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Human-Centered Design Minor

The minor in Human-Centered Design is an interdisciplinary program focused on the process of innovation for addressing human needs. The six-course minor combines engineering and design thinking courses with a wide range of cultural, behavioral, and artistic offerings.

Worksheet

Students planning to pursue the minor should submit the Human-Centered Design Minor Student Worksheet to Professor Peter Robbie.

Prerequisites

Math

1 course.

  • MATH 3: Calculus

Requirements

The minor in human-centered design in Engineering Sciences is an interdisciplinary program comprising six courses, two from each section below (1, 2, 3).

SECTION 1

Design Foundation

2 courses.

  • ENGS 12: Design Thinking
  • ENGS 21: Introduction to Engineering
    - ENGS 21 should be taken after ENGS 12 and before Design Electives.

SECTION 2

Ethnographic Methods and Human Factors/Psychology

Choose 2 courses, one of the two courses must be outside of the student’s major department.

  • ANTH 3: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
  • ANTH 18: Research Methods in Cultural Anthropology
  • GEOG 11: Qualitative Methods and the Research Process in Geography
  • 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
  • PSYC 53.13: Social Neuroscience
  • SOCY 11: Research Methods

SECTION 3

Design Electives

Choose 2 courses.

  • COSC 23.01: Augmented and Virtual Reality Design
  • COSC 25.01: Intro to UI/UX Design I
  • COSC 25.02: Intro to UI/UX Design II
  • COSC 28: Advanced Projects in Digital Arts
  • COSC 29.04: Impact Design/ PSYC 15 Impact Design
  • 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
  • FILM 51: Game Design Studio
  • PBPL 43: Social Entrepreneurship/ ECON 77 Social Entrepreneurship
  • SART 65: Architecture I
  • SART 66: Architecture II
  • SART 68: Architecture III

Important Notes

  • Before taking courses in section 3, it is recommended that students complete both courses in Section 1 plus at least one course from Section 2.
  • No Engineering Sciences courses 20 and above may be taken under the Non-Recording Option.
  • For Engineering majors: Only ENGS courses numbered below 20 may be counted towards the minor.

Faculty Contacts

Engineering Sciences Department

Computer Science Department