2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    May 29, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Design Studies Minor

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Denise Heckman, Minor Coordinator
Nancy Cantor Warehouse, 350 W. Fayette St.


The Design Studies minor responds to the increasing popularity and broad awareness of design and design thinking in business and society as a whole. Design is hot news and increasingly students are interested in learning about design. Moreover, across campus there is growing enthusiasm for entrepreneurial innovation and design development. Many of these students are engaging in design activity without having had the opportunity to actually study design. The minor will open up elements of the design curriculum to students across campus, allowing them to take courses and enhance their knowledge of design and its impact on business and society.

The minor has the option to study both studio and academic courses; its primary intention is to complement existing majors across the University, providing students with an introduction to the field of design and increasingly diverse impact on industry and society. The minor is open to all Syracuse University undergraduates.


To be admitted to the minor in Design Studies, students must submit:

  • Design Studies Minor Application.

  • Transcript of Syracuse University courses taken to date.

  • Minimum 2.8 GPA required.

  • *Applications accepted at any time, but will adhere to October 15 deadline for processing and approval in the fall semester and March 1 for spring semester.

*Students may select any VPA courses (above the 300-level) or may petition to have courses taken outside VPA (above the 300-level) count toward the minor.

*Any existing prerequisites are waived for declared Design Studies minors.

Learning Outcomes

By the completion of the minor, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the historic and contemporary role of Design in global society and culture.
  2. Articulate an understanding of the complex and evolving roles design practitioners play in innovation, product development, business, and organizational development, and identify their desired role within that context.

  3. Demonstrate research, writing, digital, and idea generation skills relevant to the design sector including written assignments as well as individual and group projects and presentations.
  4. Demonstrate critical thinking, diverse methodologies, and research synthesis in the design process from concept to consumer.

  5. Compare the philosophical and ethical implications of design activity on society, culture, the environment, and professional practice.

Minor Requirements

The minor in Design Studies requires the completion of 18 credit hours: one core course (3 credits), a choice of three concentration courses chosen from the list provided (9 credits), and two elective courses (6 credits). At least 12 credits must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.

Core Requirements: 3 credits

Total Credits Required: 18

Minor Awarded: Design Studies

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