HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION PROGRAM (HCI)

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is an interdisciplinary field of study that prepares students to work in teams that design, assess, and redesign attractive, easy-to-use software and websites.  Through exposure to principles of design, human behavior, and computer science, the HCI program produces students that understand design principles for creating pleasing and usable software, implementation requirements, and human-computer interaction principles.

Averett University offers an HCI program for students choosing as their primary major art, computer science, computer information systems, or psychology.  The program is administered by the department of psychology in consultation with an advisory committee composed of faculty members drawn from each of the contributing departments.

Students must attain at least a 2.0 grade point average in the program in order to graduate.

Degree Requirements for Human-Computer Interaction Program

Complete the requirements for a major in art, computer science, computer information systems, or psychology.  The following courses are required in addition to the major:

  Semester Hours
Foundation courses (10 hours)  
ART 103, The Visual Arts 3
MTH 160, Introduction to Statistics 3
CSS 211, Introduction to Programming 4

Human-Computer Interaction courses (9 hours)

 
PSY 232, Designing User-centered Websites 3
PSY 332, Evaluating Website Usability 3
PSY 373, Memory and Cognition 3

Electives (15-18 hours)

 
Select five of the approved electives below from departments other than the primary major.  
Design  
ART 110, Basic Drawing 3
ART 120, Basic Design 3
ART 130, Three-dimensional Design 3
ART 270, Applied Design 3
Human Behavior  
PSY 120, Psychology as a Natural Science 4
PSY 219, Social Psychology 3
PSY 338, Research Design 3
PSY 323, Learning 3
PSY 387, Sensation and Perception 3
Computer Science  
CSS114, Web Authoring and Office Applications 3
CSS 212, Introduction to Programming II 4
CSS 231, Programming in C++ 4
CSS 235, Programming in JAVA 4
CSS 305, Concepts of Information Systems 3
CSS 375, Principles of Databases 3
Total 34-37

Sample Four-Year Course Sequence for Human-Computer Interaction

Freshman Year: Junior Year:
ART 103, Visual Arts (fall and spring) PSY 332, Evaluating Website Usability
PSY 232, Designing User-centered Websites PSY 373, Memory and Cognition
Design Elective Computer Science Electives
Human Behavior Elective Human Behavior Electives
   
Sophomore Year: Senior Year:
MTH 160, Introduction to Statistics (fall and spring) Computer Science Electives
CSS 211, Introduction to Programming Human Behavior Electives
Computer Science Electives  
Design Electives  
Human Behavior Elective