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 is exactly what is needed for many of today's careers.
Building on this overview of digital technologies, the program adds further study in information management, database systems and digital security. Finally, students gain the practical skills to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, studying requirements engineering, project management and team dynamics, and culminating in a capstone course.
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 Bachelor of Science 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 than the Bachelor of Arts degree and has six optional focused concentrations:
- The Digital Systems Software Development concentration focuses on the software needs of an organization and the coordination of the design, maintenance and expansion of a software system to meet those needs.
- The Digital Systems Telecommunication Networks concentration focuses on the communication needs of an organization and the design of a telecommunication and network infrastructure to meet those needs.
- The Digital Science Cognition and Communication concentration focuses on the learning, teaching, communication, interaction and training needs of an organization and the hardware and software systems that must be designed to meet those needs.
- The Enterprise Architecture concentration focuses on assisting organizations to review and improve their investments in technology, and to ensure that their digital information, applications, and technology are fully aligned with business goals and objectives.
- The Digital Systems Analysis concentration focuses on consulting with an organization's managers and users to understand the organization's computer system needs, and then designing a computer system to meet those needs.
- The Digital Systems Management and Consulting concentration focuses on reviewing an organization's business priorities, identifying and solving complex problems and designing and re-engineering critical processes.
Students who do not select a concentration are provided options both within and outside digital sciences, allowing customization for each student's interests and career goals.
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.