All organizations and businesses, whether they are government agencies or private businesses, large or small, utilize information systems and information technologies. These information systems are often large, expensive, and essential to both the daily operations and long-term strategy of the organizations that use them. These organizations require highly specialized technologists who understand not only technology, but also the environment into which it is being integrated. These socio-technologists must be equally proficient with the organizational functions of accounting, finance, management, marketing, and operations as they are with the technologies of programming, software development, networking, operating systems, database and web technology implementation.
The focus of the Information Technology Management degree is on the implementation, integration, application, management, and maintenance of information systems in all types of environments. As new technologies and information systems emerge, they must be appropriately applied across a broad range of organizations in support of specific operations. Information Technology Management graduates combine their strong technology background with an equally strong understanding of organization, communication, and management skills to ensure the appropriate fit and application of technology within these organizations.
The Information Technology Management degree provides a combination of coursework that prepares a student to meet this very complex and challenging role. The General Education coursework helps build the student’s people skills and problem-solving skills. The general business component coursework builds the student’s understanding of modern organizations and the specific types of problems these organizations must solve using information systems. The computer-related component provides the student with a deep understanding of computer technologies and skills, such as requirement analysis, programming, networking, database, and web development. Students are also required to take integrative coursework in management, business analysis, and data mining to produce a highly competent cross-trained graduate that can apply information systems in a wide variety of organizational settings. Additionally, our students are encouraged to participate in internships that provide experiential exposure to the practical application of these principles.
Requirements for Graduation:
To be eligible for graduation, students majoring in Information Technology Management must complete a minimum of 121 credits of which 48 credits must be from non-business courses, achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher, and complete the General Education Requirements of the College. A minimum grade of 2.0 is required for First Year Seminar and all courses taken as part of Foundations. Courses used to complete General Education Requirements may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
The General Education Requirements of the college require students to successfully complete First Year Seminar, Foundations, Disciplinary Perspectives, and a Constellation. Students who enter the college with 30 credit hours completed will not take a First Year Seminar course and therefore must take an additional 3 credits for graduation. Transfer students that are awarded 60 or more credits upon acceptance to York College will not be required to complete a Constellation.
Students majoring in Information Technology Management must maintain a 2.0 average in the General Business Component courses, a 2.0 average in the Computer Information Systems Component courses. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 or higher in each course that serves as prerequisite to a subsequent Business course. (Refer to the course description for specific prerequisites.) Failure to attain a 2.0 in a prerequisite course may lengthen the time to graduation. Students must also earn at least a 2.0 in their senior capstone course, BUS 495 . Students graduating with a declared major in Information Technology Management may not simultaneously declare a minor in Information Systems. Students who are waived from FYS must complete 3 credits of non-business coursework.