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College Creates User Experience Design Minor for Undergraduate Students

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The College of Communication and Information (CCI) will offer a new undergraduate minor in User Experience Design (UXD), open to students of any major.

This 18-credit minor is the first opportunity for Kent State University undergraduate students to take courses in UXD. The School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) has offered graduate programs in UXD since 2001.

“This minor is the just first step toward providing undergraduate students with the opportunity to begin a UXD career, and for Kent State University to continue and expand its leadership role in providing the field with UXD professionals,” said David Robins, Ph.D., interim director of the School of Visual Communication Design. Robins was one of the first professors to develop courses in UXD for at Kent State for the SLIS Information Architecture and Knowledge Management graduate program.

According to the User Experience Professionals Association, user experience design encompasses every aspect of the user's interaction with a product, service or company that make up the user's perceptions of the whole. User experience design as a discipline is concerned with all the elements that together make up that interface, including layout, visual design, text, brand, sound, and interaction. User experience design works to coordinate these elements to allow for the best possible interaction by users. The minor program aims to allow students to forge a new skillset by relating UXD principles to their major areas of study. Through highly collaborative work, students will learn to apply design processes and problem-solving techniques in their careers.

The UXD minor will include courses in both information science and visual communication design. Students who declare the minor will take such courses as Motion Design, Responsive Web Design and Usability.

In Fall 2017, CCI will offer the first class available within the new minor’s curriculum, Introduction to User Experience Design. Students will explore what UXD is, the fundamental research that explains human behavior and how that research informs design decisions. Students will also be introduced to the basic design processes and deliverables employed by UXD professionals. The class will be offered from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in Rm. 471 of the newly remodeled Taylor Hall.

Interested students should email CCI Advisor Sara Sobeh,, to register for Introduction to User Experience Design. Then, in Fall 2017, students can declare the UXD minor and register themselves for classes in the program.


The User Experience Design minor provides students with comprehension and applicable skills that focus on a product’s overall customer experience, ease of use, control and feedback. 

User Experience Design Requirements (18 credits)








Intro to UXD





Motion Design


Choosing from the following:





Interaction Design, Communities and Culture




Responsive Web Design





Information Architecture









Visual Ethics




For more information, contact the CCI Dean’s Office at 330-672-2950.