Interior Environments Minor

The Interior Environments Minor introduces undergraduate students to interior design's core principles and the question of how health and well-being are impacted by the social, cultural, historical, and technological forces behind the design of interior environments.

Admission Requirements:

  • You must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.00 cumulative University of Minnesota GPA.
  • Students majoring in interior design are not eligible to complete this minor.

Program Requirements:

  • This minor requires a minimum of 15 credits.
  • All coursework must be taken on the A/F grade base and must be completed with a C- or better.
  • No more than one course may be transferred from outside the University of Minnesota to fulfill minor requirements.
  • Transfer coursework may be accepted for prerequisite courses upon review and is not included in the one-course limit.
  • Transfer coursework must be approved by minor advisor.

Course Requirements:

Required Courses Credits
DES 1101W Introduction to Design Thinking
4
IDes 2612 Interior Materials & Specifications (spring only) 4
IDes 3161 History of Interiors and Furnishings – Ancient to 1750 (fall only)
OR  
4
IDes 3162 History of Interiors and Furnishings –1750 to Present (spring only)  
     
Elective Course (Select one of the following courses to complete a minimum of 15 credits)
DES 4165 Design and Globalization (fall only)
3
IDes 1601 Interior Design Studio I (fall only)
4
IDes 2613 Structures, Systems, and Life Safety (Fall only)
4
IDes 3161 History of Interiors and Furnishings – Ancient to 1750 (if not used as a required course) (fall only)
4
IDes 3162 History of Interiors and Furnishings –1750 to Present (if not used as a required course) (spring only)
4
IDes 3612 Lighting Design (fall only)
3
IDes 3614 Interior Design Ethics and Professional Practice (fall only)
4

 

Application Process:

Apply online for the minor. The application should take just a couple of minutes.

Questions:

If you have questions about applying for this minor or if you have already been admitted to the minor and have advising questions, please email our peer advisor at desminor@umn.edu.