Explore the College of Design for Nonmajors

Undecided About Your Major?

Study with us and experience the wide range of disciplines in the College of Design. We offer dozens of degrees in nationally ranked, accredited programs with expertise in sustainable cities, healthy communities, cultural arts, art and architectural history, product design, public and nonprofit sector management, and more. Several of our academic programs have rolling admissions and welcome students each term, while others require students to apply specifically to the program. Visit the department or program's website for more information.

Take a General Education or Open Elective Course for Nonmajors

These are just a few of the College of Design courses you can take as a nonmajor. For additional courses, follow the links to each discipline.


ARCH 201. Introduction to Architecture (4 Credits): Offers a structure of principles for making places for people. Examines places, design procedures, and the use of architectural principles in general. Current UO students interested in applying to the major should take this course fall term and contact the department’s advising staff for more information.

Interior Architecture

IARC 204. Understanding Contemporary Interiors (4 Credits): Introduction to the theory of interior architecture. Design criteria explored through illustrated lectures and projects involving analysis of space. Current UO students interested in applying to the major should take this course fall term.

Art and Art & Technology

ART 101. Understanding Contemporary Media (4 Credits): Critical exploration of concepts surrounding and defining the experience of understanding contemporary art. A&L*

Historic Preservation

AAAP 120. University of Oregon: Preservation and Place (4 Credits): Study of the University of Oregon’s historic physical environment as understood through the lens of historic preservation and complementary disciplines.

History of Art and Architecture

ARH 101. Masterpieces of World Art (4 Credits): Introduction to art and architectural history through examination of 13 key sites from around the world. A&L, IC

Landscape Architecture

LA 260 Understanding Landscapes (4 Credits): Learn how to perceive, describe, and explain landscapes as environmental sets, biophysical processes, and cultural values.

Planning, Public Policy and Management

PPPM 201. Introduction to Public Policy (4 Credits): Overview of professional public service and the planning and management of public issues. Focuses on the goals of public services within their economic, social, and political contexts. SSC

Product Design

PD 101. Introduction to Product Design (4 Credits): Examines how designers invent things that help people through interviews with design superstars, drawing techniques, photo documentation, computer-aided design, and design portfolio creation. Current UO students interested in applying to the major are encouraged to take this course during fall term.

* Abbreviations after course descriptions indicate which general education or elective requirement a course meets.

General Education/Elective Categories

A&LGroup-satisfying course, arts and letters
SSCGroup-satisfying course, social sciences
ACMulticultural course, American cultures
IPMulticultural course, identity, pluralism, and tolerance
ICMulticultural course, international cultures