IT Minor

Our approach is to encouage students to major in a field they are passionate about, and then supplement that with an IT Minor. The framework of the IT Minor ensures that students have technical training, understand the human dimensions of IT, and understand how IT impacts, or might impact, their fields. Within this framework, students can choose from a set of 106 courses (and growing) the six courses that are most relevant to them.

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IT Minor Requirements

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Registration Issues

A Minor Problem
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.

Courses limited to majors and/or it has prerequisites
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.

Practicum/ Internships

Pre-Approved Required
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.

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IT Capstone

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.

Grades

Accepting Grades

  1. Pass/ Fail will not be accepted.
  2. IT Minor students must take two courses outside major.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Student enrollment prior to Sept. 2010:
Pass all courses with a GPA of 2.0 or better for courses counted toward IT Minor.

Student enrollment after to Sept. 2009:
One grade below a 'C' may be counted toward IT Minor

Foundation Waiver

The foundation course can only be waived for equivalent coursework or documented and valuated 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.

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Forms

IT Minor Enrollment
Enrollment Form

Completion of IT Minor
IT Minor Declaration of Completion of an Academic Minor Form

Download
IT Minor Course Tracking Form .xls

Submit Forms to:
Information Technology Program
University of Massachusetts Amherst
151 Presidents Dr.
Fine Arts Center, Rm. 358
Amherst, Massachusetts 01003

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Enrollment

Enrollment into the IT Minor will not be reflected in SPIRE and this may cause issues when registering for courses. SPIRE doesn't track minors of any type and can't verify if the student meets course prerequisites for a given course when attempting to enroll. Students will have to request an enrollment override from the faculty directly.

IT Minor Enrollment Form

Enrollment Override:

  1. Contact the faculty
  2. Inform faculty that you are an IT Minor and would like to enroll into the class.
  3. Space permitting and if he/she will waive any prerequisites, the instructor may allow you to enroll in the class.
  4. If an instructor would like to verify that you are an IT Minor student, please have them contact our office. Please see our Contact Page for details.

Isenberg School of Management Course Override Form

 

Courses

Requirements
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.

Categories

Courses for the IT Minor must be distributed across four categories:

  • Foundations (x1)
  • Technical (x2)
  • Broadened Inquiry (x1)
  • Elective (x2)

Our Course Catalog lists courses and their categories.

Misc. Requirements  

  • Double Dipping:  Courses applied to the IT Minor may also be counted toward the major or general education requirements.
  • Transferred Courses: No more than two courses beyond Foundations may be transferred from other schools.

Completing Your Minor

Criteria for Review

Note:  Requesting a review of a student's course requirements does not qualify as approval of a Declaration of Completion of an Academic Minor by the IT Program or its staff.

  1. Submit when all requirements have been completed, or during the final semester just prior to graduation.
  2. Submit web form or deliver completed hard copy form to our offices.  See Contact Page for location.
  3. IT Program Academic Advisor will review your submission.
  4. Once approved, the declaration form will be delivered to Registrars Office. Processing takes one to two weeks time once final grades are received.
  5. IT Minor will be added your transcript.
  6. Once a student graduates, courses may not be taken to complete the IT Minor per University policy.
  7. Ordinarily, courses applied to a minor must be completed prior to graduation per University policy.

Submit Declaration Form

Declaration of Completion of an Academic Minor Form

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