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Design Thinking


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 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:

  • DES 385: Issues in Contemporary Design (3 credits)
  • EXDM 300: Creating a Good Life through Experience Design (3 credits)
  • EXDM 404: Experience Design (3 credits)
  • INDES 130: Visual Literacy (1.5 credits)
  • INDES 131: Structured Creativity (1.5 credits)
  • INDES 132: Form and Surface Development (1.5 credits)
  • INDES 133: Visualization Methods (1.5 credits)
  • 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 255: Human-Computer Interaction (3 credits)
  • IT 515R: Special Topics in Information Technology (3 credits)
  • TECH 313: Startup Bootcamp (1 credit)
  • TES 330: Creativity, Engineering, and Problem Solving (3 credits)

Design Thinking Tools

Complete 1 course from the following options:

  • CSANM 459R: Interactive Animation Technology (3 credits)
  • DESPH 116: Introduction to Photography and Digital Workflow (3 credits)
  • EXDM 308: Experience Facilitation (3 credits)
  • IT 210A: Fundamentals of Web-Based Information Technology (2 credits)
  • IT 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 494R: On-Campus Experiential 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 555: Advanced Human-Computer Interaction (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:

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How to Declare

Declare a Design Thinking Minor

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