Minor in Landscape Studies

The Minor in Landscape Studies enables undergraduate students from other disciplines across campus to gain knowledge of the ecological, social, cultural and historical factors that have shaped world landscapes.  Students interested in integrative study of the natural, cultural, and built environment, and those concerned with landscape as the context for, or in correlation with, other disciplines will develop a comprehensive theoretical framework pertinent to work in their major field of study. The Minor in Landscape Studies is also 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
3LA 212 Water and Society
3LA 250 Ecological Factors in Design
3LA 270 Behavioral Factors in Design
3LA 370 Environmental Sustainability
HoursStudy of Historical and Cultural Landscapes (minimum of 9 hours)
3LA 215 American Cultural Landscapes
3LA 218 South Asian Cultural Landscapes
3LA 220 African Architecture and Urbanism
3LA 222 Islamic Gardens and Architecture
3LA 242 Nature and American Culture
3LA 314 History of World Landscapes
3LA 315 History of Modern Landscape Architecture
3LA 390 Independent Study
4LA 427 American Vernacular Cultural Landscapes
3LA 470 Social/Cultural Design Issues

Students may be permitted to substitute one course from category 3 for one of the courses in category 2.


Students with a minimum GPA of 2.50 and completion of the campus Composition 1 requirement are eligible for admission.  Admission to the minor requires the student to declare their intentions by submitting a Statement of Intent to Pursue a Campus Approved Minor to the Department of Landscape Architecture's Assistant Head.  Students may take courses in the program from freshman year until such time that allows completion of the minor before their final authorized term as determined by their major area of study. 


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