Design Thinking Minor
The Design Thinking minor is an interdisciplinary program that will strengthen students’ technical, creative, and management skills as they prepare to become design managers, innovation specialists, and creative leaders at companies. Classes will prepare students to holistically and empathetically consider challenges in people’s lives and how design could be used to solve a problem through new products and/or systems.
For this minor, a minimum of 22 credit hours is required, with at least 3 credits earned in courses numbered 300 or above from each of the categories: Business, Design, and Social Sciences. Students wishing to complete this minor must have their programs approved by their advisor and the Design Thinking Minor Coordinator, Jessa Wilcoxen.
Design thinking involves an approach to innovation and problem solving that takes into account the needs of people, the possibilities of technology and requirements for business success. ~ Tim Brown, IDEO
Design Thinking Courses
Core Courses & Electives
Through the study of self-leadership, this course is also designed to develop non-traditional students as critical writers, readers, and researchers. Students are asked to read and actively critique leadership materials, write an informed and polished research essay on a leadership topic of their choice employing APA format, and practice oral communication skills through discussion and presentation. While this course does not cover everything taught in the Critical Writing, Reading and Research courses, it will familiarize students with the standards of academic writing and strategies for academic research within the context of the major.
Students will use various visual communication techniques and software to generate designs and prototypes.
Students will learn to evaluate a problem from various interdisciplinary approaches individually and in groups in anticipation for leading businesses towards creative and innovative solutions.
Students will develop an understanding of human behavior as it is affected by societal or environmental issues, and use that knowledge to compassionately design products, services, or systems that aim to improve lives and/or dissolve issues.
Design Thinking Minor - 22 credits
Core (13 credits)
- AT 110 Intro to Digital Media (3) or AR 201 Computer Art & Design Orientation (3)
- MK200. Principles of Marketing (3)
- SO100. Intro to Sociology - (3)
- ET260. Designing Your Life (1)
- ET383. Innovation Lab (3)
Choose 9 credit hours from the Following.
You must have a three credit (300 level or higher) class from each category.
- MG345. Leading Organizational Change (3)
- MK308. Consumer Behavior & Analytics (3)
- MG300. People & Performance (3)
- ET340. Foundations of Entrepreneurship (3)
- ET380 The Art of Entrepreneurship (3)
- ET333 Global Social Entrepreneurship (3)
- MG375. Project Management (3) - pre req. MG275
- OL300. Self-Leadership (3)
- OL310. Group and Team Dynamics (3)
- OL344. Organizational Leadership (3)
- OL385. Leadership, Diversity, and Multi-Culturalism (3)
- Ol306. Organizational Behavior (3)
- Other approved Business Topics Course
- AR327. Computer Art & Design: Creative Concepts (3)
- EN305. Web Publishing (3)
- AT320. Motion Graphics Animation (3)
- AT3xx. Interface Design and Data Visualization (3)
- AR325. Branding & Package Design (3)
- AT366. Topics in Interactive Media (3)
- Other approved Design Topics Course
Social Science Electives
- SO320. Social Stratification (3)
- SO330. Sociology of Gender (3)
- SO365. Sociology of Globalization (3)
- SO390. Environmental Sociology (3)
- SO313. Multiculturalism & Diversity (3)
- CO332. Gender Communication (3)
- CO432. Intercultural Communication (3)
- HM320. Poverty (3)
- SO305. Social Psychology (3)
- Other approved Social Science Topics Course
* It is advised but not required that students take BU230 Business Conversations when selecting a course to meet their Oral Communication general education requirement.
* It is advised but not required that students take ET383 Innovation Lab after they have completed all other classes in the minor or along with other classes in that final semester.
"The classes I've taken through the Design Thinking minor have taught me creative problem solving. Every situation's answer is not going to be black and white, but sometimes you have to work to create a new solution." ~ Taylor Isaia. Read More About Her Experience in the minor.
Design is so much more than craft. It is also strategy. Combine this with technology and that can lead to innovation.
Learn tactics in management or leadership and be the one that ensures that design thinking is used in all major decisions.
Design Thinking starts by being empathetic to others and understanding how people interact with each other and institutions.
Is This Minor Right For Me?
Are you interested in helping organizations design products or systems that meet the needs of people? Do you enjoy thinking about design strategy and innovation? Are you interested in improving your management and leadership skills? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are ready to Make it Millikin!