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Design Studies Minor

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Combine creative and critical thinking.

Design studies teaches design thinking that is core to development strategy employed by many of the world’s most successful businesses and organization. Design thinking creates a culture that is focused on the design way of solving problems. This way of thinking can be applied to products, services and processes or anything that needs to be improved.

A minor in design studies is a way for students to diversify their education and incorporate design thinking and design skills into their overall academic experience. The minor will allow students in majors outside of the School of Design to take coursework that prepares them to better understand the impact of design. This minor is specifically intended for students outside the School of Design. Students will have the opportunity to earn a minor in a growing field of study that is allied to other design, technical and communication disciplines.

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.