Architectural Studies (Minor)

Architectural Studies (Minor)

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What is architectural studies?

The architectural studies minor provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the history, theory and methods of architecture and its symbolism. You can study hands-on disciplines, including graphic design, woodworking and sculpture;architectural history from Greek and Roman times up to the 20th century;and modern building and construction methods, including 2D computer design and green building design. The program is designed for students who are thinking about enrolling at a school of architecture,are interested in architectural history,want to supplement a technical major (e.g., civil engineering) with a strong academic minor,or plan to pursue a career in preservation, education, community service or public relations.

Why study architectural studies at UNH?

The interdisciplinary architectural studies minor allows students who are interested in this field to receive programmatic recognition for their work. Through the Art and Art History Department, you’ll meet and learn from artists and historians from around the world through the Visiting Artists & Art Historians program. Through the Civil Engineering Department, you’ll be able to attend the UNH Civil and Environmental Engineering Alumni Conference,where you’ll meet alumni sharing experience and knowledge. You’ll also have the opportunity to study abroad in a variety of programs, including Building Rome, Belize Archeological Field School or Archeological Survey and Mapping, or the UNH-in-Greece program.

Potential career areas

  • Architecture
  • Civil engineering
  • Community preservation
  • Drafting
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Museum curation
  • Urban planning


Erin Bell

Phone: (603) 862-3850
Office: Civil & Environmental Engineering, Kingsbury Hall Rm W141, Durham, NH 03824

Civil and Environmental Engineering
33 Academic Way
Kingsbury Hall, W183
University of New Hampshire
Durham, NH 03824
Phone: (603) 862-1428
Fax: (603) 862-2364
Email: Civil & Environmental Engineering

Curriculum & Requirements

The minor in architectural studies provides students with an interdisciplinary introduction to the history, theory and methods of architecture and its symbolism. The program allows students who are interested in this field to receive programmatic recognition of their work. It is designed to assist those who are contemplating enrollment at a school of architecture; are particularly interested in architectural history; want to supplement their technical majors (e.g., civil engineering) with strong academic minors; or plan to pursue careers in preservation, education, community service and public relations.

For more information, contact the minor coordinators: Ivo van der Graaff,, art and art history, or Raymond Cook,, civil engineering.

Five courses (18-20 credits), which consist of the following:

ARTS 532Introductory Drawing4
ARTH 474Introduction to Architectural History4
or ARTH/CLAS 501 Introduction to Mediterranean Archaeology
Select one of the following:4
ARTS 455
Architectural Design Studio
ARTS 525
Introductory Woodworking
ARTS 567
Introductory Sculpture
Select two electives from the list below chosen in consultation with the minor coordinators:6-8
ARTH 400
Topics in Art History (only with architectural papers)
ARTS 510
Principles of Design
ARTS 600
Internship in Studio Art (only topic C - Architecture)
ARTS 625
Wood/Furniture Design Workshop
ARTS 667
Sculpture Workshop (only topic: Kinetic)
ARTH 654
17th and 18th Century American Architecture
ARTH 655
Nineteenth-Century Architecture: The Architecture of Empire
ARTH 656
Twentieth-Century Architecture: Modern and Contemporary
ARTH 674
Greek Art and Architecture
ARTH 675
Roman Art and Architecture
ARTH 678
Romanesque and Gothic Art
ARTS 796
Independent Study: Studio Art (only topic G: Architectural Design)
CEE 402
2D Computer Aided Design
CEE #444
Housing - Everyone Needs a Place to Live
CEE 795
Independent Study
CEE 700
Building Information Modeling
CEE 719
Green Building Design
CLAS 510
Building Rome (a J-term course)
Total Credits18-20

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