About

The Information Technology Program is a campus wide program administratively based within the Provost Office. Our office is in the Fine Arts Center, room 358.

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, 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. We also continue to explore, initiate and support new ways to integrate technology in order to sustain a quality education and academic environment for our campus community.

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 Courses

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.   Close to 107 courses, offered by eight different schools and colleges, contribute to our curriculum.

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 IT Minor

The Information Technology Minor at UMass allows students to 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.

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 CCC

The Computer Competency Certification 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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 ICT Summit

The annual Information & Communication Technology Summit is a one-day regional conference brings together UMass and Five College students and faculty -- and the public -- to explore how Information and Communication Technologies are transforming education, academic disciplines, business, and our everyday lives. 

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Program History

The UMass Amherst Information Technology Workforce Task Force was formed in 1998 by faculty and staff of the Amherst campus who were members of a President's Office Information Technology Workforce Development Task Force, established to foster linkages between the UMass system and the state's key industries. The UMass Amherst Task Force expanded to include representatives from a number of academic units, including the social sciences, and the humanities and fine arts. At the suggestion of Dean Joseph Goldstein of the College of Engineering, the group took up the subject of IT education at the undergraduate level. 

1999

In Fall 1999, UMass Amherst convened a two-day conference and workshop of business, government, and academic leaders to discuss the IT labor shortage. The goal of the conference was to lay the groundwork for a UMass response. See: "Formulating a UMass Response to the Information Technology Labor Shortage."  A short time later, a Curriculum Committee of the IT Task Force formed to sketch out a preliminary IT curriculum for the campus. 

2000

On October 13, 2000, some 120 UMass Amherst faculty and staff collected in the Campus Center to focus details of an IT curriculum: who should be involved, what should be taught, what links needed to be formed across the campus in order to move the program forward. The day-long program, sponsored by the Provost, ended with a first request for faculty proposals under the CITI program. By Spring 2001, 20 courses had been developed. 

One highlight of the October 2000 workshop was a keynote address by Dr. Cheryl Harris, a UMass alum active in the high-tech sector. While IT programs in institutions around the country have begun with technical roots, Dr. Harris argued that the future of IT requires an even broader approach -- one consistent with the breadth, traditions, and culture of UMass Amherst.

OEI

The Open Education Initiative is a faculty incentive program that encourages the use of existing low-cost or free information resources to support our students’ learning.

Partners

Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is leading a Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE) to design and carry out comprehensive programs that address under representation  of women and minorities in information technology (IT) education and the workforce.

Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education

CITI is a public/private partnership to promote IT education, through strategic investments, that prepares graduates to participate, lead and innovate in the knowledge-based economy of Massachusetts.

Five Colleges, Inc.

Five Colleges, Incorporated is a nonprofit educational consortium established in 1965 to promote the broad educational and cultural objectives of its member institutions. The consortium members are Amherst College, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Hampshire College.

UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College

Characterized by small classes and close interaction with faculty, the Honors College provides a diverse community of academically talented students with extensive opportunities for analysis, research, leadership and community engagement within a nationally recognized research university.

UMass Amherst School of Humanities and Fine Arts

The College of Humanities and Fine Arts offers students the rigor and individual attention of a liberal arts college with the vibrant curricular range of a major university. 

Open Call to Faculty

We encourage UMass Amherst faculty and staff with interest in Information Technology to join us. Approximately 70 faculty and staff contribute to our IT Program in a variety of ways, such as program leadership, standing or ad hoc committee work, or teaching courses in the IT curriculum.

In return for our contributions, we build relationships with others from across campus that benefit our students and ourselves. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more.