Lafayette College has established a minor in architectural studies.


The vaulted ceiling in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Seen as part of the Lafayette College – NYC Architecture Tour 2015.

The minor is intended for students who are considering pursuing graduate studies in architecture as well as students who are interested in architectural history or practice but do not intend to pursue professional careers in architecture.

The minor requires six courses. Art 126 (History of Architecture II) and Art 120 (Architectural Design and Theory) are required of all students pursuing the minor. Four additional courses should be selected from a list of approved courses, with at least one course from each of three groupings. Students who are planning to attend graduate school in architecture may include a portfolio development independent study as one course. Examples of approved courses include:

Historical Perspective and Urban Design

Art 140 Art and Architecture of World Traditions: Asia, Africa, and the Americas
Art 221 Ancient Art
Art 222 Medieval Art
Art 240 Japanese Art and Architecture
Art 242 Chinese Art and Architecture
History 250 Technology and the American Imagination
History 251 The American City
History 358 America in the 1920s and 1930s
VAST 212 Values and Technology in Gothic Architecture or INDS 361 The Gothic Cathedral
VAST 234 Technology and the City
A&S 207 The Incan World
A&S 219 American Communities: Cities, Suburbs, and Towns
A&S 233 Anthropology of the City
Inds. 215 Medieval Architecture of Northern Europe

Design Perspective

Art 107 Sculpture
Art 109 Drawing I
Art 110 Drawing II
Art 215 Intermediate Sculpture
Art 306 Capstone
CE 271 Design I
CE 372 Design II
ME 353 Engineering Design I
ME 371 Engineering Design II

Engineering Perspective

EP 271 Introduction to Architectural Engineering
EP 372 Architecture’s New Media: Architecture and Computer-Aided Design
ES 226 Statics
ES 230 Strength in Materials
CE 311 Structural Engineering
CE 331 Civil Engineering Project Management
CE 431 Construction Management

For students planning to apply to graduate school in architecture, the two semester course Architectural Portfolio Preparation is highly recommended. For additional information, please contact Professor Mattison or Professor Veshosky.