Academic Catalog

Emerging Media Major — B.S.

Devan Rosen, Professor and Program Director

The Emerging Media Degree Program prepares students to understand, develop, and lead the social, political and economic role of technology in society. The confluence of the principle areas of the program incubate an intellectual balance of form and function, design and build, art and science; creating a context in which our students can explore emerging opportunities. The program combines content in media analysis, design, and production with computation-based content. As such, the EM program is truly interdisciplinary, with clear intersections between all the degrees in the Park School as well as many programs across Ithaca College in every school. The multi-disciplinary curriculum offers students the opportunity to develop an array of skills, competencies, and conceptual foundations that can be applied to a myriad of industry and intellectual areas.

The flexible curriculum accommodates student interest by allowing each student to select from a variety of electives, but also by adapting to each students’ career interests as expressed by the project choice in the “Junior Project” and “Senior Capstone” classes. Additionally, the Project/Capstone experience is an innovative two-year transition from academic-style work to a more professional industry-style project based work. By acclimating the students to long arcing project based assignments, including product/project management and research, they are better prepared to enter both professional and research-based settings. The mission of this program is to engage and support students to become ethical leaders within the evolving discipline of emerging media, whether as designers and creators of media and technology, or as entrepreneurs creating media products. Because new media are inherently multidisciplinary, integrating artistic creativity with computational expertise, this program takes an integrative approach to the education of our graduates — while still maintaining a strong disciplinary focus.


Major Core Requirements36-37
Major Electives18
Integrative Core Curriculum (ICC) Requirements 129
Other Electives36
Total Credits120

Degree Requirements

To complete the requirements for a B.S. degree, students must complete 60 credits of liberal arts courses.

Core Requirements:

GCOM 13000Spark: Igniting your Future in Communications1
EMED 12000Introduction to Emerging Media4
COMP 17100Principles of Computing Science I 14
EMED 21400Design of New Media: Theory, Function and Analysis 14
COMP 20200Computational Foundation of Emerging Media 14
EMED 31400Emerging Media Research Methods and Critical Inquiry4
EMED 32000Utopias and Dystopias of Emerging Media 4
EMED 38500Emerging Media Junior Project4
EMED 48500Emerging Media Capstone4
Select one of the following:
EMED 31300Topics in Media Law and Policy4
or TVR 31200 Government and Media
Major Elective Requirement
Six credits at the 300-level in the following subjects:6
Twelve Additional credits at any level in the following subjects:12
Total Credits18

Total Credits: 54-55