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CIT Program Description

Program Description

The CIT online major (reference number 555) requires 120 credit hours and leads to a Bachelor of Science degree. No minor or second major is required. Enrollment in the CIT program is limited and based on student qualifications. All CIT courses must be completed with a grade of "C" or better. The program requires 36/60 hours of upper-division CIT coursework. Electives should be selected consistent with WKU's degree requirements including:

  • 36 hours minimum in courses earned at WKU (satisfied by CIT course requirements)
  • 42 hours in upper-division credit (36 hours for 2+2, satisfied by CIT course requirements))
  • 120 hours minimum overall
  • Colonnade (general education) requirements

For 2+2 transfer students, 36 hours of CIT courses are required. These include:

  • Four 300-level courses (usually taken in the first semester): CIT 300, 302, 352, 372 (12 hours)
  • Seven courses, to be selected from 400-level CIT courses and/or from AMS 342, 367, 390, 394, 396, 430, 475 (21 hours)  
  • Capstone course: AMS 490 (3 hours, to be taken in last semester)

For traditional, non 2+2 students, 60 hours of CIT courses are required. These include:

  • Ten 300-level foundation courses: CIT 300, 302, 310, 312, 330, 332, 350, 352, 370, 372 (30 hours)
  • Nine courses, to be selected from 400-level CIT courses and/or from AMS 342, 367, 390, 394, 396, 430, 475 (27 hours)
  • Capstone course: AMS 490 (3 hours, to be taken in last semester)

See the Curriculum section (left) for course titles and descriptions.

In order to be considered a 2+2 student and take advantage of the reduced number of hours (36 instead of 60), students must transfer to WKU with an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degree (or A.S. in some cases) in a technology subject area from a regionally accredited school. See the Transfer Student section (below) for more details.

All CIT courses are delivered online via the Blackboard learning management system. Some CIT courses may also be taken via On-Demand/Independent Learning (https://www.wku.edu/ondemand/), also using the Blackboard learning management system.

For students interested in combining the CIT curriculum with studies in technology management, the Joint Undergraduate and Master's Degree Program (JUMP) provides the opportunity for academically outstanding CIT students to complete their combined online Bachelor of Science and online Master of Science in Engineering Technology Management (MSETM) degrees in as little as five years (much less for transfer students). This is an excellent opportunity for 2+2 transfer students who wish to follow a management track and obtain an advanced degree. Transfer (2+2) students can complete their Bachelor's degree with just 36 CIT course hours (as always), but up to 12 graduate hours will be dual-counted as CIT and MSETM hours (see http://www.wku.edu/msetm/courses.php for courses). Thus, on graduation with the Bachelor's degree in CIT, students will only need 21 more hours to graduate with a Master's Degree in Engineering Technology Management (MSETM). For more information, see https://www.wku.edu/cit/cit_jump.php

Transfer Students

Western Kentucky University (WKU) has a unique arrangement in that it allows community and technical college graduates to apply their IT degrees towards the completion of the CIT major. Under this arrangement, WKU will accept student degrees as transfer credit at admission. Then, students start the CIT program with Junior standing. There are no complicated articulation agreements, and no awkward lists of classes that transfer.

Students who take advantage of this option only take (four) 300-level CIT courses, (seven) 400-level electives, and a capstone course (AMS 490). The transfer credit covers the rest of the major requirements.

To take advantage of this arrangement, students must complete an A.A.S./A.S. degree in IT (or related discipline) before starting in the CIT program. WKU will not consider individual courses for transfer. If you don't graduate with an A.A.S./A.S., you can't take advantage of this 2+2 option.

Students who transfer from a community/technical college and are not General Education Certified will need to complete WKU's Colonnade (general education) requirements. These may be completed at WKU, or, in some cases, at other colleges local to the student.

Also, as an FYI, as of Spring, 2016, students who complete an associate degree containing 30 unduplicated semester credit hours of General Education (typically an Associate of Arts [A.A.] or an Associate of Science [A.S.]) from a regionally accredited institution outside Kentucky are considered to have fulfilled all WKU Colonnade General Education requirements.

Thus, it is possible that under some circumstances students may be able to complete the CIT bachelor's degree in just 36 hours.

For a typical distribution of hours, see the table below:

Hours Table

All CIT courses are available online and may be completed from anywhere in the world. This format is very compatible with busy work and family schedules.

Traditional Students

Students that do not transfer to WKU with an Associate of Applied Science (AAS/AS) degree in a technology area are considered traditional students. Their CIT requirements include:

  • Ten 300-level foundation courses: CIT 300, 302, 310, 312, 330, 332, 350, 352, 370, 372 (30 hours)
  • Nine courses, to be selected from 400-level CIT courses and/or from AMS 342, 367, 390, 394, 396, 430, 475 (27 hours)
  • Capstone course: AMS 490 (3 hours, to be taken in last semester)

The CIT program does not accept any information technology transfer credit for traditional students.

 

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 Last Modified 11/13/17