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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 all undergraduate students at The New School, though some minors are closed to students in certain majors (please see the list of preclusions for
more details). Students may declare minors outside of their own colleges. To explore this option, contact your academic advisor.
For questions regarding this minor’s curriculum, including requests for course substitutions, please contact Caroline Dionne,
assistant professor, at
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