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Department Goals

  1. Advance instructional access and relevance for exemplary student learning and overall program quality.
  2. Generate new resources for tools of engagement emphasizing Mizzou 2020, external research funding, e-learning, service coursework, and advancement opportunities.
  3. Forge and foster internal and external partnerships for collaboration and potential to maximize synergy in teaching, research, service, and economic development.

Undergraduate alumni in the interior design and architectural studies emphasis areas will know:

  • The terminology and fundamental principles (e.g., function and purpose, utility and economy, form and style, and concept and meaning) of art and design;
  • Theories of design and how design relates to human behavior;
  • Characteristics of both standard and sustainable materials and practices for use in design and construction;
  • Appropriate laws, codes, regulations, standards (including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design—LEED), and practices that protect the health, safety, and welfare of clients and the public;
  • Foundational principles of business and professional practice;
  • Three-dimensional, computer-aided design software and animation systems to display and communicate architectural and interior design.

Undergraduate alumni in both undergraduate emphasis areas will be able to:

  • Apply the fundamental principles of art and design, as well as theories of design, within physical and social environments, using appropriate materials and products;
  • Communicate effectively to a variety of audiences, including clients and colleagues in allied fields, using appropriate media (e.g., oral and written presentations, 3-dimensional scale models, computer-aided design);
  • Apply the laws, codes, regulations, standards, and practices that protect the health, safety, and welfare of clients and the public throughout the design and building processes;
  • Demonstrate attitudes, traits, and values of professional responsibility, accountability, and effectiveness.

Alumni in the undergraduate interior design emphasis area will be able to:

  • Apply competencies in content and student learning for entry-level interior design practice and advanced study as established by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation.

Alumni in the undergraduate architectural studies emphasis area will be able to:

  • Apply competencies in content and student learning for application to professional architecture programs as well as for professional roles in the design and construction industry.

Graduate program offers two emphasis areas:

Graduate student alumni should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of recent scholarship and its impact in environment/behavior or design with digital media;
  • Explain formal environmental design theory, including historical precedents, current aesthetic trends, and design processes;
  • Investigate philosophical influences of designed settings, the techniques they employ, and how designers communicate them;
  • Apply environment and behavior research to professional practice and research;
  • Apply appropriate research methods;
  • Design, propose, conduct, and report independent research that leads to a creative project or thesis (for MA or MS) or dissertation (Ph.D.).

In addition to the above, graduates at the doctoral level should be able to:

  • Integrate learning from an outside area into research;
  • Communicate effectively with both academic and general audiences;
  • Design, propose, conduct, and disseminate the results of original, independent dissertation research.

Campus Goals


Teaching, research, service and economic development


Respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence


MU is classified with American universities that offer the most educational opportunities and highest level of instruction:


The Higher Learning Commission has accredited MU since 1913.

MU Facts

MU’s mission as a public, land-grant university is to discover and disseminate knowledge. Building on its unique interdisciplinary research and teaching strengths, exemplified by Mizzou Advantage. MU will, by 2020, enhance its academic stature as measure by publicly available metrics, including those of the Association of American Universities.