2022 Thayer Investiture

Other Major Modified w/ Human-Centered Design

Any major can be modified with the minor in human-centered design. The human-centered design minor portion of the modification requires three prerequisites, plus a total of four courses selected from course electives Ethnographic Methods and Human Factors/Psychology and Design.

Prerequisite Courses


1 course

  • MATH 3: Calculus

Engineering Sciences

2 courses

Required Courses


Choose 4, with at least 1 course from each section.

Ethnographic Methods and Human Factors/Psychology

Choose at least 1 course from this section.

  • ANTH 3: Intro to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 18: Intro to Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
  • GEOG 11: Qualitative Methods and the Research Process in Geography
  • SOCY 11: Research Methods
  • PSYC 22: Learning
  • PSYC 23: Social Psychology
  • PSYC 28: Cognitive Psychology
  • PSYC 38: Cognitive Neuroscience
  • PSYC 43: Emotion
  • PSYC 50.02: Decision Making
  • PSYC 53.10: Social and Affective Motivations in Decision-Making
  • PSYC 53.12: The Behavior of Groups


Choose at least 1 course from this section.

  • ENGS 15.01: Senior Design Challenge I
  • ENGS 15.02: Senior Design Challenge II
  • ENGS 18: System Dynamics in Policy Design and Analysis
  • ENGS 44: Sustainable Design
  • ENGS 75 :Product Design
  • COSC 23.01: Augmented and Virtual Reality Design
  • COSC 25.01: UI/UX Design I
  • COSC 25.02: UI/UX Design II
  • COSC 28: Advanced Projects in Digital Arts
  • COSC 29.04/PBS 15: Impact Design
  • FILM 51: Game Design
  • PBPL 43/ECON 77: Social Entrepreneurship
  • SART 65: Architecture I
  • SART 66: Architecture II
  • SART 68: Architecture III
  • Independent study in a relevant discipline

Important Notes

Be advised that due to the potential overlap between the human-centered design courses and existing majors, there is potential to create a program of study that does not add significant value beyond a straight major.

Students pursuing the modification should note that:

    1. there should be a strong intellectual rationale;
    2. the proposed plan should be adding something new and significant that is not possible with the straight major; and
    3. there should not be significant overlap in courses between the modifier and the primary field of the major.

    Faculty Contact(s)

    For advice about the modified major, contact:

    Applications for this modified major should be addressed to: