The School of Digital Sciences was established in 2010 as an interdisciplinary school at Kent State University. It combines elements of and fosters a broad understanding of the "digital sciences" across the following disciplines: computer science, computer information systems, computer technology, library information science, visual communication design, journalism, communication studies and instructional technology.
With the mission to foster a broad understanding of the digital sciences in an enterprise environment, from business processes to information repositories to software development to the underlying telecommunication infrastructure. The School of Digital Sciences also serves as an incubator for research synergies among faculty in related disciplines and as a focal point for multidisciplinary collaborations.
The School of Digital Sciences offers the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Digital Sciences degrees in the Digital Sciences (pending approval from the Ohio Board of Regents), as well as an undergraduate minor. These degree programs are designed to complement existing programs in Kent State's College of Arts and Sciences (Department of Computer Science); the College of Business (Department of Management and Information Systems); the College of Communication and Information (schools of Library and Information Sciences, Visual Communication Design, and Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Information Architecture and Knowledge Management program); the College of Technology; and the College of Education, Health, and Human Services (School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences), among others.
The Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science degrees in Digital Sciences provide a broad overview across traditional â€œdigitalâ€ programs, and prepare graduates to effectively understand and specify the information repositories, software applications and telecommunication infrastructure needed to support the goals of an organization and to work with a multidisciplinary team to meet those needs.
The Master of Digital Sciences degree also provides a broad overview of the Digital Sciences across traditional â€œdigitalâ€ programs. It can serve as a terminal professional degree to augment Bachelors degrees in related units by giving their graduates a broader exposure to the digital sciences and some focused depth in one area outside their own discipline. It can also serve as an entry degree to augment Bachelors degrees in other units by giving their graduates a broad exposure to the digital sciences and a focused introduction to one area outside their own discipline.