Design Studies (Minor)

No New Admissions

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The College of Design offers an undergraduate minor in Design Studies, available to university students in majors other than design. Academic Majors who will benefit from this minor: Any undergraduate student in the university who is not majoring in a design discipline.

Program Objectives

  • To provide a general orientation to the practice and theory of design for students whose primary study and employment will be in other disciplines
  • To clarify the role design plays in society
  • To create informed consumers who are able to make intelligent decisions about communication, products, and environments in work and in their personal lives


Any student seeking this minor should contact Dr. Chandra Cox, for a registration form.


The minor must be completed no later than the semester in which the student expects to graduate from his or her degree program. Students may turn in either their original Design Minor Certification, or complete a new one for signatures. This should be turned in no later than during the registration period for the student’s final semester at NC State.

Contact Person

SIS Code: 12DSM

Plan Requirements

  • The minor in Design Studies consists of 15 credit hours of study1 selected from the following courses.
  • A grade of ‘C’ or better in all courses credited to the minor
Required Courses
Select five Elective Courses15
Elective Courses
Structures and Materials
History of World Architecture
History of Western Architecture
Drawing I
Color and Light
Design History for Engineers and Scientists
Contemporary Manufacturing Processes I
Introduction to Environment and Behavior for Designers
History of Landscape Architecture
Total Hours15

Note: Other courses offered by the College of Design may be substituted with permission of the Minor Advisor.