Design Thinking Minor


The Design Thinking Minor introduces students to new and creative ways to solve problems. Through the lens of Design Thinking, students will build a solid understanding of basic principles, processes, and applications of Design as related to a wide spectrum of disciplines. The minor consists of 15 credit hours from the department’s offerings. 9 credit hours are in courses at the 3000-level or above.

No permissions or approvals are required from the department to pursue the Design Thinking Minor, though students should alert their college or school academic advisors of their intent to complete the minor, so that the correct plan can be assigned to their records and tracked in the degree Degree Auditing Report (DAR) system.

Required Courses - 15 hours

DESIGN 2700: Introduction to Design Practice - 3 credits
Introduction to theory, rationale, practice, and societal impact of design; design process, critical issues, relationship to the environment.
Offered Autumn and Spring Terms.


DESIGN 2750: Design History - 3 credits
A history of design as affected by technology, science, and cultural world view.
Offered Spring Term.


DESIGN 3105: Exploring Design Thinking - 3 credits
An overview of concepts, processes and modes of identifying problems and proposing effective solutions from a design-oriented perspective.
Offered Autumn and Spring Terms.


DESIGN 3305: Visualization as Thinking - 3 credits
An overview of concepts, processes and modes of communicating with visual media to effectively generate design proposals.
Offered Autumn and Spring Terms.


DESIGN 3505: Presentation as Thinking - 3 credits
An overview of concepts, processes and modes of presenting information to create effective printed and digital communications.
Offered Autumn and Spring Terms.


- More information about the minor can be found by downloading the DesignThinkingMinor [pdf].
- Questions related to the Design Minor Program may be directed to our Academic Advisor, Gabe Tippery.
- Students wishing to switch from the General Design Minor (Pre SP17) to the Design Thinking Minor (SP17 forward) should schedule a meeting with Gabe Tippery by calling 614-292-6961. 

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