Architectural Studies - B.A.

College of Architecture and Environmental Design
Center for Architecture and Environmental Design
Kent Campus
330-672-2917
CAED_info@kent.edu
www.kent.edu/caed


Description

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Studies is a liberal arts program that exposes students to the design process and prepares them for directed graduate study and careers in a variety of design-related disciplines.

As the only liberal arts degree in Kent State's College of Architecture and Environmental Design, the Architectural Studies major offers a high level of flexibility, which allows students to customize the undergraduate experience to suit their own career and educational goals. The program includes required design studios, lecture/studio hybrid courses and seminars on architectural history, theory and criticism, urban issues and sustainability. The curriculum also includes required electives chosen by the student from courses across disciplines, which students use to pursue minors in related areas like construction management, geography, urban studies, biological sciences, music, fine arts, business, marketing, art history and others. Additionally, students take architecture electives, which allow them to explore digital design, fabrication processes and building technology, or to pursue a minor in architectural history or historic preservation.

Students also have the option of graduating with a streamlined dual degree, the B.A. degree in Architectural Studies and the B.S. degree in Construction Management.

Students may also take advantage of the semester-long study abroad program in Florence, Italy, in any semester after successful completion of AED 10101 and AED 10102. This program is open to all students who have made satisfactory progress toward completion of their undergraduate program. While in Florence, students may take design studios, electives, foreign language courses in Italian, and/or courses that may count towards a minor.

FULLY OFFERED AT:

  • Kent Campus

Admission Requirements

The university affirmatively strives to provide educational opportunities and access to students with varied backgrounds, those with special talents and adult students who graduated from high school three or more years ago.

Freshman Students on the Kent Campus: The freshman admission policy on the Kent Campus is selective. Admission decisions are based upon the following: cumulative grade point average, ACT and/or SAT scores, strength of high school college preparatory curriculum and grade trends. The Admissions Office at the Kent Campus may defer the admission of students who do not meet admissions criteria but who demonstrate areas of promise for successful college study. Deferred applicants may begin their college coursework at one of seven Regional Campuses of Kent State University. For more information on admissions, including additional requirements for some academic programs, visit the admissions website for new freshmen.

Freshman Students on the Regional Campuses:  Kent State campuses at Ashtabula, East Liverpool, Geauga, Salem, Stark, Trumbull and Tuscarawas, as well as the Regional Academic Center in Twinsburg, have open enrollment admission for students who hold a high school diploma, GED or equivalent.

English Language Proficiency Requirements for International Students: All international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning a minimum 525 TOEFL score (71 on the Internet-based version), minimum 75 MELAB score, minimum 6.0 IELTS score or minimum 48 PTE Academic score, or by completing the ELS level 112 Intensive Program. For more information on international admission, visit the Office of Global Education’s admission website.

Transfer, Transitioning and Former Students: For more information about admission criteria for transfer, transitioning and former students, please visit the admissions website.

Program Learning Outcomes

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate abilities in communication, design thinking skills, visual thinking skills, investigation and research skills, fundamental design skills, historical traditions and cultural diversity.
  2. Develop a capacity to utilize and interpret literature and data related to environments and their design.
  3. Demonstrate an introductory understanding of technical considerations in design, urban design and architecture, which includes an introduction to systems, operations, construction techniques, facilities management and computing technologies.
  4. Display a broad and diverse understanding of the architecture and disciplines involved in the design of physical environments.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to manage, advocate and act legally, ethically and critically.
  6. Establish collaborative skills, promote an understanding of human behavior and foster a research mentality.
  7. Institute an understanding of leadership skills.

University Requirements 

All students in a bachelor's degree program at Kent State University must complete the following university requirements for graduation.

NOTE:  University requirements may be fulfilled in this program by specific course requirements. Please see Program Requirements for details.

Destination Kent State: First Year Experience 1
Course is not required for students with 25 transfer credits, excluding College Credit Plus, or age 21+ at time of admission.
Diversity Domestic/Global (DIVD/DIVG) 2 courses
Students must successfully complete one domestic and one global course, of which one must be from the Kent Core.
Experiental Learning Requirement (ELR) varies
Students must successfully complete one course or approved experience.
Kent Core (see table below) 36-37
Writing-Intensive Course (WIC) 1 course
Students must earn a minimum C grade in the course.
Upper-Division Requirement 39 (or 42)
Students must successfully complete 39 upper-division (numbered 30000 to 49999) credit hours to graduate. Students in a B.A. and/or B.S. degree in the College of Arts and Sciences must complete 42 upper-division credit hours.
Total Credit Hour Requirement 120
Some bachelor's degrees require students to complete more than 120 credit hours.

