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2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

User Experience Design, BA

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Center Creatio Center for Technology and Design
Academic Awards Bachelor of Arts
Credits Required 125 semester credits
Faculty Lead Craig Chapman
CIP Code 11.0104

User Experience Designers define the structure and behavior of virtually any kind of interface between a human user and a device controlled by computer software. A “device” in this context may be defined as anything with a data input capability (such as a keyboard, keypad, or microphone) and output capability (such as a computer screen, LCD display, speaker, etc.). Common examples of such devices include computers, mobile phones, “smart” speakers, in-car information systems, home automation consoles or even light switches – basically any type of “dedicated” device controlled by software. The goal of this program will be to prepare students for careers where they will design, implement, evaluate, and test device interfaces which are (by design) effective, intuitive and visually compelling.

Graduates with a degree in UX Design will be able to:

  1. Apply the iterative approach of “design thinking” methods to develop solutions to complex problems.
  2. Apply the appropriate methods to design intuitive and fictionally effective user interfaces for a variety of types of software applications and physical devices.
  3. Implement device interfaces using development tools, programming languages, application program interfaces (APIs), and customized techniques and/or interface tools.
  4. Analyze user requirements for devices, including applications for persons with special needs.
  5. Evaluate and certify the user interface in terms of functionality and usability.
  6. Adapt and/or translate a user interface from one locale to another, based on language, culture and legal requirements.
  7. Articulate how their faith informs their work in the field of UX Design

Specific employment opportunities for graduates with this degree include:

  • User Experience/Interface Designer – designs user interfaces and experiences
  • Usability Engineer – performs usability testing, determining if interfaces are intuitive and functionally correct
  • Application Developer – develops the software for application programs
  • Application Testing Engineer – tests and validates computer or mobile device applications
  • Web Developer – designs and develops web pages
  • UX Localization Engineer – modifies existing user interfaces to other languages or cultures
  • UX or Application Program Manager – manages the development and release of computer or mobile applications

Core Curriculum Requirements: 60

Humanities: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions    for applicability)

  • ENGL xxx3 Any Literature course 3 credits
  • HIST   xxx3 Any Course in History 3 credits
  • 3 additional credits selected from the following 3 credits
    • Art (ARTE), Bible (BIBL), Drama (DRAM), English (ENGL), History (HIST), Language (LANG), Music (MUSI), or Theology (THEO)

Social Sciences: 9

6 credits in this area must be from Writing Practice courses* (see Course Descriptions  for applicability)

  • Select a minimum of two disciplines from the following: 9 credits
    • Business Administration (BUSM), Communication (except COMM 1213), Economics, Education (EDUC), Geography (GEOG), Health & Fitness (PEDU), Information Technology (INTC), Management (BMGT), Marketing (BMKT), Philosophy (PHIL), Political Science (PSCI), Psychology (PSYC), Sociology/Anthropology (SOCI), or User Experience Design (UXDE)

Science and Mathematics: 7

  • MATH xxxx - College-level Mathematics 3 credits
  • SCIE xxxx - Science course with Lab 4 credits

Formation and Calling: 6

Professional Readiness: 2

Two Core Curriculum elective credits are required to be Career Readiness credits. These credits can be earned by taking a combination of Career Readiness Courses and introductory internship and/or job shadowing experiences. 

  • This two-credit requirement is waived for students who transfer 60 or more credits to NU
  • Students with 47-59 transfer credits are required to take one Career Readiness credit

Core Electives: 6

Select any college-level courses

Pre-Major Requirements: 8

Pre-Major requirements may be applied to the Core Curriculum requirements or General Electives

Major Requirements: 48

General Electives: 9-17

Total: 125 Semester Credits

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