Minor in Information Technology

For students majoring in other academic disciplines, the flexible design of the information technology (IT) minor can complement any student’s major field of study. The array of courses in specialized IT knowledge areas help students develop and expand their IT concepts, gain a broader perspective on the impact of IT on society, and increase or enhance IT proficiency skills. Students with an IT minor are often the technical “go-to person” in their respective careers.

Purpose of the IT Minor

  • attract students majoring in all academic disciplines who would like to become more knowledgeable in information technology;
  • provide a strong foundation in computing and information technology fundamentals, programming logic, computer networking, information security, and web development;
  • serve the market demand for entry level IT professionals as well as serve the need of specified knowledge in IT in various sectors; and
  • attract students interested in furthering their study of information technology by majoring in a bachelor of science degree in the information technology program of study, which is currently in development. All the courses in the IT minor/IT program of study are mapped according to the IT Body of Knowledge (IT BoK) as proposed by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET).

Required Courses

Visit the Salem State catalog for a full list of required courses.

Goals of the IT Minor

The IT Minor at Salem State University is intended to:

G1: Provide students with a broad appreciation of the technical and social issues that are specific to Information Technology (IT).

G2: Provide students with an understanding of the technologies that lay in the foundation of IT such as: computer hardware architecture; system and application software installation, configuration, and management; data processing; information management; networking; information security; principles of human-computer interface.

G3: Allow students to gain experience in designing, developing, and implementing IT infrastructure for a typical set of requirements, thus preparing them to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with others within an IT environment.

G4: Allow students to increase their value for potential employers, as well as prepare them for further studies in the IT field, whether through self-study, specialized training courses, or graduate-level course work.

Objectives of the IT Minor

Upon completion of the IT Minor at Salem State University, a student will be able to:

O1: Demonstrate knowledge of and ability to use current terminology, concepts and technology employed in the design and construction of an IT infrastructure.

O2: Demonstrate the ability to understand a particular implementation of an IT infrastructure within an organization, analyze a specific situation related to a particular task, and to communicate to IT professionals the technical requirements for an effective and efficient solution of a problem using appropriate terminology.

O3: Demonstrate the ability to present in written and oral form an analysis of a problem scenario and its possible solutions, to generate appropriate documentation, and to understand and verify a selected solution at each stage of its implementation.

O4: Demonstrate an awareness of the human, ethical and societal issues relating to the impact of IT on society and the ability to understand the needs of and to work with others within that framework.

Applications of IT

IT Applications
Computer Science

Business Administration (Accounting, Management, Marketing)
IT administration, product management, product marketing and sales, business consulting

Communications
IT product management, customer support, marketing material development, product marketing and sales

Creative Arts
Web developer, computer graphics creator, visual material developer

English
Technical writer (writing computer-related documents, books, educational materials, etc.)

Sciences (CS, MIS, etc.)
IT administration (including system/network management), product development

Other Majors
(Choose your area of specialization in IT)
As applicable