The interior design program originated in 1974 as an option in the Department of Home Economics. During the 1977-78 academic year, the Arkansas Board of Higher Education approved upgrading the Housing and Interior Design Option in the Home Economics Foundation Curriculum to the Housing and Interior Design major. This change allowed students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics degree (B.S.H.E.) with a major in Housing and Interior Design. In fall 1986, the program was renamed Interior Design and Housing (IDHS). During the 1997-98 academic year, the program was renamed Interior Design. Finally during the 1999-2000 academic year, as recommended by FIDER during the previous accreditation visit, the degree was changed to Bachelor of Interior Design (B.I.D.). The program joined the Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design in July 2010.
The interior design program is accredited by the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA). It is the oldest accredited interior design program in Arkansas.