Public Interest Design Minor

Public interest design is an emerging field that refers to human-centered and participatory design practices that address ecological, economic, cultural, and social issues in design and design-related fields. This minor explores the field and provides an integrated education in design where students enhance their learning by making connections between traditional design courses and important social, economic, and environmental issues.

Admission Requirements:

You must be in good academic standing with a minimum 2.00 cumulative University of Minnesota GPA. Enrollment is limited.

Program Requirements:

  • The minor requires a minimum of 18 credits.
  • All coursework must be taken on the A/F grade base and must be completed with a C- or better.
  • No more than two courses taken for a major may be used toward the minor.
  • Study abroad and transfer coursework must be approved by the minor advisor.
  • A maximum of two transfer/study abroad courses may be used toward the minor.

Students are held to the course requirements in place at the time of their admission. As requirements may change in the future, students should refer to their minor APAS for the requirements applicable to them.

Course Requirements:

Required Course Credits
Arch 3756 Public Interest Design: Principles and Practice (spring term only)
3
   
Core Electives (select 2 courses)  
Arch 3711W Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context (fall term only)
3
Arch 4561 Architecture and Ecology (spring term only)
3
DES 3131 User Design in Experience (fall term only)
4
DES 3331 Street Life Urban Design Seminar (spring term only)
3
HSG 2463 Housing and Community Development (fall term only)
3
LA 1601/3601 Design and Equity (spring term only)
3
   
Elective Courses (minimum nine credits from any of the courses below)  
 
Deepen Understanding of Design Practice  
ARCH 3711W Environmental Design and the Sociocultural Context (fall term only)
3
ARCH 4561 Architecture and Ecology (spring term only)
3
DES 3131 User Experience in Design (fall term only)
3
DES 3331 Street Life Urban Design Seminar (spring term only)
3
HSG 2463 Housing and Community Development (fall term only)
3
HSG 4461 Housing Development and Management (spring term only)
4
HSG 4465 Housing in a Global Perspective (spring term only in odd years)
3
HSG 4467W Housing and the Social Environment (fall term only)
3
LA 1001 Sustainability by Design (spring term only)
3
LA 1601 Design and Equity (spring term only)
3
LA 3003 Climate Change Adaptation (fall term only)
3
LA 3601 Design and Equity (spring term only)
3
RM 1201 Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption
3
 
Broaden Understanding of Public Interest Design's Contexts  
ESPM 3011W Ethics in Natural Resources
3
GEOG 3371W Cities, Citizens, and Communities
4
PUBH 3004 Basic Concepts in Personal and Community Health
4
SW 2501W Introduction to Social Justice
4
URBS 1001W Introduction to Urban Studies: The Complexity of Metropolitan Life
3
URBS 3751 Understanding the Urban Environment (spring term only)
3
URBS 3871 A Suburban World (fall term only in odd years)
3
 
Develop Knowledge and Skills for Public Interest Design Practice and Leadership  
ABUS 4012 Strategic Decision Making and Problem Solving (fall term only)
3
ABUS 4571W Introduction to Grant Writing for Health Care and Nonprofit Organizations
3
CHIC 4275 Theory in Action: Community Engagement in a Social Justice Framework (fall term only)
3
FNRM 3101 Park and Protected Area Tourism (fall term only in odd years)
3
HORT 3131 Student Organic Farm Planning, Growing, and Marketing (fall term only)
3
LEAD 1961W Personal Leadership in the University
3
PA 1401 Public Affairs: Community Organizing Skills for Public Action (spring term only)
3
PA 4101 Nonprofit Management and Governance
3

 

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.