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Learn About Majors

Information is the key to making a satisfying decision for your choice of major and career path. Every undergraduate degree program is listed here with a link to the RIT department website, the Career Services' Academic Program Overviews, and additional information related to the major.

Contents

  • Information about RIT Programs

The RIT Academic Program Overviews page includes a listing of all RIT Majors, Minors, and Certificates and links to further information about each.

  • RIT Undergraduate Majors and Career Information by College

College of Engineering Technology

Saunders College of Business

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

College of Health Sciences and Technology

College of Art and Design

College of Liberal Arts

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

School of Individualized Study

College of Science

College of Engineering Technology

Here are some resources for you to begin research on all the undergraduate majors in CET.  As you are considering a major, be sure to gather information about curriculum, occupations that students may enter after graduation (nature of the work, salary, educational preparation, etc.), and companies that have hired RIT co-op students and graduates.

General Resources
    Engineering or Engineering Technology-RIT Admissions  
    Engineering or Engineering Technology-ASME
    Engineering Technology from the Career Cornerstone Center

Applied Technical Leadership
    RIT Website for Applied Technical Leadership
    Management Occupations from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Civil Engineering Technology
    Civil Engineering Technology Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services    
    Career Paths in Civil Engineering  from the American Society of Civil Engineers
    Civil Engineering from the Career Cornerstone Center

Computer Engineering Technology
    Computer Engineering Technology Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services

Electrical Engineering Technology
    Electrical Engineering Technology Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Electrical Engineering Technologists  from O*NET

Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology
    Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Electromechanical Engineering Technologists  from O*NET

Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety
    Environmental Sustainability, Health and Safety Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Industrial Safety and Health Engineers  from O*NET

Hospitality and Tourism Management
    Hospitality and Tourism Management Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Lodging Manager from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Food Service Manager from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Meeting, Convention, and Event Planners from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism from What Can I Do with this Major?

Manufacturing Engineering Technology
    Manufacturing Engineering Technology Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Manufacturing Engineering Technologists  from O*NET

Mechanical Engineering Technology
    Mechanical Engineering Technology Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Mechanical Engineering Technologists from O*NET

Packaging Science
    Packaging Science Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Packaging Engineer Career from Career Research

 

Saunders College of Business

Here are some resources for you to begin research on all the undergraduate majors in the Saunders College of Business.  As you are considering a major, be sure to gather information about curriculum, occupations that students may enter after graduation (nature of the work, salary, educational preparation, etc.), and companies that have hired RIT co-op students and graduates.

General Occupational Information
    Best Business Jobs from US News and World Report
    Business and Financial Occupations from O*NET  
There is a lot of good information on the Vault website, available by logging into Handshake, https://rit.joinhandshake.com/   then going to Career Center, then Resources, then Vault.  You will need to register…a very short process.  Check out the Career Resources and the Guides.
There is also a lot of helpful information at the “What Can I Do with this Major?” website

Accounting
    Accounting Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Accountants and Auditors from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Finance
    Finance Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Financial Analyst from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Budget Analyst from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Financial Examiner  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Personal Financial Advisor  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Finance Occupations from O*NET

International Business
    International Business Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  

Management
    Management Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Management Occupations from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Management Information Systems  
    Management Information Systems Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Computer and Information Systems Managers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Marketing
    Marketing Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services   
    Market Research Analyst from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Advertising, Promotions, and Marketing Managers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Marketing Research Analyst and Marketing Specialists from O*NET

New Media Marketing
    New Media Marketing Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services

Supply Chain Management
    RIT Website for Supply Chain Management
    Logistician from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Supply Chain Managers from O*NET  

 

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

Here are some resources for you to begin research on all the undergraduate majors in the B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing & Information Sciences.  As you are considering a major, be sure to gather information about curriculum, occupations that students may enter after graduation (nature of the work, salary, educational preparation, etc.), and companies that have hired RIT co-op students and graduates.

