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

Design Studies Minor

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Denise Heckman, Minor Coordinator
The Nancy Cantor Warehouse, daheckma@syr.edu


The Design Studies minor responds to the increasing popularity of design in society. Electives are intentionally broad to allow professional portfolio development and hands-on experience in both digital and analogue prototyping.

Both studio and academic courses are available to complement existing majors across the University providing students with an introduction to the field of design and its increasingly diverse impact on industry and society.


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. Certain classes taken abroad may also count towards the minor. Consult the minor coordinator prior to studying abroad.

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

Minor Requirements

The minor in Design Studies requires the completion of 18 credit hours consisting of 3 core courses (9 credits) and 3 electives (9 credits).  At least 12 credits must be taken at the 300 or 400 level.

Core Requirements: 9 credits

Total Credits Required: 18

Minor Awarded: Design Studies


The minor is open to all Syracuse University Undergraduates except those majoring in the School of Design.

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