Pre-2020: Digital Sciences
The School of Emerging Media and Technology was formerly called the School of Digital Sciences. Students who enrolled at Kent State prior to Fall 2020 and who have not elected to switch to the new catalog can find undergraduate Digital Sciences degree information on this page.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) and Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) 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.
To learn more about the courses required for this degree and these concentrations, please visit our catalog.
The Digital Sciences Bachelor's 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 multidisciplinary 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 multidisciplinary 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.
The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree provides deeper knowledge in the Digital Sciences and related areas than the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree, with elective options to customize the degree for each student's particular interests and career goals. Six optional concentrations target specific career paths.
The Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree retains the same core coursework in Digital Sciences as the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, but with fewer required electives.