Websites with general information about computing occupations:
Computer Careers   
Occupational Outlook Handbook Computer and Information Technology Occupations
ACM Computing Careers
What Can I do with this Major? (see sections on Computer Science and Management Information Systems)
O*NET Computer and Mathematical Job Families

Computer Science
    Computer Science Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Computer Programmer from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Computer Systems Analyst from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  

Computing and Information Technologies
    Computing and Information Technologies Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Computer Network Architects from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Networking and Computer Systems Administrators  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  

Computing Security  
    Computing Security Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Information Security Analyst  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  

Game Design and Development
     Game Design and Development Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
     Game Career Guide  

Human Centered Computing
    Human Centered Computing Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services

New Media Interactive Development
    New Media Interactive Development Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services

Software Engineering
    Software Engineering Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Software Developers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  

Web and Mobile Computing  
    Web and Mobile Computing Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Web Developers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

 

Kate Gleason College of Engineering

Here are some resources for you to begin research on all the undergraduate majors in the Kate Gleason College of Engineering.  As you are considering a major, be sure to gather information about curriculum, occupations that students may enter after graduation (nature of the work, salary, educational preparation, etc.), and companies that have hired RIT co-op students and graduates.

General Information about Engineering Options
Career Cornerstone Center  
Discover Engineering Careers  
Engineering or Engineering Technology-RIT Admissions  
Engineering or Engineering Technology-ASME

Biomedical Engineering
    Biomedical Engineering Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Biomedical Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Bioengineering from Career Cornerstone
    Biomedical Engineers from O*NET
    American Society for Medical and Biological Engineering  

Chemical Engineering
    Chemical Engineering Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Chemical Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Chemical Engineering from Career Cornerstone  
    Chemical Engineers from O*NET

Computer Engineering
    Computer Engineering Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Computer Hardware Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Computer Engineering from Career Cornerstone  
    Computer Hardware Engineers from O*NET

Electrical Engineering
    Electrical Engineering Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Electrical Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Electrical Engineering from Career Cornerstone  
    Electrical Engineers from O*NET

Industrial Engineering
    Industrial Engineering Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Industrial Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Industrial Engineering from Career Cornerstone  
    Industrial Engineers from O*NET
    Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers-What IEs Do  

Mechanical Engineering
    Mechanical Engineering Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Mechanical Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Aerospace Engineers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Mechanical Engineering from Career Cornerstone  
    Aerospace Engineering from Career Cornerstone
    Aerospace Engineering from O*NET
    Automotive Engineers from O*NET
    Mechanical Engineers from O*NET

Microelectronic Engineering  
    Microelectronic Engineering Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Microelectronic Engineering from Career Cornerstone 

 

College of Health Sciences and Technology

Biomedical Sciences
    RIT Website for Biomedical Sciences
    Healthcare Occupations from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Explore Health Careers

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound)
    Diagnostic Medical Sonography Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Diagnostic Medical Sonographers from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Diagnostic Medical Sonographer from Explore Health Careers

Dietetics and Nutrition    
    Dietetics and Nutrition Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Dietitians and Nutritionists  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Dietitian/Nutritionist from Explore Health Careers

Exercise Science
    RIT Website for Exercise Science
    Exercise Physiologists  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Exercise Physiologist from Explore Health Careers
    Careers in Sports Medicine and Exercise Science

Nutritional Sciences
    RIT Website for Nutritional Sciences
    Health Educator from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Discover Public Health
    Public Health Careers from Explore Health Careers

Physician Assistant
    Physician Assistant  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Physician Assistant from Explore Health Careers

 

College of Art and Design

Here are some resources for you to begin research on all the undergraduate majors in the College of Art and Design.  As you are considering a major, be sure to gather information about curriculum, occupations that students may enter after graduation (nature of the work, salary, educational preparation, etc.), and companies that have hired RIT co-op students and graduates.

