The minor in design provides students an overview of basic visual communication skills and the concerns of the communication design professions. Students pursuing the minor are generally seeking unique careers where design and creativity may be desirable skills. Recent research has identified these creative problem-solving skills and diverse sets of knowledge as being sought in a wide range of disciplines, industries, and professions. The minor in design contributes to the university's goal of graduating competitive and versatile students.
The curriculum of the design minor guides students toward a range of class work that the Art and Design faculty consider essential to understanding the foundations of design, including a strong conceptual sense.