Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies possess an understanding of the world of architecture from a variety of perspectives.

They focus on the interdisciplinary nature of architecture in the complex modern world and have an educational foundation that allows them to consider a number of career options. They can also pursue opportunities for advanced degrees and assume leadership roles within the cultural and business environments.




The Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies is offered at only a handful of universities in the nation. It offers a multidisciplinary approach based on the related fields of architecture, art and design, literature, history and theory, philosophy, and cultural studies. You will also have the opportunity to study in a foreign country, for either a four-week summer program or for a semester. 

The degree can also be earned in an accelerated schedule consisting of three years plus three summers.Choose from three concentration options: History/Theory includes a wide range of Western and non-Western topics, from the earliest evidence of man-made structures to modern developments, with a strong focus on historical and theoretical issues. Global Studies exposes you to a wide range of topics related to architecture in the global environment, including travel abroad, foreign language, and cultural studies. Studio Arts focuses on studio course work, including life drawing, sculpture, photography, and beginning architectural design.


Why Architectural Studies at Lawrence Tech?

architectural-studies4.jpgThis degree prepares you for a number of graduate degree options, many of which are available at Lawrence Technological University. You can continue course work in graduate programs in the College of Architecture and Design: Master of Urban Design, Master of Arts in Environmental Graphic Design, Master of Interior Design 3+ program, or earn a professional degree in architecture with the Master of Architecture 3+ program. Graduate school possibilities include law, business administration, education, public administration, urban planning, and many others.

A dual degree with architecture is available with a fifth year of study.



Your 120-credit-hour program consists of:

Core and foundation courses
in architecture

Humanities (with exploration of architecture) 36
Critical studies 30
Study abroad 9
Total 120

Career Options

  • architectural-studies3.jpgArchitecture
  • Art and architecture history
  • Design firm marketing
  • City planning
  • Education
  • Fine arts
  • Historic preservation
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Business administration
  • Nonprofit arts organization leadership
  • Political science
  • Public administration
  • Real estate/urban development
  • Museum studies

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architectural-studies1.jpg“The BA in Architectural Studies provides an opportunity to explore the world of architecture from a multidisciplinary approach, including exciting options for travel and study abroad. Students learn to think creatively and critically in the language of architecture and design, which then effectively positions them to meet challenges and solve problems unique to the 21st century.” – Gretchen Rudy, College of Architecture and Design