New Information Technologies (IT) have had a deep impact on our culture. The most successful citizens in an IT based society will need to have advanced critical skills and creative problem solving abilities that permit them to sift through an overwhelming flow of information. Electronic Critique (E-Crit) responds to this need with a unique, multidisciplinary degree program that stresses critical thinking about our "Electronic Culture." E-Crit is designed for students who want to combine creativity, critical thinking, and technical expertise. Students who major in the program take a core of IT related courses (12 credits), a concentration in the Liberal Arts (18 credits), and select from tracks in PROGRAMMING or DESIGN (15 credits). All E-Crit majors share their specialized knowledge in the E-Crit Design Laboratory, where they undertake real-world, digital projects (12 credits). Majors must complete a Digital Media Portfolio (3 credits) in their final term to be eligible for graduation. All students engage in co-op and/or internship opportunities. The curriculum prepares students for careers in programming, design, advertising, marketing, business, teaching, media production, and journalism, among others; it also prepares them to be leaders in their fields and in their communities. A Certificate in Electronic Critique is available for non-E-Crit majors.
Certificate in Electronic Critique (30 credits)
This is a special certification program available to non-E-Crit majors. Students in this program must successfully complete the courses below, and assemble a Digital Media Portfolio (ECR 499) in their final term of study. Successful completion of the E-Crit Certificate demonstrates to employers, prospective graduate schools, etc. that the student possesses advanced technological proficiency and critical thinking skills.
Other Certificate Programs
Electronic Critique provides students with the opportunity to engage in a unique, cross-disciplinary program of study. Students enrolled in the program may maximize this opportunity by combining a degree in E-Crit with certificate programs in other departments (e.g., Business Administration Certificate). This is best accomplished by a careful selection of electives and core curriculum courses.