Minors + Certificate

Offered by Architectural Studies

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You may also contact the advisor of the program:
Dr. Maria D'Anniballe

Minor in Architecture Design

The Minor in Architecture - Design is an option for students majoring in fields such as Civil & Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, History, Studio Arts, and Urban Studies, who wish to deepen their understanding of the built environment and gain experience in design studios.

The Minor in Architecture – Design requires 18 credits, 12 of which are studio-based design courses (HAA 1913 + HAA 1916) and 6 of which will provide historical and theoretical background for thinking about architecture and the built environment. All these courses are requirements of the Design Track in Architectural Studies; consequently, students who successfully complete the Minor may wish to switch to the Design Track and major in Architectural Studies.

Requirements for the Minor in Architecture – Design | 18 credits

Students must take the following:

ONE foundation course in architecture – (3 credits):

HAA 0940             Approaches to the Built Environment

TWO courses in architectural design – (6 credits each = 12 credits total):

HAA 1913             Foundation Studio 1 (must receive a C to qualify for HAA 1916)

HAA 1916             Design Studio 1

ONE course in architectural history from the following list – (3 credits):

HAA 0040             Introduction to Western Architecture

HAA 0221             Medieval Architecture

HAA 0460             Public Art

HAA 0480             Modern Architecture

HAA 0510             Pittsburgh Architecture and Urbanism

HAA 0900             Special Topics: Architectural Studies

HAA 1160             Roman Architecture

HAA 1250             Constructing the Gothic

HAA 1305             Early Renaissance Architecture

HAA 1306             High Renaissance Architecture

HAA 1407             Architecture and Enlightenment

HAA 1475             Modernity, Modernism and Housing

HAA 1480             Architecture Since 1945

HAA 1510             Pittsburgh Architecture and Urbanism

HAA 1530             Early American Architecture

HAA 1531             American Architecture Since Industrialization

HAA 1630             China: Village and Urban Architectural Space

HAA 1656             Japan: Architecture as Performative Space

HAA 1680             Japan: Artist and City

HAA 1907             Architecture and the City in Central Europe

HAA 1910             Special Topics: Architecture

HAA 1920             Introduction to Historic Preservation

HAA 1923             Global Preservation

TWO co-requisites are required for the minor (6 credits):

HAA 1912 | Architecture + Digital Media 1 (may be waived for students who have taken a course on AutoCAD in high school or the equivalent course in the department of Civil & Environmental Engineering – CEE 109: Computer Methods in Civil Engineering.)

SA 0130 | Foundation Drawing (may be waived for students who have taken art courses in high school).


Minor in Historic Preservation

The Architectural Studies Program offers a minor in preservation available to students from a variety of disciplines who are interested in the history and preservation of architecture and the built environment.

To be awarded the minor, 18 credits are required.


ANTH 1541

Special Topics in Archeology: Cultural Resource Management

3 credits

HAA 1920

Intro to Historic Preservation

3 credits

HAA 1900

History of Art and Architecture Internship (conducted with an organization that pertains to the field of historic preservation, approved by the minor advisor)

3 credits

And 9 additional credits

See list below

9 credits


Approved Electives for the Historic Preservation Minor

HAA 0940 Approaches to the Built Environment

HAA 1913 Architectural Studies Seminar

HAA 1530 Early American Architecture

HAA 1531 Modern American Architecture

HAA 1921 Documentation and Conservation Studio (6 credits)

HAA 1922 Preservation: Texts and Theory

HAA 1923 Global Preservation


Certificate in Civil Engineering for Architectural Studies Majors

A certificate in elementary structural engineering for architectural studies majors is available under the auspices of the Swanson School of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. It offers a technical, professional component to the major. It consists of a minimum of 27 credits and includes courses in statics and particle dynamics, mechanics of materials, structural analysis, computer methods, concrete structures, and metal structures. Note that only University of Pittsburgh students pursuing a degree are eligible to enroll in Dietrich School Certificate programs as we are adhering to Department of Education regulations relating to Gainful Employment Programs.  

Prerequisite courses:

MATH 0220

Analytic Geometry and Calculus 


4 credits


One from each of the following four groups:

CS 0007

CS 0132


CS 0401

Intro to Computer Progamming

Programming in C and Guide to Unix System

Intermediate Programming Using Java

3-4 credits

MATH 0230

MATH 0235

Analytic Geometry and Calculus 2

Honors 1- Variable Calculus

4 credits

PHYS 0174


PHYS 0475

Basic Physics for Science and Engineering 1

Basic Physics for Science and Engineering 1- Honors

4 credits

PHYS 0175


PHYS 0476

Basic Physics for Science and Enginneering 2

Introduction to Physics for Science and Engineering II- Honors

4 credits


26 credits as follows:

MATH 0240

Analytic Geometry and Calculus 3

4 credits

MATH 0290

Applied Differential Equations

3 credits

ENGR 0131

Statics and Particle Dynamics

3 credits

ENGR 0141

Mechanics of Materials

3 credits

CE  1105

Materials of Construction

3 credits

CE 1330

Introduction to Structural Analysis

4 credits

CE 1340


CE 1341*

Concrete Structures 1


Steel Structures 1

6 credits


* Note: If the student takes only one of these courses (CEE 1340, CEE 1341), the student must also complete CEE 0109 Computer Methods in Civil Engineering 1

Course Descriptions

ENGR 0131 Statics and Particle Dynamics, 3 credits

Prerequisites: PHYS 0104 and PHYS 0105; ENGR 0011 and/or ENGR 0012 or CS 0002

A basic course in statics and particle dynamics. Topics covered include the effect of external forces acting on particles and rigid bodies. Use is made of computers for self-learning through tutorial software and for problem solving.

ENGR 0141 Mechanics of Materials, 3 credits
Prerequisites: ENGR 0131

An introductory course in the mechanics of deformable solids. Material covers the internal stresses, strains, and displacements which occur when a structure is subjected to applied loads. Open-ended design problems are also discussed.

CE 1105 Materials of Construction
Co-requisites: ENGR 0141

The nature, physical properties, including environmental aspects of civil engineering construction materials are discussed. Experimentation, where applicable, is utilized.

CE  1330 Introduction to Structural Analysis, 4 credits
Prerequisites: MATH 0250, ENGR 0141

Analysis of determinate structural systems.

CE 1340 Concrete Structures 1, 3 credits
Prerequisites: CE 1105, CE 1330

A study of the behavior and design of concrete elements and structures with regard for the origin of code the ACI requires for beams, slabs, columns, frames, and footings.

CE 1341 Steel Structures 1, 3 credits
Prerequisites: CD 1105, CE 1330

A study of the behavior of metal elements with regard t the origin of building specifications including thin element buckling and torsion effects. Design of tension members, columns, beams, and connections, using the AAISC Specification.

CE 0109 Computer Methods in Civil Engineering 1, 3 credits
Prerequisites: ENto GR 0012 or CS 0002.
Co-requisites: MATH 0240 and ENGR 0131

An introduction to the use of computers in civil engineering. Topics covered include: personal computers; the mainframes system; word processing; spreadsheets; graphics; CAD systems; numerical analysis; and civil engineering software packages.

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