Emerging Technology in Business and Design - Bachelor of Arts in Emerging Technology in Business and Design

The BA in Emerging Technology in Business and Design (ET) is an interdisciplinary degree designed to provide depth in theory and practice of interactive & digital design, development, business, innovation, and digital disruption. 

Grounded in Miami University’s tradition of liberal education, the BA in ET represents the liberal arts of the 21st Century, providing a foundation in information and digital literacy supporting the study of digital startups, multimedia authorship/critical theory, digital & social media marketing, web & app development, virtual/augmented reality, game design/development, user-experience design, and more. 

This foundation is then complemented with a set of electives providing depth in a selected area of interest, as well as a series of courses designed around working with external partners and building a portfolio. Admittance into the ET major is competitive. Admission details can be found at http://miamioh.edu/cca/aims/admission.

The BA in ET has four foundational pillars: 

  • Design
  • Business
  • Technology
  • Collaboration & Making

These foundations provide the context for a set of four or more electives chosen to develop expertise and depth in one or more areas of ET, all of which is tied together in the capstone client-based consulting agency within ET as well as the ET Thesis class. 

Program Requirements

Digital Concentration (63 credit hours)

Introduction
IMS 101Introduction to Emerging Technology in Business and Design1
IMS 105Digital Literacy1
IMS 109Digital Ethics1
Foundation: Design
IMS 254Design Thinking & Design Principles Applied3
IMS 259Art and Digital Tools I3
IMS 354Intermed Interaction Design3
Foundation: Business
IMS 224Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Composing with Words, Images and Sounds3
IMS 414Web and Social Media Analytics3
IMS 413User Experience Research3
IMS 418Social Media Marketing and Online Community Management3
or IMS 419 Digital Branding
or IMS 407 Interactive Business Communication
Foundation: Technology
IMS 211Introduction to Game Studies3
or IMS 212 Introduction to Game Design
IMS 222Introduction to Interaction Design and Development3
IMS 322Intermediate Interaction Design and Development3
Advanced Web Course (Pick One)3
Introduction to Mobile Application Development
Advanced Interaction Design and Development
Introduction to Game Programming
Foundation: Collaboration
IMS 228Collaborative Laboratory 13,3
IMS 340Internship Typically taken in Summer0
IMS 355Principles and Practices of Managing Interactive Projects3
or IMS 421 Digital Product Management
Integration
Digital Concentration Focus Courses (12 credits) 1
Focus 13
Focus 23
Focus 33
Focus 43
IMS 452Senior Degree Project3
IMS 440Interactive Media Studies Practicum3
Total Credit Hours63

Applied Concentration (63 credit hours minimum) 

Introduction
IMS 101Introduction to Emerging Technology in Business and Design1
IMS 105Digital Literacy1
IMS 109Digital Ethics1
Foundation: Design
IMS 254Design Thinking & Design Principles Applied3
IMS 259Art and Digital Tools I3
IMS 354Intermed Interaction Design3
Foundation: Business
IMS 224Digital Writing and Rhetoric: Composing with Words, Images and Sounds Strongly Recommended3
or IMS 407 Interactive Business Communication
IMS 413User Experience Research3
IMS 414Web and Social Media Analytics3
IMS 418Social Media Marketing and Online Community Management3
or IMS 419 Digital Branding
Foundation: Technology
IMS 222Introduction to Interaction Design and Development3
IMS 322Intermediate Interaction Design and Development3
Advanced Web Course (Pick One)3
Advanced Interaction Design and Development
Introduction to Game Programming
Introduction to Mobile Application Development
Foundation: Collaboration
IMS 228Collaborative Laboratory 13
IMS 340Internship Typically taken in Summer0
IMS 355Principles and Practices of Managing Interactive Projects3
or IMS 421 Digital Product Management
Applied Expertise (21 Credit hours in another major) 221
Integration
IMS 452Senior Degree Project3
or IMS 440 Interactive Media Studies Practicum
Total Credit Hours63

