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Design Studies


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. The minor situates design at the intersection of the humanities and 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 minor in Design Studies 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.


Parsons minors are generally open to undergraduate students across The New School, except where program restrictions exist. All students should contact their advisors regarding their options before pursuing a minor.

Students majoring in the following programs are restricted from pursuing a minor in Design Studies:

  • BA/BS Liberal Arts


Subject Area Course Options Requirements
Design History 3–4 credits
Methodology 3–4 credits
Design Culture 3 credits
Studio Practice
  • Students should select a studio course appropriate to their studio skill and experience; qualifying studio courses have the following course master codes:
    • PSAM       
    • PSCE
    • PSDS
    • PSOF
    • PUAD       
    • PUCD
    • PUDT
    • PUFA
    • PUFD       
    • PUFY
    • PUIC
    • PUID
    • PUIL       
    • PUPD
    • PUPH
    • PUUD
3–6 credits
Ethics 3 credits
Cultural History 3 credits