Join a diverse group of students who use design principles to create scalable solutions and solve industry problems.

Overview

Minor Description

Acquire skills sought after by industry professionals and work on authentic projects in a collaborative environment with students from a variety of majors. Design thinking ties the different disciplines together and provides a framework for creative problem solving.

Program Requirements

Take 15 credits (9 credits outside of your major). Each requirement teaches a different and unique aspect of design thinking that prepares students for any career field.

  • Introduction to Design Thinking (1 credit)
  • Design Knowledge and Skills (9 credits)
  • Design Tools (2–3 credits)
  • Capstone Project (3 credits)

Class List

Introduction to Design Thinking Minor

Complete 1 course from the following options:

  • DES 217: Design Thinking (1.5 credits)
  • TECH 112: Innovation (1 credit)

Design Thinking Practices

Complete 9 credits from the following options:

  • ANTHR 414 - Museum Projects
  • ANTHR 442 - Ethnographic Research Design and Methods
  • ANTHR 447 - Applied Anthropology
  • ANTHR 495R Ethnographic Field Project
  • ANTHR 526 - Museum Exhibitions and Programming
  • ENGL 218 - Creative Writing
  • EXDM 300: Creating a Good Life through Experience Design (3 credits)
  • EXDM 404: Experience Design (3 credits)
  • EXDM 422 - Experience Needfinding
  • INDES 341: Experience Design (3 credits)
  • IP&T 420: Psychology for Learning, Instruction, and Design (3 credits)
  • IP&T 461: Evaluating Design Implementations (3 credits)
  • IP&T 464: Instructional Design and eLearning for Business / Nonprofits (3 credits)
  • IT&C 555 - Advanced Human-Computer Interaction
  • MSB 375 - Social Innovation: Do Good Better
  • PSYCH 350 - (Psych-Soc) Introduction to Social Psychology
  • SFL 102 - Introduction to Interiors
  • TECH 113: (TECH-ENT) Startup Bootcamp
  • TES 330: Creativity, Engineering, and Problem Solving (3 credits)

Design Thinking Tools

Complete 1 course from the following options:

  • DESPH 116: Introduction to Photography and Digital Workflow (3 credits)
  • DIGHT 230 - Introduction to Print Publishing
  • DIGHT 250 - Web Publishing
  • DIGHT 330 - Print Publishing 2
  • DIGHT 340 - JavaScript Development
  • DIGHT 350 - Web Information Technologies
  • IT&C 210A - Fundamentals of Web-Based Information Technology
  • IT&C 210B: Fundamentals of Web-Based Information Technology (2 credits)
  • TES 200: Processes and Prototyping with Wood (3 credits)
  • TES 229: Processes and Manufacturing with Metals and Polymers (3 credits)
  • TES 251: Video Production and Nonlinear Editing (3 credits)
  • TES 255: Visual Communication Design (3 credits)

Design Thinking Capstone Project

All other program requirements must be completed either before or during the semester in which the capstone project course is taken.
Complete 1 course from the following options:

  • MSB 491R: Social Innovation Projects (3 credits)
  • DESGD 394R: Special Topics (3 credits)
  • EXDM 494R: Experience Design Lab (3 credits)
  • IP&T 498R: Interdisciplinary Product Design for Education (3 credits)
  • IT 515R: Special Topics in Information Technology & Cybersecurity (3 credits)

Getting Started

Introduction to Design Thinking

To learn more about design thinking to determine if you’re interested, take one of these two introductory courses:

  • DES 217: Design Thinking (1 credit)
  • TECH 112: Exploration in Innovation Design Techniques (1 credit)

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How To Declare

Go to your major’s academic advisement center to add design thinking as a minor. Visit the Education Advisment Center for more information and materials.

Our Sponsoring Departments

Instructional Psychology and Technology Department
Department of Design
Department of Experience Design and Management
School of Technology

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