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  Sep 23, 2017
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Human-Centered Making, B.S.


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The B.S. in Human-Centered Making is for students whose desire to create spans the range from digital applications to digital and physical fabrication and particularly includes the mixture of physical and digital creation. Most importantly, Human-Centered Making is for students who want to put people at the center of what they create. The program develops student skills in design thinking applied to fabrication, computation and user experience. Human-Centered Making emphasizes the process of creating physical and software artifacts for and with a community by embedding community-engaged learning throughout the curriculum.

The major is embedded in the liberal arts by intentional analysis and reflection in the science, mathematics, philosophy, history, art, and theology courses taken by the students. The combination of community, creation, and critical thinking encourages Ignation values of service, discernment, and reflection.

In an era when mass production and technology threaten to disconnect us from each other and the natural world, the act of creating helps reconnect abstract notions with physical realities, whether those realities are about the sustainability of materials used or the meaning of the data being analyzed to understand a community.

Requirements for the Human-Centered Making Major


Core Curriculum Requirements


See Undergraduate Core Curriculum  

Major Requirements


54 Hours, including

Required Human-Centered Making courses (27 Hours)


  • MAKE 101 Introduction to Making
  • MAKE 102 Making the User Experience
  • MAKE 201 Objects of Digital Fabrication
  • MAKE 202 Digital Object Modeling II
  • MAKE 301 Human-Centered Project Development
  • MAKE 302 Advanced Methods for Making
  • MAKE 310 Materials and Processes
  • MAKE 401 Formal Models and Metrics for Making
  • MAKE 402 Thesis Project [Capstone]

Major Elective courses (12 hours):


These courses are drawn from any elective course in Human-Centered Making, CSCI 220  Data Structures, MATH 225  , any 300-level elective in computer science, any approved ARTS course, INFO 328  Database Management, INFO 329  Data Mining, INFO 358  Data Modeling and Management, INFO 389  Business Intelligence, or other approved course. Students choose a focus area during their second year that directs their choice of electives and possibly particular core course choices.

TOTAL Minimum Hours Required for Degree: 120 Semester Hours


B.S. Human-Centered Making


This block serves as a guideline for progress toward a degree. See your academic advisor.

Freshman Year


First Semester


Second Semester


Sophomore Year


First Semester


Second Semester


Junior Year


First Semester


  • MAKE 301 - Human-Centered Project Development
  • Philosophical Perspectives
  • Human-Centered Making Elective
  • General Elective
  • Natural Science Elective

Second Semester


  • MAKE 302 - Junior Project
  • Humanities Elective
  • Ethics/Religion & Society
  • General Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

Senior Year


First Semester


  • MAKE 401 - Formal Models & Metrics for Making
  • Human-Centered Making Elective
  • Social Science Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

Second Semester


  • MAKE 402 - Thesis Project
  • General Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective
  • General Elective

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