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User Experience (UX) Design Minor (In Moratorium)

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Combined minor offered by the Department of Engineering and Design, College of Science and Engineering and the Department of Design, College of Fine and Performing Arts and Department of Psychology, College of Humanities and Social Sciences and Department of Computer Science, College of Science and Engineering

Note: The User Experience Design Minor program is currently not accepting new students. For further information contact the Engineering and Design Department, Western Washington University, Ross Engineering, 516 High St., Bellingham, WA 98225.

27-31 credits depending on major


User Experience 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, user assistance design, and user-centered design, ensuring coherence and consistency across all of these design dimensions.

Why Consider a User Experience (UX) Design Minor?

User experience design is a multidisciplinary profession that is still evolving and yet is in high demand. It is a combination of graphic design, industrial design, psychology, computer science and business. It requires big picture, strategic design skills, and the ability to design the very detailed interactions in interface. As such, good UX designers are in very short supply. This minor is intended only for industrial design, psychology, marketing, design and computer science majors only.

 Contact Information

Industrial Design Program Coordinator
Jason Morris
Engineering Technology 335

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How to Declare (Admissions and Declaration Process):

The predicted demand for this minor is high, so a cap may be necessary to limit enrollment. 16-20 minors would be accepted per year. Selection occurs two times per year. Once in the Fall and once in the Spring due on the seventh Friday of the quarter. The selection committee comprises of representatives from each of the five programs (Industrial Design, Design, Business Administration (Marketing Concentration), Psychology and Computer Science). Application is available at cse.wwu.edu/engineering-design/user-experience-design-minor or in Ross Engineering Building room 204.

Grade Requirements

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


For Industrial Design majors (27-29 credits)

For Computer Science majors (27-28 credits)

For Psychology and Business Administration - Marketing concentration majors (30-31 credits)

For Design majors (29 credits)

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