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Are you interested in how nature, society, and culture interact in the built environment? Are you interested in creating spaces that are healthy and sustainable? Students who pursue a minor in landscape studies develop a comprehensive understanding about landscape design that can enhance their major field of study. 

The study of landscapes is important in a variety of related fields, such as urban planning, architecture, engineering, sustainability, and geography. The Minor in Landscape Studies enables undergraduate students from disciplines across campus to gain knowledge of the ecological, social, cultural, and historical factors that have shaped world landscapes. 

The Minor in Landscape Studies is an excellent way for students in related disciplines to consider and prepare for eventual graduate-level study of landscape architecture at the master’s (MLA) or doctoral (Ph.D.) level.

Course Requirements 

A minimum of 17 credit hours from the following three categories is required for completion of the minor. A minimum of 6 hours at the 300-level is required.

HoursStudies of the Professions Engaged in Landscape Inquiry (2 hours)
2LA 101 Introduction to Landscape Architecture
Hours Studies of the Professions Engaged in Landscape Inquiry (6 hours)
3 LA 212 Water and Society
3 LA 250 Ecological Factors in Design
3 LA 270 Behavioral Factors in Design
3 LA 370 Environmental Sustainability
Hours Study of Historical and Cultural Landscapes (minimum of 9 hours)
3 LA 215 American Cultural Landscapes
3 LA 218 South Asian Cultural Landscapes
3 LA 220 African Architecture and Urbanism
3 LA 222 Islamic Gardens and Architecture
3 LA 242 Nature and American Culture
3 LA 314 History of World Landscapes
3 LA 315 History of Modern Landscape Architecture
3 LA 390 Independent Study
4 LA 427 American Vernacular Cultural Landscapes
3 LA 470 Social/Cultural Design Issues