Interdisciplinary Certificate in Social Design

Interdisciplinary Certificate in Social Design 

Eligible Students: Undergraduate University of Illinois Students
Semesters of Course Offerings: Spring, Fall 
Program length: 12 credits; 3 required courses and 1 Elective Course
Format: In-Person or Hybrid

Certificate Overview

This 12-credit interdisciplinary undergraduate certificate will scaffold a cohesive set of courses relevant to social impact design. The proposed curriculum will combine creative and human-centered design classroom content with immersive experiential methods to accommodate growing interest and demand among students across campus interested in designing innovative and socially impactful programs. 

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Gain a foundational understanding of the essential principles and values of social design.
  • Demonstrate empathy with stakeholders, especially those who are typically underrepresented, to understand their needs
  • Define social problems and opportunities by working closely with people often left out of design processes.
  • Apply inclusive ideation techniques to develop social design solutions.
  • Understand how to ethically prototype a solution.
  • Learn how to use evaluation and testing techniques in social design efforts
  • Practice applying design skills and knowledge within community-based service-learning projects.

Required Courses

DTX 210

Introduction to Social Design
(3 credits) 

DTX 455 

Design for Social Impact

DTX 499 

Multidisciplinary Innovation Studio

Potential Elective Courses

  • ARCH 321: Environment, Architecture, & Global Health
  • ARCH 423: Social and Behavioral Factors in Design
  • ARCH 424/GWS 424: Gender and Race in Contemporary Architecture
  • CMN 312: Communicating for Innovation
  • EDUC 201: Identity and Difference in Education
  • EDUC 202: Social Justice, School, and Society
  • EPSY 202: Exploring Cultural Diversity
  • LA 480: Sustainable Design Principles
  • LA 270: Behavioral Factors in Design
  • LA 221: History of the Prison
  • LA 446: Sustainable Planning Seminar (Same as GEOG 446, NRES 446, and UP 446)
  • RST 199: Inclusive by Design
  • RST 230: Diversity in Recreation, Sport, and Tourism
  • RST 317: Designing Parks and Recreation Experiences
  • RST 335: Leisure and Consumer Culture
  • SOCW 321: Social Entrepreneurship and Social Change
  • SOCW 375: Social Enterprise Lab
  • UP 136: Urban Sustainability
  • CS 470: Social and Information Networks
  • CS 467 KGK: Social Visualization – Social Computing
  • CS469: Computational Advertising Infrastructure
  • DTX 499: Innovation Studio

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* For more information, contact Sidney Sprunger, SCD’s Learning Programs Coordinator,