Architecture Major

The global flows of rapid economic exchange and development came to San Diego with a heavy cost, creating ecologically unsustainable and socially isolated neighborhoods (“non-places”), often built in a historical and geographical vacuum.

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2015-2016, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on October 1, 2015. Access the catalog of record at http://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

Preparation for the Major

Lower Division Courses

Foundations in Architectural Design
ARCH 101Introduction to Architecture Studio4
ARCH 102Architectural Design Studio I4
Foundations in the History and Theory of Architecture
ARCH 121Introduction to Modern Architecture3
Select one of the following:
ARTH 136The Year 1500: A Global History of Art and Architecture3
ARTH 101 Introduction to the History of Art
Lower-division course in Studio Arts
Select one of the following:3
ARTV 101Fundamentals of Drawing
ARTV 103Design Foundations
ARTV 105Introduction to Sculpture
ARTV 108Introduction to Video Art
ARTV 160Photography
THEA 220Fundamentals of Theatrical Design

Upper-Division Requirements 

Architectural Design
ARCH 301Architectural Design Studio II4
ARCH 302Architectural Design Vertical Studio (may be repeated for credit)4
History and Theory of Architecture and the City
Select three of the following:9
ARCH 321City and Utopia: Introduction to History of Urbanism
ARCH 322Contemporary Architecture
ARCH 323Memory, Monument, Museum: Studies in Historic Preservation
ARCH 330Special Topics in the History of Architecture and Design
ARCH 340Biographies of World Cities
Elective from outside the Architecture Major
Select one of the following:3
ARTH 354Art Since 1960
ARTH 360Asia Modern
ARTH 393Critical Methods in the Analysis of Visual Culture
ARTH 494Seminar (Formerly 394)
ARTV 304Introduction to Printmaking/Book Arts
ARTV 369Intermediate / Advanced Sculpture
ARTV 370Designing for Social Space
ARTV 371Sculpture / Landscape
ARTV 424Art and the Soundscape
ENVI 313Geospatial Information Systems for Organizations
ENVI 314Introduction to Maps and Spatial Data Analysis
ENVI 315Geographic Information Systems
ENVI 420Introduction to Remote Sensing
ENVI 485Environmental Geology
ETHN 361Immigration at US-Mexico Border: Ethnicity, Race & Gender
HIST 334European Art and Architecture in Context
HIST 343Germany Since 1945
HIST 347Topics in Modern Europe
HIST 390Art and Architetcure in California
POLS 342Public Policy
THEA 320Scenic Design
Upper-Division Electives in Architecture, Visual Arts, Art History
Select at least 6 units from ARCH, ARTV, ARTH 301 or higher6
Architectural Research and Thesis
ARCH 495Senior Project Studio Seminar4
ARCH 496Senior Thesis in Architecture4

Architecture Study Abroad

No more than a total of two ARCH 275 and/or ARCH 375 can be counted toward Architecture major credit. ARCH 275 or ARCH 375 can be repeated once for credit. Two sections of ARCH 275 or ARCH 375 can be taken concurrently during a study abroad semester or summer.

Recommended Program of Study, Architecture

Freshman Year
Semester IHours
ARCH 101Introduction to Architecture Studio4
Core curriculum or electives 
Semester II
ARTH 136 101The Year 1500: A Global History of Art and Architecture
Introduction to the History of Art
3
Select one of the following courses:3
ARTV 101Fundamentals of Drawing 
ARTV 103Design Foundations 
ARTV 105Introduction to Sculpture 
ARTV 108Introduction to Video Art 
ARTV 160Photography (Studio Arts elective) 
Core curriculum or electives 
Sophomore Year
Semester I
ARCH 102Architectural Design Studio I4
Core curriculum or electives  
Semester II
ARCH 121Introduction to Modern Architecture3
Core curriculum or electives  
Semester III
ARCH 340Biographies of World Cities3
(Study Abroad course recommended but not required) 
Junior Year
Semester I
Select one of the following courses:3
ARCH 301Architectural Design Studio II 
ARCH 321City and Utopia: Introduction to History of Urbanism 
ARCH 322Contemporary Architecture 
ARCH 323Memory, Monument, Museum: Studies in Historic Preservation 
ARCH 330Special Topics in the History of Architecture and Design 
ARCH 340Biographies of World Cities 
Electives 
Semester II
ARCH 302Architectural Design Vertical Studio4
Select one of the following courses:3
ARCH 321City and Utopia: Introduction to History of Urbanism 
ARCH 322Contemporary Architecture 
ARCH 323Memory, Monument, Museum: Studies in Historic Preservation 
ARCH 330Special Topics in the History of Architecture and Design 
ARCH 340Biographies of World Cities 
Upper-Division elective in ENVI, ETHN, HIST, SOCI, THEA (see list) electives 
Senior Year
Semester I
ARCH 495Senior Project Studio Seminar4
Select one of the following: 3
ARCH 301Architectural Design Studio II 
Upper-Division Department Elective 
Electives 
Semester II
ARCH 496Senior Thesis in Architecture4
Select one of the following:3
ARCH 301Architectural Design Studio II (or higher) 
Upper-Division Department Elective 
Electives 

Department of Art, Architecture + Art History
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