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Family and Consumer Sciences Contact

Department Chair:

Dr. Duane Whitbeck

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Contact Person:
Holly Viets

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Phone: 620-235-4457
Fax: 620-235-4686

Family & Consumer Sciences
Pittsburg State University
1701 S. Broadway
Pittsburg, KS 66762

News about the PSU Interior Design Program

   The Interior Design program is in a period of transition to its new home in the PSU School of Construction.  The faculty have already made this transition and a new program of study has been proposed which would go into effect after receiving approval by the Kansas Board of Regents.  Current students in interior design will have the choice of completing their current program or moving to the new program after it is official.  Students should consult with their adviser about their options.  All Interior Design courses will still be taught in the FCS building for the next 12 to 18 months.

Definition of an Interior Designer

The professional interior designer is qualified by education, experience, and examination to enhance the function and quality of interior spaces for the purpose of improving the quality of life, increasing productivity, and protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public.

Mission Statement

The Interior Design option has been developed to prepare professional interior designers by providing the educational foundation on which professional experience may be built. The program prepares the individual student, through its plan of study, for a future as a licensed interior designer.

Program Guide for Interior Design


Interior Design Competitions

National Kitchen and Bath Association Design Competition

Retail Design Institute Competition

IIDA Mid-America Chapter Student Award Design Charrette

Example of a design competition that our students have participated in


Interior Design: Degree Program Facts

The interior design curriculum is designed to assist the student in acquiring competencies
in a variety of areas. These competencies range from an awareness of mechanical and electrical systems, to an in-depth understanding of architectural programming. The curriculum provides a general foundation of academic courses with specialization in Interior Design. Academic courses include art, business, and construction technology to provide a diverse learning experience. The interior design curriculum is designed to prepare the student for the NCIDQ certification exam, after they graduate. Study tours to domestic and European sites introduce students to a more global world of architecture, interior design, and furniture design than they may have previously seen. Through our internship program, students may gain hands-on experience in working in the area of their choice.