Digital Concentration Focus Courses

ET majors who choose the Digital Concentration must complete four "Digital Concentration Focus Courses." These can be any IMS-prefix courses not used for other ET requirements. We encourage students to take classes that help develop specific deep expertise. If you want to complement that expertise with additional domain expertise offered by another department, the list of acceptable classes is provided below. Some of these courses are cross-listed with IMS. Please note that ET students are not guaranteed to get into any of these courses offered by other departments. These courses may have prerequisites or enrollment restrictions. Students interested in taking any of these courses should first determine their enrollment eligibility and if needed, contact the department offering the course about their force-add process.

ARC 404YMind and Medium3
ART 111Design and Composition3
ART 251Typography3
ART 256Design, Perception & Audience3
ART 353The Business of Design3
ART 453Highwire Brand Studio4
ART 496Seminar on Theory for Visual Artists3
CCA 111Innovation, Creativity and Design Thinking3
CMS 101The Smartphone and Society3
CMS 301Comparative Approaches to Media Studies3
CMS 401Senior Seminar in Comparative Media Studies3
CSE 174Fundamentals of Programming and Problem Solving3
CSE 201Introduction to Software Engineering3
CSE 211Software Construction3
CSE 212Software Engineering for User Interface and User Experience Design3
CSE 251Introduction to Game Programming3
CSE 252Web Application Programming3
CSE 271Object-Oriented Programming3
CSE 273Optimization Modeling3
CSE 274Data Abstraction and Data Structures3
CSE 278Systems I: Introduction to Systems Programming3
CSE 322Software Requirements3
EDL 204Sociocultural Studies in Education3
EDL 232Introduction to Community-Based Leadership3
EDP 272Introduction to Disability Studies3
EDP 279Technology + Media Literacy and Learning3
EDP 324Research and Applied Writing Across the Disciplines3
ENG 171Humanities and Technology3
ENG 213Writing for Media3
ENG 407Interactive Business Communication3
ENG 411Visual Rhetoric3
ENG 412Print and Digital Editing3
ENG 416Writing for Global Audiences3
ENG 424Ethics and Digital Media3
ENG 426Developing & Publishing Digital Books3
ESP 201Introduction to Entrepreneurship and Business Models3
ESP 251Entrepreneurial Value Creation and Capture3
ESP 252Entrepreneurial Mindset: Creativity and Organization3
ESP 321Startup Entrepreneurship3
ESP 331Social Entrepreneurship3
ESP 341Corporate Entrepreneurship3
ESP 351Creativity in Entrepreneurship3
ESP 401Entrepreneurship: New Ventures3
ESP 461Entrepreneurial Consulting3
FSW 295Research and Evaluation Methods3
ISA 245Database Systems and Data Warehousing3
ISA 281Concepts in Business Programming3
ISA 301Business Data Communications and Security3
ISA 305Information Technology Governance, Risk Management, Security and Audit3
ISA 401Business Intelligence and Data Visualization3
ISA 403Building Web and Mobile Business Applications3
ISA 405Information Security3
ISA 414Managing Big Data3
ISA 481Topics in Information Systems3-4
ISA 491Introduction to Data Mining in Business3
MAC 211Introduction to Video Production4
MAC 325Social Media Cultures3
MKT 301Strategic Thinking and Decision-Making in Marketing3
MKT 335Analytical Research and Reasoning for Marketers3
MKT 419Digital Branding3
MKT 435Building and Managing Strong Brands3
MKT 442Highwire Brand Studio4-8
MME 375Human Robot Interaction3
MUS 221Music Technologies3
MUS 304Electronic Music3
MUS 306Advanced Electronic Music3
STA 261Statistics4
STA 301Applied Statistics3
STA 333Nonparametric Statistics3
STA 363Introduction to Statistical Modeling3
STA 402Statistical Programming3
STA 404Advanced Data Visualization3
STA 432Survey Sampling in Business3
STA 475Data Analysis Practicum3