The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees offered by the School of Digital Sciences are designed to provide students with the ability to adapt and succeed in a rapidly changing digital world.The program provides a broad overview of digital technologies, often from multiple points of view. For example, a student may study the content and visual layout of a web page with a journalism professor and later study the programming aspects of a web page with a business professor. A course with an architect adds more material on design, and a course with a computer scientist adds additional programming skills. This multi-disciplinary skill set adds the flexibility needed for many of today's careers.
Building on this broad overview, the program adds further depth in technical topics, societal issues, and project management. Students gain additional technical competency by studying information management, database systems, and digital security. They also study information ethics and societal issues to better understand how technology can be adapted for different needs. Finally, students learn how to work on a team by studying requirements engineering, project management, and team dynamics.The program culminates with a multi-disciplinary group capstone project. Students put theory into practice in this integrative experience by applying their new knowledge and skills on a large group project. Moreover, this capstone class meets concurrently with a class in another major, with each group contributing their disciplinary expertise to create a richer product than either group could create individually. As a result, both sets of students receive practical experience working on a diverse project team, much as they will do later in the workplace.
Graduates of the Digital Sciences Bachelor's program are prepared for today's careers and ready to adapt to tomorrow's careers. Typical careers might include web developer, instructional technologist, information technology coordinator, software project manager, telecommunication specialist or computer systems analyst.
The Bachelor of Arts degree program has fewer major program requirements than the B.S. degree, and as such is the ideal complement to an Associate's degree or an excellent candidate for a dual degree
The Bachelor of Science degree program provides deeper knowledge in the digital sciences and related areas, with elective options to customize the degree for each student's particular interests and career goals. Six optional concentrations target specific career paths:
- The Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks concentration focuses on the communication infrastructure needed by an organization and the design and management of a telecommunication system and computer network to meet those needs.
- The Digital Systems Software Development concentration focuses on the web site and software applications needed by an organization and the design and maintenance of a user interface and software system to meet those needs.
- The Digital Systems Interaction concentration focuses on the educational and interactive applications needed by an organization and the improvement of the user's interaction with those applications.
- The Enterprise Architecture concentration focuses on the business processes and technology infrastructure needed by an organization and the design of software systems that are aligned with the processes and infrastructure to support the goals of the business.
- The Digital Systems Analysis concentration focuses on the business data and software applications needed by an organization and the planning and management of a computer information system to meet those needs.
- The Digital Systems Management concentration focuses on the technical leadership needed by an organization and the management of the computer information system and infrastructure to support the goals of the business.
HOW DO I CHOOSE THE DIGITAL SCIENCES MAJOR ?
You can choose the Digital Sciences major when you apply for admission to Kent State University. If you would like to talk to someone about the differences between the Bachelor of Arts degrees and the the six concentrations offered by the Bachelor of Science degree, please free to contact an Advisor in the School of Digital Sciences. If you are unsure which degree option to pick, simply choose the Bachelor of Arts degree when you apply and we can discuss the options with you after you arrive. We want you to be successful at Kent State University, and we will be happy to help you choose the right option to match your interests and career goals.
If you are a new student who has been admitted to another major at Kent State University, you can change your major to Digital Sciences by contacting the Admissions Office (330-672-2444). If you have already registered for a Destination Kent State session with another college, please cancel your session in that college and re-register as a Digital Sciences major. If you would like to have a human being help you with that process, please call the Student Success Program Office (330-672-2014).
If you have not yet registered for a Destination Kent State session, first contact the Admissions Office to change your major, and then register for Destination Kent State as a Digital Sciences major. You can also change your major and re-register for the correct session in person when you arrive at Destination Kent State, but making those changes in advance is preferable so that you don't have additional paperwork to deal with during your visit to Kent State!
If you are a student who is currently enrolled at Kent State University, you can switch to the Digital Sciences major by simply completing a Change of Program form. To fill out this form and change your major, please contact an Advisor in the School of Digital Sciences.