BA in Information Technology

Bachelor of Art 2011-2012

Information Technology

The BA in Information Technology program will give students a broad education in current areas of information technology, with a focus on producing educated and sophisticated consumers of information technology. Students in this program will gain
  • An understanding of the impact of information and communication technologies on social, cultural, and ethical dimensions.
  • Strong quantitative and reasoning skills with the ability to present technical data in verbal, written, and graphical forms
  • Verbal and written communication literacy
  • Students will also have an opportunity to specialize in a domain of interest or to acquire a generalized education in information technology.
Online Learning Options
Many courses are available for review and playback via the CDM Course Online playback system (COL). If a course is COL-enabled, any student registered in the course has access to the course playback. Students are strongly encouraged to utilize the COL resource wherever available. Some undergraduate courses are offered online. However, CDM currently does not offer any undergraduate program completely online. For more information on online learning at CDM visit the Online Learning page.
Degree Requirements
Students in this degree must meet the following requirements:
  • complete a minimum of 192 credit hours (generally 48 courses)
  • earn a grade of C- or higher in all Major courses (excluding Liberal Studies courses and Open Electives)
  • maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
Students who earn a cumulative DePaul University GPA:
  • between 3.500 and 3.699 will be graduated cum laude
  • between 3.700 and 3.849 will be graduated magna cum laude
  • of at least 3.850 will be graduated summa cum laude
For DePaul's policy on repeat courses and a complete list of academic policies see the DePaul Undergraduate Handbook in the Course Catalog.
Course Requirements
Liberal Studies
The Liberal Studies program is the general education portion of the curriculum at DePaul University. Students must earn a grade of D or better in all courses taken to satisfy these requirements.The only exception is the Capstone course which is considered also a major requirement and in which students need to earn a C- or better.

Students may choose to take some CDM courses that carry Liberal Studies credit but they cannot double count them if they are part of the major requirements. A complete list of courses that carry Liberal Studies credit can be found on the Liberal Studies website along with an overview of the Liberal Studies requirements for this program . Students can search for courses that satisfy a particular Liberal Studies requirement on campusconnect.

Note Students must complete an ethics class as one of the Philosophical Inquiry or Religious Dimensions requirements. In this sample schedule the ethics requirement replaces one of the Philosophical Inquiry requirements.

The representation of these course requirements on a year-by-year basis is just a suggestion. Students are free to take these courses in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course- specific prerequisites.

First Year
IT 130 Introductory Computing for the Web
IT 201 Introduction to Information Systems
IT 240 Introduction to Databases
ICS 200 Introduction to Business
1 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 110 Discover Chicago
OR LSP 111 Explore Chicago
LSP 112 Focal Point Seminar
WRD 103 Composition and Rhetoric I
WRD 104 Composition and Rhetoric II
1 Arts & Literature
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Religious Dimensions
Second Year
IT 231 Web Development I
IT 223 Data Analysis
OR CSC 239 Personal Computing
IM 210 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
IT 263 Applied Networks and Security
OR TDC 261 Basic Communication Systems
CSC 223 The Impact of Computing Technology On Our Lives
ORGC 212 Small Group Communication
OR INTC 220 Public Speaking
1 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
LSP 200 Seminar On Multiculturalism in the United States
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Self, Society and the Modern World
1 Understanding the Past
1 Philosophical Inquiry (Ethics)
Third Year
WRD 204 Technical Writing
OR WRD 301 Writing in Workplace Contexts
4 Technical grounding courses from the following list
IT 215 Analysis and Design Techniques
IT 232 Web Development II
IT 330 User Interface Development for Interactive Systems
IT 320 Content Management Systems
CSC 211 Programming in Java I
CSC 212 Programming in Java II
CSC 261 Programming in C++ I
CSC 262 Programming in C++ II
ECT 330 Advanced Internet Application Development
IM 230 Scripting for Interactive Media
IM 270 User-Centered Web Design
IM 330 Advanced Scripting for Interactive Media
GPH 211 Perceptual Principles for Digital Environments I
GPH 212 Perceptual Principles for Digital Environments II
GAM 244 Game Development I
GAM 245 Game Development II
SE 325 Introduction to Software Engineering
TDC 363 Introduction to Local Area Networks
1 Major Elective
1 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Arts & Literature
1 Scientific Inquiry
1 Understanding the Past
Fourth Year
CSC 378 Software Projects for Community Clients (Capstone)*
CSC 399 Independent Study *
4 Major Electives
5 Open Electives
*CSC 378 is the first of a two course sequence (8 credit hours). It counts for both the capstone and the Junior Year Experiential Learning. The second course in the sequence is a special section of CSC 399. Both quarter must be completed to receive any credit.
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Arts & Literature
Major Electives
A minimum of 2 major electives must be chosen from any 300 level CDM courses. A maximum of 3 major electives may be chosen from any 200-level (or higher) DePaul course.

Students must earn a grade of C- or higher in all major elective courses.

Open Electives
Open Electives may be taken from any unit at DePaul. These are the only courses that may be taken under the pass/fail option (see the DePaul Undergraduate Course Catalog for details). Students must earn a grade of D or higher in all open elective courses. Courses that satisfy a CDM minor or other minors are normally credited as open electives.