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Design studies views design as a poetic and pragmatic means of shaping the conditions for pursuing social justice, environmental sustainability, and general well-being and pleasure. This minor situates design at the intersection of the humanities and
the social sciences by drawing on fields such as philosophy, anthropology, sociology, literature, and the sciences, encouraging students to see design as both reflecting and shaping social values and policies.
The Design Studies minor is offered through Parsons'
School of Art and Design History and Theory and requires successful completion of 18 credits across six subject areas, as outlined in
the chart below.
Note: Course availability may vary from semester to semester. Some courses may be in development and offered at a later time. Students seeking to pursue alternative coursework to fulfill the minor should consult with their advisors.
A student who has completed this minor should be able to demonstrate:
Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School except those students at Lang and in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are completing a self-designed BA or BS in Liberal Arts, who are not permitted to declare
minors. For students at Lang or in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students who are interested in pursuing deeper study of this subject area, opportunities are available through the self-designed major in Liberal Arts. To explore this,
contact an academic advisor or read more information about self-designed options for
Lang or the
Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students.
For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Caroline Dionne, assistant professor, at
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