The human side of computing

Understand, shape, and design a more just future with Human Computer Interaction at UC Santa Cruz


What are the effects of technology on society? How are people shaping technologies to fit their needs? How do we design technologies that uplift a diverse range of users? Human Computer Interaction (HCI) embraces a multidisciplinary approach incorporating computer science, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and the humanities to thoughtfully design a more equitable future with technologies.

Spread across two campuses – the main residential campus in Santa Cruz and the Silicon Valley campus – and housed in the Computational Media Department at the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz, we are pushing the boundaries of research and education in the field of HCI. Our world-renowned faculty in Computational Media do research in the areas of accessibility, culture, innovative interfaces, personal informatics, play, and social justice. We offer a unique HCI MS professional program in our Silicon Valley Campus which is tightly integrated with industry sponsors, and aimed towards those interested in a professional career with HCI.

Explore HCI at UCSC

UC Santa Cruz’s new Master of Science in Human Computer Interaction is a four-quarter (15 months) program that guides students interested in pursuing a career in the User Experience (UX) profession, such as in product design and UX research. Contact us at hci@ucsc.edu for questions about our HCI MS program.

The field of Human Computer Interaction finds a natural home in the Computational Media Department, where we engage in boundary-pushing research and education that integrates technical, interpretive, and design work to create human-centered media that address complex problems for positive societal impact.

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Last modified: May 10, 2024