Minor in Design Thinking

Catalog Year: 2021-2022

The design thinking minor is designed flexibly to include courses that may already be in a student’s major.  It culminates in a capstone course with a studio format in which students with multi-disciplinary backgrounds collaborate and learn by using the design thinking process to explore problems, prototype solutions, and convey their ideas through effective visual, written, and oral presentations.

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Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Required Courses

DSGN 101 Introduction to Design Thinking 3
DSGN 102 Design in the Modern World (Mason Core) 3
DSGN 401 Design Thinking Capstone 3
Total Credits 9

Design in the Built Environment Track

Select 9 elective credits from the following: 9
Introduction to Architecture (Mason Core)  
Design of Cities (Mason Core)  
Modern Architecture  
Two-Dimensional Design and Color (Mason Core)  
Three-Dimensional Design and Beyond  
Visual Thinking  
Typography (Mason Core)  
Creative Processes  
Aesthetics  
Art as Social Action  
Graphic Design Methods and Principles  
History of Graphic Design  
Introduction to Agent-based Modeling and Simulation  
Cartographic Design  
EVPP 336
Human Dimensions of the Environment  
Ecological Engineering and Ecosystem Restoration  
Total Credits 9

User Experience Design (USD) Track

Select 9 elective credits from the following: 9
Introduction to Web Design  
Visual Communication Theories  
COS 400
Problem Solving and Leadership in STEAM  
EDIT 401
Introduction to Learning Technologies  
EDIT 426
Web Accessibility and Design  
Professional and Technical Writing  
Peer Tutoring in Writing across the Disciplines  
Introduction to Game Design (Mason Core)  
Systems Analysis and Design  
Introduction to Entrepreneurship  
Experiential Entrepreneurship  
Human Factors Psychology  
SWE 205
Software Usability Analysis and Design  
SYST 469
Human Computer Interaction  
Total Credits 9

Application Requirements

Design Thinking is a process that uses interdisciplinary approaches to designing, building, and evaluating user experiences across a range of technologies, systems, and objects. People with design thinking skills are in high demand across a range of industries including software and website development, product design, user experience design, instructional design, architecture and planning, global health, global management and consulting, and international development. These skills prepare graduates to be flexible and adaptable in different roles and careers.