The Multidisciplinary Design Minor sets you apart from other students and demonstrates your deep understanding of design in a real-life context. This minor incorporates practical teamwork skills with classroom learning, culminating in an intensive, hands-on, multi-term design project. The courses to complete the MD minor are 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; Architecture; Art & Design; Business; Education; Information; Kinesiology; Literature, Science and the Arts; Music, Theatre & Dance; and Pharmacy.
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.
- 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; BME 350; EECS 183; ME 250; 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 corporate sponsored projects and FRST research labs at the MDP Project Opportunity Fair in October.
- PLEASE NOTE: the Multi-Term Design Project must be earned at 300-level or higher
- Most common curricularization option: ENGR 355/455
- 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 (6 evening meetings and writing assignments)
- Mentoring experience (further details can be found here)
How to Declare the Minor
- 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 earned academic credit on a design project team.
- Click here to schedule an appointment with the MDP Academic Advisor to declare the MDP minor.
PLEASE NOTE : All courses/credits must be earned at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor; no transfer credit can be applied to the MDP 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.