Academic Programs Catalog

The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management

Minor in Information Technology

The minor in information technology is available to students enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University. The Eli Broad College of Business is the primary administrative unit in collaboration with the College of Engineering and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.

The minor is designed to provide students with a multidisciplinary understanding of the role and basic mechanics of information technology in the contemporary workplace. Information technology specialists learn how to design and model information systems and business processes, plan and manage information systems projects, and program and test the resulting systems. Students develop core competencies in their primary area of study and broaden their horizons as they interact with others from different disciplinary backgrounds on real-world systems projects. Students completing the minor will be well-prepared for employment in technology-oriented environments and will also understand how to be thought leaders as information technology applications continue to evolve in organizations and society. 


To be considered for admission, a student must have been formally accepted into a degree program at Michigan State University. Applicants must have completed (a) Computer Science and Engineering 102 or 201 or 231 and (b) Mathematics 124 or 132.

Students seeking admission to the minor must complete an application. Admission is based on a combination of cumulative grade-point average, stated interest, and experience in information technology. Students are required to provide a written statement and resume.

Requirements for the Minor in Information Technology

Students must complete the requirements specified below (19 to 20 credits):

1. All of the following courses (13 credits):
CSE 231 Introduction to Programming I 4
ITM 311 Systems Analysis and Design 3
ITM 444 Information Technology Project Management 3
MI 201 Media and Information Technologies and Industries 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):
CSE 102 Algorithmic Thinking and Programming 3
CSE 201 Fundamentals of Information Technology 3
3. At least 3 credits from the following courses (3 or 4 credits):
ACC 321 Accounting Information Systems 3
CSE 232 Introduction to Programming II  4
ITM 209 Business Analytics and Information Systems 3
ITM 481 Introduction to Business Analytics 3
MI 231 Game and Interactive Media Development 3
MI 349 Web Design and Development 3
MI 361 IT Network Management and Security 3
STT 180 Introduction to Data Science 4

With the approval of the department that administers the student’s degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements of the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. In certain cases, prerequisites for minor electives may be waived with advance approval. Students should consult with the Eli Broad College of Business Undergraduate Academic Services office.