University of Wisconsin–Madison

Information Technology & UX

Are you interested in designing, developing and managing information technologies to solve problems in society? Would you enjoy a career helping people to use information technologies more effectively?

If so, the Information Technology & UX concentration at the iSchool will help you achieve your learning goals.

For a list of recommended courses by concentration, see:  iSchool Course Planning by Concentration and Emphasis

Cynthia Lewis, a 2012 graduate and now an educational technology designer for BridgePoint Educational Technologies, writes “I attribute a lot of my professional success to the iSchool.  The academic training introduced new disciplines and technologies that both inspired and emboldened me to follow my interests in instructional design and technology. Faculty members and the curriculum expanded my critical thinking and decision making skills which are key attributes in my daily professional life.”


Suggested coursework for concentration in Information Technology & UX

  • Strategic Information Services or Management
  • Prepares you to train, teach and develop effective educational materials related to technological systems
  • Systems Analysis & Project Management: Prepares you to plan and lead projects and analyze and improve systems
  • Info Ethics and Policy: Gives you broad understanding of information technology issues in organizations and society
  • Leadership 
  • Technology classes – Code and Power, Introduction to Information Architecture and Interaction Design, UX Testing & Evaluation Lab (campus only).  All Tier T classes are relevant to this concentration
  • For campus students
    • Preservation (for those mixing with digital asset management and digital humanities)
    • Computer Science courses: CS Python, CS  human computer interaction

Potential careers

  • User experience and web design
  • Digital asset management & curation
  • Library technologist/digital humanities developer
  • Systems analyst—work as a liasion between developers and end users to identify needs and develop solutions
  • Database design and data management
  • IT training and instruction, academic technologies