Degree Programs

Undergraduate Minors in Design

The College of Design offers or participates in six undergraduate minors. These minors are open to all undergraduate students at Iowa State University.

  • The Critical Studies in Design minor offers students opportunities to engage the history, theory and criticism of visual and material culture and the built environment.
  • The Design Studies minor facilitates design awareness and provides a vehicle for interdisciplinary study within the College of Design.
  • The Entrepreneurial Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that provides opportunities for students to learn about entrepreneurship — the process of creating value through recognizing and developing opportunities.
  • The Digital Media minor familiarizes students with the use of digital media in the design process.
  • The Geographic Information Science (GIS) minor is an interdisciplinary program that provides students with oportunities to 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, such as:
    • urban planning
    • architecture
    • landscape architecture
    • design
    • community development
    • agriculture
    • environmental sciences
    • natural resources
    • sociology
    • criminology
    • anthropology
    • political science
    • environmental studies and others.
  • The Urban Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that allows students to explore varied and multiple dimensions of urban and community life through differing conceptual and analytical frameworks and to learn about the processes of urban growth and change. Students can pursue interests in:
    • urban history
    • urban design
    • neighborhood revitalization
    • economic development
    • social movements
    • globalization

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