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Critical Studies in Design

The undergraduate minor in Critical Studies in Design offers students opportunities to engage the history, theory and criticism of visual and material culture and the built environment. In lectures and focused seminars, students explore:

  • historical and contemporary issues
  • cultural production
  • media and technology
  • design in everyday life
  • models of professional practice


Open to undergraduates in all university majors, this minor requires 15 credits of coursework:

  • ART H 292
  • DSN S 183 or one of the following: ARCH 220, 221; ART H 280, 281; CRP 201, 291, 293
  • Nine credits in other courses from the approved list (at least 6 credits at 300-level or above)

At least six (6) of the 15 credits must be taken at Iowa State University in courses numbered 300 or above. At least nine (9) of the 15 credits must not be used to meet any other college or university requirements except the credit requirement for graduation.

Download a PDF flyer listing all of the courses that qualify for the Critical Studies in Design minor.


For more information, contact program chair:

Professor John Cunnally, Art and Visual Culture