BS in Interactive Media - Design Concentration

Bachelor of Science 2014-2015

Interactive and So​cial Media

Design Concentration
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 graduate cum laude
  • between 3.700 and 3.849 will graduate magna cum laude
  • of at least 3.850 will graduate 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 WRD 103 and WRD 104 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. Students must take one of the following ethics courses: CSC 208, IT 228, PHL 248/MGT 248 or REL 228/MGT 228. In this sample schedule the ethics requirement replaces one of the Philosophical Inquiry requirements.

Students must complete PSY 105 Introductory Psychology I as one of the three required Self, Society and the Modern World requirements.

Although students are free to take course requirements in any order they choose, provided they have mastered the course-specific prerequisites, it is strongly recommended that students follow these year-by-year suggestions, especially regarding the first-year major courses.

First Year
ISM 101 Foundations of Interactive and Social Media
GD 105 Intro to Visual Design
ISM 210 Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction
ISM 220 Interactive Design and Prototyping
GD 110 Web Design
1 Open Elective
Liberal Studies Requirements
Second Year
GD 200 Graphic Design I
ISM 225 Web 2.0 Building Blocks
IT 278 Community-Based Technology Projects
IT 130 Introductory Computing for the Web
ISM 320 Advanced Principles of Interactivity
IT 223 Data Analysis
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
GAM 208 Virtual Worlds and Online Communities
ISM 222 Information Visualization
1 Major Elective
2 Open Electives
Liberal Studies Requirements
Fourth Year
IT 394 Software Projects for Community Clients I
IT 395 Software Projects for Community Clients II
4 Major Electives
2 Open Electives
*IT 394 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 IT 395. Both courses must be completed to receive any credit.
Liberal Studies Requirements
Major Electives

Major electives may include courses from the Design Focus Electives, the Development Focus Electives, or the Additional Electives lists below:

  • Design Focus Electives
  • Development Focus Electives
  • Additional Electives

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.