Innovation, Society, & Technology Bachelor’s Degree

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Advance equity and justice through technology.

Ever wondered how TikTok is impacting the youth vote? Why social movements gain traction online? How big companies are using your data? How to combat misinformation? 

These topics and more are what you’ll explore in this program. You’ll study the technologies we use each day, and their impact on how we work, learn, and connect as a global society.

You’ll go on to design apps and websites using human-centered design. Build initiatives that promote equal access to information. Advocate for better privacy protections or take on the increasing spread of misinformation through social media.

You’ll make your own way, from landing a job at a tech company, to pursuing research, or going on to graduate school. Whatever your path, you’ll apply innovative new solutions to make an impact on society for the better.

The B.S. in Innovation, Society, & Technology is 120 credits. The curriculum allows students to choose courses in each of the three areas of study for the major – innovation, technology, and society. This is then blended with a liberal arts core to create a well-rounded education.

The 120 credit breakdown is as follows:

  • 31 credits of IST major courses
    • 10 credits of Primary Core classes
    • 6 credits of Innovation Electives
    • 9 credits of Technology Electives
    • 6 credits of Society Electives
  • 15 credits in IST Concentration and Elective courses
  • 21-23 credits in Skills Electives
  • 36 credits in Arts and Sciences Divisional Requirements
  • 21-24 credits in General Electives
  • 4 credits including 1 credit IDEA Requirement (FYS101 – inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility course) plus one upper division 3-credit  IDEA course
  • International Experience

View Curriculum in Course Catalog

You can further personalize your degree by selecting one of the following concentrations:

  • Information Security Management: Understand how hackers and computer viruses work to improve cybersecurity and protect information.
  • Project Management: Develop managerial and technical skills to oversee informational systems and create business policies.
  • Network and Systems Management: Study the development of network technologies, such as cloud services, and their effect on users.
  • Web Design and Management: Create and maintain web resources and sites to make sense for users and organizations.
  • Data analytics: Learn to solve data-intensive problems using information technology, quantitative math, and information management.
  • Digital Retail Strategies: Enhance your knowledge of electronic commerce, technologies, and layout strategy for retail corporations.
  • Innovation, Design, and Startups: Develop the creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurial skills needed to run a business.
Life at the iSchool

Find your place on campus.

Welcome to a tight-knit community of innovative and creative thinkers. Here, you’ll work closely with faculty, meet lifelong friends, and hear from diverse perspectives. With small classes and plenty of opportunities for collaboration, you’ll find your home on campus.

Experiential Learning

Gain a global perspective and network.

Here, your expertise and experience will expand far beyond the classroom and our campus. Our deep industry connections mean you’ll meet and work with experts from around the world. Your global perspective will inspire you to develop innovative solutions. And your hands-on training will prepare you to work in organizations that value technology and innovation.

careers

Forge your path to professional success.

Every year our graduates experience the highest job placement rates and starting salaries of any other school at Syracuse. Employers tell us that’s because they have the ideal combination of technical knowledge and business acumen. They can see the big picture, and know how to roll up their sleeves and make change.

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DUAL DEGREES

Combine your passions with technology.

Knowledge of digital technology and information systems crosses into many different industries. Explore our partnerships with other colleges at Syracuse, which allow you to pursue two related majors at the same time.

Dual Major with Whitman School of Management

Gain a competitive edge with a knowledge of business and finance coupled with technical training in data and information systems. This combination of skills is in high demand from employers, and will give you an advantage as you begin your career.

Along with the iSchool’s major in Innovation, Society, and Technology, you’ll choose one of the following majors from the Whitman School of Management:

Accounting
Entrepreneurship and Emerging Enterprises
Finance
General Accounting
Management Studies
Marketing
Real Estate
Retail Management
Strategic Management

Dual Major with the Newhouse School of Public Communications

Communications professionals understand the need to be savvy in emerging technologies, which is why many choose this dual degree that pairs our renowned information and technology degree with a degree from our nationally recognized educator of journalists, PR pros, and other communications professionals.

Choose one of the following Newhouse majors:

Advertising
Broadcast & Digital Journalism
Graphic Design
Magazine
Newspaper & Online Journalism
Photography
Public Relations
Recording & Entertainment Industries
Television, Radio & Film

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Your future, starting now. Get it touch to learn more. Apply. And join us. We can’t wait to welcome you.