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If you want to make your socially engaged design part of your coursework, we have several offerings! 

You can jump into a design opportunity with our fieldwork immersion course and be prepared for 4-6 weeks of needs assessment. Get credit and expand your knowledge with the Program in Socially-Engaged Design! Learn more about other recommended programs below.

Programs

PROGRAM IN socially engaged design

(Undergraduate, 9-Credit) Developed and managed by C-SED, the Program in Socially Engaged Design (PSED) is an academic program that allows undergraduate engineering students to focus on foundations and methods relevant in socially engaged design.

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FINDING GENUINE DESIGN OPPORTUNITIES COurse + fieldwork

In this experiential course, students learn the skills of socially engaged design during the winter semester and then spend 6–8 weeks during the spring/summer immersed in a field site working with a community partner to identify potential design opportunities.

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OTHER RECOMMENDed u-m academic programs

We also want to highlight other U-M academic programs that could complement socially engaged design training.

For Undergraduates

GLOBAL HEALTH DESIGN

(9-Credit) Developed by the Global Health Design Initiative (GHDI), the Specialized Study Program in Global Health Design (PGHD) allows undergraduate engineering students to focus their elective courses and upper-level design coursework on the topic of global health.

MINORS & PROGRAMS OF INTEREST

Minor in Multidisciplinary Design
Minor in Entrepreneurship
International Minor for Engineers
Community Action & Social Change Minor
Peace Corps Prep (certificate program)

SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING

(9-Credit) Managed by the Civil Engineering Department, the Program in Sustainable Engineering (PISE) offers a unique specialization that guides undergraduate engineering students in focused studies on sustainability in engineering design.

For Graduates

ENGINEERING SUSTAINABLE SYSTEMS

(MS/MSE) The Engineering Sustainable Systems Dual Degree confers a master of science (M.S.) degree from the School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) and a master of science in engineering (M.S.E.) from the College of Engineering (CoE).

OTHER GRADUATE PROGRAMS
OF INTERESTS

Design Science Masters & PhD
MDes in Integrative Design
Erb Institute MBA/MS Dual Degree

master’s of design science – socially engaged tracks

The Design Science Program at the University of Michigan engages in the systematic pursuit of design knowledge across all fields. C-SED has pre-identified courses to assist students seeking to build socially engaged design into their program tracks. Socially Engaged Tracks include: Sustainable Design and Systems Evaluation, Global Health, and Socially Engaged Design.

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