The IT job market demands strong technical skills and insight into the social, economic, and organizational impacts of technology. Successful graduates of the ITI program are ready to identify challenges and propose solutions.

As an ITI major, you’ll develop practical computer-based competencies and unite those skills with ideas from the humanities and social sciences to develop the skills and mindset you need to solve problems where people and machines meet.

 First Semester Planning

We recommend that students register for approximately 15 credits each semester and no more than 16 credits in their first semester. Your schedule should be well-balanced and include coursework from a variety of subjects. A diverse schedule will help you begin your studies in potential majors and minors; explore a breadth of new knowledge across departments at Rutgers to meet SAS Core Curriculum learning goals; and survey broader academic interests through elective courses as you work to attain the required 120 degree credits for graduation.

Your schedule will look something like this:

College Writing or English course per placement results (3 credits)

Major Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Major or Minor Exploration course (3-4 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

Course beyond main academic interest, such as SAS Core or elective course (3 credits)

 Byrne or First-Year Interest Group Seminar (FIGS) (1 credit) 

 Total Credits: 15-16



Introductory courses recommended by faculty. Include at least one of these in your schedule:


Course Title

Course Number


Subject on University Schedule of Classes

Information Technology & Informatics



Communication and Media Studies (189)
Introduction to Communication and Information Processes 04:189:101 3 Communication and Media Studies (189)
Introduction to Media 04:189:102 3 Communication and Media Studies (189)


Your first year of college is an opportunity for you to explore fields of interest to enhance your understanding of yourself, the world around you, and your main academic and career goals. Think of your schedule as including courses you must take (English, courses to explore potential majors, etc.) and courses you can take (everything else!) All courses are part of your degree - if necessary, review the components of the SAS degree on this page.

Through these degree components, you will curate your own unique educational experience - but we understand that this level of flexibility and freedom can feel overwhelming for new students. Like a recommendation based on a book or TV show you enjoyed, the information below can help you identify related courses to consider in your first semester.

Course Title

Course Number


Subject on University Schedule of Classes

Introduction to Computer Science 01:198:111 4 Computer Science (198)
Data in Context 04:189:220 3 Communication and Media Studies (189)
Structure of Information 04:189:152 3 Communication and Media Studies (189)
Virtual Team Dynamics 04:189:151 3 Communication and Media Studies (189)


The Schedule of Classes provides information about the courses being offered in a particular semester. There are literally thousands of courses offered each semester at Rutgers, and you may find it helpful to narrow down your options by looking for courses in subjects related to your potential major or minor. Use the recommendations below to find possible introductory courses in other subjects. 

To find potential courses in other subjects related to this one:

1. On the Schedule of Classes, select the current term, location "New Brunswick" and level "undergraduate". Click continue.

2. In the Search By box, click the "search multiple subjects" link. Select the following departments:

Computer Science (198)

Criminal Justice (202)

Economics (220)

Political Science (790)

3. In Section Status, deselect Closed

4. In Level of Study, deselect 300 and 400. In general, 100 and 200 are appropriate for first-year students, 300 and 400 are often more appropriate for students with more familiarity with the subject. If you are interested in registering for a 300 or 400 level course, consult with an advisor before registering. 

Review these courses for possible inclusion in your first-semester schedule, or to consider for future semesters.


Additional Information Beyond the Classroom

For your first semester, we want you to focus on selecting appropriate courses, begin to understand the expectations and rigor of college, and identify resources to help you succeed at Rutgers. But, we also know that it is important to provide information for future planning.

In addition to the information below, students interested in exploring possible career options may find this resource from the Office of Career Exploration and Success helpful - you'll find that a degree in this subject prepares you for a wide variety of career options!

  • Internships
  • Research
  • Independent Study

 Each undergraduate program offers an Honors research thesis

 Recent graduates have gone on to careers in the following industries with employment titles representing the following:

  • Corporate communication                                  Education
  • Government and politics                                     Healthcare
  • Market research                                                    Non-profit and advocacy organizations
  • Public relations                                                      Information Security Analyst
  • Network Security Analyst                                    Data Security Administrator
  • Information Technology Security Analyst         Business Intelligence Analyst
  • Data Warehousing Specialist                              Database Architect                             
  • Information Architect                                          Web Administrator                               
  • Web Designer                                                       Web Developer
  • Information Architect                                          Content marketer                           
  • Copywriter                                                             Corporate communications specialist 
  • Editor                                                                      Grant writer
  • Public relations specialist                                    Reporter
  • Social media specialist