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Undergraduate Minors in Design

The College of Design offers or participates in the following eight undergraduate minors. All of these minors, except Textile Design, are open to all undergraduate students at Iowa State University. Textile Design is open to College of Design majors and the Apparel, Merchandising and Design major in the College of Human Sciences.

  • Critical Studies in Design: Engage the history, theory and criticism of visual and material culture and the built environment.
  • Design Studies: Increase design awareness through interdisciplinary study within the College of Design.
  • Digital Media: Explore the use of digital media in the design process.
  • Entrepreneurship: Learn about entrepreneurship — the process of creating value through recognizing and developing opportunities.
  • Environmental Studies: Environmental Studies deals with the relationship and interactions between humans and the environment.
  • Geographic Information Science (GISC): Engage the theory, processes, techniques and tools that use spatial data and computational technology to create cutting-edge analysis and mapping approaches for a wide range of fields.
  • Gerontology: The gerontology program is designed for students desiring careers in aging-related fields and for students interested in improving their understanding of aging persons in American society.
  • Illustration: Explore illustration for books, graphic novels, magazine articles, advertising and concept art for game design and film.
  • International Studies: Through a combination of coursework and study abroad, students who complete a secondary major or minor in International Studies can prepare for careers or advanced study in the international arena, such as foreign service, journalism, advocacy organizations, scientific or research institutions, business, nongovernmental development organizations (NGOs), humanitarian agencies, environmental organizations, human rights organizations, think tanks, international agriculture, and international engineering.
  • Preservation and Cultural Heritage: Gain a holistic understanding of historic preservation that draws from and complements a variety of disciplines, especially architecture, community and regional planning, interior design, landscape architecture and history.
  • Sustainability: Explore the interplay between environmental, social and economic factors in improving the quality of human life within the capacity of supporting ecosystems.
  • Textile Design: Explore the design and production of textiles, developing conceptual and technical skills in textile media and techniques.
  • Urban Studies: Explore varied and multiple dimensions of urban and community life through differing conceptual and analytical frameworks and learn about the processes of urban growth and change.

Graduate Minors

Minor Request Form

To declare a minor, you must submit a Request for Minor form to the Design Student Services & Programs Office, 297 Design, at least one semester prior to graduation.