User experience (UX) refers to a user’s engagement with a product, technology, or service. According to usability.gov, “User experience (UX) focuses on having a deep understanding of users, what they need, what they value, their abilities, and also their limitations.” For a product to develop a positive user experience, it must meet actual users’ needs, help users fulfill their goals, provide a usable interface, and evoke positive emotions. In the past two decades, UX has become increasingly central to the success of businesses and organizations. 
 

The UX minor aims to bring together several different disciplines to create a robust, rigorous, and multifaceted program. These various disciplines and courses will come together in service of providing students a broad, applicable UX education. Students in the UX minor will meet the following learning objectives:

  • Identify core theoretical principles and research methods of user experience.
  • Apply UX research methods to analyze the behavior, needs, goals, frustrations, and emotions of real-world users.
  • Design and prototype solutions for the problems identified through user experience research.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of products, technologies, and services in meeting user needs and providing a satisfying experience.
  • Develop recommendations for improving the UX of new products, prototypes, and existing products, technologies, and services.
Technical Course (one of the following):3
INTRO COMP PROG IN BUS
GRAPHIC DESIGN: WEB DESIGN
CS 100 Level
Statistics Course (one of the following):3-4
STATISTICS/SOCIAL SCIENCES
and STATISTICS LAB
PROB & ENGR STATISTICS I
INTRO TO PROBABILITY & STATIST
BUSINESS STATISTICS II
PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS
and PSYCHOLOGICAL STATISTICS LAB
All of the following courses:
ARS 230GRAPHIC DESIGN: INTRODUCTION3
EH 301TECHNICAL WRITING3
PY 403HUMAN FACTORS PSYCHOLOGY3
or ISE 403 HUMAN FACTORS PSYCHOLOGY
CM 452USER CENTERED DESIGN3
or EH 452 USER CENTERED DESIGN
PY 410TASK ANALYSIS & PROTOTYPING3
EH 442USABILITY STUDIES3
or CM 542 USABILITY STUDIES
Total Hours:24-25