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Undergraduate minors

UMSI offers two declarable minors (Social Media Analysis and Design and User Experience Design) for undergraduate students in approved programs at the University of Michigan. 

The undergraduate minors at UMSI are available to students in the following programs:

  • College of Engineering
  • College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Ford School of Public Policy
  • Ross School of Business
  • School of Education
  • School of Kinesiology
  • School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • School of Public Health
  • Stamps School of Art & Design
  • Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning

Social Media Analysis and Design

The collaborative technologies broadly called “social media” are dominant platforms through which people encounter information. Social media affects individual outcomes including health, education, interpersonal relationships and work, as well as societal issues such as equity, free speech, and civil society. Social media are a blend of social and technical features that require an integrated approach.

Students enrolled in this minor will learn to:

  • generate and analyze social media to solve problems.
  • identify how social media affects individuals, groups, organizations and societies.
  • apply information ethics when using and designing social media.

User Experience Design

Organizations need information experts who understand how people use information (at work, in civic engagement, and at play), and can design new systems and services to create better information outcomes. The User Experience (UX) minor will train students to research how people use information in their lives and how to design new solutions to solve information problems.

Students enrolled in this minor will learn to: 

  • analyze and design user experiences to solve a problem.
  • critically evaluate the roles and uses of information and technology in society.
  • design ethical and useful products that help people use information to better inform decision-making.

Requirements to Declare a UMSI Minor

In order to declare one of the UMSI minors, undergraduate students in eligible programs must meet the following criteria:

  • Junior Status at the time of minor declaration
  • Have a currently declared major (Non-BSI)
  • Be in good academic standing

More Information, Required Courses, and Frequently Asked Questions

Declare a UMSI Minor

Request a Release of a UMSI Minor

Meet with a UMSI Minor Advisor

Contact Us: umsi.minors@umich.edu