2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog 
    Jul 13, 2024  
2022-2023 Undergraduate Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Innovation, Society and Technology, BS


Bruce Kingma, Professor of Entrepreneurship
Program Director
(315) 443-3993


The School of Information Studies offers a bachelor of science degree (B.S.) in Innovation, Society, and Technology.  This program is for students interested in research, innovation, and social justice in the impact of technology in society.

The recent article “A Crisis of Ethics in Technology Innovation”, MIT Sloan Management Review, March 2020 demonstrates the need for individuals with a background in ethics and social justice in the information technology industry. This degree program satisfies student demand at the Syracuse University School of Information Studies (iSchool) for a general program in information studies that provides research-focused students the opportunity to gain expertise in the modern impact and societal challenges of information technology.

Students in this program will receive coursework in information studies, information innovation, information technology, and information in society.  Graduates may continue their studies in a graduate program or provide expertise in the societal impacts of technology at an organization.

Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to the comprehensive iSchool learning outcomes listed in the School’s Undergraduate Education description, students in the Innovation, Society, and Technology major are expected to achieve the following additional learning outcomes:
  • Employ critical thinking skills in identifying, evaluating, and designing innovative practices in the age of digital transformation.
  • Examine and critique how individuals, organizations and society are created and impacted by data and information technology in the age of digital transformation.

Innovation, Society, and Technology Curriculum

Students in the B.S. degree must complete the requirements listed on the iSchool main page  in the course catalog, including 15 credits of iSchool electives.

Innovation, Society, and Technology Primary Core (30-31 credits total)


Completing a concentration allows students to select course work that matches their professional interests and planned career paths. Students must complete five additional iSchool courses to fulfill their IST elective requirement. Students must complete one iSchool concentration with a minimum of three courses in that concentration. Students may petition the Undergraduate Program Director to approve three courses to be considered a concentration in an area of interest that is not shown in the official list of concentrations. These three courses must provide depth in an area of study. Courses cannot be used to satisfy both a core requirement and a concentration.