School of Design and Human Environment

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Graduates of the School of Design and Human Environment mesh creative confidence, technical skill, evidence-based knowledge, and socially responsible ethics to effectively approach the design and merchandising processes from innovation/design solutions to market/user acceptance. Students work with award-winning faculty on research, internships, international experiences, professional development, and community service. Knowledge base is grounded in consumer behavior and management theory, the arts, humanities, and the social and physical sciences.

SDHE News

The Science of Design

OSU's design program one of the best in the nation

The influential blog and web site Fashionista has named Oregon State University one of the top 20 best fashion programs in… Read full story.

SDHE Events

16Sep2014

OSU Graduate School International Graduate Student Orientation

All new international graduate students are required to attend.  Sessions will be held on immigration regulations, campus resources, US cultural concepts, and institutional policies and laws.  The program will conclude with…
17Sep2014

Fair vs. Equal in Estate Planning by June Wiyrick Flores of Miller Nash LLP

One of the most difficult questions that family business owners face is how to treat multiple heirs fairly when it comes to estate planning. It’s relatively easy to

24Sep2014

MBA Orientation for Graduate Pathway Progressors

A special opportunity for students progressing from the INTO OSU Graduate Pathway program to learn about support services for international graduate students at OSU.  Hear first-hand from

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About SDHE

Undergraduate Degrees

Apparel Design (BS)

Interior Design (BS)

Merchandising Management (BS)

Graphic Design (BFA)

Graduate Degrees

Design and Human Environment (MS, MA, MAIS, PhD)

Research and Creative Activity

Research and creative activities in DHE address essential industry, community, and individual needs with a focus on sustainable design processes from innovation/design solution to market/user acceptance.

Signature areas of Research

Functional/Sustainable Design in Apparel, Interiors, & Housing

  • Environmentally responsible textiles
  • Thermal properties of textiles and apparel
  • Aging-in-place technologies
  • Interior design across the lifespan
  • Universal design
  • High performance sports apparel design

Consumer/User Behavior Related to Designed Products/Environments

  • Internet shopping
  • Design and learning environments
  • Corporate/social responsibility
  • Consumer decision making
  • User behavior in commercial and residential interior design

Program Learning Outcomes