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Innovation, Society, and Technology

Are you fascinated by today's issues around data privacy and misinformation? Want to use the power of technology to bring about equality and change? Imagine innovative ways to improve how we connect as a global community?

If you answered 'yes' to any of the questions above, then the innovation, society, and technology major is for you.

You’ll analyze current information and communication technologies. Study how social media is being used to influence voting, belief systems, social movements and beyond. Understand human-centered design. And explore the implications of big data, cybersecurity, and data privacy.

You'll gain the perspective needed to make an impact on society, and the skills to land in-demand jobs.

Choose from courses like:

  • Human-centered design
  • Social media in organizations
  • The Future of Work
  • Globalization, IT & Culture
  • Data in society
  • Information, Justice, and Community Engagement

The faculty have always told me to think about how we can go deeper to solve complex issues. Each idea stems from the people I work with. I could never say something was solely my idea because it's a factor of everybody contributing.

Kevin Camelo Bonilla ‘21

About the iSchool

Innovation is at the core of the iSchool experience. Our purpose is to examine the role technology, data and information play in business and society. We prepare students to excel in the workforce of the digital age. iSchool students understand the impact of big data and cloud computing. They study advancements in website design, cybersecurity, data analytics and the future of work. They explore trends in misinformation, data privacy, and equal access to information. And they pursue in-demand jobs across industries, working with companies like Google, Microsoft, Amazon, EY and more.


Core coursework introduces concepts to help you understand what information is and how to analyze and interpret it. You’ll also take courses centered around each of the three areas of the major: innovation, society, and technology. You’ll further personalize your degree by choosing a concentration. Options include:

  • Information security management
  • Data analytics
  • Project management
  • Network and systems management
  • Web design and management
  • Digital retail strategies
  • Innovation, design, and startups

Dual Enrollment

You can specialize in iSchool coursework or combine your degree with majors from one of Syracuse University’s eight other undergraduate colleges.

The iSchool offers structured dual degree programs with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and the Martin J. Whitman School of Management.

Students who select the Whitman dual program often seek a working knowledge of business with the technical training in information systems to set them apart from standard business school graduates. Those students interested in deepening their understanding of communications consider Newhouse, where they declare one of nine majors, including public relations, broadcast journalism, newspaper, or photography.

Real-world experience

The innovation, society, and technology program provides experiential learning and research opportunities outside the classroom so that you graduate prepared for the career of your choosing.

  • Connect with employers through a variety of career-related opportunities such as internships, job shadowing, experiential learning programs, educational road trips, iSchool-specific career fairs, and more.
  • Pursue collaborative projects with real-world clients through the NEXIS Lab or iConsult
  • Join one of our many research labs and learn from faculty and graduate students exploring new ideas and technologies.
  • Spend a weekend, spring break, or a summer learning about companies in places like Silicon Valley, New York City, Europe or Asia through an iSchool trip. Or connect virtually with people all over the world through our TechConnect program.
  • Get hands-on experience working in sports analytics and web design with local company SIDEARM Sports.
  • Join one of 15+ iSchool student organizations - like Information Security Club, BeIT, Peer Advisors, or Women in Technology - to plan events, participate in competitions, volunteer, connect with alumni, and educate your peers.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries.

iSchool students have studied abroad in Beijing, Florence, London, and Madrid, and at World Partner programs including CEA Prague, DIS Copenhagen, Information Management Technology (Copenhagen), Tel Aviv University, University College Dublin, and the University of New South Wales.

Life After Syracuse University

iSchool graduates go on to have some of the best jobs in the industry, with a 94% job placement rate and average starting salary of $70,061 for 2019 graduates.

The IST major prepares students for roles such as:

  • Consultant
  • Analyst
  • Researcher
  • Entrepreneur
  • Doctoral student in information science or related fields

IST majors also have the opportunity to pursue a Fast Track master’s degree with the iSchool’s M.S. in Information Management, M.S. in Applied Data Science, or M.S. in Library and Information Science.