A few general resources about art/creative careers:  

Art careers info  Learn more about art professionals, art schools, and art careers
The Art Career Project   Explore an art career: a data base of over 100 careers

3-D Digital Design, BFA
    3-D Digital Design Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Multimedia Artists and Animators from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Multimedia Artists and Animators from O*NET

Biomedical Photographic Communications, BS
    Biomedical Photographic Communications  Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  

Ceramics, BFA
    Ceramics Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Craft Artists from O*NET  

Film and Animation, BFA
    Film and Animation Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Film and Video Editors and Camera Operators from the Occupational Outlook Handbook  
    Film and Video Editors from O*NET  
    Multimedia Artists and Animators  from O*NET

Fine Arts Studio (Painting, Non-Toxic Printmaking, Sculpture), BFA
    RIT websites:
        Printmaking
        Painting
        Sculpture
    Fine Arts Studio Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  

Furniture Design, BFA
    Furniture Design Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Craft Artists from O*NET   

Glass, BFA
    Glass Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Craft Artists from O*NET

Graphic Design, BFA
    Graphic Design Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Graphic Designers  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Graphic Designers from O*NET  

Illustration, BFA
    Illustration Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  

Industrial Design, BFA
    Industrial Design Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Industrial Designers  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Commercial and Industrial Designers from O*NET

Interior Design, BFA
    Interior Design Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Interior Designers  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Interior Designers from O*NET  

Media Arts and Technology, BS
    Media Arts and Technology Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  

Medical Illustration, BFA
     Medical Illustration Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  

Metals and Jewelry Design, BFA
     Metals and Jewelry Design Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
     Craft Artists from O*NET  

Motion Picture Science, BS
    Motion Picture Science Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  

New Media Design, BFA
    New Media Design Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Multimedia Artists and Animators from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Multimedia Artists and Animators from O*NET

Photographic and Imaging Arts, BFA
    Photographic and Imaging Arts Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Photographers  from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Photographers from O*NET  

Photographic Sciences, BS
    Photographic Sciences Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services

 

College of Liberal Arts

Here are some resources for you to begin research on all the undergraduate majors in the College of Liberal Arts.  As you are considering a major, be sure to gather information about curriculum, occupations that students may enter after graduation (nature of the work, salary, educational preparation, etc.), and companies that have hired RIT co-op students and graduates.

Advertising and Public Relations
    Advertising and Public Relations Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    RIT Career Services Online Resource List for Advertising/Public Relations
    Advertising-What Can I Do With This  Major?
    Public Relations-What Can I Do With This  Major?

Communications
    Communications Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    RIT Career Services Online Resource List for Communications
    Communications-What Can I Do With This  Major?

Criminal Justice
    Criminal Justice Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    RIT Career Services Online Resources for Criminal  Justice
    Criminal Justice-What Can I Do with This  Major?

Economics
    Economics Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Economics-What Can I Do with This  Major?
    Economics for College Students-American Economic Association

International and Global Studies
    International and Global  Studies Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    RIT International and Global Studies Career Opportunities
    Global Studies-What Can I Do with This Major?

Journalism
    Journalism Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Journalism-What Can I Do With This Major?

Museum Studies   
    Museum Studies Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    RIT Museum Studies Student Resources
    Archivists, Curators and Museum Workers Occupational Outlook Handbook

Philosophy
    Philosophy Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Philosophy-What Can I Do With This  Major?
    American Philosophical Association

Political Science
    Political Science Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Political Science-What Can I Do With This  Major?
    American Political Science Association

Psychology
    Psychology Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    RIT Career Services Psychology Online Resource List
    Psychology-What Can I Do With This  Major?
    Careers in Psychology-American Psychological Association

Public Policy
    Public Policy Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    RIT Career Services Public Policy Online Resource List
    Public Administration-What Can I Do with This Major?

