Interior Design History



The concentration in interior design history is available to students interested in studying design and culture across many time periods. The courses designated for the concentration are part of the professional studies in interior design environments. The coursework introduces theories informing the professions of architecture, decorative arts and interior design while also examining cultures and history from around the globe.

If you interested in how interiors, furnishings and the decorative arts have evolved from ancient times to the present, then come study the history of interior design as well as its influence on human needs and behaviors in living and working environments.


  • Students must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours including 12 upper division hours for this concentration.
  • INT 494 "Contemporary Design Issues in Europe" and INT 494 "Design and Context" are offered as part of a summer study abroad program only.
  • Students must have an overall GPA of 2.50 or higher and achieve a minimum 2.50 GPA in concentration classes.
  • All courses must be completed with a grade of “C” (2.00) or higher.
  • To enhance the understanding of the subject matter, the selected courses are sequential in nature and require certain prerequisites. Consequently, students should carefully note the semester in which any of these courses are offered.
  • * Summer study abroad course, offered in summer term only.
  • ** Course offered only in fall sessions.
  • *** Course offered only in spring sessions.

Core 12 Hours Required

DSC 101 Design Awareness, HU & G (3)

INT 111 Interior Design Issues and Theories, HU (3)**

INT 310 History of Interior Design I, HU & H (3)** (Prerequisites: ARS 102 with C or better)

INT 311 History of Interior Design II, HU & H (3)*** (Prerequisites: INT 310 with C or better)

Upper Division Elective 6 Hours Required

ARC 330 World and Western Architecture for Nonmajors

INT 415 Latin American Design** (3) OR INT 494 Special Topics: Design and Culture in Latin America

INT 494 Special Topics: Design and Context (offered as part of a summer study abroad program only.)

INT 494 Contemporary Design Issues in Europe* (3) (offered as part of a summer study abroad program only.)

Please note that required and recommended courses may require a five semester commitment, see example of course progression below:

Prerequisite -  ARS 102 (not a concentration requirement) 
Term 1 (fall) – INT 111
Term 2 (spring) – DSC 101 & ARS 102
Term 3 (fall) – INT 310
Term 4 (spring) – INT 311
Term 5 (fall) - INT 415 & APH 300  






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