BS in Interactive Media Development

Bachelor of Science 2012-2013

Interactive and Social Media

Development Concentration

The development concentration emphasizes coursework in information technology and interaction scripting. It further prepares students to develop the web sites, mobile apps and interactive displays that they have designed.
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
IT 130 Introductory Computing for the Web IT 130 Self-Test
ISM 210 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
GD 105 Intro to Visual Design
IT 231 Web Development I
IT 238 Interactive Web Scripting
Liberal Studies Requirements
PSY 105 Introductory Psychology I
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
Second Year
ISM 220 Interactive Design and Prototyping
IT 278 Community-Based Technology Projects
ISM 270 User-Centered Web Design
GD 200 Graphic Design I
ISM 225 Web 2.0 Building Blocks
IT 240 Introduction to Databases
1 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
GAM 228 Ethics in Computer Games and Cinema
LSP 200 Seminar On Multiculturalism in the United States
1 Arts & Literature
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Understanding the Past
Third Year
ISM 360 User-Centered Evaluation
ISM 320 Advanced Principles of Interactivity
IT 320 Content Management Systems
IS 215 Analysis and Design Techniques
IS 280 Communication for the Global IT Professional
IT 223 Data Analysis
3 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
1 Self, Society, and the Modern World
1 Philosophical Inquiry
1 Religious Dimensions
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
1 Arts & Literature
1 Religious Dimensions
1 Understanding the Past
1 Scientific Inquiry Lab
Major Electives

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

  • Development Focus
    IT 211 Introduction to Applied Programming
    IT 212 Applied Oo Programming
    IT 232 Web Development II
    IT 330 User Interface Development for Interactive Systems
  • Design Focus
    ISM 222 Information Visualization
    GD 110 Web Design
    GD 215 Web Design for Commercial Projects
    GD 230 Typography
    ANI 101 Animation for Non-Majors
    PSY 360 Theories of Learning and Cognition
    DC 210 Digital Cinema Production I
    CSC 270 From Fireflies to Facebook: the Science of Networks
    GAM 208 Virtual Worlds and Online Communities
    GAM 229 Design Writing and Presentation
    GAM 240 Playgramming


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.