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Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Minor

Liberal Arts Interdisciplinary Minor in Information Technology and Social Responsibility

The internet age has fostered an environment of widespread interconnectedness. This hyperconnectivity, and the new media that proliferate along with it, come with their own specific problems. The purpose of this concentration is to study the effects of these new technologies on the individual, the workplace, and society at large. In this program of study students will examine the increasing importance of individual and organizational social responsibility in today’s interconnected and computer-mediated environment, as well as the specific issues that stand at the intersection of social responsibility and information technology.

This Interdisciplinary Minor in Information Technology and Social Responsibility focuses on:

  • the principles and issues of social responsibility, including, but not limited to: a respect for the environment, cultural issues, access for individuals with disabilities, ethical issues
  • today’s web-based new media technologies and the interconnected environment that supports them
  • the many ways in which social responsibility may be enhanced by information technology; and, conversely, the ways in which information technology may contribute to the weakening of social responsibility
  • the ways in which advances in information technology must be informed by a sense of social responsibility

Elective Courses: Choose Two of the Following:

Elective Courses                                 6 credits

Two courses selected from the following:

BLS 3013 Mass Media and the Black American 3 credits
CIS 3270 Computer Ethics*  (PHI 3270) 3 credits
CIS 3700 Green IT* 3 credits
CIS 3810 Principles of New Media* 3 credits
COM 3060 Media Analysis and Criticism 3 credits
COM 3076 International Communication 3 credits
JRN 3220 Media Ethics 3 credits
JRN 3500 Advanced Reporting and Writing 3 credits
LIB 3040 Information and Society  (COM 3040 or PAF 3040) 3 credits
PHI 3040 Mind and Computers 3 credits
PHI 3050 Ethics, Economics, and the Business System 3 credits
Courses may be organized into the following suggested tracks:

Media
BLS 3013 Mass Media and the Black American 3 credits
CIS 3810 Principles of New Media* 3 credits
COM 3060 Media Analysis and Criticism 3 credits
COM 3076 International Communication 3 credits
JRN 3220 Media Ethics 3 credits

Information Society
CIS 3810 Principles of New Media* 3 credits
COM 3076 International Communication 3 credits
JRN 3500 Advanced Reporting and Writing 3 credits
LIB 3040
Information and Society*  (COM 3040 or PAF 3040)
3 credits
Philosophy and Ethics
CIS 3270 Computer Ethics*  PHI 3270 3 credits
JRN 3220 Media Ethics 3 credits
PHI 3040 Mind and Computers 3 credits
PHI 3050 Ethics, Economics, and the Business System 3 credits
*For the purposes of this program, this course counts as an Arts and Sciences course.

Required Capstone Course

Course No Name Credits
CIS 4910 Information Technology and Social Responsibility [webpage] 3

Contact Prof. Nanda Kumar at Nanda.Kumar@baruch.cuny.edu.