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Undergraduate minors

Both minors are launching Fall 2022 and students will be able to declare them at that time.

Interested in enrolling in minor courses for Fall 2022? See information below on how to register or join a waitlist:

  • SI 110: Direct enrollment in SI 110 is available to all students.
  • For all other minor courses, please complete this form and indicate that you plan to declare the minor in Fall 2022. Do not join the Wolverine Access waitlist.

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

  • College of Engineering
  • 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

Minor in 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.

Requirements

  • Junior status at the time of minor declaration
  • Currently declared major and in good academic standing.
  • Completed SI 110: Introduction to Information Studies with C- or better 

Required courses

  • SI 110/UC 110: Introduction to Information Studies (4 credits)
  • SI 429: Online Communities: Analysis and Design of Online Interaction (3 credits)
  • Three elective courses from: 
    • SI 315: Interpersonal and Psychological Implications of Social Media (3 credits)
    • SI 334: Persuasion and Social Influence (3 credits)
    • SI 335: Social Media in Organizations (3 credits)
    • SI 410: Ethics and Information Technology (4 credits)
    • SI 425: Introduction to User Modeling (3 credits)
    • SI 431: Algorithms and Society (3 credits)
    • SI 422: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation (3 credits)

Minor in 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

  • Junior status at the time of minor declaration
  • Currently declared major and in good academic standing.
  • Completed SI 110: Introduction to Information Studies with C- or better 

Required courses 

  • SI 110/UC 110: Introduction to Information Studies (4 credits)
  • SI 422: Needs Assessment and Usability Evaluation (3 credits)
  • Three elective courses from: 
    • SI 334: Persuasion and Social Influence (3 credits)
    • SI 339: Web Design, Development and Accessibility (4 credits)
    • SI 340: Experiment Design and Analyses (4 credits)
    • SI 350: UX Field Research in the Public Sector (3 credits)
    • SI 364: Building Data-Driven Applications (4 credits)
    • SI 388: Putting the H in HCI: Human Perception, Cognition and Mental Processes (4 credits)
    • SI 410: Ethics and Information Technology (4 credits)
    • SI 425: Introduction to User Modeling (3 credits)
    • SI 429: Online Communities: Analysis and Design of Online Interaction (3 credits)
    • SI 482: Interaction Design Studio (4 credits)

Contact: umsi.minors@umich.edu