Architecture

Hammons School of Architecture Curriculum

The Hammons School of Architecture offers a NAAB accredited five-year first professional Master of Architecture degree. The program requires 168 hours, 30 of which are master’s level.Architecture courses required by Hammons School of Architecture are integrated with Drury CORE, the liberal arts curriculum of the university. This integrated curriculum provides a design focused education, within a liberal arts context consisting of courses from the four academic divisions, in preparation for professional architecture practice.

Enrollment in the first year of the pre-professional program is based upon high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores. The first two years of the program are the pre-professional years. All students interested in pursuing a degree in architecture should file an intent to study architecture form with the architecture office prior to completing all the pre-professional course requirements.

Because the architecture curriculum is sequentially structured, student course records are reviewed at the end of each semester to assure the prerequisites have been completed with acceptable grades before students are allowed to advance to the next year level of the program. The grade of “I” (incomplete) in any prerequisite course will necessitate the completion of that work and receipt of a final satisfactory grade prior to the first day of any course requiring the prerequisite. Students who have not completed the prerequisite for any ARCH course as of the first day of class will be removed from the roster of that class.

Application to continue in the professional program at the third year level must be made at the beginning of the spring semester of the sophomore year. Admission requires the completion of the first two years of courses listed below with an accumulated grade point average of 2.75. In support of a broader learning environment, no course with an ARCH prefix may count toward the fulfillment of CORE divisional requirements for students pursuing the Master of Architecture degree.

Performance Requirement
It is the HSA policy that students are encouraged to meet with their advisor each semester to review their plans and progress toward graduation. Students in the professional program must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.75 to remain in the Master of Architecture program. Students whose GPA drops below 2.75 will have one semester to reachieve the 2.75. Failure to do so will result in removal from the Master of Architecture Program. Students must receive a grade of C- or better in all coursework with a MARC or ARCH designation, as well as in ARTZ 123, CORE 101, CORE 103, CORE 201, Drury Foundations course, MATH 203 and PHYS 201 for that work to count toward the requirements for the Master of Architecture degree. Failure to make a C- or better in any ARCH or MARC designated course after two tries will result in removal from the Master of Architecture program.

Master of Architecture - First Professional Degree Program
Due to the sequential nature of the architecture curriculum, it is important to fully review and understand the corequisites and prerequisites for all coures. In addition, the Master of Architecture requires successful completion of all Drury CORE requirements. Be aware that all Master of Architecture students will need to complete a fine arts division interpretation class in art history, theatre or music.

To graduate with the Master of Architecture degree students need to:

  1. Earn a total of minimum 168 credit hours.
  2. Fulfill the Drury CORE requirements.
  3. Take the following required courses: ARTZ 123, MATH 203, PHYS 201, ARCH 111, ARCH 112, ARCH 124, ARCH 213, ARCH 214, ARCH 225, ARCH 233, ARCH 234, ARCH 251, ARCH 252, ARCH 253, ARCH 315, ARCH 335, ARCH 336, ARCH 356, ARCH 417, ARCH 418, ARCH 426 (or ARCH 428), ARCH 427, ARCH 437, ARCH 438, ARCH 456 (or ARCH 458), ARCH 461, ARCH 467, MARC 519, MARC 520, MARC 521, MARC 557, MARC 569, plus three MARC electives.

    In addition, students must meet the following requirements.
    1. Electives Requirement
      Students are required to take at least 9 credit hours of MARC electives and at least 12 credit hours of “free electives” from courses other than ARCH or MARC designated courses.
    2. International Architecture Program Experience Requirement
      As part of the professional coursework in architecture, students are required to complete one international architectural program experience. This experience must take place prior to admission to the fifth year of the program.

Recommended Courses of Study for the Master of Architecture

Pre-Professional Program

Year & Term
Course Name
Credit Hours
First Year: ARCH 111: Foundations of Design
3
Fall ARTZ 123: Drawing
3
ARCH 251: History of Architecture, Urbanism & Art I
3
CORE 101: Drury Seminar
3
MATH 203: Mathematics & Inquiry
3
Credit Hours:
15
First Year: ARCH 112: Architectural Design II
5
Spring ARCH 124: Architectural Representation
2
ARCH 252: History of Architecture, Urbanism & Art II
3
CORE 103: Drury Explorations
1
Drury Foundations 3
Free Elective or Drury CORE
3
Credit Hours:
17
Second Year: ARCH 213: Architectural Design III
5
Fall ARCH 233: Introduction to Building Systems 3
  PHYS 201: Principles of Physics
4
Free elective or Drury CORE
3
EXSP 220: Personal Wellness
2
Credit Hours:
17
Second Year: ARCH 214: Architectural Design IV
5
Spring ARCH 225: Introduction to Computers in Architecture
3
ARCH 234: Structures I
3
ARCH 253: Theories of Architecture 3
Free elective or Drury CORE
3
Credit Hours:
17

