Academic Policies


Bachelor of Architecture Admission Requirements

Students may be eligible for admission by presenting acceptable secondary school records which should include the following: English - three units; mathematics - three and one-half units with one and one-half to two in algebra, one in plane geometry and trigonometry; one in a foreign language and five in any academic courses counted toward graduation, preferably in solid geometry, physics, and chemistry.

All applicants must take and pass the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a score of 500 in the verbal section and 550 in the mathematics section, or 22 on the ACT equivalent. Preference will be given to applicants who rank in the upper one-third of their graduating class and have achieved a grade of C or better in the recommended high school courses.

Special Admission Requirements

International Students

Admission requirements for international students is the same, with the exception that all international applicants, including those from U.S. institutions, must submit evidence of having passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a cumulative score of 550 or better.

Transfer Students
Undergraduate applicants from accredited institutions who have completed a minimum of two full semesters of college work with a cumulative 2.5 or better may be considered for admission. Transfer applicants will be required to submit a portfolio of creative work for review and two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a design professional.

Transfer of credits is not automatic, but is normally awarded for courses equal in magnitude and content to those matching courses offered at Howard University provided that the grade of C or better is obtained. The maximum transferable credits allowed in the pursuit of the Bachelor of Architecture degree is 90 credit hours. Transfer credits in the Graphics and Design Studio courses are considered only after a student has completed one semester in residence.

No transfer credits in Design Studio courses will be considered above the Design I and II course level. All degree candidates shall pursue the final two semesters in residence at the Department of Architecture.


A student may not take a course at another university or within the Consortium in place of a required course offered within the Department. With the prior written approval of the Department chair, a student may repeat a required course, except Design Studio or Thesis, in which a grade of D was received at another university or within the Consortium


In Design Studio courses, grading is as follows: A, B, C, D, F; the grade of C is the lowest grade acceptable for progression to the next sequential level. An incomplete grade of ID or IF in Design Studio courses ARCH-199 through ARCH-205 shall be removed per University guidelines. To receive credit for the next sequential Design Studio course if the incomplete grade converts to a grade of D or higher, the student must enroll, on a contingent basis, in the course at the beginning of the semester, and be performing the required work for that Design Studio course. If the incomplete grade converts to a grade of
F, the student will be required to repeat the failed course prior to registering for any subsequent Design Studio courses.

Students who receive an F (failure) will be required to repeat the course the next time it is offered. Regardless of cumulative grade point average, a student who fails a repeated design course will be permanently dropped from the Department of Architecture. Students receiving the grade of F in Design Studio courses may not take an equivalent course for credit at another institution, including the Consortium. All failed courses must be repeated at the Howard University Department of Architecture.

Students receiving a grade of D in the first semester of design may be allowed to proceed to the second semester within that academic year. However, before proceeding to the next year of design, the course in which the grade of D was received must be repeated and a minimum grade of C must be achieved. Students may make up a grade of D in Design Studio courses ARCH-199 through ARCH-205 during the summer session, pending prior written approval of the Department Chair. Work in the make-up course must be presented for review by the Department Chair prior to credit being given for the make-up course.


The grade of C in Thesis Preparation Seminar ARCH-891 is the lowest grade acceptable for registration in and progression to Design VIII (Thesis) ARCH-206.
In Design VIII (Thesis), the passing grade shall not be less than C.

All students shall be required to submit the original Thesis Preparation document and their final thesis project, including drawings, written materials, slides, audio-video materials and disks of computer- generated work. The Thesis Preparation document shall be formatted for permanent binding and inclusion in the reference section of the Library. In lieu of drawings, slides may be substituted, upon approval of the Department Chair.

Students who acquire D grades in excess of one-sixth the semester hours required for the Bachelor of Architecture degree will not qualify for degree candidacy.


In addition to the University general academic regulations the following will apply:

Before proceeding to Design III, each student must have satisfactorily completed all courses in the first two years of the curriculum and have achieved a grade point average of 2.25 or better in all architectural courses.


A student who ceases to attend the Department of Architecture for a period of one semester, whether voluntary or not, is subject to all regulations and policies in force at the time studies are resumed. The faculty reserves the right to make curriculum revisions without prior notice or publication provided these changes will not lengthen the period normally required for uninterrupted study towards a specific degree.


Architecture Graduates Elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects

Wed, April, 12 2017

We are pleased to announce that two graduates of the Howard University Department of Architecture, Kwendeche (B.Arch. 1976) and Kathy Dixon (B.Arch. 1991), have been elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). This is an unparalleled honor and the highest individual recognition bestowed by the Institute. The selection process is rigorous. Approximately three percent of the more than 90,000 AIA members have this distinction. The recipients of the FAIA are recognized for their outstanding contributions to the profession either through design, architectural education or the advancement of the profession after 10 years of AIA membership. The 2017 FAIA class consists of 178 people.Read More >>

Highlights from the Fall 2016 Semester:

Tue, January, 3 2017

The Department of Architecture kicked-off the 2016-2017 academic year with a myriad of events that brought faculty, students, and alumni together. In addition to welcoming, its new chair, the Department hosted a number of activities including a lecture by Dr. Douglas Williams about David Williston, the first known black landscape architecture who was also instrumental in the early Howard campus, in July. Read More >>


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