After graduating from Connecticut College with a major in Architectural Studies, you might pursue an advanced degree in any number of fields, including architecture, landscape architecture, city and regional planning, interior design, historic preservation, or architectural history.
Since programs have different strengths, you should begin the application process well in advance by researching the various options. Using the links provided, you can visit the websites of a wide range of schools.
As you read about the school, ask yourself these questions:
- Do I have the background that I need to enroll in this program? If not, what would have to do to gain that background?
- What courses would I have to take to graduate from this program? When I imagine taking those courses, does it make me happy or apprehensive? (If it is the latter, you will probably want to consider other schools.)
- What courses could I opt to take in this program that set it apart from other schools?
Eventually, you will want to investigate a limited number of schools in greater detail. You will want to talk with current students and recent grads about their experiences. (You might also ask Professor Alchermes or Professor Morash about recent Connecticut College alums who may be studying at the schools on your shorter list.) Are they happy with the program? What do they consider its strengths? What, if anything, would they change about the school? What are their plans after graduation?
Finally, keep in mind that there is no substitute for visiting a school before you apply. So, ask if there is an open house for prospective students. If not, try to make an appointment with the director of graduate studies. During that conversation, be prepared to discuss a range of issues.
Make sure you understand what courses you would be taking in your first year. If there are special features of the program that are particularly attractive to you, find out when you would be able to get involved in them. What about financial aid? Are there opportunities to work as a research assistant or as a TA? The more information you collect the better able you will be to determine if the program is right for you.