Architectural Studies

Special Major

  • One of our talented students created this BIM model of a facade for our Engineering building.
  • Students from our Advanced Design class participated and placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the 2018 AIASJ Student Design Competition.
  • This BIM model of a firestation was part of one of our AIASJ competition boards using Revit.
  • This model was created as a final project by one of our talented students.
  • This BIM model of an atrium was designed by a student in our program using Revit.
  • This beach house was designed and modeled by a student in our program using Sketchup.


Fresno State's Construction Management Department is proud to have created new opportunities for our students with the addition of our Architectural Studies program. In the fall of 2017, after recognizing a need by students interested in becoming licensed architects, we began offering a Special Major in Architectural Studies. We have since added a Minor in Architectural Studies.                   
Students in our program are being prepared for a career in the architectural design field. Our program incorporates interdisciplinary courses that not only provide students with a solid understanding of architectural design concepts but with a firm understanding of design graphics, urban studies, city and regional planning and constructability to make them competitive in the architecture industry. 


Apply for the Special Major or Minor in Architectural Studies:

The Architectural Studies major may be earned through the Special Major for the Bachelor of Science Degree program, as described in the General Catalogue under Degree Requirements. This special major consists of correlated studies in two or more fields, such as Construction Management (architecture related courses) and Art or Urban Planning. The minimum requirement for this special major is 60 units, and at least 36 of these units must be upper-division work. Units applied to General Education requirements are not counted towards this special major in Architectural Studies, however some specific General Education courses, such as PHYS 2A, may be prerequisites for technical courses. Also, a maximum of six independent study units may be included in this special major in Architectural Studies. (Any exception to this limit must be approved by the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.) Students wishing to major in Architectural Studies will meet with the Architectural Studies Coordinator or the Chair of the Department of Construction Management to design an appropriate course of study, and then will submit an application (obtained at the Office of Advising Services) to the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs for final approval. In this application students must:

  • Prepare a statement giving their reasons for desiring a special major in terms of academic and professional goals and state why these goals cannot be met through a standard major,

  • Present a specific list of courses that lead to the stated academic and professional goals,

  • Secure the signed approval from the Office of Advising Services, as well as from the special major adviser and department chairs in the areas from which the special major courses are drawn.

Students who wish to continue studying Architecture on the graduate level or who plan to pursue licensure in Architecture are strongly advised to apply for a Special Major in Architectural Studies.

Contact Michelle Randel at or through the Construction Management Department for more information about this special major/minor.



Giving Opportunities

Our program is exited to give our community the opportunity to get involved with this dynamic program and invest in the future of our local architecture industry.

Giving is simple: 

  • Click the "DONATE NOW" button below.
  • Under "Make your gift", click the red "VIEW ALL GIVING OPPORTUNITIES" button
  • In the popup menu, scroll down to select "Other" and click the red "Continue" button.
  • Enter the dollar amount and specify "Architecture Education Fund".
  • At the bottom of the page, click "Next Step".
  • Continue to follow the prompts 


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