This concentration will provide students with an in-depth understanding of the design process leading to the creation of a successful, enjoyable technology-based user experience. The focus is on a hands-on learning experience traditional in design, while keeping in mind the impact of one's design on society at large.

The core courses related to this concentration are INFO 1300: Introductory Design and Programming for the Web and INFO 2450: Communication and Technology.

Some faculty members whose research is related to this concentration include: Shiri AzenkotSharlane CleareDan Cosley, Francois GuimbretiereKyle HarmsMalte JungGilly Leshed, Aditya VashisthaQian Yang, and Cheng Zhang.

Career Paths

  • Academic careers related to human-computer interaction; focusing on the creation of new artifacts.
  • Related job titles: interaction designer, user experience designer, user experience architect, usability analyst, user research associate. 


Please reference the Cornell Class Roster for details on the courses below.

A. Core Principles of Design (choose one)

  • INFO 3450: Human-Computer Interaction Design
  • INFO 4400: Qualitative User Research and Design Methods
  • INFO 4410: Human Robot Interaction - Research and Design

B. Design in Context (choose one) 

  • INFO 2921: Inventing an Information Society
  • INFO 4240: Designing Technology for Social Impact
  • INFO 4420: Human Computer Interaction Studio
  •  INFO 4940: Intelligent User Interfaces
  • INFO 4940: Special Topics - Computing and Global Development
  • INFO 4940 Special Topics - Good Tech, Bad Tech
  • INFO 4940: Special Topics - Technology and Underserved Communities
  • ​ENGL 3741: Design Thinking, Media, and Community

C. Knowing the User (choose one) 

  • INFO 3400: Social Behavior and Technology
  • INFO 3460: Crowds, Communities, and Technology
  • INFO 4430: Teams and Technology
  • INFO 4450: Computer-Mediated Communication
  • COMM 4380: Communication in Virtual Worlds
  • PSYCH 3420: Human Perception: Application to Computer Graphics, Art, and Visual Display