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Design Justice Certificate

DESIGN Intrdiscp Assoc Dean
College of Design
  • Program Type: Undergraduate credit certificate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2022
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 15
  • Degree: Design Justice Certificate
This program focuses on addressing structural inequality in design through social, cultural, and environmental lenses. Courses from multiple design disciplines within the College of Design offer an in-depth understanding of how design creates benefits and burdens for people with different identities, as well as how design applies and enhances community-based, indigenous practices and knowledge.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • completely online (all program coursework can be completed online)
Admission Requirements
A GPA above 2.0 is preferred for the following:
  • 2.50 already admitted to the degree-granting college
  • 2.50 transferring from another University of Minnesota college
  • 2.50 transferring from outside the University
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students in baccalaureate degree programs are required to complete general University and college requirements including writing and liberal education courses. For more information about University-wide requirements, see the liberal education requirements. Required courses for the major, minor or certificate in which a student receives a D grade (with or without plus or minus) do not count toward the major, minor or certificate (including transfer courses).
Program Requirements
Required Courses
Take 5 or more course(s) totaling 15 or more credit(s) from the following:
· DES 4160 - Topics in Design (1.0-4.0 cr)
· DES 4165 - Design and Globalization [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· DES 4401W - Racism Untaught [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· LA 1201 - Learning from the Landscape [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· RM 1201 - Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption [CIV] (3.0 cr)
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DES 4160 - Topics in Design
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 24.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
In-depth investigation of single specific topic announced in advance.
DES 4165 - Design and Globalization (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Des 4165/Des 5165
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
The course explores how culture, identity, and difference are defined and produced and the role that design plays in the production of difference, inequality, and marginalization. prereq: Jr or sr
DES 4401W - Racism Untaught (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Des 4401W/4401V
Typically offered: Every Fall
Revealing and unlearning racialized design through the use of the Racism Untaught framework.
LA 1201 - Learning from the Landscape (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is about the ordinary landscape: the objects, spaces, sites, and stories that are the stage for our everyday lives. But the landscape is not just a neutral stage. The landscape influences our lives and we construct and shape the landscape. This course examines the landscape through lenses of race, equity, justice, and climate change, taking an environmental justice framing in our investigations.
RM 1201 - Fashion, Ethics, and Consumption (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Apparel business. Overview of steps in the process of creating, merchandising, selling, and consuming apparel. Various ethical positions reflected in manufacturer, retailer, and consumer decision making are considered.