Option 1: Professional Program (Selective Admission)
Study Abroad Option: Drury Center in Greece (Spring or Fall)

Third Year: ARCH 315: Architectural Design V
5
Fall ARCH 335: Environmental Systems I
3
ARCH 336: Structures II
3
ARCH 356: History of Modern Architecture 3
GREE 101: Elementary Greek I
3
Credit Hours:
17
Third Year: ARCH 418: Architectural DesignVII
5
Spring* ARCH 426: Travel Journal: Mediterranean Cultures
3
ARCH 456: Culture and Place: The Greek Legacy
3
GREE 102: Elementary Greek II
3
CORE 201: Global Foundations 3
Credit Hours:
17
Fourth Year: ARCH 417: Architectural Design VI
5
Fall* ARCH 427: Professional Communication
3
ARCH 467: Facility Programming
3
Free elective or Drury CORE
3
Free elective** 3
Credit Hours:
17
Fourth Year: MARC 519: Comprehensive Design VIII
5
Spring ARCH 437: Environmental Systems II
3
ARCH 438: Structures III
3
MARC Elective 3
Free elective or Drury CORE 3
Credit Hours:
17

*The third year spring and fourth year fall course work can be interchanged.

Fourth Year: Summer
ARCH 461: Architecture Internship 0
     
Fifth Year: MARC 520: Architectural Design IX
5
Fall MARC 557: Architecture Seminar
3
MARC Elective
3
Free elective or Drury CORE 3
Free elective 3
Credit Hours:
17
     
Fifth Year: MARC 521: Architectural Design X
5
Spring MARC 569: Professional Practice
3
MARC Elective
3
Free elective** 3
Free elective** 3
Credit Hours:
17
Total Credit Hours :
170

**Free electives must be other than ARCH or MARC designated courses

Option 2: Professional Program (Selective Admission)
Study Abroad Option: Summer Traveling Program

Third Year: ARCH 315: Architectural Design V
5
Fall ARCH 335: Environmental Systems I
3
ARCH 336: Structures II
3
ARCH 356: History of Modern Architecture 3
Language
3
Credit Hours:
17
Third Year: ARCH 417: Architectural Design VI
5
Spring ARCH 427: Professional Communication
3
ARCH 467: Facility Programming
3
Language
3
Free elective or Drury CORE 3
Credit Hours:
17
Third Year: ARCH 428: Journaling: Urban Form in the Global Context 3
Summer ARCH 458 Culture and Place: The Theoretical and Historical Context 3
  Credit Hours: 6
     
Fourth Year: ARCH 418: Architectural Design VII: Urban Context
5
Fall Free elective or Drury CORE
3
Free elective or Drury CORE
3
Free elective** 3
Credit Hours:
14
Fourth Year: MARC 519: Architectural Design VIII: Comprehensive Studio
5
Spring ARCH 437: Environmental Systems II
3
ARCH 438: Structures III
3
MARC Elective 3
Credit Hours:
14
Fourth Year: Summer
ARCH 461: Architecture Internship 0
     
Fifth Year: MARC 520: Architectural Design IX
5
Fall MARC 557: Architecture Seminar
3
MARC Elective
3
Free elective or Drury CORE 3
Free elective** 3
Credit Hours:
17
     
Fifth Year: MARC 521: Architectural Design X
5
Spring MARC 569: Professional Practice
3
MARC Elective
3
Free elective** 3
Free elective** 3
Credit Hours:
17
Total Credit Hours :
170

**Free electives must be other than ARCH or MARC designated courses

Consideration of Transfer Credit
Transfer students seeking advanced placement in the studio sequence must submit a portfolio and transcripts. Portfolio submissions must be received by June 15 for the following fall and November 30 for the following spring. Transfer students, at the judgment of the faculty, may be admitted to the professional program on a probationary status for one semester, with subsequent full admission depending on performance.

Dual Degree and/or Dual Major Options
Students may choose to use elective hours to meet the undergraduate prerequisites for the dual Master of Architecture/Master in Business Administration degree option that is offered in collaboration with the Breech School of Business Administration, or any other program approved as an accepted dual major with Architecture. For the dual degree option in Business Administration, students are required to complete 22 credit hours of undergraduate business courses and one additional year and summer at the graduate level in the Breech School of Business Administration. 30 graduate hours are required for the Master in Business Administration degree.