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About the Major

Perhaps more than any other single resource, business depends on information technology (IT).  Every aspect of today’s business world is being transformed by IT, and the business world needs well-educated and talented individuals to manage and lead this transformation.  Our innovative Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Management (ITM) program prepares you to meet the IT demands and challenges of the new global economy.

As an information technology management (ITM) major, you will take courses in IT and business.  You will receive an integrated, interdisciplinary, and international education in theory and practice of both IT and modern business.  Upon graduation, you will have the knowledge and technical expertise to begin your career in IT and business.

The ITM Program is an integrated curriculum which closely follows the suggested IS and IT model curricula guidelines published by the collaborative efforts of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), Association for Information Technology Management (AIS), Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) and IEEE Computer Society.  They are the most generally accepted model curricula adopted by information systems/technology program planners in undergraduate colleges.  You will study the classical subject areas of Systems Analysis and Design, Programming Languages, Database Management Systems, Networks and Distributed Processing, and Information Technology Management.  And also you may elect from a wide-range of current advanced topics including app and web development, decision support systems, Internet-based technologies, computer law and ethics, cybersecurity, and business analytics.

The ITM program provides a strong interdisciplinary foundation in the liberal arts, business, and managerial issues related to information systems/technology.  The ITM program recognizes that contemporary information systems/technology is both technical and social in nature and is an integral part of the strategy, goals, and objectives of an organization.  The ITM curriculum prepares you with the skills, knowledge, and business principles to understand and appreciate the economic, social, political, cultural, and technological environment so you will become a responsible, effective leader in the global economy.  To this end, the program includes studies of accounting, business law, finance, management, marketing, and statistics.  You will also complete courses in economics, ethics, organizational theory and behavior, and an integrative strategic management course.

The Anisfield School of Business places strong emphasis on teaching and mentoring.  Your education and development are of paramount importance.  You will develop the ability to solve problems, work in groups, communicate effectively, apply analytical techniques, be creative and recognize creativity in others, effectively manage change, and understand the global business environment.  This is achieved through the strategic integration of the business disciplines and the liberal arts.

You will be taught by practitioner/scholars who expertly blend real-world experience with academic theory.  Much of the instruction takes place in a modern technological environment which includes laboratory networks with the latest software as well as Web, cloud, and application technologies widely used in class, blended, and online methods of learning and collaboration.

Upon graduation you will face favorable employment prospects for positions as information technology professionals in business and other organizations.  At almost every level in business, industry, and government, information systems/technology are of crucial importance with continuously growing demand for information technology professionals.  The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicts that employment of IS/IT managers will grow faster than the average (18% vs. 14%) for all occupations well into the decade.   The BLS also indicates that technical knowledge is very important for many managerial positions.

Career opportunities include job titles such as IT manager, IT account/relationship manager, business analyst, data analyst, systems analyst, programmer, web developer, app developer, database administrator, network administrator, IT support specialist, web master, computer consultant, and security specialist.

The Information Technology Management major is offered by the Anisfield School of Business and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology Management.

Learning Goals and Outcomes for the Information Technology Management Major

Goal 1: Communication: Our students will demonstrate effective oral and written communication using appropriate current technology.

Outcome 1: Students will deliver well prepared oral presentations.

Outcome 2: Students will compose well written business documents.

Goal 2: Ethics: Our students will consider the moral implications of business actions and processes, and propose ethically sound solutions.

Outcome 1: Students will detect ethical dilemmas and offer potential alternatives and solutions.

Goal 3: Foundation: Our students will have a broad-based knowledge in the functional areas of business.

Outcome 1: Students will comprehend principles and practices in key business disciplines.

Goal 4: Perspectives: Our students will consider diverse points of view and apply them towards issue resolution.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to identify and analyze different points of view when seeking to resolve business-related issues.

Goal 5: Reasoning: Our students will be critical thinkers and decision makers able to use qualitative and quantitative methods.

Outcome 1: Students will be able to identify and analyze problems and opportunities, generate alternatives, and recognize appropriate solutions.

Goal 6: Integration in the Discipline: Our students will apply an information systems/information technology (IS/IT) systemic approach and operate cross-functionally.

Outcome 1: Students should be able to conduct an analysis of business cases using the integration of information systems/information technology (IS/IT) functional disciplines, i.e., systems analysis, programming, database, and networks.

Goal 7:  Specialized Knowledge in the Discipline

Outcome 1:  Our ITM students will apply the specific knowledge gained in ITM elective coursework in the analysis of ITM problems and opportunities.

Requirements of the Major
  1. Transfer students who have 48 or more credits accepted at the time of transfer are waived from the courses marked with a (W) below.  Waivers do not apply to Major Requirements.
  2. Double counting between General Education, School Core, and Major may be possible.  Check with your advisor to see if any apply.
  3. Writing Intensive Requirement (two general education courses and participation in the ASB Business Writing Across the Curriculum (BWAC) program):  two writing intensive courses in the general education curriculum are required: Critical Reading and Writing and Studies in the Arts and Humanities; the rest of the Writing Intensive Requirement is met by participation in the ASB BWAC program.
  4. Not all courses are offered each semester.  Please check the current Schedule of Classes for semester course offerings.
  5. The Career Pathways Program requirements must be completed prior to graduation.  Visit the Cahill Career Center/ASB Office.

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT MAJOR

Note: A 2.0 GPA in the major is required for graduation, which includes ASB core requirements and upper level major requirements.

Requirements of the Minor
  1. At least 1/2 of the courses fulfilling a minor must be distinct from the student’s major. That is, three of the five courses required for a minor cannot be used towards fulfillment of major requirements. A school core does not need to be completed for a minor. Minors are open to students regardless of school affiliation.

The goal of the minor program in Information Technology Management (ITM) is to provide Ramapo College students with an option to develop a competency in the field of information systems/technology which will complement their major program of study.  Students with a minor in Information Technology Management will be better prepared to work in their major fields since information systems/technology is an integral component of the world today.  A minor in Information Technology Management should have strong appeal for students majoring in accounting who are required to earn 150 credits of academic coursework in order to qualify for the CPA examination.

The minor program in Information Technology Management consists of five (5) information systems courses plus the prerequisite course INFO 224 Principles of Information Technology, a required course for all ASB students.

The program requirements are the following:

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY MANAGEMENT MINOR

For more information, please contact Professor Timothy Burns, Convener Information Technology Management, Room ASB-109B, 201-684-7390, tburns1@ramapo.edu.