How user centred design motivates female computer science students

Two years ago, the major “User Experience and Interaction Design” has been implemented in the bachelor’s degree program computer science at the University of Applied Sciences Technikum Wien in Vienna, Austria. Among other majors, such as web and mobile development, students are now able to choose to deepen their knowledge in methods of usability, user centered design and eye tracking.

Initially, the purpose of this new major was to increase the awareness of usability and go into more detail about its methods. However, a seemingly tendency of female students choosing the UX-ID major has been discovered since the establishment of the new major. The question arises: Can the courses of user experience help attract women to computer science? And, why are there still only a few female students in science studies? Is it still connected with gender stereotypes?