Undergraduate Programs


The CADC offers minors in Environmental Design, the History of Architecture in the Built Environment, Graphic and Industrial Design Processes and Real Estate Development.

Environmental Design

The Environmental Design minor allows students from any discipline to enrich and broaden their education through the understanding and application of design and design-thinking methods. In an increasingly complex and interconnected world, design and design-thinking methods are becoming appropriated by businesses and different organizations as tools that help them with problem-solving in a creative and effective manner. Education in design and design-thinking provides embedded understanding of human activities. Students who acquire an Environmental Design minor will be able to demonstrate nimbleness and adaptability in the real world, the ability to approach issues from many different angles and offer constructive and effective methods for human-centric problem-solving. These skills will enable them to be well-rounded and competitive candidates for positions in the public and the private sectors, regardless of their major.

The History of Architecture and the Built Environment

The minor in the History of Architecture and the Built Environment is composed of a series of established courses taught in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture (APLA) and the Department of History and Art History. The minor is mainly housed in APLA, with the History Department as a primary partner. As a unique program to both the state and larger region, the minor will offer students the opportunity to study the history of the built environment within a National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB)-accredited architecture program. This minor is open to students in any major on campus

Industrial and Graphic Design Processes

The minor in Industrial and Graphic Design Processes equips students from diverse disciplines to work more effectively to advance design innovation within an organization. Professionals in today’s economy are frequently required to implement design innovation as a part of creating and sustaining a competitive advantage. Through this program, students learn how to participate in the creative problem-solving process, explore multiple modes of visual communication, examine the roles that design plays in shaping modern culture, and better recognize opportunities to employ design and innovation catalyst within industry. This minor is open to students in any major on campus.

Real Estate Development

The minor in Real Estate Development is a collaboration between the Harbert College of Business and the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. It has three pathways and is open to students in the following majors: Finance (FINC), Building Science (BSCI), Architecture (ARCH), Environmental Design (ENVD) and Landscape Architecture (LAND). Each minor pathway is designed to complement a student’s respective major courses. Through these course offerings, students will be exposed to resources that include an integrated approach to real estate development that includes a familiarity in design, contract and build and finance and investment. The Real Estate Development minor will enable students to participate in interdisciplinary collaboration. It will provide students with a way to differentiate themselves and, thus, improve employability. Courses counting towards university core (i.e. fine arts), college core or major cannot double count towards the minor.