The BS in Architectural Studies teaches students the rigorous design methods of architecture while also offering a flexible curriculum focused on key contemporary topics.
After a common sequence of design, history, and technology courses students choose one of the three tracks within the major:
Specialized courses in each of these tracks supplement a rich array of electives in the School of Architecture and throughout the University.
In all 3 tracks students will emerge with a strong portfolio, a foundational grounding in architectural design, and will be well-equipped for further graduate education or work experience in design-related fields and creative industries. The BS in Architectural Studies can be completed in four years, and students are eligible for the two-year Master of Architecture program at Northeastern.
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Can I still become an architect?
Yes. The BS in Architecture Studies is designed so that students can still go on to become licensed architects. Students in the program are eligible for the two-year Master of Architecture degree at Northeastern. They may also apply to Master of Architecture programs at other institutions. (Note that a degree from an accredited school of architecture is NOT equivalent to architectural licensure. The requirements for licensure vary from state to state as well as internationally, but typically include schooling, internship, and examinations.)
Can I switch from the BS in Architecture into the BS in Architectural Studies?
Yes. The program was designed to accommodate students who are interested in architecture but desire a less studio-intensive curriculum and more flexibility in their schedule. The first three semesters of coursework for the BS in Architecture include all the required courses for the BS in Architecture track, so it relatively easy to transfer during this time. Students wishing to transfer from the BS in Architecture to the BS in Architectural Studies at any point should consult with their advisors and with the School of Architecture to discuss their options.
Why should I choose this over the BS in Architecture? What are the main differences?
The main differences between the BS in Architecture major and the BS in Architectural Studies have to do with flexibility and number of credit hours. The BS in Architectural Studies requires 128 credits vs. the 145 for the BS in Architecture. There are five required studios in the BS in Architectural Studies track, and it can be completed in four years, while the BS in Architecture is a five-year program with 7 required studios. Note that the BS in Architecture, together with the one-year Master of Architecture at Northeastern, is an accredited degree while the BS in Architectural Studies is not.
Can I transfer to this major after my freshman year?
Yes. All potential transfers should meet with their advisors and with the School of Architecture to discuss their options.
What kinds of jobs can I get with this degree?
Students with a BS in Architectural Studies are well prepared for many career possibilities related to the track that they choose. See the track descriptions above for more specific discussion of potential career possibilities.
What type of graduate work would I do with this degree?
All students in the BS in Architectural Studies track are eligible for the two-year Master of Architecture Program at Northeastern. Depending upon which of the three tracks is chosen within the major—Sustainability, Real Estate Development & Design, or Design & Culture—there are also other graduate degree options. See the detailed track descriptions above for more specific discussion of possible graduate degrees
How many co-ops are there?
The BS in Architectural Studies has one required six month co-op and an optional summer 4-month co-op.
Can I study abroad in Berlin like the BS in Architecture students?
Yes. Study abroad in Berlin is optional, and is scheduled in the Fall of the fourth year.