Bachelor of Arts, Department of Architecture

A student at a drafting table in Architecture class

The Architecture major prepares students for graduate study in architecture or a related field. The curriculum is primarily studio-based, building foundational skills in drawing, design, watercolor, in addition to the core architectural design studios. Coursework in the history and theory of art and architecture, plus a summer study abroad are required components of the major, as well.

Career Opportunities

  • Employment of architects is projected to grow 4 percent from 2016 to 2026.*
  • The median annual wage for architects was $76,930 in May 2016.*

* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Architects, on the Internet here.

Department Mission

Recognizing the power of artists and the visual experience to enhance the lives of individuals and communities, the Art Department seeks to develop students’ aesthetic, conceptual and technical abilities, in order to prepare them for a successful studio practice, graduate study, or a career in the arts and related fields. The Department also aims to provide the college and Atchison communities with opportunities to explore the creative aspect of the human spirit.


Christopher C. Miller, Ph.D.
Professor & Architecture Program Director
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  • Christopher C. Miller, Ph.D.
    Professor & Architecture Program Director
  • John Haigh, M.Arch AIA
    Assistant Professor
  • Carlos Lameiro, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
  • Bryan Park, MFA
    Associate Professor and Department Chair
  • Louis Reilly, MFA
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Gary Rittermeyer, MFA
    Adjunct Instructor
  • Jay Wallace, MFA
    Assistant Professor

Freshman Year

THEO-1100Introduction to Theology3
EXSC-1115Wellness for Life1
MATH-1250Pre-Calculus OR Calculus4
ARCHAspects of Arch Culture [+ lab]3
ART-10102-D [or 3-D] Design3
GNST-1000BC Experience1
ART-1000Drawing 13
ART-10303-D [or 2-D] Design3
MATH-1300Calculus 14
ENGL-1010English Composition3
ART-3001Drawing II3
EXSCActivity Course [or EXSC-1115]1
PHIL-1750Principles of Nature [or THEO elective]3

Sophomore Year

ART-3411Art History I3
PHYS-2100Classical Physics4
PHIL or THEOFoundation3
ART-3121Watercolor I3
ARCH-2100Architecture Studio I4
ENGR-1100Technical Drawing2
CIVL-2020Digital Terrain Modeling1
ARCH-2101Architecture Studio II4
ART-3412Art History 23
ARCH-2300Theory & History of Arch.3

Summer Study Abroad Program

ARCH-2301Theory and History of Architecture II2
ARCH-2200Plein Air Drawing and Watercolor Studio2

Junior Year

ARCH-3300Theory and History of Architecture III3
ARCH-3100Architecture Studio III5
Foreign Language4
SOCI-2300World Regional Geo [or equiv]3
ENGR-2320Mechanics of Materials3
ARTStudio Elective3
PHIL or THEO Foundation3
ARCHArchitecture Studio IV5
Foreign Language4

Senior Year

SOCI-2300World Regional Geography3
ARCHArchitecture Studio V6
ARCH-4400Environ Sys & Sustain.4
CIVL-3510Structural Mechanics4
Art Studio (elective)3
PHIL or THEO Foundation3
ARCHDesign Theory in Practice6
ARCHProfessional Practice2

Total program credits: 139

View the course catalog for class descriptions and additional information.

Other Department Offerings

  • Bachelor of Arts in Art
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art Education
  • Bachelor of Arts with Art Therapy Specialization
  • Minor in Art