What is the major in Information Communication Technology (ICT)? What do ICT majors do?
The ICT major focuses on the intersection of technology, people who use that technology, policies and regulations that govern use of that technology, and communities or environments in which that technology is used.
Examples of ICT in action include:
- In education- online courses
- In Healthcare- telemedicine to remote areas, electronic prescriptions, electronic records management
- In banking- online access to accounts, electronic bill pay, mobile apps
- In retail- inventory systems that communicate with suppliers to replenish stock, loyalty cards, online ship to store
- In Travel- GPS systems, reservation systems, travel websites
Majors in ICT at UK become generalists in information and communication technologies (like networking, telecommunications, mobile and social computing, data analysis and management, technology security, ecommerce, etc.) and the policies and issues surrounding them. Students gain applied knowledge and skills through engaging (online and face-to-face) courses on information, databases, system analysis, technology security and strategy, consumer behavior and much more.
What are possible careers for ICT majors?
ICT majors have a plethora of job opportunities across job sectors. For more information and to see a list of job titles, please visit our ICT Careers page.
What tracks are available in the program? What classes do I need to take for those?
There are two tracks students can pursue in ICT: 1) ICT commercialization prepares students to work with technology, media communication, information policy, competitive intelligence, and e-Commerce regulation in various ICT careers in the business and commercial sector. 2) Technology Management focuses on preparing students for jobs in information services, systems analysis, telecommunications network management, information technology strategy, technology security and security informatics.
For more info and to see a course planner with courses for each track and degree requirements, see this page.
What is the difference between the B.A. and B.S. option?
Students can earn a B.S. or B.A. in Information Communication Technology with an emphasis in technology management, commercialization or select a range of ICT electives (with advisor approval) for a general focus. The degree prepares students for careers in information services, system analysis, technology security, information policy, e-commerce and much more.
Both degrees require students to complete 120 hours. A minimum of 39 hours should be in ICT. 30 hours must be obtained by completing courses in the UK Core, UK’s general education program. In addition the BA degree requires a foreign language or linguistics component while the BS degree requires the completion of 9 additional hours in Math, Computer Science or Statistics and 60 total hours from the sciences.
What kind of assignments will I have as an ICT major?
Examples of assignments include creating infographics, writing technology plans, authoring blogs, designing database applications, writing disaster recovery plans and completing internships., to name a few. Assignments focus on students’ learning to apply information technology to create solutions and communicate ideas.
What is the internship process for ICT like?
Internships give students hands-on experience. ICT students are required to acquire and complete a 140-hour internship during their junior or senior year.
- Gain practical experience in an area of Information and Communication Technology
- Engage in self-assessment by reflecting on aspects of the internship experience
- Become familiar with professional associations and literature affiliated with the services assigned, and
- Become socialized into the ICT profession.