Apr 23, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Interior Design, B.S.

Location(s): Statesboro

The Interior Design Program at Georgia Southern University provides a student-centered professional undergraduate education to prepare students for careers and graduate education in interior design, architecture and related fields. We have been CIDA Accredited since 2000 and focus on “evidence based design” which uses the best available research for design decisions. Through the use of active-learning, we focus on human-centered design, sustainability, and well-being to create optimal interior environments. 

The mission of the Interior Design Program in the School of Human Ecology at Georgia Southern University is to provide a professional undergraduate education guided by the standards and expectations of the Council for Interior Design Accreditation in order to develop entry-level designers who are able to formulate viable and creative solutions that are evidence-based, human-centered, and relevant to the needs of the individual, family, organization and community. High-impact teaching and learning strategies with an emphasis on wellbeing and sustainability are applied to complex problems through the design process with integrity, openness, diversity and inclusion. The curriculum provides a broad range of interior design experiences such as collaborative projects; internship; course assignments, examinations and projects;  field trips; experiential hands-on learning; guest lecturers and juries, and service-learning to develop aesthetic, communication, collaboration, technology, and design skills in order to prepare graduates for professional interior design jobs within the global community.

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum   for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

General Requirements (Core Areas A - E): 42 Credit Hours

Additional Requirements: 4 Credit Hours

Other Requirements: 3 Credit Hours

General Electives: 6 Credit Hours

Select 6 credit hours of general elective courses.

Total Credit Hours: 124

Other Program Requirements

Minimum Requirements for Admission

In order to be considered for admission into the Interior Design Program, the applicants must meet the following minimum requirements:

  1. Attain admission to Georgia Southern University.
  2. Declared interior design as a major. If a student is a declared major in an area other than interior design, and does not want to be a double major, they must complete the change of major form online. This form will initiate the process for getting student’s current Advisement records and folder sent to the CBSS advising center.
  3. Will have a minimum of 12 credit hours completed upon starting the program.
  4. Achieve a minimum institutional GPA of 2.25 or better on all course work attempted (if less than 12 credits have been completed at Georgia Southern, transfer course work and work completed at Georgia Southern University are considered).
  5. Complete or be currently taking INDS 2430 - Design Appreciation (3 Credit Hours)  with a minimum grade of “C”
    and one of the following required Area F ART courses with a minimum grade of “C”:
    ART 1010 - Drawing: Observation (3 Credit Hours)  
    ART 1020 - 2D: Design & Color Theory (3 Credit Hours)  
    ART 1030 - 3D: Form & Space (3 Credit Hours)  

(Students may be enrolled in any of the above courses during the application semester.)

  1. Students shall have:
    1. Submitted copies of college transcripts for all transfer work completed to date.
    2. Attend an orientation session with Interior Design Faculty, which is held once a semester (Spring & Fall only), typically about a month prior to the application deadline.
  2. Students transferring in with an Interior Design Major from other schools are required to have their portfolio and transcript(s) evaluated by the Interior Design Program Coordinator who is responsible for determining which design courses remain to be taken and which design courses are eligible to receive transfer credit hour. Adequate time must be allowed for scheduling, review and notification. Please contact the Program Coordinator to schedule an appointment. All transfer credits must be evaluated by the Undergraduate Office of Admissions and posted on the Georgia Southern transcript upon official acceptance to the University.

Application for Admission to the Interior Design Program

The following completed Admission Package must be turned in by the application deadline in order for the candidate to be considered:

  1. Official Application
  2. Letter of Intent
  3. Verification of grades with official transcripts of all Colleges/Universities attended excluding this University; mid-term verification of grades for all required courses in process.
  4. Students may be in the process of taking INDS 2430 Design Appreciation ART 1010 Drawing: Observation ART 1020 2D: Design & Color Theory  and/or ART 1030 3D: Form & Space  and will be required to submit a mid-term grade from the professor. Mid-term verification cards contain midterm grade verification and signature of professor for all Area F courses for courses student are currently taking in the same semester as application (final acceptance into the program is based on final grades in all currently enrolled courses). Mid-term verification cards can be obtained from the website or emailing the Program Coordinator. 

Application Deadlines

  1. All applications are due by 5pm the Friday before the last day to withdraw.
  2. Students applying during the fall semester may continue in the program and start the first studio course the next consecutive semester (Spring).
  1. All applications are due by 5pm the Friday before the last day to withdraw. 
  2. Students applying during the spring semester may continue in the program and start the first studio course the next consecutive semester (Fall).

Program Progression Requirements

Students must earn a minimum grade of “C” in all required courses within the major including any remaining Area F courses and TCM 3333 Building Codes .

  1. Students must complete the courses in sequence and complete all prerequisites. If a course is dropped or failed, then the student will be out of sequence and graduation will be delayed. These students may have to reapply to the major depending on circumstances, availability of space, and time elapsed between classes.
  2. Majors that drop from the program due to personal reasons and wish to reapply at a later date must have courses and skills reevaluated to determine eligibility and space in the current curriculum and program.
  3. NOTE: Students transferring into the Interior Design major from other majors or from other institutions may not be able to graduate necessarily within the traditional four-year period.


Undergraduate Academic Advisement at Georgia Southern is provided to all degree-seeking undergraduate students by professional advisors. Academic Advisors are located on all three Georgia Southern University campuses. Students are required to meet with their assigned Academic Advisor and should reference the program map and graduation plan for registration (see program website). For more information visit the Academic Advisement  catalog page.