BS in Interactive Media Design

Bachelor of Science 2012-2013

Interactive and Social Media

Design Concentration

The design concentration emphasizes coursework in information and interaction design as well as strategies for design of social media. It further prepares students to integrate components for social media and create finished visual designs for website, apps, and causal games.
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 WRD 103, WRD 104, and all Major and Minor courses
  • Earn a grade of D or higher in all other Liberal Studies and Open Elective courses
  • 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 GAM 228 as one of the two required Philosophical Inquiry requirements.

Students must complete PSY 105 Introductory Psychology I as one of the three required Self, Society and the Modern World 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
ISM 101 Foundations of Interactive and Social Media
GD 105 Intro to Visual Design
ISM 210 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
GD 200 Graphic Design I
GD 110 Web Design
1 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
Second Year
ISM 220 Interactive Design and Prototyping
ISM 225 Web 2.0 Building Blocks
IT 278 Community-Based Technology Projects
ISM 222 Information Visualization
GAM 240 Playgramming
GAM 208 Virtual Worlds and Online Communities
1 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
Third Year
IT 238 Interactive Web Scripting
ISM 360 User-Centered Evaluation
GAM 229 Design Writing and Presentation
IT 320 Content Management Systems
ISM 320 Advanced Principles of Interactivity
IT 223 Data Analysis
1 Major Elective
2 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
Fourth Year
CSC 378 Software Projects for Community Clients
CSC 399 Independent Study
4 Major Electives
2 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 requirements. The second course in the sequence is a special section of CSC 399. Both courses must be completed to receive any credit.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Major Electives

Major electives may include courses from either the Design Focus or the Development Focus lists below:

  • Design Focus
  • Development Focus


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 Catalogue 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.