Degree Program Overview

The mission of the Interior Design Program at Sam Houston State University (SHSU) is to provide an academic background preparing students to think critically, creatively, and independently, enabling them as beginning professionals in interior design to produce quality work and serve the public through protecting health, safety, and welfare in a diverse marketplace.

Accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA), the Interior Design Program provides a broad experience in design, materials, sustainability, and more through consecutive courses that build from fundamentals to a senior capstone project. Students may choose to pursue either a Bachelor of Science or a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design. Note: CIDA Required Disclosure Statement.


All students who complete programs in Fashion Merchandising, Food Service Management, General Family and Consumer Sciences (without teacher certification), and Interior Design are required to complete a supervised internship of at least 300 hours. Students are provided leads for securing internship opportunities; however, part of the internship experience is securing a suitable position. We also offer students the opportunity to travel to Europe to study the works and lives of chemists and their influence on our world, especially in the areas of textiles and food science (offered in coordination with the Department of Chemistry).

Careers in Interior Design

  • Commercial Designer
  • Residential Designer
  • Design Showroom Manager
  • Space Planner
  • Interior Designer
  • Designer for Architects

Or continue your education with a graduate degree.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Length 120-122 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Interior Design BA BS brochure (.pdf)

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: May 15