Architecture Student at workRanked among the world’s best, our architecture degrees provide a solid grounding in the broad concepts and specific technical skills you need to excel in the industry. Professional experiences and applied design projects in the studio and the community will prepare you for success as a licensed architect.

Requirements for This Major

You can choose one of two degree paths in architecture:

  • Bachelor of Architecture (BArch), a five-year professional degree program that prepares students for a more direct route into professional licensure as an architect. A professional graduate degree in architecture is not necessary with this degree; IF graduate study is pursued, it can be in any area of the student’s choosing.
  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (BA or BS) with a major in architecture, a four-year “pre-professional” degree that can be paired with a two-year master of architecture (MArch) professional degree to achieve the necessary degree for licensure. This degree path (a “4+2”) allows for more in-depth, topical investigations in architecture at the graduate level.
Bachelor of Architecture

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Our Faculty

At Ball State, students know their professors, and their professors know them. You will work closely with nationally recognized faculty who excel not only in the classroom but in their professions. Get to know them.

Our Bachelor of Architecture program is the only undergraduate degree in the region that prepares you for a more direct route into professional licensure without requiring a professional masters degree in architecture. You may also use this degree to pursue graduate study in any area of your choosing. This program includes a semester-long internship with a licensed architect, diverse liberal arts courses, and the curricular flexibility necessary to pursue a minor course of study if desired. We are seeking candidacy and initial accreditation by the National Architectural Accrediting Board for this newly state-approved program. The university expects to host a visit for initial accreditation in fall 2020.

Required Credits

154

What You’ll Study

  • architectural design
  • design communications
  • architectural history
  • environmental systems
  • building technology
  • structural systems
  • professional practice
  • architectural research and programming methods

You can also choose from a variety of related electives in architecture and other disciplines and pursue a minor to complement your architecture studies. The program culminates with an architectural design capstone project.

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Our Faculty

At Ball State, students know their professors, and their professors know them. You will work closely with nationally recognized faculty who excel not only in the classroom but in their professions. Get to know them.

Our Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (with a major in architecture) is ideal if you’re interested in pursuing a professional architecture degree at the master's level (an MArch), at Ball State or at another institution. Then you’ll be ready for a two-year master’s program to complete your professional accredited degree requirement necessary to pursue licensure as a professional architect. This undergraduate degree also prepares students for graduate studies in some other area because professional licensure as an architect is not your ambition. You’ll complete your undergraduate bachelor’s degree in four years.

Required Credits

120

What You’ll Study

  • design
  • design communications
  • architectural history
  • structures
  • environmental systems
  • building technology

The BA requires two years (or the equivalent) of study in a foreign language. For detailed information on each class, see our Undergraduate Course Catalog.

Additional Requirements

All students entering the Department of Architecture as sophomores are required to purchase a computer. Download a list of computer specifications (PDF).
  • WPP 392 Writing Proficiency Exam is required your junior year. Take the prerequisites of ENG 103 Rhetoric and Writing and ENG 104 Composing Research in the freshman and sophomore years.
  • Please discuss other suggested core courses to take in the freshman year with your freshman advisor and/or download a sample curriculum
  • ARCH 229 History of Architecture 1 will count for 3 credits in the University Core Curriculum Tier 2 Fine Arts, Design, and Humanities. ARCH 401 Architectural Design will count as a Tier 3 Core Capstone Course.
  • Students will register for ARCH 455 Internship (0 credits) in either the fall or spring semester of their fourth year in the BArch program. This registration will be coordinated and approved by the department's internship coordinator.
  • Travel study options are also available in the summer after the second, third and/or fourth years of study. Additionally, students may opt to do a travel study in one semester of their fourth year instead of the required internship. Students choosing that path must to do a professional internship for a minimum of 14 weeks in the summer before or after their fourth year of study.

Careers in Architecture

With a degree from Ball State’s Department of Architecture, you’ll get a high return on your investment. And we offer plenty of career-related resources to get you there. Explore career paths.

Careers in Architecture

Paying for Your Education

Department Scholarships

On top of the dozens of university scholarships you may apply for, the College of Architecture and Planning and Department of Architecture offer several to their own students. Find a scholarship.

Ready to Apply?

You must first apply and be accepted to the College of Architecture and Planning First-Year Program, which provides all incoming CAP students—regardless of major—with a broad and solid foundation in the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, and urban planning.

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