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Advisers: Ann Leone, and Reid Bertone-Johnson


LSS minor, September 2013

Landscape Studies is a multi-disciplinary exploration of the ways in which land becomes a landscape that is a cultural as well as physical construction that is both imagined and engineered. The minor offers approaches to the study of cultures, politics, and potentials of place, with perspectives from architecture, landscape architecture, and planning.The minor consists of six courses (24 credits or more), to be chosen in consultation with a Landscape Studies advisor. One course should normally be LSS 300.


Requirements for all minors include:

1. A one-semester introductory course: LSS 105 or an

    equivalent approved by the program

2. Two other non-studio LSS courses:

     LSS 230, 240 (colloquia), 300, or LSS 100 taken twice

3.  Biology 120 and 121 [landscape plants & issues + lab],

     or Biology 122 and 123 (horticulture + lab), or equivalent


We do not require a studio course, although we strongly recommend at least two studios, (250, 255, ARS/LSS 389), as well as LSS 300 for any student considering graduate studies in landscape-related fields.


Students will select two other courses from the list of related

courses (see our website), in consultation with the LSS minor advisor. We encourage you to concentrate these three courses in one of the following areas, in consultation with the minor advisor:

- Landscape design, history, and theory (examples: LSS 250, 255, 389, and LSS 300;LSS-related courses in art history and literature)

- Land use and development (examples: anthropology, archeology, environmental science and policy, engineering, urban studies, sociology, studio courses)

- Horticulture and plant biology