Architectural Studies

The architectural studies concentration is designed to provide the student with an overview of architecture throughout history while focusing on architectural design, with the intention to explore the process of design thinking.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 of upper division hours for this concentration.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required to complete this concentration.
  • To enhance understanding of the subject matter, some of the designated courses are sequential in nature and require certain prerequisites. Consequently, students should carefully note the semester in which these particular courses are offered. All designated courses for the concentration in design studies are lecture courses.

Core 12 hours

ALA 100 Introduction to Environmental Design, HU & G & H (3)

ALA 102 Landscapes and Sustainability, HU & G (3)

APH 313 (offered fall only)/213 History of Architecture I, (L or HU) & G & H (3) ( Prerequisites: ALA 100 or ALA 102 and junior standing)

APH 314 (offered spring only)/214 History of Architecture II, (L or HU) & G & H (3) (Prerequisites: APH 313 with C or better)

Architectural History and Theory 6 hours

ANP 494 Special Topics (1-3)

APH 305  OR 405 Contemporary Architecture, HU & H (3)

APH 394 Special Topics (3)

APH 414 History of the City, (L or HU) & H (3) (Prerequisites: PUP 301; Minimum 45 hours; Credit is allowed for only APH 414, MUD 598 (History of the City) or PUP 412)

APH 421 First Concepts: What is ... The Writing, Philosophy and Culture of Architecture, L or HU (3)

APH 441 Ancient Architecture (3)

APH 494 Special Topics (1-4)

APH 499 Individualized Instruction (3)

ARP 451 Architectural Field Studies (1-6)

ATE 494 Special Topics (1-4)

All Interdisciplinary Studies students are required to complete a 12 credit hour core.

BIS 301, BIS 302 and BIS 402 courses require:

  • A meeting with your academic advisor to:
    Ensure both of your concentration areas have been declared
    Are working towards completing (or have completed) 1-2 courses in each declared concentration

  • One course meeting general studies MA requirement
  • ENG 102 or ENG 105 or ENG 108 or First Year Composition Completed
  • Minimum 2.00 GPA

Required Courses (12 credit hours):

BIS 301 Foundations of Interdisciplinary Studies, L (3)

BIS 302 Interdisciplinary Inquiry (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better

BIS 401 Applied Interdisciplinary Studies (3) (requires application)
     Prerequisites: BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better; Minimum of two courses completed in each concentration area

BIS 402 Senior Seminar, L (3)
     Prerequisite(s): BIS 301 with C or better; BIS 302 with C or better

For important information, additional major requirements, course descriptions, and application deadlines: Interdisciplinary Studies Core Courses

For assistance in selecting your concentration areas of study complete the Interdisciplinary Studies concentration workshop: Interdisciplinary Studies Pre-Advising Workshop

Transfer to ASU

Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) transfer students

  • Courses may fulfill Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) or Associate’s degree requirements, consult with your community college academic advisor for details.
  • MCCCD course transfer equivalencies are listed here; they may be applied toward this concentration (maximum of six credits or two courses).
  • Information listed was current for this catalog year at the time of printing, consult for verification.









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