RIT to Offer Innovative Combination Degree

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Source: Rochester Business Journal

Rochester Institute of Technology is launching a bachelor’s degree program that is the first of its kind in the nation, officials said.

A bachelor’s degree in digital humanities and social sciences will combine core liberal arts studies with technical courses such as computer programming. The goal, RIT said Wednesday, is to better prepare graduates for employment.

Students will be registered beginning next fall.

“After decades of increased demand for specialized, highly technical skillsets, employers—and society— are facing a problem. They’ve found many of today’s challenges cannot be solved by technology alone, and many professionals lack the broad skills to play a role in driving change,” said James Winebrake, dean of RIT’s College of Liberal Arts.

“There is a great need for more intentional integration of liberal arts disciplines into (science, technology, engineering and math) curricula.”

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