Online Bachelor of Science in Technical Communication - User Experience

Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Science in technical communication with a  user experience (UX) concentration can establish your abilities in a fast-growing field. Earning a UX degree concentration prepares you to develop interdisciplinary knowledge around UX design and development, while building a foundation in communication and learning applied skills.

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Next start date: 10/12/2022


Total classes: 40

Weeks per class: 7.5

Total credit hours: 120

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What is user experience and UX communication?

UX refers to the interactions between individuals and systems. Specifically, it involves:

  • Efforts made to optimize user platforms.
  • How users interface with services and products.
  • The user’s perception of qualities like ease of use.

As a professional path, UX centers on a mix of creativity and problem solving. It doesn’t necessarily require a high level of technical skill or computer science knowledge. The driving force of this field is creating meaningful and positive experiences with users through thoughtful design.

UX communication involves the sharing of relevant and easily understood information through UX. Communication is a key factor in the UX design process, as professionals need to effectively share their research findings with colleagues, leaders and other stakeholders. Earning an online UX degree concentration means equipping yourself with the tools needed to communicate successfully and develop effective design, making interactions between users and systems more positive, productive and predictable.

What jobs hire UX degree graduates?

 

With a UX degree concentration, you can compete for many roles related to user experience. Relevant positions involve UX research, user-centered design, interaction design, usability analysis and more. While individual titles can vary significantly, there are many career paths across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to pursue.

Is UX an in-demand field?

 

The concept of UX will continue to grow more relevant as technology advances. People have increasingly close relationships with technology in their home and work lives. This means there will continue to be a need for professionals with UX knowledge as the use of digital tools, services and platforms grows. It’s important to note that UX can apply to both physical and digital systems, and experts are needed for all types of UX design and communication.

Does my technical communication degree say 'online'?

No, Arizona State University’s diplomas don’t specify whether you earn your degree online or in person. All diplomas and transcripts simply say “Arizona State University.” That’s because ASU Online students learn from the same faculty and receive the same course content as in-person students receive.

Please note your diploma will state the degree you earn: Bachelor of Science in technical communication. Your concentration in user experience will not appear on your diploma, but it will be noted on your transcripts.

Online UX degree concentration courses

A user experience bachelor’s degree concentration emphasizes technical communication, while incorporating relevant context from fields like human systems engineering and graphic information technology. The result is a well-rounded curriculum that provides a foundation in UX concepts and their execution. Featured courses include:


TWC 301: Fundamentals of Writing for Digital Media (L)


TWC 401: Fundamentals of Technical Communication (L)


TWC 411: Principles of Visual Communication (L)


TWC 421: Principles of Web Authoring (L)


TWC 431: Principles of Technical Editing


TWC 490: Capstone


GIT 340: Information Design and Usability


HSE 325: Human-Computer Interaction


What can I do with a UX degree concentration?

After completing a UX degree concentration, you can choose to follow a variety of career paths. Many industries need professionals who can carry out vital tasks like gathering user information, analyzing data and communicating research findings. Some career examples include:

Computer Software Quality Engineer


Growth: %
Salary:

Document Management Specialist


Growth: 5.7 %
Salary: $92,870

Editor


Growth: -7.3 %
Salary: $63,400

Graphic Artist


Growth: -19.0 %
Salary: $47,560

Human Factors Engineer


Growth: 10.1 %
Salary: $88,950

IT Project Manager


Growth: 5.7 %
Salary: $92,870

SEO Specialist


Growth: 17.7 %
Salary: $65,810

Technical Writer


Growth: 7.4 %
Salary: $74,650

Web Developer


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Salary:

Leaders in interdisciplinary education

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

Leaders in interdisciplinary education

Faculty in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts are deeply committed to exploration in their fields. Many of our faculty and staff are recognized both nationally and internationally for their achievements.

  • American Educational Research Association fellows.
  • American Psychological Association fellows.
  • Fulbright scholars.
  • Numerous achievement awards in fields from psychology to writing.

UX degree concentration admission requirements

I am a future

You are considered a first-year student for application purposes if you have not attended college at all, or have fewer than 12 transferable credit hours (with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA).

1. Review competency requirements

2. Review other admission requirements

3. Complete online application

4. File your FAFSA

5. Request ACT or SAT scores

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Don't meet admission requirements?

You can still gain admission to ASU through Earned Admission. Through this pathway, you can demonstrate your ability to succeed at ASU by completing online courses with a 2.75 GPA or higher.

To begin, submit an application to ASU. An enrollment coach will reach out with more information if the Earned Admission Pathway is right for you.

Focused on preparing students for the future

ASU is a global university recognized for its commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. Our university has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report.

#1


in innovation for 8 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.

Top 10


best online bachelor's programs. 

Top 10%


best global universities. 

80%


of graduates reported that their experiences at ASU inspired them to explore new career opportunities.

Tuition calculator

The ASU Online tuition calculator is currently being updated. For the most accurate estimate, please visit the ASU tuition calculator.

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

Tuition calculator

The ASU Online tuition calculator is currently being updated. For the most accurate estimate, please visit the ASU tuition calculator.

Our tuition calculator can help you estimate full-time tuition fees for this program without financial aid. Keep in mind: More than 80% of our students receive financial aid.

Financial aid can reduce out-of-pocket costs, resulting in less financial stress and increased academic confidence. Learn more.

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