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ITWS Concentration: Communication
(Humanities, Arts and Social Science)

For those entering the program Fall 2011 semester & beyond

Contact Person: Erin Glasheen

The Information Technology & Web Science degree with Communication as a concentration prepares students to make effective use of the communication resources in the context of developing information technologies. Students will learn how to integrate oral, visual, and written elements into coherent messages; and to design and manage communication systems so we achieve appropriate blends of media and technologies for specific communication purposes.

This degree will prepare students who see Information Technology & Web Science as a means of taking a leadership role in careers as communication specialists and information officers.

Students begin with courses introducing them to the basics of communication theory, literary theory, and written and visual communication, followed by advanced work in one or more of the following areas: communication, film, human-computer interaction, languages (German, French, Chinese, or Spanish), popular culture, technical communication, visual and hypermedia design, web design, and writing.

Required Courses:

Semester I Semester II

ITWS-1100 Introduction to Information Technology and Web Science

WRIT-2110 Rhetoric and Writing

CSCI-1100 Computer Science I

MATH-1010 Calculus I

COMM-1510 Intro to Communication Theory

CSCI-1200 Data Structures

ITWS-1220 IT and Society

Math Elective (1)

Semester III Semester IV

One of:
- ITWS-2961 Creativity and IT
- ITWS-496X IT for Arts and Performance

One of: (1)
- ECSE-2610 Computer Components & Operations and ENGR-2350 Embedded Control
- CSCI-2500 Computer Organization

COMM-2610 Introduction to Visual Communication

ITWS-2110 Web Systems Development

ITWS-4200 Web Science

ITWS-2210 Intro to Human Computer Interaction

One of: (1)
- ECSE-2660 Computer Arch, Networking and OS
- CSCI-2300 Introduction to Algorithms

LITR-2110 Introduction to Literature

Semester V Semester VI

ITWS-4310 Managing IT Resources

Free Elective

Communication or Writing Elective

Life Science Elective (BIOL-XXXX)

ITWS Elective (one of):
- CSCI-4380 Database Systems
- MGMT-4170 Data Resource Management

Communication or Writing Elective

HASS Elective (2)

Free Elective

Semester VII Semester VIII

One of: (3)
- ITWS-4100 Information Technology and Web Science Capstone (Professional Track)
- ITWS-4990 Senior Thesis (Research Track)

Communication or Writing Elective

Humanities Elective (2)

Physical Science Elective (PHYS-XXXX)

Communication Thesis (see list below)

Social Sciences Elective (2)

HASS Elective (2)

Free Elective

ITWS-4990 Senior Thesis (Research Track Only)

Students must satisfy an 8-credit communication requirement. See your advisor for details.

(1) Select either the three-course ECSE sequence or the two-course CSCI sequence. If the ECSE sequence is chosen, ENGR-2350 will replace the free elective slot in Semester III. If the CSCI Sequence is chosen, your math elective in Semester II must be MATH-2800 Introduction to Discrete Structures. If a student is planning to apply to the co-terminal MS in IT program, they need to select the CSCI sequence.

(2) See HASS requirements

(3) Co-terminal students would replace ITWS-4100 Information Technology and Web Science Capstone with ITWS-4980 Special Projects course which will be the culminating experience.

Communication Culminating Experience (one of):
COMM-4180 Studio Design in HCI
COMM-4210 Designing Interactive Characters for Digital Games
COMM-4300 Communication Internship
COMM-4420 Foundations of HCI Usability
COMM-4470 Information Design
COMM-4560 Media and Popular Culture
COMM-4690 Interface Design: Hypermedia Theory and Application
COMM-4710 Communication Design for the WWW
COMM-4730 Graphic Design for Corporate Identity

NOTE: You are expected to notify the instructor at the beginning of the course that you are taking it for Culminating Experience credit, and confer with the instructor to define the course project.

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