We seek to educate a broad spectrum of students to be the leading IT practitioners and thinkers. Close to 65 courses, offered by eight different schools and colleges, contribute to our curriculum. The IT Program also coordinates the annual Information & Communication Technology Summit and collaborates to facilitate the Open Education Initiative, as well as, outreach through Five College, Inc. and local colleges.
Students at UMass can pursue a major discipline of their choice and complement that study with the IT Minor.
The curriculum includes courses on technologies and technical capabilities along with courses that focus on the application of IT in particular disciplines. Some courses turn the lens around and apply knowledge gained from diverse departments across campus-such as Law, Art, and Economics, toward IT so that students can better understand and manage information in society and in their lives.
The CCC educates and tests students about the fundamentals of the use of computers. It consists of 12 modules with topics ranging from computer hardware to production software to digital citizenry. Partners include the UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College and the School of Humanities and Fine Arts.
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The Information & Communication Technology Summit is an annual forum to discuss how we can cultivate an environment for a 1st class education. We explore collaborative paradigms in pedagogy and research that advance academia through innovative and wise use of information technology.