By uniting the humanities with the disciplines of design and building and the arts, the College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities offers one-of-a-kind opportunities for interdisciplinary exploration and achievement-opportunities that are at once rigorous and imaginative, classical and innovative. Students and faculty see their ideas expressed in a myriad of forms-as buildings and landscapes, as the written word, as music and drama, as paintings, pots, prints and photographs. They work in the very oldest media and the very newest. They work alone. They work together. They seek not only the imaginative answers, but the enduring questions.
The College of Architecture, Arts and Humanities is organized into three schools. The School of the Arts includes the departments of Art and Performing Arts. The School of Design and Building includes the School of Architecture, the Department of Construction Science and Management, and the Department of City Planning and Real Estate Development. The School of the Humanities includes the departments of English; History; Languages; and Philosophy and Religion. In addition to the undergraduate and graduate degrees offered by the ten departments, an array of interdisciplinary programs is housed in the Office of the Dean, including the doctoral programs in Planning, Design and the Built Environment; and in Rhetorics, Communication and Information Design.
Modern Language Requirement
A number of Clemson University degree programs require the completion of a modern language through a specific course level. Modern languages taught at Clemson University or accepted for transfer credit include American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. While many degree programs accept any of these modern languages for the requirement, certain programs may have specific modern language requirements. Students should consult their program’s curriculum map for details.
SC REACH ACT (SC. 38 as amended) Graduation Requirement
To comply with the South Carolina REACH ACT, all undergraduate students who enter the university during summer 2021 or afterward must pass one of the following courses. This course may count as a requirement in any part of the program of study including the major, minor, general education or as a free elective.
Students with AP, IB, or dual enrollment credit for these courses do not need to repeat them. Additional courses may be approved which can satisfy this requirement. Successful completion of coursework in compliance with the REACH ACT is required for graduation.
School of Design and Building and School of the Arts
The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture degree is the preprofessional preparation for graduate study leading to the Master of Architecture degree, which is the fully accredited professional degree in the field. The accredited Bachelor of Science in Construction Science and Management program prepares students for careers as professional managers in the construction industry. A graduate program is also offered leading to the Master of Construction Science and Management. The Visual Arts program offers professional study in the studio visual arts leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. A graduate program leading to the Master of Fine Arts is also offered. The accredited four-year Bachelor of Landscape Architecture and three-year Master of Landscape Architecture degree programs prepare students for careers as professional landscape architects and are offered by the Department of Architecture. The Bachelor of Arts in Production Studies in Performing Arts is a distinctive degree program that combines practical hands-on experiences in performing arts production technologies with classes in music and theatre performance, history, and theory.
A graduate program in City and Regional Planning is housed within the school and accepts graduates from a variety of baccalaureate programs and prepares them for careers in both public and private sector planning through its Master of City and Regional Planning degree. The Master of Science in Historic Preservation degree is a professional degree program designed for students who will specialize in working with historic buildings, landscapes, and the decorative arts. The Master of Real Estate Development is a full-time, two-year professional degree jointly offered by the Department of Planning, Development and Preservation and the Department of Finance in the College of Business.
In addition to the facilities housed on the Clemson campus, the College offers third- and fourth-year Architecture and third-year Landscape Architecture students the opportunity to earn credit toward their degrees at three off-campus sites. Students may spend a semester at the Charleston Architecture Center earning credit from both Clemson University and the College of Charleston. Additionally, the Charles E. Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy, and the Barcelona Program in Barcelona, Spain, provide students with an intensive program of study and travel in Europe.
Architecture Charleston Program
Located in Charleston, South Carolina, this program is available to qualified undergraduates in Architecture, Construction Science and Management, Landscape Architecture, and Visual Arts. Studio work is oriented toward design within the historic seaport setting. Students also enroll in classes at the College of Charleston campus. The program is enriched by visiting scholars and professionals from the area.
Architecture Overseas Program
The Daniel Center for Building Research and Urban Studies in Genoa, Italy, is available to qualified Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Master of Architecture, Construction Science and Management, Fine Arts, City and Regional Planning, and professional year Landscape Architecture students. The Barcelona program in Barcelona, Spain, is available to qualified Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and professional year Landscape Architecture students. In both Genoa and Barcelona, studio and classroom work is enriched by visiting scholars and complemented by scheduled field trips in the country of program origin and in continental Europe.
Admission to degree programs in the School of Design and Building and the School of the Arts is based on academic performance and is limited based on space availability in the various programs. Students seeking admission are advised to apply to the Admissions Office early in the fall of their senior year in high school. They are also encouraged to visit the school during their senior year. Faculty are available to meet with them and their parents informally and answer questions and discuss individual programs in more detail. Prospective students may schedule appointments by calling the individual department.
Advancement in Architecture
Students enrolled in second-, third-, or fourth-year design studios and theory courses must attain at least a 2.0 grade-point average in each year level (by repeating one or both semesters, if necessary) to qualify for advancement to the next year level or, in the case of fourth-year Architecture studios, to qualify for the Architecture degree, or in Landscape Architecture at the final year, to qualify for the Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree.
School of Design Undergraduate Program Enrichment Fee
Please visit http://www.clemson.edu/caah/current-students/program-enrichment-fee.html for detailed information about the School of Design Undergraduate Program Enrichment Fee.
School of Humanities
The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in English, History, Language and International Trade, Modern Languages, Pan African Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, Women’s Leadership, and World Cinema. The Bachelor of Science degree is offered in Language and International Health.
To achieve depth as well as breadth in their education experiences, students majoring in English, History, Modern Languages, Pan African Studies, Philosophy, Religious Studies, or Women’s Leadership complete at least 24 semester hours from courses above the sophomore level. As soon as feasible and not later than the end of the sophomore year, students in these fields also select a minor consisting of at least 15 additional semester hours. Courses satisfying the major may not also be included in the minor. A second major (a double major) may substitute for the minor, provided all requirements are fulfilled for each major.
The modern language requirement is a proficiency requirement. Students must complete through 2020 in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, or Spanish. Some majors allow American Sign Language to fulfill the modern language requirement.
Students enrolled in degree programs offered in the humanities who expect to teach in the public schools may elect education courses required for teaching certificates by the South Carolina Department of Education. Such courses are to be approved by their own department advisors.
Students who meet academic eligibility requirements may transfer into AAH Undeclared only if they have completed 45 or fewer total credit hours. In addition to credits completed at Clemson University, total credit hours includes credit hours transferred from another institution, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), and credit by exam. For more information, contact the Assistant Director of Advising, Coaching, and Consulting in the Academic Success Center.