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This minor is structured to provide students with the theoretical frameworks and skill sets necessary to compete and be productive in the information technology-intensive global context that defines the new "Information Age." Specifically, the minor will be focused on a program that will build an understanding of core information technologies and related areas of study; will prepare students for the practical application of various information sciences and related technologies; and engage students in sharpening their abilities to think critically and to work in teams. All this will be done with the intent to expose students to the cognitive, social, institutional, and global environments of Information Sciences and Technology and to then apply that knowledge as a supplement to their major.

To enter and earn the minor:

  • Students wishing to declare a minor must use UPDATE ACADEMICS through LionPATH.
  • Intent to pursue a minor may be declared after the student has achieved at least third semester classification (29.1 credits) or has been accepted into his/her major, but prior to the end of the late drop deadline of the student's final semester.
  • A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the IST minor.
  • At least six (6) credits of the minor must be unique from the Prescribed Courses required by the student’s major program(s).

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Program Details

Core Courses (9 credits)

  • IST 110: Information, People & Technology (GS) (3)
  • IST 210: Organization of Data (3)
    Recommended Preparation: IST 110
  • IST 220: Networking & Telecommunications (3)
    Recommended Preparation: IST 110

Select 3 credits from

  • IST 140: Introduction to Application Development (3)
    Prerequisite: A grade of “C” or better in MATH 21 or placement above the level of MATH 21 in the math placement test
  • IST 234: (COMM 234) Digital Cultures (GS) (3)
  • IST 235: (WMNST 235) Gender & the Global Information Technology Sector (US) (3)
  • IST 250: New Media & the Web (3)
    Recommended Preparation: IST 110
  • IST 301: Information & Organizations (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220
  • IST 302: IT Project Management (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220

Select 6 credits from

  • IST 402: Emerging Issues & Technologies (3) (repeatable course)
    Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220
  • IST 431: Information Environment (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220
  • IST 432: Legal & Regulatory Environment of IST (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 301 or SRA 231 or equivalent
  • IST 442: IT in an International Context (IL) (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 110
  • IST 445: Globalization Trends & World Issues (3)
    Recommended Preparation: 6 units of honors coursework
  • IST 452: Legal and Regulatory Environment of Privacy & Security (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 432
  • IST 453: Legal, Regulatory, Policy Environment of Cyber Forensics (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 110 and 6th-semester standing or higher

Program Details

Core Courses (15 credits)

  • IST 110: Information, People & Technology (GS) (3)
  • IST 210: Organization of Data (3)
    Recommended Preparation: IST 110
  • IST 220: Networking & Telecommunications (3)
    Recommended Preparation: IST 110

Select 3 credits from

  • IST 250: New Media & the Web (3)
    Recommended Preparation: IST 110
  • IST 301: Information & Organizations (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220
  • IST 302: IT Project Management (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220

Select 6 credits from

  • IST 402: Emerging Issues & Technologies (3) (repeatable course)
    Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220
  • IST 431: Information Environment (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 210, IST 220
  • IST 432: Legal & Regulatory Environment of IST (3)
    Prerequisite: IST 301 or SRA 231 or equivalent

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advising@ist.psu.edu
(814) 865-8947

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