Interior Design History (Minor)

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Are you interested in how interiors, furnishings and the decorative arts have evolved from ancient times to the present? Come study the history of interior design as well as its influence on human needs and behaviors in living and working environments.

The minor in interior design history is available to students interested in studying design and culture across many time periods.

The courses designated for the minor are part of the professional studies in interior design environments. The coursework introduces theories informing the professions of architecture, decorative arts and interior design while also examining cultures and history from around the globe.

At A Glance

Interior Design History (Minor)

Application requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

A minimum of 18 credit hours (12 credit hours of which must be from the 300 or 400-level) are required for the minor. A minimum grade of "C" (2.00) is required in all courses for the minor. To enhance the understanding of the subject matter, the selected courses are sequential in nature and require certain prerequisites. Consequently, students should carefully note the semester in which any of these courses are offered.
A minimum GPA of 2.50 in minor courses is required to earn the minor in interior design history.
Required Courses -- 12 credit hours
Interior Design History Courses -- 6 credit hours

INT 494 "Contemporary Design Issues in Europe" and INT 494 "Design and Context" are offered as part of a summer study abroad program only.
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: 2.50

Incompatible Majors: BSD in interior design

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

A minor can help students enhance the marketable skills they acquire in their major program and help them develop new skills apart from it, though most career areas do require more training than a minor alone can provide.

The minor in interior design history can complement professional studies in architecture, interior design, environmental design, art, education and history. Degrees within these disciplines can lead to professional positions within studio design firms, design administration and design education.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Architectural Drafters 8.1%$52,870
Architecture Teachers, Postsecondary 10.6%$80,050
Electrical Drafters6.8%$59,690
Civil Drafters8.1%$52,870
Architectural and Engineering Managers 5.5%$137,720
History Teachers, Postsecondary 10.3%$72,690
Commercial and Industrial Designers 4.4%$65,970
Interior Designers4.4%$51,500
Mechanical Drafters5.2%$55,130
Career/Technical Education Teachers, Secondary School6.4%$58,660

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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