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New undergraduate degrees

Technology is playing an increasingly larger role in shaping how we look at our world, what we do and how we do it. The human sciences enable us to explore and explain what is happening as technology re-shapes the real and virtual places in which we live, work and play. These new, interdisciplinary undergraduate degrees in the Lewis College of Human Sciences allow our students to sort out opinion from information - fad from fact - and will equip them to lead the way in bridging the gap between theory and application, ideas and action.  

Bachelor of Science in Communication with Specializations (Humanities)

This technology-based curriculum allows you to choose from three specializations: Professional and Technical Communication, Journalism of Science or Journalism of Technology and Business. If you choose the Professional and Technical Communication (PTC) specialization, you’ll develop your writing skills, sensitivity to the social and cultural aspects of communication, fluency with the latest computer technologies and strategies for information design. Elective coursework in science will help you gain awareness of the power of language and image to shape thoughts, values and actions in a variety of contexts.

Students who select one of the two journalism specializations benefit from the intensive subject-matter coursework that differentiates IIT’s journalism program from those offered at other schools. In the Journalism of Technology and Business specialization the study of technology is paired with business, as they are inextricably intertwined today and into the foreseeable future. In the Journalism of Science specialization students have the opportunity to study science and business; a pair whose relationship is not so immediately apparent.

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Bachelor of Science in Digital Humanities (Humanities)

The tradition of humanistic inquiry is married with the exploration of emerging technologies in Lewis College’s Digital Humanities program. You’ll combine areas such as communication, history, language and linguistics, literature and philosophy with a sophisticated skill set in research, web and interactive design that is readily applicable to dozens of professional fields. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for careers in business, government, media, and many other fields, as well as graduate programs in humanities, social or behavioral science, or professional programs in business or law.

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Bachelor of Science in Applied Analytics (Psychology)

The amount of data readily available in today’s world is astounding. But data without context lacks meaning. In the Bachelor of Science in Applied Analytics, you’ll learn how to collect, curate and analyze data, as well as how to tell the story about the major implications of data samples to various audiences. The program is interdisciplinary, allowing you to take classes in psychology, business, economics and communications.

After graduating, applied analytics majors have vast career options in fields such as market analysis, bioinformatics, psychometrics, data science, educational and health outcomes assessment and public relations. You’ll also be prepared for graduate or professional degrees in policy, human resources, business or technical communications. 

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Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health and Wellness (Psychology)

Just as saving a dollar a day can amass a fortune over time, seemingly small, yet consistent habits can have a large impact on our lives. In this program, you’ll develop a broad understanding of how lifestyle choices impact health, as well as how health professionals design programs to promote healthy living. IIT’s program will train you to design and implement a behavior change program, understand theories of behavior change, counseling techniques and the value of tailoring health interventions to specific cultures and community groups, as well as grasp the fundamentals of public health policy and advocacy. The program is interdisciplinary and combines coursework in psychology, sociology, political science and nutritional science. You can also customize your program with an elective specialty track in either health psychology or nutrition.

This degree also includes a capstone project, defined in collaboration with a faculty member, designed to integrate and apply the concepts and skills learned throughout the curriculum. Students are prepared for a wide range of professions, including patient education, behavioral health coaching, policy analysis and advocacy. They are also prepared for graduate programs in health psychology/behavioral medicine, counseling and rehabilitation psychology, public health, social work and nutrition.

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Bachelor of Science in Consumer Research, Analytics and Communication (Psychology)

We like to think of students in this program not as students, but as Integrated Social/Behavioral Scientists in training. In this program, you’ll learn to apply the theory, research and tools of the social and behavioral sciences to practical problems of government policy and business strategy.  You’ll complete coursework in psychology, (studying how individuals evaluate information and subsequently make decisions), social sciences (learning about data collection, database design and analysis), communication (emphasizing how technical information is best presented) and business (marketing and market research/consumer behavior). After graduating, you’ll be prepared for careers in market research and communications, political communications, statistics, survey research, operations research and more.

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Applied Economics (Social Sciences)

Ever wondered how exactly economic models and policies can have such a far-reaching impact on our global society? As an applied economics major, you’ll study how economic theory and analytical tools are applied to confront real-world problems. You’ll master the mathematical and analytical foundations needed for rigorous scientific exploration of current and future econometric models, and develop critical-thinking skills to evaluate and improve methods that investigate the economic components influencing individual-, system-, and social-level variables.

At IIT, you can choose one of three specializations: policy, international political economy or finance. By focusing on the practical application of economics to another field, you’ll become an invaluable problem solver and be competitive in the job market across industries.

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Social and Economic Development Policy (Social Sciences)

In this program, examine social and economic development in a comparative context from advanced to emerging international societies and economies. The degree program is interdisciplinary and is grounded in the analysis of economic and social development in global and domestic settings. You’ll gain a broad understanding of the impact of globalization on communities and regions, and on markets and societies, with a focus on the role technology plays in the alleviation of poverty and overall economic competitiveness around the world.

This degree prepares you to work in public or private service doing research or development, or in government at the local, state or federal level. They can also pursue an advanced degree in technology for development, urban affairs, planning, public policy or public administration.

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