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Information Mgmt & Technology

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Minor in Information Management and Technology

Contact Susan Dischiave, Program Director, 314 Hinds Hall, 315-443-5611 sadischi@syr.edu;
Julie Walas, Undergraduate Programs Manager, 114 Hinds Hall, jlwalas@syr.edu; http://ischool.syr.edu/future/undergrad/minorInfoTech.aspx

The 18-credit minor program in information management and technology can be taken with any SU major, with the approval of the student’s home college. The minor complements many majors because all organizations need people who understand information resources and information technology. Students who minor in information management and technology will increase their employability in a variety of careers.
 

  • Biology and chemistry majors who want to work in a research lab will be more employable if they can use online information systems to retrieve information and manage data, such as genome sequences.
  • Retailing and business students will be better prepared to work in business if they have skills in microcomputer applications and office systems technology.
  • Communications students must be able to research information and present and package it effectively in video, audio, and print form. An information management and technology minor will provide those skills.
  • Economics, history, and political science majors with courses in information systems and information policy will find many opportunities to work in federal, state, and local government.
  • Health and Human Services majors who minor in information management and technology will be better prepared to work in the automated, information-intensive environment of the health care industry.
  • Design and art majors will learn how information technology gives them new tools by which to enhance the world.

Required Courses (9 credits)

IST 195 Information Technologies

One course from each of the following areas:

Technology Courses
IST 233 Introduction to Computer Networking
IST 346 Operating Systems Administration
IST 359 Introduction to Database Management Systems

Management Courses
IST 335 Introduction to Information-Based Organizations
IST 352 Information Analysis of Organizational Systems
IST 445 Managing Information Systems Projects
 
Electives (9 credits)
Select three other information management and technology courses, preferably from one or more of the information management and technology concentrations.

Admission
Students considering the minor may delay enrolling until the third year of study. However, interested students are encouraged to begin planning with a School of Information Studies advisor during the first or second year. Students are required to fill out a brief application form. Applicants must have a grade point average of at least 3.0. Depending upon available spaces, students with GPAs below 3.0 may be considered. However, there may be times when GPA requirements will be higher than 3.0 due to space restrictions. Students must also meet other criteria as determined by the faculty of the School of Information Studies.