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Sustainable Chicago: Exploring the City’s Cultural, Historical and Professional Connections to Interior Design

Chicago skyline as seen from the lake.

Chicago is a center for architectural and interior design history and practice. It provides students with exposure to a first-hand glimpse of the important architectural and decorative movements in American history. It also is the center for the interior design profession as the host of NEOCON, the worlds largest interior design conference held every June.
Students will visit significant architectural and interior sites such as the Chicago Art Institute, buildings by Mies Van de Roe, and Frank Lloyd Wright, and explore sustainable architectures and urban landscapes in Millennium Park. The highlight is attendance at the interior design conference at NEOCON in the Merchandise Mart which will provide students access to national and international designers, brands, and thought leaders in wellness and sustainability for the built environment. This unique opportunity will assist Interior Design students to make vital networking connections for future employment.

Program is subject to change and pending approval from the Texas State Board of Regents.


Summer 2022 Term: May 31 - July 1, 2022

Program Travel: June 8, 2022 through June 18, 2022

Courses will meet on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos twice before the field trip and twice after the field trip.

Orientation Meetings:

  • May 3, 2022
  • June 2, 2022
  • June 7, 2022

Course Meetings:

  • June 21, 2022
  • June 23, 2022
  • June 28, 2022
  • June 30, 2022

Required:   10-day field trip to Chicago, IL.

Course Options 


Contemporary Interiors and Architecture

CRN 52355


Special Topic in Interior Design

CRN 52495

Important:  To ensure your place in this program, you must complete the program application and then receive approval from Ms. Fritz and Mr. Dedeck.

Tuition and Program Fee

3-Hours (1 Course)



6 Hours (2 Courses)

Undergraduate $1,844.16

The additional program fee includes lodging, group meals, and admission fees:  $1,719

Important Note: Airfare, personal meals, and personal expenses are not included in the Program Fee. 

Course tuition and program fee will be billed and paid through SBS Billing and Payment.

Drops and Refunds

All university policies regarding installments, course drops, and refunds apply to all billed and paid tuition and program fees.

Important COVID-19 Information

All participants in Texas State Study in America programs adhere to the health guidelines in the Texas State University Roadmap, including the Health and Safety Measures and Student Roadmap page. The guidelines provided for protecting health and safety on campus also apply to field locations and travel in this Study in America program.

The field/travel portion of the program is subject to change and/or cancellation. If the field portion of the program is canceled, Study in America, in collaboration with the academic departments and program providers, will make every effort to develop online, virtual field experiences as alternatives to the field/travel experiences. If instruction continues with virtual field experiences, Texas State Study in America will refund or discount the additional program fee (not course tuition).

Texas State will not be able to provide refunds for canceled airline tickets, nor purchase new return airline tickets, should students be required to return home earlier than originally planned. Students are strongly encouraged to purchase flexible and fully refundable tickets as well as Cancellation For Any Reason (CFAR) travel insurance.

Chicago Requirements

Under Chicago's Travel Advisory for COVID-19, vaccination and masks are not required for public spaces, although individual businesses may require vaccination or masks to enter. Masks are strongly encouraged in indoor spaces and on public transportation. Travelers are advised wash their hands or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol often. All travelers are also advised to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms before, during, and after travel and isolate and get tested if they develop symptoms. Visit Chicago's Travel Advisory web page and the Coronavirus Response Center page for more information.

Applying to the Program - Applications Now Closed

  1. Complete and submit the program application
  2. Complete and submit the Approval Request to Travel during an Ongoing Pandemic form immediately after submitting the program application
  3. Receive approval from Ms. Fritz, Mr. Dedek, and the Office of Distance and Extended Learning
  4. Register for your program's courses

Registering for Courses

After applying for and being accepted into the program, you must also register for your course though the Student Information System/Catsweb during the regular University registration period.

For more information about the content of the course/program, please contact Ms. Kathleen Fritz and Mr. Peter Dedeck.

For questions about applying/registering, please contact the Office of Distance and Extended Learning.