The Catholic University of America

Jan. 4, 2006

Catholic University to Offer Minor in Architecture

Beginning in January 2006, the School of Arts and Sciences at The Catholic University of America will offer a new minor in architecture studies, the only program of its kind at a university in the Washington, D.C., area.

Offered by the School of Arts and Sciences in cooperation with the School of Architecture and Planning, the new program will accommodate students with an interest in architecture who are pursuing a major in another field as well as students who would like to earn a broad liberal arts degree before seeking a master's in architecture.

"This is an exciting new addition to the menu of curriculum and program choices here at Catholic University," said L.R. Poos, dean of the School of Arts and Sciences. "The new architecture minor presents several kinds of opportunities for our students. Undergraduates can combine the architecture minor with any number of other majors to craft a very enriching education with equally numerous career possibilities.

"Also, students who have an interest in eventually finding careers in the architectural profession can now minor in architecture as undergraduates and then begin their professional training at the M.Arch. level - and by doing so they can bring to their professional training a more mature and enriched perspective from the vantage of a grounding in a liberal arts subject, which is what both we in the schools of Arts and Sciences and Architecture and Planning want."

CUA is one of only three Catholic universities in the United States that offers an accredited degree program in architecture. CUA is the only one among the three Catholic universities that also offers a minor in architecture.

To earn the minor, students must complete six courses: three required "core" courses and three pre-approved electives in the architecture and planning school.

In addition, the architecture and planning school expanded its graduate concentrations in September 2005 and now offers five concentrations: cultural studies/sacred space, digital architecture, digital fabrication, real estate development and urban design/conservation.

"Our initiative to diversify and broaden the concentrations available in our graduate program lets our students focus on specialization during their graduate training, and thus be ready to fill a much wider and more detailed array of possible professional tracks once they graduate from CUA," said Randall Ott, dean of the architecture school. "Students from our program will be better prepared to serve society's increasingly complex environmental design needs, in the expanding Washington metropolitan region and also nationally and internationally," Ott added.

Interested CUA students can inquire about the new program with the undergraduate studies office at their respective schools. Students with questions about specific courses in the minor can contact George Martin, assistant dean of undergraduate studies at the architecture and planning school, at 202-319-5449 or marting@cua.edu.

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The School of Architecture and Planning at The Catholic University of America is the largest architecture school in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Students design in an exciting studio environment on campus while utilizing the nation's capital as an architecture laboratory. The school awards degrees that include the bachelor of science in architecture after four years of study, the master of architecture first professional degree after an additional year and a half, and a post-professional master of architectural studies. The school also offers foreign study experiences as well as a joint degree program with the Department of Civil Engineering.

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Media contact(s):
· Chris Harrison, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, harrisoc@cua.edu
· Katie Lee, CUA Office of Public Affairs, 202-319-5600, leect@cua.edu