Thesis Defense: Martina Rau
28 May, 2013 1:00pm
Undergraduate Program Overview
These pages explain the curriculum for the HCI major, minor, the accelerated masters program, how to apply to each and other features of the HCI undergraduate programs. The HCII offers both an HCI major and minor. The undergraduate major in HCI is available only as a second major. If you have questions after reading through through descriptions of these programs, please contact the Academic Program Coordinator at hciibachelors [at] cs [dot] cmu [dot] edu.
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is devoted to the design, implementation, and evaluation of interactive computer-based technology. Examples of HCI products include intelligent computer tutors, wearable computers, and highly interactive web sites. Constructing an HCI product is a cyclic, iterative process that involves at least three stages.
The Design stage involves principles of design and human behavior, the Implementation stage principles of computer science, and the Evaluation stage empirical research methods common to several disciplines. There are thus four topical areas to cover in this major: Human Behavior, Design, Implementation, and Evaluation. In slightly more detail, each of the stages in the picture above involves the following sorts of knowledge and skill:
There are over 100 possible elective courses relevant to these areas that are offered by eight different departments in four different colleges at CMU (the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Computer Science, the College of Fine Arts, and the School of Industrial Administration). For a list of these courses, refer to the elective course list.