2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Course Catalog

Design Studies, BS

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Carmel Nicoletti, Program Coordinator
The Nancy Cantor Warehouse, cmnicole@syr.edu


James Fathers,Meyer Giordano, Carmel Nicoletti, Jody Nyboer

Program Description

The BS Design Studies program will provide students the skill set to become innovative creatives and leaders of cultural change in our global community. The main goal of this program is to educate students in a broad spectrum of design applications and academic studies. Students will consider the impact and influence of design in the context of the overall professional world including many disciplines that intersect the design fields, including engineering, marketing, entrepreneurship, product development, and other fields. One of the program’s primary purposes is to connect design practices to other disciplines at the university and to build on the strong community engagement component that is embedded in all of the existing design majors at SU.

Students transferringmust have a minimum 2.8 GPA.


Student Learning Outcomes

1. Be able to understand and articulate the historic and contemporary roles of design in global society and culture

2. Demonstrate critical thinking, diverse methodologies, and research synthesis in the design process from concept to consumer

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

4. Understand and articulate the complex and evolving roles that design practitioners play in innovation, business, and organizational development, and to identify their desired role within that context

5. Demonstrate skills in research, writing, and idea generation relevant to the design sector including written assignments as well as individual and group presentations

Art/Design History Electives 9 credits

Select 3 Courses from VPA Catalog

Academic Electives 56 credits

Academic Elective - Open x 4 = 12 Credits

Academic Elective (Minor exploration) = 3 Credits

Academic Elective (Social Science) x 2 = 6 Credits

Academic Elective (CRS 325: Public Speaking) = 3 Credits                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Academic Elective (Minor A) x 6 = 18 Credits

 Academic Elective (Natural Science) = 3 Credits

Academic Elective (Natural Science or Math) = 3 Credits

Academic Elective (Humanities-Foreign Language) x 2 = 6 Credits

                                                                                     Academic/Studio Elective - (Related to a Design Discipline - Select from offerings listed in the VPA Catalog)  = 3 Credits

You can find a comprehensive list of approved academic electives: here


Total Credits Required: 120

Degree Awarded: BS in Design Studies

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