Academics & Programs

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Undergraduate Programs

We offer Bachelor’s Degrees that take advantage of RIT’s unique focus on high technology and career preparation.  Learn more about each of our programs below and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!  You can reach our Admissions Liaison, Amy Lyman, at or (585)475-4137.

Advertising & Public Relations

This program is one of the few in the country that combines the disciplines of advertising, public relations, and marketing in one undergraduate degree program.   Students learn to create persuasive messages for a variety of traditional and emerging media platforms, as well as to analyze audiences, write copy, select media, and manage campaigns.

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Develop practical communication skills grounded in sound theoretical knowledge and learn to apply those skills in a professional field.  Students in this program are given advanced education in the theory and practice of spoken, written, and technology-mediated communication.  Students also augment their education with a professional core in a complimentary technical or professional subject, such as photography, media design, or another area of interest.   

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Criminal Justice

The criminal justice program offers students a broad education, preparing them for a wide range of careers in federal and local law enforcement, as well as offers a strong academic foundation for graduate or law school.  The curriculum is focused on promoting and maintaining justice, protecting human freedom and rights, increasing public safety and reducing violence, cyberlaw and computer crime, and the over-representation of racial and ethnic minorities in the criminal justice and juvenile justice systems. 

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Digital Humanities & Social Science

Digital Humanities & Social Sciences is an innovative, interdisciplinary major that combines the liberal arts with information science and technologies. By collaborating across colleges and disciplines, we can use emerging technologies to experiment with new research and pedagogy in the humanities and social sciences. DHSS rethinks liberal arts traditions, exploring innovation across the changing landscape of technology and considering what it means to be human in today’s technology-driven world. The field not only examines possible technical limitations or improvements, but also takes into account a larger political economy and cultural context.

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The economics program emphasizes the quantitative analytical approach to dealing with economic problems in both the public and private sectors, providing students with marketable skills and the intellectual foundation for career growth.

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International & Global Studies

The International & Global Studies program provides the conceptual and methodological tools for analyzing global change across societies and in different world communities.  The core curriculum includes a repertoire of courses from anthropology, political science, and economics, including global studies, human right in global perspective, comparative economic systems, and culture and globalization.

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The journalism program offers a unique and multifaceted educational experience that prepares students to gather, critically analyze, and synthesize verbal and visual information to communicate accurate and clear news stories across multiple media platforms. In addition to writing and reporting, students learn to prepare audio and visual content for dissemination in a variety of media, making them a valuable asset to any future employer specializing in news reporting and factual storytelling.

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Museum Studies

The museum studies program is an innovative, interdisciplinary, technically-based program that prepares students for careers in museums, archives, photo collections, and libraries. The program includes a set of introductory and advanced core courses to familiarize students with the fundamentals of museum studies, including the history, theory, and practice of institutional collecting, conservation, and the technical investigation of art.

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Philosophy students are taught to evaluate complex problems, identify and examine underlying principles, investigate issues from diverse perspectives, and communicate clearly in both written and oral forms.  Students combine philosophy with a core competence (or even a double major) in another discipline, encouraging them to creatively pursue cross-disciplinary relationships.

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Political Science

The political science program tightly integrates the traditional fields of American government and international relations in order to prepare students for a life and career in an increasingly globalized world. Moreover, the program includes tracks of courses in three areas: politics and life sciences, digital politics and the information age, and political institutions. The program prepares principled leaders and responsible citizens for fruitful careers in the public and private sectors.

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Psychology studies two critical relationships: one between brain function and behavior, and another between the environment and behavior. The Psychology program at RIT provides a strong background in Psychology with substantial training in a technical/professional field. The unique mix prepares students with a curriculum that leads to the achievement of definite career goals.

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Public Policy

The public policy program explores the intersection of public policy, technology, and our natural world. The program provides students with an opportunity to integrate their interests in science, technology, government, economics, and other social science fields. Through the program, students acquire policy analysis skills, with particular attention on analyzing policies that emerge in a technology-based society.

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Sociology & Anthropology

The program focuses on understanding and appreciating social and cultural complexity and diversity. Critical issues examined in the degree include the economy, politics, society, gender, ethnicity, and culture. Through exposure to a wide range of theoretical perspectives and research skills, as well as an integrated, interdisciplinary curriculum, students in the Sociology and Anthropology degree are provided with the strong foundation necessary to pursue a wide range of career options both in the United States and abroad.

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Liberal Arts Exploration

The liberal arts exploration program is an undeclared option designed to allow students to complete liberal arts, mathematics and science required courses while actively pursuing career exploration and receiving individualized academic advising. Students may stay in the program for up to two years or 60 credit hours before they choose a major. This option offers students the flexibility and time to explore a variety of majors within the College of Liberal Arts without delaying their graduation.

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