The Specialization (soon to be a Minor) in Information and Communication Technology for Development focuses on the role of information and communication technology in fostering economic, social, and environmental change in developing countries. Students will gain a theoretical and practical background in the challenges and opportunities for deploying information and communication technology infrastructure. The program culminates in a field-based experience during which students implement an innovative project in a developing country as part of a study abroad program or execute a project in an underprivileged rural or urban region of the United States.
The specialization is open to sophomores, juniors, or seniors in good academic standing, and is available to students who are enrolled in bachelor's degree programs at Michigan State University from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, and from the College of Engineering. Preference will be given to students in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and in the College of Engineering. As space permits, students from other colleges desiring the specialization will be considered on an individual basis.
There are no prerequisite courses for this specialization
Students who are interested in the specialization must submit an application essay describing their interest in the specialization and any applicable prior course work or work experience. Applications must be submitted by the second week of the fall or spring semester.
Prior to application students should contact the ICT4D Program Coordinator, Susan Wyche (firstname.lastname@example.org). With the approval of the department that administers the student's degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor's degree. The student's program of study must be approved by the student's academic advisor for the specialization.
ICT4D Program Coordinator
College of Communication Arts & Sciences
189 Communication Arts and Sciences Building