The Department of Architectural Studies offers two undergraduate professional program emphases: Architectural Studies and Interior Design. The Architectural Studies emphasis is a pre-architecture bachelor’s degree or pre-professional option and students continue their education with the M Arch to become practicing architects. The Interior Design emphasis results in a terminal bachelor’s degree accredited by the Council of Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). For more information, please review the MU Undergraduate Catalog.
A Minor in Entrepreneurship is offered to majors in Architectural Studies with required courses, internship, and 4 credits outside the department.
A Minor in Architectural Studies is also offered to non-majors. All encompass research, development and implementation of plans and designs for the interior environment to improve the quality of life, increase productivity and protect health, safety and the welfare of the public.
Curriculum requirements include courses in supportive areas such as the human and physical sciences, art, humanities and allied design professions. Course work centers around synthesis of functional, technological, aesthetic and symbolic attributes of interior design and architecture emphasizing physical environments that support human needs and aspirations.
Application for a Professional Program in Architectural Studies and Interior Design
After completing three required classes during the Freshman year, students apply for admission to the studio sequence required for all undergraduate professional programs. Applications are made at the end of the spring semester of the freshman year for permission to enroll in Studio I and Design Communications. Application forms with deadlines are available online and from the department.
The Department of Architectural Studies offers graduate programs in the following areas: 1) Environment and Behavior Studies with research leading to the MS and PhD degrees or a creative project leading to a MA degree and 2) Design with Digital Media with research leading to MS and PhD degrees or a creative project leading to a a MA degree. The graduate program builds on Architectural Studies course work and a core of courses in design theory, research methods, graduate seminars, research and readings in environment and behavior. For more information, visit the MU Graduate School website and the review the Graduate Program. For more information about our online graduate programs, visit Mizzou Online.
Limited teaching and/or research assistantships and scholarships are available to graduate students. Inquires regarding the types and availability of assistantships should be directed to the Department Chair: Dr. Ruth Brent Tofle (TofleR@missouri.edu) .