UMass is a leader in its cross- disciplinary approach to IT education. We seek to educate a broad spectrum of students to be the leading IT practitioners and thinkers. Close to 65 courses contribute to the curriculum offered by eight different schools and colleges. Many are funded by the Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative.
Complete IT Minor enrollment form and e-mail or deliver to the IT Program office located in the Fine Arts Center, Room. 358.
Meet with the IT Progam Advisor to discuss your academic career path and options available to you.
Enjoy a collection of courses from across the UMass Amherst campus.
Complete Declaration of Completion of an Academic Minor form and deliver form to Fine Arts Center, Room. 358.
The Registrar's office will process the Declaration form in one to two weeks after recieving the final grades for courses counting toward the IT Minor.
Minimum required credits and courses are 6 courses & 18 credits. If the Foundation course is waived, a minimum of 5 courses and 15 credits is required.
Courses for the IT Minor must be distributed across four categories:
1 Foundations Course
Broad range of topics that provide a comprehensive basis for IT.
2 Technical Courses
In-depth study of technical subject in programming, data management, or internet.
1 Broadened Inquiry Course
IT in a broader context, such as public policy, historical, legal, or an area of theory and research such as learning theory.
IT knowledge and skills applied to a specific field of study; may also include extra technical or broadened inquiry courses.
Our Course Catalog lists courses and their categories.
Courses applied to the IT Minor may also be counted toward the major or general education requirements.
NO MORE THAN 2 COURSES BEYOND FOUNDATION MAY BE TRANSFERRED from other schools.
Complete IT Minor enrollment form and return to our office. All submissions are automatically accepted.
|Information Technology Program
University of Massachusetts Amherst
151 Presidents Dr.
Fine Arts Center, Rm. 358
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003 Campus Map PDF
Office Hours: M-F, 8-2pm
Minors may have difficulty registering for courses via SPIRE. This is caused in part because SPIRE doesn't track minors of any type. Make sure you are enrolled in the IT Minor (see above) and then contact the course instructor. Explain that you are an IT Minor and that you would like to take the class. Space permitting, the instructor may allow you to enroll in the class.
If a course is limited to majors and/or it has prerequisites, you still have an opportunity to register for the course. Make sure you have enrolled in the IT Minor and then contact the instructor. It is the instructor's discretion to allow students into his/ her course. The instructor will want to make sure you are adequately prepared to take the course, but you may not have to take the listed prerequisites.
Pass/ Fail will not be accepted. IT Minor students must take 2 Courses Outside Major. All of a student's IT Minor courses must be taken on a graded basis , and, for those courses, your cumulative GPA must be 2.0. The minimum grade for students who are admitted to the university, beginning in the Fall of 2009, may count only one course with a grade below a 2.0 (C) toward the minor.
Pass all courses with a GPA of 2.0 or better for courses counted toward IT Minor.
One grade below a 'C' may be counted toward IT Minor
The IT Capstone is a year-long Course (Honors 499C and Honors 499D) in the Honors College, but it is open to non-honors students. The first semester of the capston courses fullfills the Broadened Inquiry requirement and the second semester is an elective. Since the second semester involves a field project, you cannot count both 499D and an Internship as electives.
The foundation course can only be waived for equivalent coursework or documented and evaluated training. We have no way of evaluating learning you may have done on your own through work experience. If you believe you can document equivalent learning, discuss this with the IT advisor at: email@example.com
It is possible to count practicum or internship (minimum of 3 credits) as one, and only one, of your electives. This requires the prior approval of the IT Advisor. You must demonstrate sufficient IT content in the experience. If you plan to take the IT Capstone course, you may not count practicum/internship credits as well as the second semester of the capstone toward the IT Minor.
If the Declaration of Completion of an Academic Minor is not completed, the IT Minor will not appear on a student's transcript.
The Registrar's office will process the Declaration form in one to two weeks of receiving the grades for all courses being applied to the IT Minor.
If Declaration of Completion of an Academic Minor is not completed, the IT Minor will not appear on a student's transcript.