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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 16, 2024
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Architectural Studies Program

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Learning to think about architecture as both the product of a creative process and as an historical phenomenon are the principal goals of the University of Pittsburgh’s bachelor programs in Architectural Studies (BA) and Architecture (BS). The programs endeavor to create a rigorous curriculum and a supportive learning environment, allowing students to build skills and knowledge while developing close working relationships with peers and faculty. Students will gain a broad understanding of the complexity of architecture as a profession and as an academic discipline and will be well-positioned by their senior year to apply to accredited, graduate programs in architecture or historic preservation at universities in the United States and Canada. Students considering careers in architecture and historic preservation are encouraged to declare either major by the end of their freshman year at Pitt.

The programs’ curriculum draws primarily on courses offered in the Department of History of Art and Architecture and the Department of Studio Arts. Students are encouraged to explore related interests through course work in other departments, through off-campus study, and through a range of undergraduate teaching and research opportunities available through Pitt’s University Honors College and the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.

As pre-professional courses of study, the programs offer students the opportunity to explore their professional interests while acquiring a liberal arts education. Such preparation instills an intellectual maturity and a breadth of cultural experience that serve students to their advantage during professional career training. Students should be aware that a degree in architectural studies or in architecture does not constitute professional or technical training.

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