The Department of Architecture offers two different options for undergraduate students interested in studying architecture.

The Bachelor of Arts in Architecture is a liberal studies degree that combines a liberal arts philosophy with general studies in architecture, and a concentration in either Sustainable Development, Materials and Making, or History and Theory. Admission is offered at a freshman or junior level, with the program preparing students for further study and careers in their area of concentration, architectural design or related disciplines.

The Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Design is a pre-professional degree that prepares most students for graduate study in a Master of Architecture professional program, a requirement for a career as a licensed architect. Admission is offered at the junior level through a competitive application process, based on completing two years of general university requirements and program pre-requisites. Students in this major can apply for the Dual Degree in Construction Management program.

Graduates of both programs are well positioned for a variety of paths in design disciplines.

UW Architecture undergraduate programs are committed to architecture and design as a field of knowledge that has a profound impact on contemporary society. Non-majors interested in architecture are able to pursue a Minor in Architectural Studies.

In the United States, most registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite for licensure. See the NAAB Accreditation section on the MYARCH Page for additional information about accreditation and licensure.