Advisor: Christopher Strunk, Assistant Professor
B.A., Wesleyan University; M.A., Ph.D., University of Minnesota
Augustana is afﬁliated with the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in offering a coordinated degree program through which a student can earn a B.A. from Augustana and a M.L.A. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Illinois. The 3-3 cooperative program normally requires three years of study at Augustana College followed by three years at the University of Illinois. The program is designed to integrate an undergraduate education with a professional education.
Students should major in geography at Augustana to be considered for admission to the University of Illinois Master of Landscape Architecture Program at the completion of three years at Augustana. During these ﬁrst three years participating students are expected to complete all general education requirements, 27 credits of required geography classes classes (see program advisor for specific details), a good distribution of preparatory course-work — including BIOL-220 General Botany, BIOL-380 General Ecology, ART-101 Drawing, GRD-225 Introduction to Graphic Design, recommended supporting courses, and a minimum of 90 semester hours applicable toward graduation. Geography senior inquiry research (GEOG-472/473) is not required.
Since all general education requirements for the Augustana degree and most of the geography major must be completed before transferring to the University of Illinois, students interested in this coordinated degree program should meet with the advisor early in the ﬁrst year of study to plan a schedule of courses. Special attention should be paid to the number of 300 and 400 level classes taken in the first three years at Augustana. Students should work closely with the advisor since completion of these requirements alone does not guarantee admission to the University of Illinois. Admission to the University is based on grade-point average (minimum 3.0, but Augustana advises 3.2), recommendations and test scores.
Students should initiate the application procedure in the fall term of their junior year. After satisfactorily completing one year of study at the University of Illinois and satisfying the Augustana graduation requirements, the student will be awarded the Bachelor of Arts degree by Augustana. Upon satisfactory completion of the requirements for the master’s degree, the student will be awarded the degree of Master of Landscape Architecture by the University of Illinois.