Minor in Creative Practice for Social Change

Futures of Public Safety, exhibit from the course Radical Design, Steinberg Hall
Futures of Public Safety, exhibit from the course Radical Design, Steinberg Hall Gallery.

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The minor in Creative Practice for Social Change provides students with a deeper understanding of how to use creative practices in art, design, and architecture to address systemic economic, environmental, and social challenges. Creativity is an essential component of social change, particularly in creating new systems and solutions, understanding the fundamental constraints of a challenge, and leading the process of change. Creative practice can encompass a broad array of production methods, including printmaking, sculpture, fashion design, communication design, architecture, landscape architecture, planning, and performance, among others. This minor is available to students who enrolled in fall 2017 or later.

Learn more about the Minor in Creative Practice for Social Change, including student experiences, partnerships, and courses.

This minor is open to undergraduate students from across Washington University. Prior experience in art or design is not necessary. The minor is relevant to students with or without experience in architecture, design, or fine arts. 


- A total of 15 credits, including the required seminar, Design in Social Systems (3 credits) and courses from the pre-selected menu of coursework (12 credits).
- At least 12 credits must be taken for the minor only and cannot be double-counted toward another major or minor. Only 3 credits may double-count toward another major or minor. 
- No individual course may count more than once toward the minor.
- No more than 3 credits may be taken outside of the Sam Fox School. 
- Download a full list of eligible courses here>>

Course Options

Use the semester “Search” feature at courses.wustl.edu to find courses that will count each semester. Set the SCHOOL field to either Art OR Architecture and select ATTRIBUTE (Art) CPSC – Creative Practice Minor

Students may contact the minor advisor Penina Acayo Laker for pre-approval to take courses not included in the pre-selected menu of courses. No more than one course outside the menu may count toward the minor. 

Advising and Support 

Contact assistant professor Penina Acayo Laker, p.acayo@wustl.edu, with any advising questions.

This minor is supported by the Sam Fox School's Office for Socially Engaged Practice, which supports collaborative, socially engaged practices of art, architecture, and design. Find more information here >>