Sociology and Anthropology
    Sociology/Anthropology Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Anthropology/Archeology-What Can I Do with This Major?
    Sociology- What Can I Do with This  Major?
    Urban Studies- What Can I Do with This  Major?
    Careers in Anthropology-American Anthropological Association
    Career Opportunities Sociology and Anthropology

Additional Websites

Federal Employment
    Go Government: Finding your fit in a federal career
    Federal Employment by College Major
    Pathways Programs (Internships for Students and Recent Grads)
    Creating Your Federal Resume
    RIT’s Office of Career Services and Cooperative Education Resource Page

Law School Resources
    RIT’s Department of Criminal Justice Prelaw Advising
    Law School Admission Council
    American Bar Association Preparing for Pre-Law
    Pre-law student services

 

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

 

School of Individualized Study

 

College of Science

Here are some resources for you to begin research on all the undergraduate majors in the College of Science.  As you are considering a major, be sure to gather information about curriculum, occupations that students may enter after graduation (nature of the work, salary, educational preparation, etc.), and companies that have hired RIT co-op students and graduates.

General Resources
    Occupational Outlook Handbook from the Bureau of Labor Statistics covers hundreds of occupations, describing work environments, job duties, salaries, and more.
    O*NET Search for occupational information or browse by similar careers at this comprehensive website. You can also search for occupations that use your skill set.
    Sloan Career Cornerstone Center is a great resource for those exploring opportunities in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, computing, and healthcare fields.
    What Can I Do with This Major?  
    What Can I do with a Major In…?

Applied Mathematics
    Applied Mathematics Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services  
    Career Resources for Math/Statistics from RIT Career Services
    American Mathematical Society-Career Information  
    Mathematicians and Statisticians from the Occupational Outlook Handbook

Applied Statistics and Actuarial Science
    Applied Statistics Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Career Resources for Math/Statistics from RIT Career Services
    American Statistical Association-This is Statistics  
    Actuaries from the Occupational Outlook Handbook
    Be an Actuary from the Society of Actuaries

Biochemistry
    Biochemistry Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Exploring Careers in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from ASBMB
    Biochemistry-The Career Guide from the Biochemical Society

Bioinformatics
    Bioinformatics Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    An Explosion of Bioinformatics Careers  from Science
    Careers in Bioinformatics from the International Society of Computational Biology

Biology
    Biology Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    77 Things to Do with a Degree in the Biological Sciences  from Ohio State

Biotechnology and Molecular Bioscience
    Biotechnology and Molecular Biology Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Exploring Careers in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  from ASBME
 
Chemistry
    Chemistry Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    American Chemical Society-College to Career  

Computational Mathematics
    Computational Mathematics Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Career Resources for Math/Statistics from RIT Career Services

Environmental Science
    Environmental Science Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Environmental Scientists and Specialists from the Occupational Outlook Handbook   

Imaging Science
    Imaging Science Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    The best information on careers in Imaging Science is from the RIT website

Physics
    Physics  Academic Program Overview from RIT Career Services
    Physics Career Advice from American Physical Society
    Careers in Physics  from American Physical Society

Additional Information

  • Our Salary and Program page includes links to Career Overviews which have data about job responsibilities, skills, job titles and employers, salary information from RIT co-op students and graduates.
  • What Can I Do With This Major? Whether you’re exploring majors or searching for information about your chosen field, this website will help you connect majors to careers. Learn about typical career areas and types of employers that hire people with each major, as well as strategies to make you a more marketable candidate. (Source: University of Tennessee)
  • What Can I Do With A Major In? (Source: University of North Carolina at Wilmington)

 

Changing Your Program

Once you have sorted through your individual interests and strengths, and reviewed your options, you may be ready to make a change to your academic program at RIT. The “Change of Program/Plan” form needs to be filled out and given to your academic advisor in your current home department. Your department will send the form and your academic records to the department that you apply to. You will be notified of your acceptance or rejection from the new department.

How to declare a double major or a dual degree?
Look for the form titled "Double Major Authorization" or "Dual Degree Authorization"


How to declare a minor
Look for the form titled "Minor Authorization/Change"

These colleges have additional information about how to change into their programs:

Saunders College of Business

B. Thomas Golisano College of Computing and Information Sciences

College of Art and Design