Major / Minor Requirements

 

The two majors in Architecture are comprised of studio and non-studio courses that explore the multiple relationships between architectural design, history, theory, and criticism. Both tracks share introductory-level studios as well as introductory- and upper-level lectures and seminars. Both tracks also offer the option to take project-based courses using new media and other research formats. The studio-based major offers an intensive design experience and the History and Theory of Architecture major requires a written thesis. 
 

 

The Architecture Major (studio-based)

14 classes required

The required classes are broken down into four categories: studio, history/theory, senior courses, and the cluster. 
 
Studio Requirement – 4 Courses 
• Architectural Representation: Abstraction
• Architectural Representation: Perception
• Architectural Design I
• Architectural Design II    

History/Theory Requirement – 5 Courses
• Perceptions of Architecture
• Pre-1750 elective course
• Post-1750 elective course
• Two elective courses
(It is recommended that one of these courses be on non-western architecture) 
 
Senior Courses Requirement – 2 Courses 
• Senior Seminar
• Elective Architecture seminar (another Senior Seminar in the Department or senior level seminar elsewhere across the University, Architectural Design III Studio, or Independent Research)
 
Cluster – 3 Courses
All majors are asked to complement their work with a thematic unit (three courses) called the "cluster." The cluster is devised by each student based on their interest in historical, technical, place-specific or issue-specific themes. The cluster sets up the opportunity for students to think in cross-disciplinary terms and to enrich their architectural work as they work through other forms of knowledge. (Examples include: New York City, Sustainability, Digital Design and New Media). 
 
Graduation Requirements
The major also requires that students submit a portfolio and a writing sample before graduation. The design portfolio includes representative work from all design studios and the writing sample is a paper or essay from a senior level architecture or architecture-related course. Final submissions are archived in the department, the portfolios are displayed at the end of the year show, and both are used to award graduation honors.
 
 

 

The History and Theory of Architecture Major

16 classes (including thesis) required

The History and Theory of Architecture major stresses research and writing in Architectural History, Art History, and related subjects. N.B. This particular program of study is only open to Barnard College students; all Columbia College students that are interested in majoring in architectural history should contact the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University.
 
Studio Requirement – 2 Courses 
• Architectural Representation: Abstraction
• Architectural Representation: Perception
 
History/Theory Requirement – 5 Courses 
• Perceptions of Architecture
• Two Architecture elective courses
• Introduction to Art History I
• Introduction to Art History II
• Two Art History elective courses
 
Seminar Requirement – 3 Courses; 2 in Architecture, 1 in Art History
• Senior Seminar
• Elective Architecture seminar (another Senior Seminar in the Department or senior level seminar elsewhere across the University, Architectural Design III, or Independent Research)
• Elective Art History seminar
 
Thesis - (the “senior capstone experience”)
This written thesis may be done in two semesters of independent research that can be counted as the required lectures/seminars.
 
Cluster – 3 Courses
Same requirements as Studio-based Major
 
Graduation Requirements
Same requirements as Studio-based Major
 

 

 
The Architecture Minor

5 classes required

N.B. This particular program of study is only open to Barnard College students and SEAS students at Columbia University.

Studio Requirement – minimum of 1 or maximum of 2 courses selected from:
• Introduction to Architectural Design and Visual Culture
• or Architectural Representation: Abstraction
• or Architectural Representation: Perception
 
History/Theory Lecture Requirement – minimum 3 or maximum of 4 courses selected from any history/theory courses applicable to the major
• Three or four elective courses in Architectural history