Communications and Applied Technology

Bachelor of Science Degree: 180.0 quarter credits

About the Program

The Bachelor of Science in Communications and Applied Technology is a multidisciplinary program designed for individuals who want to increase their knowledge of all aspects of business communications and relevant communication technologies, while understanding the business principles that are necessary to achieve corporate goals.

The major offers a multidisciplinary approach combining theoretical and applied learning principles and encompasses the spectrum of internal and external communications that organizations utilize in their management and marketing functions. The program is tailored to meet the needs of people who sell, communicate, and manage in industries that are heavily customer oriented and are involved in or affected by world markets. The goal of the program is to increase students’ understanding of communication, management, applicable technology, business, the world economy, and relationships within their corporate culture.

Curriculum

To complete the Bachelor of Science degree in Communications and Applied Technology, students must earn a minimum of 180 quarter credits comprising the following:

  • English Composition
  • Humanities
  • Social Sciences
  • Physical Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Business
  • Computing Technology
  • Customer Operations

For additional information, please visit the Communications and Applied Technology web page.

 

Degree Requirements

English Composition Requirements
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: The Craft of Persuasion3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Thematic Analysis Across Genres3.0
Mathematics Requirements
MATH 181Mathematical Analysis I3.0
MATH 182Mathematical Analysis II3.0
MATH 183Mathematical Analysis III3.0
College Requirements
GSTD 200Lifelong Learning Theory & Practice3.0
Natural Science Electives *9.0
Liberal Studies Electives **33.0
Free Electives 36.0
Business Minor Requirements ***
Select six of the following:24.0
Financial Accounting Foundations
Business Law I
Principles of Microeconomics
Principles of Macroeconomics
Introduction to Finance
Introduction to Marketing Management
Organizational Behavior
Operations Management
Introduction to Business Statistics
Communications and Applied Technology
CAT 201 [WI] Interpersonal Communication3.0
CAT 302Customer Service Theory and Practice3.0
CAT 303Client Relations Management3.0
CAT 360Applied Organizational Research3.0
CAT 491Senior Project in Communications and Applied Technology I3.0
CAT 492Senior Project in Communications and Applied Technology3.0
COM 111Principles of Communication3.0
COM 230Techniques of Speaking3.0
COM 240New Technologies In Communication3.0
COM 270 [WI] Business Communication3.0
COM 330Professional Presentations3.0
COM 335Electronic Publishing3.0
COM 370 [WI] Advanced Business Writing3.0
CT 230Web Development I3.0
CT 240Web Development II3.0
CT 385Web Development III ****3.0
PHIL 323Organizational Ethics3.0
PROJ 301Introduction to Project Management3.0
PRST 303Interpersonal Skills for Virtual Teams3.0
Total Credits180.0

*

Students select 9.0 credits from any of the following sciences: ANAT, BIO,CHEM, ENVR, FDSC, NFS, PHEV, PHYS. Courses from other departments may be considered with advisor approval.

**

Africana studies, anthropology, fine arts (history of architecture, art, film, music, theatre), foreign language, history, linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology, women's studies, writing.

***

No more than 2 transferred courses may be used to complete the minor. A grade of C (2.0) or better must be earned in each courses in the Minor in Business.

****

After completion of CT 230, CT 240 and CT 385, students can sit for the Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) exam. Additional self-study may be necessary.


Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Center. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

Program Delivery

An attractive feature of the degree-completion program in Communications and Applied Technology is the flexible delivery options. This program can be completed in a variety of formats so that students can complete their degree in the design that best fits their lifestyle.

On-campus Option

Students who prefer to study on Drexel’s main campus in University City may do so during the day, evening, or on Saturdays. All but five of the courses can be completed during the day or evening. Finally, students who already have an associate’s degree or equivalent credits may complete their degree entirely on Saturdays through Drexel’s innovative Saturday Scholars program, providing virtually no interruption to their weekday routine. Please visit the Saturday Scholars Program web site for more information.

Online Option

Students who desire a quality Drexel education but who do not live or work in close proximity to the university can complete their degree entirely online. The same distinguished Drexel full-time and adjunct faculty that teach on campus also teach online courses using the same syllabus and learning objectives. Please visit the Drexel E-Learning web site for more information.

Career Opportunities

The program provides excellent preparation for management positions in corporate communication, client relations management, and sales. Because communication is integral to success in all industries, the degree prepares students from almost any industry to advance into management positions. Students who want to pursue a graduate degree will find this program’s broad foundation and writing intensive nature to be excellent preparation. Graduates have gone on to pursue master’s degrees in law, business, information technology, communication, human services, and health care management.

Visit the Drexel Steinbright Career Development Center page for information on opportunities after graduation.

