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  • Civic Service Design (Graduate Minor)

  • Overview

    The Civic Service Design graduate minor is offered through Parsons School of Design.

    The Civic Service Design minor draws upon a practice and subfield of research and theory that connects to design, social theory, and policy and management frameworks, methods, and tools to reformulate participation and decision making in the creation of public policies, programs, and environments, with the goal of fostering more just and equitable cities and societies.

    This minor is intended for students interested in working in or with governments, nonprofits, and social movements to address and promote awareness of political, public, and civic challenges by designing forms of participation and collaboration that facilitate sharing of information, spaces, and resources among people in a city.

    Students in the minor also have access to a wide range of resources and activities through the Parsons DESIS Lab, from lectures and seminars by visiting scholars to research assistance opportunities.

    Curriculum

    This graduate minor requires successful completion of 9 credits. Two courses are required for this minor: Public and Collaborative Services and Civic Imaginaries Lab. In addition to the two required courses, students must select one elective from the chart below.

    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.

    Learning Outcomes

    A student who has completed this graduate minor should be able to demonstrate:

    • An understanding of the field of civic service design
    • Knowledge of public policy formation and its social, cultural, institutional, and political implications
    • Competence in applying various service design frameworks, methods, and tools
    • The ability to manage collaborative and participatory design processes, particularly working in or alongside the public and social sectors
    • An understanding of the ethical considerations and constraints faced by designers, policymakers, and activists working on civic issues

    Faculty

    Mariana Amatullo, Associate Professor of Strategic Design and Management
    Lara Penin, Associate Professor of Transdisciplinary Design
    Nidhi Srinivas, Associate Professor of Management
    Eduardo Staszowski, Associate Professor of Design Strategies

    The Civic Service Design graduate minor also draws on the knowledge and expertise of an Advisory Council of leading practitioners and experts, who influence and expand the reach of the learning that happens in studios and seminars.

    Eligibility

    The Civic Service Design graduate minor is available to graduate degree students across The New School.

    Students can retroactively apply successfully completed courses toward a minor upon declaring or applying.

    After a student successfully completes a minor's requirements, the minor will appear on the student's academic transcript and diploma at graduation.

    For questions about this minor, please contact Eduardo Staszowski, Associate Professor of Design Strategies, at staszowe@newschool.edu.

  • Take the Next Step

    Contact your Student Success advisor to discuss how a minor will fit with your degree requirements.

    Declare or change a minor on my.newschool.edu in the Academics tab. Note that some minors require an application.

  • Take The Next Step

Submit your application

Undergraduates

To apply to any of our undergraduate programs (except the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs) complete and submit the Common App online.

Undergraduate Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students and Parsons Associate of Applied Science programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

Graduates

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctoral, Professional Studies Diploma, and Graduate Certificate programs, complete and submit the New School Online Application.

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