User Experience Design Minor

[User Experience (UX) Design is a] “holistic, multidisciplinary approach to the design of user interfaces for digital products, defining their form, behavior and content. User experience design integrates interaction design, industrial design, information architecture, information design, visual interface design and user-centered design, ensuring coherence and consistency across all of these design dimensions.”

—Pabini Gabriel-Petit, Editor in Chief, UX Matters
a chart of the different aspects of user innerface design

Program Description

The UX Design Minor at Western is intended for industrial design, psychology, design, business administration/marketing and computer science majors only. Each discipline will take courses that add to their foundational understanding of the elements of user experience design. These courses are different depending on the students’ major.

The intended outcome is for each student to be prepared to work in professional multidisciplinary teams designing user experiences. They will be able to cross-communicate using the various languages and terminology of each discipline. They will be able to understand the unique perspective and alternative approaches that each discipline provides. And in the end, they will have a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, collaborative interaction design project to show prospective employers.

Course details and requirements are listed in the university catalog. 

Admissions

The demand for this minor is high. To ensure quality and diversity, the number of students selected for this major is limited to 16-20 per year. Representative faculty from each department will review applications and make selections based on academic performance, talent, interest and work ethic. 

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

To Apply

Applications are accepted twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring. 

Fall deadline: November 15 by noon. 

Spring deadline: May 13 by noon

Submit completed application, personal statement, and unofficial transcript to Professor Jason Morris, jason.morris@wwu.edu

Application Form