Courses

CAT 180 Special Topics in Communications and Applied Technology 1.0-4.0 Credit

Special Topics in CAT. Covers special topics related to Communications and Applied Technology. Allows the College to offer new, specialized lower-level topics of interest and relevance to the major.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 12 credits

CAT 200 Strategies for Lifelong Learning 3.0 Credits

Strategies for Lifelong Learning. This course introduces students to the skills necessary for successful lifelong learning. Theoretical and practical aspects of learning are explored. Emphasis is placed on critical thinking, study skills, analytical reading, effective writing, reasoning, problem-solving, time management and strategies for management necessary to support learning in a college environment.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CAT 201 [WI] Interpersonal Communication 3.0 Credits

Interpersonal Communication. Interpersonal communication will be studies from the perspective of emotional intelligence. Particular emphasis will be placed on emotional intelligence in the workplace and in leadership. The main objective is to make students aware that intelligence and technological expertise are not enough to be successful in the workplace. This is a writing intensive course.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CAT 215 Emerging Trends of Video Games 3.0 Credits

Course examines the importance of the video game industry in today's world including an overview of current video game industry, the motivation for playing video games and the associated consequences. The role of video games from an international perspective also is examined.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit

CAT 302 Customer Service Theory and Practice 3.0 Credits

Customer Service Theory and Practice. This course focuses on the theory of customer service and the practices that "best in class" companies apply to differentiate themselves from the competition. The course includes practical information and activities designed to teach students how to respond to customers, resolve problems, and provide quality customer service.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

CAT 303 Client Relations Management 3.0 Credits

Client Relations Management. This course introduces the skills that facilitate and enhance client relations management. Topics covered include building a trusting relationship, evaluating and managing expectations and needs, managing conflict, understanding the client's perspective, customer life cycle, consulting, serving public sector versus private sector clients, managing client relations managers, and ethical issues.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

CAT 315 Expressive Power of Video Games 3.0 Credits

Course focuses on the effects of video games from a multidisciplinary perspective including how video games have transformed social interactions. Emphasis placed on the importance of video games as a persuasive communication medium.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman

CAT 360 Applied Organizational Research 3.0 Credits

Applied Organizational Research. This course presents a systematic approach to managerial methods of conducting organizational research and analysis. Students will undergo the managerial research process of specifying the problem; translating the problem into specific research questions; designing the data collection and methodology; collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data; and reporting research results and recommendations.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

CAT 380 Advanced Special Topics in Communications and Applied Technology 0.5-12.0 Credits

Covers special topics of interest in Communications and Applied Technology. This course may be repeatable for credit.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 12 credits
Restrictions: Cannot enroll if classification is Freshman or Sophomore

CAT 399 Independent Study in Communications and Applied Technology 0.5-6.0 Credits

Independent Study in CAT. Independent study on a topic related to Communications and Applied Technology selected by the students. The independent study is supervised by a faculty member and guided by a plan of study.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Can be repeated 3 times for 18 credits

CAT 491 Senior Project in Communications and Applied Technology I 3.0 Credits

Senior Project CAT I. Covers planning and execution of a professional project that integrates the academic and practical knowledge the student has acquired in his or her major. Requires a formal written report and a formal oral presentation. This is part one of a two-course sequence.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: (CAT 301 [Min Grade: D] or PROJ 301 [Min Grade: D]) and CAT 360 [Min Grade: D] and COM 230 [Min Grade: D] and COM 270 [Min Grade: D] and ORGB 300 [Min Grade: D]

CAT 492 Senior Project in Communications and Applied Technology 3.0 Credits

Senior Project CAT II. Covers planning and execution of a professional project that integrates the academic and practical knowledge the student has acquired in his or her major. Requires a formal written report and a formal oral presentation. This is part two of a two-course sequence.

College/Department: Goodwin School of Technology & Professional Studies
Repeat Status: Not repeatable for credit
Restrictions: Can enroll if classification is Senior.
Prerequisites: CAT 491 [Min Grade: C]

Multidisciplinary & Emerging Programs Faculty

Frank Anbari, PMP, PhD (Drexel University) Project Management Program. Clinical Professor. Transportation engineering; project scheduling; project cost management; earned value management; project quality management; project leadership; project management education; Six Sigma.
Kimberly Mitchell, PhD (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University ) Property Management Program. Associate Teaching Professor. Multi-family real estate operations, sustainability, affordability, and policy; asset management; real estate development.
Fredricka K. Reisman, PhD (Syracuse University) Director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Innovation. Professor. Mathematics education, learning mathematics, mathematics pedagogy, teacher education, heuristic diagnostic learning and teaching, theory and research in creativity and applied creativity.
Victor Sohmen, PhD (University of Queensland) Project Management Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Extensive international experience in teaching, research, publication, and practice in diverse areas of: general management; project management; cost engineering; pedagogy; curriculum development; distance learning technology; research methodology; cross-cultural studies; and international business.

Interdepartmental Faculty

Scott J. White, PhD (University of Bristol, UK) Director, Computing & Security Technology Program. Associate Clinical Professor. Homeland security; operational risk management; infrastructure protection; intelligence, crime & counter-terrorism.
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