User Experience Research – Online Minor

Learn how to uncover problems and design solutions

Study the ways in which people interact with technology and how that technology impacts society in Oregon State University’s online undergraduate user experience (UX) research minor. UX research focuses on the psychological aspects of human-computer interaction, and this program combines the study of cognitive science, cognitive psychology, sociology and more. 

You’ll gain specialized skills in user testing, user research design and quantitative data analysis as a way to inform the design process from the end user’s perspective. This minor program will also impart fundamental skills in communication, teamwork and project management.

Lay the foundation of a rewarding career

There is an expanding job market for graduates with human-computer interaction skills, and Oregon State’s expertise in UX research will help you develop skills that are in demand with employers. Career opportunities for professionals with this educational background include UX design researcher, UX researcher and UX psychologist.

This minor is ideal if you’re studying or interested in computer science, psychology, digital communication arts, or design and usability.


Delivered online by Oregon State Ecampus, the courses in the UX research minor dive deep into information technology, cognitive and behavioral sciences, and systems design. As a student in this program, you’ll examine human factors and the application of human cognition, perception and decision-making research.

Curriculum details and minor requirements are available on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • General psychology
  • Cognitive psychology
  • Human-computer interaction
  • UX research
  • Judgment and decision-making
  • Web design and programming
  • Applied media aesthetics

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are renowned for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • OSU Ecampus is consistently ranked among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • All Ecampus students receive the same transcript as on-campus students.