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Design, Innovation, and Society (DIS)
Students who earn a B.S. degree in Design, Innovation, and Society have many future job prospects, including work in design firms, on product development teams, and in firms that do market and design research. Our students have won an increasing number of prizes for their work, and some have started their own companies. Some students also go on to graduate programs in industrial design, management, and other fields.

The B.S. degree in Design, Innovation, and Society involves a studio experience each semester, design-related courses in the humanities and social sciences offered by the Science and Technology Studies Department, and a four-course cluster of courses in a technical area, such as management, computer science, engineering, or graphic design.

Our curriculum was first developed in 1999 with a grant from the National Science Foundation and is administered by an interdisciplinary committee led by the Department of Science and Technology Studies (STS) within the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (H&SS). The Department of Mechanical Engineering in the School of Engineering, the School of Management and Technology, and the Department of Language, Literature, and Communication in H&SS also contribute to the curriculum.

Students may opt to major in Design, Innovation, and Society and pursue one or more minors. They may also pursue a dual major in four years, so that they graduate with two majors listed on their diploma. The dual major options are referred to as the “Interdisciplinary Programs in Design and Innovation” (also known as “PDI”) .

A hallmark of the curriculum is that students learn to synthesize approaches from engineering, the social sciences, and the design professions.

The studios create unique opportunities for students to work with faculty from diverse disciplines to understand multidisciplinary design, the product development process, industrial design and aesthetics, the nature of design in specific fields like engineering, user-centered design, the role of markets and customers, and the patent process.

We also help students to understand how design and innovation can help address significant global problems, such as sustainability and poverty.

Learn more about the Design, Innovation, and Society program

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