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Minor in Architecture


The Program

The Minor in Architecture is available to students in any degree program who may be interested in architecture, cities and landscapes. The minor offers an overview of architecture and the built environment, from simple structures to the larger context of urban areas. The minor is of particular value to those who have wondered about architecture as a possible career or who see themselves working in a parallel field where a knowledge of architecture is important. Through a survey of architectural principles, basic design, architectural history, and architecture appreciation, students will acquire an understanding of the discipline and its possibilities.


A large portion of the minor (12 credit hours) will be offered during the summer at Clemson's Daniel Center in Genoa, Italy. Located at Via Piaggio 14, Genoa, students live, eat, and work together in the Daniel Center. Built in 1899, "The Villa" accommodates up to 24 resident students, and contains living and dining rooms, a library, studio space, and related facilities. A large garden overlooks the city, harbor, and the Mediterranean.

Architecture Minor Brochure 2014

Take a look at our Architecture Minor Brochure to learn more about the summer program we offer in Genoa, Italy for undergraduate students.

YouTube video of the Summer 2017 Minor in Architecture Student Project:

The Clemson University School of Architecture and its Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies collaborated with Casa Gavoglio Civico 41 to host a public conversation on Foundations of Architecture: Mine, Thine, and Ours.

Centric to this conversation was the work presented by the multi-disciplinary summer studio/workshop conducted by the Clemson University School of Architecture in Genoa, Italy.  Studio members majoring in Business, Economics, Engineering, and Art embraced design research activities that are both critical and fundamental to architecture and design.  By examining building plans, sections and elevations, each team member prepared a series of sketches, drawings, artifacts, photos and models serving as catalysts for questions, thoughts and proactive conversation.  

Pop-up conversation no. 1 Foundations of Architecture: Mine, Thine and Ours intended to facilitate the importance of public discourse on the role architecture can play in defining public space, building community and enhancing place.   


Fifteen credit hours are required for the minor:

  • ARCH 1010  Introduction to Architecture  3 credits   (fall only)
  • DSGN 3700  Design Appreciation  6 credits   (summer only)
  • ARCH 4710  Architecture History of Place  3 credits   (summer only)
  • ARCH 4720  Field Studies  3 credits   (summer only)



Additional Information

For questions regarding the minor or for registration information, contact Professor Dan Harding,