The Multidisciplinary Design Minor sets you apart from other students and demonstrates your deep understanding of design in a real-life context. The MD Minor incorporates practical teamwork skills with classroom learning, culminating in an intensive, hands-on, multi-term design project. This Minor is highly individualized, and customized to support you as you develop your skills on a project that you care about. The Multidisciplinary Design Minor is currently available to students in Engineering, Business, Art & Design, Architecture, Kinesiology, and Literature, Science & the Arts.
The Multidisciplinary Design Minor requires 15 credit hours across 4 key experiences. This program is highly individualized. The courses below represent common enrollments for MDP students, but the minor looks different for every student.
- Introductory Design, Build Test Experience (2 – 4 credits)
- The following courses have most commonly been used to fulfill the DBT (Design, Build, Test) Experience: ENGR 100 (DBT sections only); ENGR 255; AEROSP 205 or 280; BME 350; EECS 183; ME 250; NAME 270; ARTDES 120 or 130
- The DBT requirement can also be fulfilled through an additional semester on your multi-term project team.
- Other approved courses on an individual basis.
- Multi-Term Design Project (minimum of 7 credits across 2 or more terms)
- Connect with a project through student organizations; apply for Partner-Sponsored Projects and Faculty Research Projects at the MDP Project Opportunity Fair in October.
- PLEASE NOTE: the multi-term design cycle experience must be learned at 300-level or higher
- Possible curricularization options: ENGR 355/455; AOSS 380, ME 490
- Other approved courses or projects on an individual basis
- Connections Course (3 – 4 credits)
- Broadens your perspective and lends depth to your work on the Multi-Term Design Project
- Cannot be required for your major; must be approved by MDP Academic Advisor
- Courses outside of your major (or, better yet, outside your college!) highly encouraged.
- Must earn a letter grade of at least a C
- Click to fill out the Petition for Connections Course Form.
- Some examples of Connections Courses:
|Project Team||Student’s Major||Connections Course|
|M-Fly Team||Aerospace Engineering||ENTR 599.018 Interpersonal Skills: Leveling up to Leadership|
|Stryker Diagnostic Team||Art & Design||IOE 548: Integrated Product Development|
|Solar Car Team||Chemical Engineering||MO 302: Positively Leading People & Organizations|
|Woven Wind Team||Electrical Engineering||UP 357: Architecture, Sustainability and the City|
|Pillar Project Team||Computer Science Engineering||SI 422: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation|
|General Motors Project Team||Business Administration||ES 395: Entrepreneurial Management|
- Mentorship/Leadership Course (2 credits)
- Enrollment through ENGR 456 only
- Attend semester-long seminar (5 evening meetings and writing assignments)
- Mentoring experience (further details can be found here)
- Be in good academic standing (2.0 or above, in both term and cumulative GPAs).
- Be declared into a major or concentration, as determined by your School or College.
- Have successfully connected with a project team.
- Schedule an appointment with the MDP Academic Advisor to declare the minor.
PLEASE NOTE : All courses/credits must be earned at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; no transfer credit can be applied to the MD Minor. All courses/credits must be taken for a letter grade, except for ENGR 456. Minor GPA and all individual components must be at a 2.0 GPA or higher.