The mission of the undergraduate program in architecture is to develop analytical thinking and creative making within the discipline of architecture in the context of a general liberal arts and sciences curriculum.
The University of Pennsylvania is comprised of 12 schools, each with its own faculty, students and degree programs. Four of these schools offer undergraduate education: Arts & Sciences, Engineering & Applied Science, Nursing, and Wharton (business). Undergraduate education in architecture is offered in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) with courses taught by faculty in the School of Arts & Sciences and the Weitzman School of Design.
The undergraduate program in architecture was established in 2000 to offer opportunities for undergraduate students in the College of Arts & Sciences to study architecture on various levels of engagement ranging from a Freshman Seminar and a Minor in Architecture to a Major in Architecture with three concentrations (Design, History & Theory, and Intensive Design). The degree earned is a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) from the School of Arts & Sciences with a Major in Architecture. While a B.A. does not in itself fulfill the educational requirement for architectural licensure by individual states within the United States of America, the courses required for the Major in Architecture meet or exceed the prerequisites for admission to most Master of Architecture professional degree programs accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB).
A select number of students in the Major in Architecture are admitted into the Intensive Design Concentration during their fourth year and enroll in the first-year graduate technology courses in the Master of Architecture professional degree program in the the University of Pennsylvania's Weitzman School of Design. Students who successfully complete the Intensive Design Concentration are eligible to be admitted with advanced placement into the second year of the Master of of Architecture professional degree program, thereby reducing the duration of the graduate program from three years to two years.