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Architecture program

Calvin’s architecture program aims to help students develop a Christian perception of their role as caretakers of God’s world and as good neighbors in the communities in which they live and serve. This involves developing designs that demonstrate a wise use of existing resources and thoughtful solutions to practical challenges that satisfy the needs of the community and are sensitive to environmental, socio-cultural, and economic factors. To achieve this goal, Calvin’s architecture program encourages students to acquire a broad and thorough understanding of human societies and built environments through broad-based liberal arts studies and to explore the implications of such studies for architectural design.

As a liberal arts college, Calvin offers students intensive training in a specific field as well as a comprehensive education in the arts and humanities, sciences, and social sciences. This holistic approach to architectural design, integrated with a Christian perspective, is one of the strengths and unique draws of Calvin’s architecture program. Faculty members from diverse fields such as art, art history, engineering, geography and geology, and sociology serve as ready resources for this program. Calvin alumni who go on to enroll in graduate architecture programs frequently attest to the benefits of this multidisciplinary approach as a factor in their later success.

Calvin offers a minor in architecture designed to prepare students for graduate architectural study. The minor requires 22-23 semester hours and consists of required courses in architectural design, history, and theory as well as an elective course in a related field (engineering or urban studies). Following the current national trend in architectural study, most students enter a professional master’s degree program in architecture after completing their four years of study at Calvin College. Thanks to their solid undergraduate training and careful advising, Calvin architecture students have had a high rate of success in applying for admission to graduate architecture programs. Recent graduates have continued their studies at such respected schools as the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Michigan, Washington University, and the University of Cincinnati.

Architecture Minor

Architecture is an interdisciplinary minor designed to prepare students for graduate architectural study. The minor consists of six required courses in architectural design, history, and theory as well as an elective course in either structural engineering or urban studies. Students wishing to minor in architecture should consult with the architecture program director, Prof. You-Kyong Ahn, Art and Art History.

  • Arct 103: Architectural Communication and Concept Design I
  • Arct 203: Architectural Communication and Concept Design II
  • Arct 201: Architectural History I
  • Arct 202: Architectural History II
  • Arct 397: Architectural Theory and Criticism
  • Engr 181: Engineering Graphical Communication
  • One elective chosen from the following: Engr 202, Soc 302, Geog 310 or Geog 351