New Economy Majors

Technology is driving unprecedented changes in the way we work.

Today's college grads need skillsanalytical thinking, complex problem solving, creativity, resiliency, and flexibilitythat can adapt to evolving career fields.

A global pandemic is altering everything we're used to.

It's time for a future focused on a New Economy.

In response to these rapid changes in the workforce, RIT has created a new category of academic programs–New Economy Majors–that are multidisciplinary, transformative, and future-proof. RIT's New Economy Majors ensure successful outcomes while meeting the ever-changing needs of a new, and evolving, economy.

What Are New Economy Majors?

Graduates need to have the skills to stay continuously relevant and have the flexibility, adaptability, and knowledge that allows them to flex in any direction their field requires. All of these New Economy Majors also incorporate essential tools of team building, effective communication, and leadership.

Ian Mortimer
Vice President Enrollment Management
Associate Provost for Adult and Online Education


By combining dynamic areas of study, New Economy Majors break down traditional boundaries and open students up to a whole new world of possibilities. Found between classic majors and those traditionally described as specialized, New Economy Majors are:
 

New Economy Majors

Applied Arts and Sciences (Individualized Study)

Engineering + Computing + Design + Business
You may know what you want to do, but you may find yourself drawn to a collection of interests that doesn’t fit neatly into a conventional academic program. Customize a major crafted around your interests, goals, and career aspirations.

Digital Humanities and Social Sciences

Writing + Computing + Digital Media
Pair a traditional liberal arts education with study in digital technology, human-computer interaction, database management, geographic information technologies, and interactivity in new media. Critically analyze digital culture, social media, and digital games.

Human-Centered Computing

Computing + Psychology + Design
Using computing, psychology, and design you’ll study human behavior to learn how people interact with computers, devices, and technology in order to develop computing systems that are more intuitive for users.

Imaging Science

Engineering + Computer Science + Math
Drones, AR/VR, satellite systems, artificial intelligence, computer vision–this is the incredible world of imaging science where you’ll develop cutting-edge imaging systems to engage with, capture, process, display, and analyze images and imaging data.

Microelectronic Engineering

Engineering + Physics + Nanosciences
Semiconductor and photonic devices impact virtually every aspect of our lives­–from communication, entertainment, and transportation to health, solid-state lighting, and solar cells. Understand the design of these amazing devices as you also direct and optimize their fabrication.

Motion Picture Science

Science + Engineering + Film and Animation
Combine science and engineering with film and animation to create captivating storytelling for film, television, and animation. Work for tech and entertainment powerhouses in digital color correction, sound design, digital projection, visual effects, and more.

New Media Interactive Development

Computing + Digital Technologies + Design
Connect computing, digital tech, and design to develop interactive digital technologies for social software, wearable devices, touch interfaces, virtual reality/augmented reality, the internet, and more.

New Media Design

Design + Computing + Digital Media
Explore the dynamic combination of design, computing, and digital media as you create captivating, interactive media through visual design, user experience design, interaction, motion graphics, and more.

Packaging Science

Design + Engineering + Business
Blend design, engineering, and business to craft inventive ways of packaging a range of products–from food and cosmetics to electronics and consumer products–for transportation, storage, display, and presentation.

Photographic Sciences

Photography + Computing + Biomedical Sciences
Pair photography with computing and biomedical sciences for dynamic careers with imaging and camera companies, research centers, forensic laboratories, and government agencies that solve imaging problems and advance photographic technology.

Robotics and Manufacturing Engineering Technology

Engineering + Computing + Robotics
By merging engineering, computing, and robotics, you’ll be positioned for a career in today’s advanced manufacturing environments where robotics, automation, flexible manufacturing systems, and electronics manufacturing are innovating the industry.

Supply Chain Management

Business + Computing + Engineering
Learn to manage the flow of goods and services around the world by understanding the logistics, planning, inventory demands, transportation, and execution behind moving products from farms and production facilities to their final destinations in warehouses and stores.

What This Means For You

We understand what you want: a career where you won't be pigeonholed or be narrowly defined. You want the freedom to play, to experiment, to explore. You want to think big and push the boundaries. New Economy Majors will help you accomplish these goals, and more.