Information Sciences and Technology Minor

Information Sciences and Technology Minor

Overview

The Information Sciences and Technology (IST) minor is designed to expose students to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of IST and to teach them to apply that knowledge as a supplement to their major.

Through this program, students can gain the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new "Information Age."

Specifically, the IST minor will enable students to:

  • Build an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study.
  • Prepare for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies.
  • Sharpen their abilities to think critically and to work in teams.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR:

Prescribed Courses (10 credits)

  • IST 110 Introduction to Information, People and Technology (3)
  • IST 210 Organization of Data (3)
  • IST 220 Networking and Telecommunications (3)

Additional Courses (Choose 3 Credits)

  • IST 140 Introduction to Application Development (3)
  • IST 234 (COMM 234)  Digital Cultures (GS) (3)
  • IST 235 (WMNST 235) Gender and the Global Information Technology Sector (US)  (3)
  • IST 250 New Media and the Web (3)
  • IST 301 Information and Organizations (3) 
  • IST 302 IT Project Management (3)

400-Level Courses (Choose 6 Credits)

  • IST 402 Emerging Issues and Technologies (3 per semester/maximum of 9)
  • IST 431 The Information Environment (3)
  • IST 432 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology (3)
  • IST 442 Information Technology in an International Context (IL) (3)
  • IST 445 Globalization Trends and World Issues (3)
  • IST 452 Legal and Regulatory Environment of Privacy and Security (3)
  • IST 453 Legal, Regulatory, Policy Environment of Cyber Forensics (3)

COMPLEMENTARY MAJORS:

A background in IST will prepare students from every academic discipline to keep up with the ever-shifting demands of technology in the modern workplace. This minor will especially benefit students majoring in the sciences, business, communications and any other field that commonly uses new technologies to create, promote or enable progress in the workplace.

For More Information, contact Nannette D'Imperio, nxd13@psu.edu, or 610-892-1343.