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Architectural Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in architectural studies is housed in the Department of Art and Art History and provides an introduction to architecture and related fields through courses in several disciplines.

Architectural studies minor

Why study architecture at Trinity?

Trinity’s strengths in architectural history, studio art, urban studies, and engineering make it an ideal place to study architecture. With an education firmly grounded in the liberal arts, minors leave prepared to pursue graduate work in architecture, urban planning, landscape architecture, historic preservation, and architectural history.

Trinity then and nowLearning begins on the Trinity campus, which was designed by O’Neil Ford, one of Texas’s most important modern architects, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It continues throughout San Antonio, one of the most architecturally rich cities in the United States. Here students study significant buildings from the eighteenth, nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, and experience extraordinarily vibrant natural and cultural landscapes. Many students go yet further to study architecture abroad.

Program Requirements and Courses

Students are strongly encouraged to consult with faculty in the Department of Art and Art History early in their time at Trinity to organize a course of study beyond the minor that will prepare them for graduate work. The minor in architectural studies consists of at least 24 credit hours, 9 of which must be upper division.

Students can choose course topics and other disciplines to further expand their understanding of architecture and the built environment, including:

  • Studio Art
  • Art History
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Studies
  • Physics
  • Urban Studies
  • Human Communication and Theatre

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Faculty expertise in architectural history spans millennia and the globe. Studio faculty provide world-class training in the techniques of visual expression that are essential to success in any design field.

Minor Description: 

The interdisciplinary minor in architectural studies provides an introduction to architecture and related fields through courses in several disciplines.