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Explore opportunities in CAUS through our four schools.

To see the diversity in the programs of study, career paths, and hands-on experiences our college offers, look no further than its four schools. Whether you're an aspiring architect or urban planner, or you're hoping to find your path in construction management or the visual arts, CAUS schools offer an abundance of opportunity to turn these aspirations into reality. 

Each school hosts its own unique culture, student experience, learning enrichment opportunities (like internships and study abroad), and student organizations. 

School of Architecture + Design

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Cultivating a Design Sense Through Dialogue and Practice

The Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design offers professionally-accredited degree programs in architectureindustrial designinterior design, and landscape architecture. In addition, the school offers research-oriented graduate programs that lead to master's and Ph.D. degrees.

The architecture and design programs at Virginia Tech strive to create an environment where each student’s unique abilities and capacities can be activated, while challenging students with the standards of excellence and achievement that are inherent in their chosen discipline. The school's professional programs are studio-based and offer direct opportunities to study and intern in Chicago, San Francisco, and Alexandria, VA, as well several locations in Europe, including the Steger Center for International Scholarship in Riva San Vitale, Switzerland.

Myers-Lawson School of Construction

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Leaders in Construction Innovation, Research, and Education

A joint collaboration between the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and the College of Engineering, the Myers-Lawson School of Construction hosts degree programs in building construction and construction engineering and management, as well as a variety of research- and experience-based graduate degrees. MLSoC also offers shared programs in real estate through the Pamplin College of Business

As one of only three similar schools in the country, Myers-Lawson champions innovative research and practice-based excellence for the construction industry and its educational community. The school has deep connections to the construction industry, and with a focus on values-based leadership and service, strives to produce the future entrepreneurial leaders of the built environment.

School of Public and International Affairs

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Purposeful Study to Confront Pressing Public Issues 

Virginia Tech's School of Public and International Affairs offers over 20 degrees from prestigious programs in public administration and policy, government and international affairsurban affairs and planning, environmental policy and planning, and smart and sustainable cities. The school offers flexible certificate and leadership programs for working professionals, online and in-person across three central campuses in Blacksburg, Richmond, and Arlington.

SPIA is committed to solving local, national, and global issues through analytical rigor, an interdisciplinary lens, applied learning, and thoughtful problem-solving. Its three leading programs cover the scale and scope of public and international affairs engaging students to learn in a truly interdisciplinary environment. The school's interdisciplinary undergraduate programs in Environmental Policy and Planning as well as Smart and Sustainable Cities are among first of their kind in the nation.

School of Visual Arts

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Empowering Talented, Imaginative, and Diverse Artists and Scholars

In the Virginia Tech School of Visual Arts, creativity meets scholarship, hands-on learning, and technology, in a blend unique to Virginia Tech. SOVA offers an expansive undergraduate education in studio art, art history, graphic design, and creative technologies, as well as a master's of fine arts in creative technologies and a cross-disciplinary master of arts degree in material culture and public humanities.

The school prepares students to enter professions and graduate programs in the visual arts, design, and visual culture. SOVA fosters improvement and advances in facilities, equipment, and critical technologies for students and faculty. The school also serves the public sector through events, exhibitions, internships, competitions, workshops, and courses that nourish and renew the vitality of art and design.