Landscape Architecture

Through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Landscape Architecture is offering the following undergraduate Minor in Landscape Studies, open only to students in undergraduate majors in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Sean Burkholder
Assistant Professor
Department of Landscape Architecture
119 Meyerson Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311
seanburk@design.upenn.edu

Richard Wesley
Undergraduate Chair
Department of Architecture
207 Meyerson Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6311
T: 215-898-5728
rwesley@design.upenn.edu

Mission of the Minor in Landscape Architecture

The Minor in Landscape Studies will focus on the role of the landscape in the cultural imagination, on its legibility as a representation of political, social, artistic, and environmental values, and on its potential to both reflect and change our ideas about relationships between the natural world and society. Three departments will be sponsoring the Minor: the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning, School of Design, the Department of Art History, and the Department of Environmental Studies.

Course Offerings

The minor will bring together courses already being taught in several departments at the University, facilitating the opportunities to make interdisciplinary connections between landscape and other areas of study (for example, history of art, English literature, environmental studies, geology, etc.). The required courses for the Minor in Landscape Studies have been continuously taught by faculty in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture departments at the School of Design for the last 10 years. The distributional electives are courses already being offered by several departments, including English, Art History, Earth and Environmental Science, and Germanic Studies. The minor would be open to all undergraduate majors, offering either a studio or a liberal arts concentration.

Academic Advising

The director for the Minor in Landscape Architecture is Richard Weller, Chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture at the School of Design, and will be the academic advisor for students in the Minor in Landscape Studies. Email: rjweller@design.upenn.edu

Program of Study

Course requirement: 6 Course Units
Students would need to begin their minor in their sophomore or junior year.