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Undergraduate Advising

Academic advising is an ongoing process in the School of Architecture that gives its majors the opportunity to shape their architectural education to suit their individual needs within the context of a holistic Clemson University education.

Each architecture major is assigned an academic advisor to assist them in interpreting University academic policies and procedures. Students are encouraged to work with their assigned advisor as they develop and refine their academic plan for completing the BA in Architecture degree requirements  and schedule their semester courses. It is the responsibility of each student to fulfill all degree requirements for graduation.

Both the College of Architecture, Arts & Humanities and Clemson University maintain individual advising web sites, and the undergraduate catalog provides the degree requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. Students should familiarize themselves with the material on these web sites and inside the catalog:

Academic Advisors

Each architecture major is assigned to a School of Architecture faculty member who also serves as an undergraduate academic advisor. Each advisor is asked to post office hours outside their office door for the purpose letting students know when they are available to discuss advising issues.

There are times when matters will keep advisors from their posted office hours. In the event that a student is unable to make timely contact with their assigned advisor, they can contact Timothy Brown, Director of Undergraduate Programs in the School of Architecture, or contact Michelle McLane in room 3-129 for assistance.

If you do not remember your assigned advisor, contact Timothy Brown at

Curriculum Requirements

The University provides each student with the ability to track completion of degree requirement through the Degree Progress Report (DPR). This is available to each student any time through the Student Information System (SIS). Students should read through their DPR thoroughly to become familiar with all curriculum requirements.

The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree has four sets of degree requirements as listed below. These are used in organizing course requirements in the DPR.

General Education Requirements (Undergraduate Catalog)

  • English Composition – 3 credits (ENGL 1030)
  • Oral Communications – 3 credits (1 credit each in ARCH 1510, ARCH 2510 and ARCH 2520)
  • Mathematics – 3 credits (MATH 1060)
  • Natural Science with Lab – 4 credits (PHYS 2070/2090)
  • Mathematics or Natural Science – 3 credits (BIOL 2040)
  • Humanities Literature – 3 credits (ENGL 2120)
  • Humanities Non-Literature – 3 credits (AAH 1010)
  • Social Science – Two courses in different areas from the approved list of Social Science requirements.
  • Language – Only three semesters counted (need to complete through 2020)
  • Cross Cultural Awareness – AAH 1020
  • Science and Technology in Society – BIOL 2030
  • E-Portfolio – Requirement starting with 06/07 curriculum year

Major Requirements

  • Introductory Courses – 6 credits (ARCH 1010, BIOL 2030)
  • Studio – 41 credits (ARCH 1510, 2510, 2520, 3500 two semesters of any combination of 3510, 3520, 3530, 3540, or 3550 and 4520)
  • Architectural History/Theory – 9 credits (AAH 1020, 2040, plus one of the following from the off-campus programs: ARCH 4030, 4040, 4050, 4120, or 4710)
  • Building Technology – 6 credits (CSM 2010 plus one of the following from the off-campus programs: ARCH 2710, 4140, 4160, 4210, 4770, CSM 2020, 2030, 2050, 3040, 3050)
  • Portfolio – 3 credits (ARCH 4010)
  • Structures I - 3 credits (ARCH 2700)

Minor Requirements - (See "Minors" in the Undergraduate Catalog)

  • Architecture majors should declare their minor no later than the Spring Semester of their sophomore year to make sure all minor requirements are completed in a timely fashion. To declare your minor, email Sallie Hambright-Belue at or Rob Silance at with your Clemson ID # and the specific title of your minor. Once you have declared your minor, you need to find out who your advisor is for the minor. All questions concerning the minor should be directed to your minor advisor. All prerequisites for courses in the minor must be satisfied.


  • Elective courses are those courses that do not fulfill specific general education, major or minor course requirements.

Academic Plan

Students should develop their own academic plan that indicates specific courses they will be taking each semester through completion of their degree requirements. Simply checking off courses on the Degree Progress Report or courses in the published curriculum does not give a good indication if a student is on track for graduation, meeting scholarship requirements, or missing opportunities to take course work that would be of unique benefit or interest.

An academic plan that is well developed by the student and reviewed by the academic advisor can have the following benefits:

  • Make sure that a students is maintaining the necessary hours in order to meet specific scholarship requirements.
  • Allow a student to look ahead a whole year or more to make sure courses needed are currently being taught in the appropriate semester. This is especially important in regards to meeting minor requirements.
  • Indicate specific courses related to the minor where not specified by the minor description.
  • Indicate possible semesters for off-campus studies.
  • Indicates semesters when credit hours may be low, allowing students to take elective course work of particular interest.
  • Assists the student and academic advisor in making sure that all graduation requirements will be met by the anticipated graduation date.

View a sample Academic Plan here.

Fluid Campus

During the junior year, architecture majors are required to participate in the Fluid Campus program. Opportunities currently exist for students to study in one of three locations including Charleston, SC; Barcelona, Spain; and Genoa, Italy. The fall semester of the junior year in the Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree program is the curriculum that is offered at all the off-campus study locations.

In the Barcelona and Genoa locations, a fixed curriculum has been established in which all students must be enrolled.

Study Abroad Curriculum (Genoa & Barcelona)

Studio (6 credits) ARCH 3530 – Studio Genova
  ARCH 3540 – Studio Barcelona
Hist/Thry Req. ARCH 4120 – History Seminar
Technology Req. ARCH 4140 – Design Seminar
Elective ARCH 4160 – Field Studies

Clemson Design Center in Charleston (CDC.C)

Studio (6 credits) ARCH 3520 - Studio Charleston (Studio U)
Hist./Theory Req. ARCH 4990 - History Seminar
Technology Req. ARCH 4770 - Introduction to Craft
Elective *Offered per semester

*See list of elective courses offered at the CACC (rightmost column of the Charleston Page), or courses can be taken on the College of Charleston campus as long as a student is enrolled in 12 credit hours of course work at the CDC.C.

For more information:

  • College of Art, Architecture, and Humanities Office of Global Engagement: See the Off-Campus Programs web pages, or see Carolyn Crist in the College of Art, Architecture, and Humanities Office of Global Engagement, Strode Tower, Room 106, 864-656-3636.

Year Level Recommendations

Reminder: It is the responsibility of each student to fulfill all degree requirements for graduation.


  • Get to know your academic advisor early, before you actually need them.
  • Become familiar with scholarship requirements. Information about scholarships administered through the Office of Financial Aid can be found on their website.
  • Establish a strong grade point ratio (GPR) over your freshman year to assure continuance of any scholarship(s) that you may have.
  • Develop an individualized academic plan that lists all required courses for graduation.
  • Explore options for your minor (see minors list in the undergraduate catalog).
  • Consider where you would like to do your off-campus studies.
  • Make sure all AP, IB and Transfer credit is listed on your Degree Progress Report (DPR).
  • Look into joining the American Institute of Architects Student (AIAS) chapter as a way of getting involved in the School of Architecture.


  • Update your academic plan to be ready for off-campus studies in your junior year.
  • Complete all requirements from your freshman year.
  • Declare your minor preferably in the fall semester. Find out who the advisor is for your minor.
  • Apply to off-campus studies program.


  • Update your academic plan in preparation for graduation.
  • Complete all course requirements from your sophomore year.
  • Explore options for after graduation with your advisor.


  • Apply for the Intern Development Plan (IDP) if you are continuing on in a professional degree in architecture.
  • Apply for graduation.
  • Apply for graduate school and/or interview for professional positions.

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