33
ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3KU Core Class, Goal 4.13
 15 15
ARCH 509 or ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3-6ARCH 509 or ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3-6
Free Elective 43Free Elective 73
KU Core Class, Goal 3, Social Sciences3Free Elective 83
Free Elective 53Free Elective 93
Free Elective 63 
 15-18 12-15
ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3
ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3
ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3ARCH Professional Enrichment Elective3
Free Elective 103Free Elective 123
Free Elective 113Free Elective 133
 15 15
Total Hours: 120-127

Bachelor of Architectural Studies conferred.