Bachelor of Architecture
undergraduate program is designed to provide an exceptional university education
as well as comprehensive preparation for entry into a competitive and
challenging career. Studies in architecture and other basic disciplines are
undertaken in parallel throughout the five-year program. Interested students may
pursue dual undergraduate degrees or minors combining their interest in
architecture with fields such as business, history, fine arts, and urban
The curriculum has two levels of study. The first provides a foundation of understanding on which to build a second level of advanced study. Continuous through the ten semesters of the program runs the design studio in which projects are engaged as a means for developing the skills, knowledge, understanding, and judgment to create appropriate and exemplary architectural designs.
At the end of the third year, the foundation program culminates with a studio project helping students to summarize what they have learned and transition toward the more independent studies of the advanced program. This special integrative semester is also a transition to a more knowing and mature commitment to becoming an architect.
Designed to encourage students to complete their basic education in architecture and to develop their own interests and their own professional directions, the advanced program includes elective opportunities inside and outside the School of Architecture. The program culminates with the Fifth Year Comprehensive Studio, part of the last semester of study. This final semester allows students to explore individual interests. During this time they also develop a comprehensive architectural proposal that demonstrates the full range of skills and knowledge. The proposal is required for the completion of the first professional degree in architecture.
USC GENERAL ED. REQUIREMENTS: http://www.usc.edu/dept/LAS/general_studies/GE/