Finding a Christian College with an Architectural Major: A Helpful Guide

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The college search process can seem to be a daunting task. With the internet so readily available, it is a great resource to use. The CCCU (Council for Christian Colleges and Universities) and NACCAP (North American Coalition Christian Admissions Professionals) offer great searches for Christian colleges across the United States. On both websites, students will find articles and research relating to the college search process and updates on top colleges.

Finding a Christian college with an architectural major will be hard. It is best if you are looking for accredited architectural programs on the website of the accrediting body. The National Architecture Accrediting Board is the sole agency authorized to accredit architectural programs in the United States. Graduation from a NAAB accredited program is not always necessary to gain registration for licensure in architecture; however, most state boards will require it. Either way, it is necessary to have the proper educational preparation. The accreditation process is used to assure students that the program has met the minimum the standards concerning faculty, curriculum, student services, and library. The educational programs offered at accredited colleges and universities will meet the standards of US registration boards. The NAAB has a list of accredited architectural programs on their website. They do not distinguish if a college is a Christian college or not. Judson University, Andrews University, and the Catholic University of America are all three Christian colleges that do offer an accredited architectural program. Each university is of a different denomination, but do hold to a Christian faith background and seek to work this into their curriculum.

Judson University

Judson University is a fully accredited Christian liberal arts university located just 45 minutes from downtown Chicago in Elgin, Illinois. With a student body of 1250 and a student to faculty ration of 12:1, you will be certain to find great attention from strong faculty and staff. Judson’s architectural program represents the church at work in higher education. The program is a 4-2 hybrid program accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board. Their program consists of a 136-credit hour Bachelor of Arts in Architecture (B.A.A.S.) and a 42-credit hour Master Degree in Architecture. The program includes a year-long preceptorship as the first year of the master’s program. Students can choose a concentration in one of two areas: Sustainable Design or Traditional Architecture and Urbanism. The school is housed in a state of the art LEED Gold Certified building, the Harm A. Weber Academic Center. Judson’s Architectural program’s mission is to, “Provide students with a Christ centered comprehensive, professional architecture education.” Within the program students will explore and define the lines between Christianity, architecture education and service.

Andrews University

Andrews University, located in Berrien Springs, Michigan is an institution of higher learning affiliated with the Seventh Day Adventist Church. Andrews has a student body population of approximately 3,487 students and has a student to faculty ratio of 12:1. The university seeks to transform students by educating them to seek knowledge and affirm faith in order to change the world. Andrews offers students a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a 3.5 year Professional Master of Architecture Degree, or a 5.5 year Professional Master of Architecture Degree. The 5.5 year Professional Master of Architecture Degree consists of the Bachelor of Science in Architecture and then a Master’s degree. The 3.5 year Professional Master of Architecture Degree is for students who may have completed a undergraduate degree in an unrelated area of study. With this option, students will complete the first two years of the undergraduate requirements with the final year being the same as the final year of the 5.5 year program. Andrews also offers a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies. This is a non professional degree and students may seek employment in the construction industry, the arts, business, or other related fields, but it does not set a student up to work in the professional field of architecture.

Catholic University of America

The Catholic University of America, located in Washington D.C., is the national university for the Catholic Church. The Catholic University of America seeks to discover and impart truth through excellence in teaching and research, all in service to the Church, the nation, and the world. With an undergraduate student body population of 3,470 the Catholic University of America is the largest Catholic institution of higher education in the United States. The university offers a four year, 126 credit hour Bachelor of Science in Architecture, which will help lay the foundation for professional work in the field of architecture. Once completed, students can then move on to a 60-credit hour Master of Architecture and then pursue work within the professional field. The School of Architecture, founded in 1911, seeks to educate future architects and designers to be engaged and active citizens in their community and the world at large. This program is accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board and in its last review received the maximum term of accreditation.

Although finding a Christian college with an architectural major may be hard it is possible. Judson University, Andrews University, and the Catholic University of America offer three distinctly different Christian college environments. They all hold to faith based education without having to sacrifice accreditation and challenging academic rigor. Go online, check out their websites, and make a campus visit. Start your college search now. It is never to early, even if you are a junior in high school. Knowing your options and experiencing the campus is the best way to make your final decision.


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