Kent Core Requirements

Kent Core Composition (KCMP) 6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning (KMCR) 3
Kent Core Humanities and Fine Arts (KHUM/KFA) (min one course each) 9
Kent Core Social Sciences (KSS) (must be from two disciplines) 6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (KBS/KLAB) (must include one laboratory) 6-7
Kent Core Additional (KADL) 6
Total Credit Hours: 36-37

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

[AE-BA-ARCS]

Major Requirements (courses count in major GPA)
AED 10101DESIGN FOUNDATIONS STUDIO I 3
AED 10102DESIGN FOUNDATIONS STUDIO II 3
ARCH 10011GLOBAL ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY I (KFA) 3
ARCH 10012GLOBAL ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY II (KFA) 3
ARCH 4521320TH CENTURY ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY 3
ARCS 20121STUDIO FOR ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES 4
ARCS 30123MATERIALS AND PROCESS OF MAKING 13
ARCS 30124METHODS AND THEORIES OF REPRESENTATION 3
ARCS 30321STRUCTURAL TYPOLOGY 23
ARCS 30421ENVIRONMENTAL IMPERATIVES 3
ARCS 40022URBAN DESIGN DISCOURSE (ELR) 3
ARCS 40114THEORY AND CRITICISM IN ARCHITECTURAL MEDIA (WIC) 33
Architecture Upper-Division Electives (ARCH 30000 or 40000 level) 412
Additional Requirements (courses do not count in major GPA)
ARTH 22006ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
ARTH 22007ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
PHIL 11009CRITICAL THINKING (KADL) 3
UC 10097DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 511-15
Kent Core Composition6
Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning3
Kent Core Humanities3
Kent Core Social Sciences (must be from two disciiplines)6
Kent Core Basic Sciences (must include one laboratory)6-7
Non-Architecture Electives (total credit hours depends on earning 120 credit hours, including 39 upper-division credit hours)27
Minimum Total Credit Hours:121
1

Dual degree-seeking students who are also declared in the Construction Management major may substitute CMGT 21071 for ARCS 30123.

2

Dual degree-seeking students who are also declared in the Construction Management major may substitute TECH 33111 for ARCS 30321.

3

A minimum C grade must be earned to fulfill the writing-intensive requirement.

4

Dual degree-seeking students who are also declared in the Construction Management major may substitute CMGT 42110 for 3 credit hours of  Architecture Upper-Division Electives.

5

Dual degree-seeking students who are also declared in the Construction Management major may substitute ACCT 23020, ECON 22060; ECON 22061, and MKTG 25010 for the foreign language requirement.

Graduation Requirements

Minimum Major GPA Minimum Overall GPA
2.250 2.000
  • Dual degree-seeking students who are also declared in the Construction Management major are required to complete a minimum total of 140 credit hours.  
 

Roadmap

This roadmap is a recommended semester-by-semester plan of study for this major. However, courses designated as critical (!) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
!AED 10101 DESIGN FOUNDATIONS STUDIO I 3
UC 10097 DESTINATION KENT STATE: FIRST YEAR EXPERIENCE 1
Foreign Language 4-5
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours14
Semester Two
!AED 10102 DESIGN FOUNDATIONS STUDIO II 3
ARTH 22006 ART HISTORY: ANCIENT AND MEDIEVAL ART (KFA) 3
PHIL 11009 CRITICAL THINKING (KADL) 3
Foreign Language 4-5
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Three
ARCH 10011 GLOBAL ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY I (KFA) 3
ARTH 22007 ART HISTORY: RENAISSANCE TO MODERN ART (KFA) 3
Foreign Language 3-5
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Four
ARCH 10012 GLOBAL ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY II (KFA) 3
ARCS 20121 STUDIO FOR ARCHITECTURAL STUDIES 4
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
Kent Core Requirement 3
 Credit Hours16
Semester Five
ARCS 30123 MATERIALS AND PROCESS OF MAKING 3
ARCS 30321 STRUCTURAL TYPOLOGY 3
Non-Architecture Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
Semester Six
ARCS 30124 METHODS AND THEORIES OF REPRESENTATION 3
ARCS 30421 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPERATIVES 3
ARCH 45213 20TH CENTURY ARCHITECTURAL HISTORY 3
Non-Architecture Electives 6
 Credit Hours15
Semester Seven
ARCS 40022 URBAN DESIGN DISCOURSE (ELR) 3
ARCS 40114 THEORY AND CRITICISM IN ARCHITECTURAL MEDIA (WIC) 3
Architecture Upper-Division Electives (ARCH 30000 or 40000 level) 6
Non-Architecture Electives 3
 Credit Hours15
Semester Eight
Architecture Upper-Division Electives (ARCH 30000 or 40000 level) 6
Non-Architecture Electives 9
 Credit Hours15
 Minimum Total Credit Hours:121