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Human-Centered Design Minor
The human-centered design (HCD) minor is focused on the process of innovation for addressing human needs, and offers a creative discipline that can be applied to a wide range of fields.
The minor consists of three sections:
- foundation courses in engineering problem-solving and design thinking
- courses in social science that inform design practice
- a culminating set of design electives
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Section 2: Ethnographic Methods and Human Factors/Psychology*
Choose two courses from the following, with one course from outside of the student’s major department:
ANTH 3: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Section 3: Design Electives
Choose two courses from the following:
COSC 23.01: Augmented and Virtual Reality Design
* Courses in psychology require PSYC 1 or PSYC 6 as a prerequisite (check the ORC for specific course requirements).
Students planning to pursue the minor should complete the Human-Centered Design Minor Student Worksheet and submit it to Professor Peter Robbie. Keep the following considerations and guidance in mind when planning out your HCD minor.
Courses counted toward one's major cannot be used to satisfy requirements of the HCD minor. Satisfactory completion of the minor requires a grade point average of 2.0 in the courses beyond the prerequisites suitable for satisfying the minor.
Except for Math 3, none of the courses listed for the minor may be taken under the non-recording option.
Section 1: Design Foundation courses may be taken concurrently with other required elective courses. However, before taking courses under Section 3: Design Electives, it is recommended that students complete both courses under Section 1: Design Foundation and at least one course under Section 2: Ethnographic Methods and Human Factors/Psychology.
Engineering sciences majors: Aside from ENGS 21, only ENGS courses numbered below 20 may be counted towards the minor. Engineering sciences majors will take ENGS 21 as one of their major requirements and it will also count as the prerequisite to the HCD minor.
For additional information about majors, courses, and degree requirements, see: