Required Courses

The following courses must be taken as a sequence, and in the order listed below.

CISC 103 Introduction to Computer Science with Web Applications
ART 307 Interaction Design

ENGL 416


ENGL 397

Designing Online Information


Digital Rhetoric

COMM 408 New Media Project Development

CISC 103: Introduction to Computer Science with Web Applications
Principles of computer science illustrated through programming in scripting languages such as JavaScript and VBScript. Topics include control structures, arrays, functions, and procedures. Programming projects illustrate web-based applications.

RESTRICTIONS: Open to non-majors. Student may not receive credit for CISC103 after receiving credit for CISC106 or CISC108.

Fulfills a Group D requirement.
This course is typically offered in Fall.

Art 307: Interactive Media
Focusing on the development of meaningful interactions between technology and people, specifically through screen-based interfaces, (computer screens, tablets, smart phones, etc.), students develop skills in planning and producing engaging user experiences, (information architecture, prototyping, user interface design and production), with special attention to conceptualizing innovative uses of new technology and critical evaluation of one’s work. Skills in html, css and Adobe Photoshop are required.

RESTRICTIONS: Art & Design Majors and Interactive Media minors only.

This course is typically offered in the Fall, Spring and Winter Session.

ENGL 416: Designing Online Information
Focuses on the design of information displayed on websites including the theory of information design and its practical application. Lecture sessions cover such topics as user and task analysis, interface design, website navigation, information architecture, and usability. The lab sessions provide instruction on Dreamweaver and Fireworks, as well as some HTML.

This course is typically offered in Spring.


ENGL 397: Digital Rhetoric
Through a variety of approaches, texts and histories, this course explores the affordances and constraints of digital writing while also helping students develop their own voice as writers in digital media.

This course is typically offered in Fall.

COMM 408: New Media Project Development
Application of communication research processes to designing new media (e.g., web sites, streaming video, electronic communication, interactive media) for a client. Involves conducting research for planning, developing strategies, designing prototypes, and making recommendations for implementation and evaluation.


Fulfills a Service Learning Course requirement.
This course is typically offered in Spring.