Architecture Mission Statement
Recognizing that architecture is one of the basic or root arts in human culture, the primary mission of the School of Architecture is to provide an accredited professional degree program in architecture that is reflective of the architect’s role as the primary shaper and steward of the built environment throughout the life cycle of its buildings and communities. Additionally, the School of Architecture acknowledges that the conscientious making of the built environment is a collaborative endeavor, and consequently its secondary mission is to provide accredited degree programs in allied fields of study that share responsibility for influencing and effecting the nature and quality of the built environment.
In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), which is the sole agency authorized to accredit U.S. professional degree programs in architecture, recognizes three types of degrees: the Bachelor of Architecture, the Master of Architecture, and the Doctor of Architecture. A program may be granted a 6-year, 3-year, or 2-year term of accreditation, depending on the extent of its conformance with established educational standards.
Architecture Program Mission Statement
To provide a comprehensive and uncompromising, balanced, and demanding education in the art (poetic expression), craft (technical processes), and practice (professional services) of ethical building through the polytechnic tradition of “hands-on” experiences and empirical learning that prepares an individual to be an architect in the fullest sense of the word.
Doctor of Architecture and Master of Architecture degree programs may consist of a pre-professional undergraduate degree and a professional graduate degree that, when earned sequentially, constitute an accredited professional education. However, the pre-professional degree is not, by itself, recognized as an accredited degree.
Louisiana Tech University’s School of Architecture offers the following NAAB-accredited degree program:
- M.Arch (pre-professional degree + 30 graduate credits)
Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies (BSAS)
Freshman Year – Foundation Level
NOTE: The Architecture Program
The Architecture program requires that each student entering the Sophomore Year have access to a computer in class for the written, calculating, and graphic work associated with required courses.
Sophomore Year – Foundation Level
- Select one Humanities (GER) course from the following disciplines: Literature, Foreign Languages, History, Classical Studies, Communications, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Interdisciplinary. NOTE: some of these subject matter disciplines may not be offered at Louisiana Tech University. 3 Semester Credit Hours
Social/Behavioral Sciences (GER)
From the following disciplines, select two Social/Behavioral Sciences (GER) courses. 6 Semester Credit Hours
- Social Science: Anthropology, Criminal Justice, Economics, Geography, International Studies, Interdisciplinary, Political Science
- Behavioral Science: Psychology, Sociology
Junior Year – Professional Concentration
- Electives 5 Semester Credit Hours
Senior Year – Professional Concentration
- Electives 10 Semester Credit Hours
Total Semester Hours 138
No grade lower than “C” in Architecture or Interior Design courses will apply towards the Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies.
Electives must include at least 3 credit hours from disciplines other than architecture.
All students are required to acquire a minimum of 400 clock hours of architectural practice experience and/or architecture-related community service after the Foundation Level to satisfy graduation requirements.