Information Communication Technology


Welcome to the UK Information Communication Technology Program.

The first of its kind at the University of Kentucky, the ICT program is part of the School of Information Science in the College of Communication and Information, the official iSchool at UK.

People all over the world are reaching out to share information through new and developing channels. The ICT program focuses on the intersection of technology, people who use that technology, policies and regulations that govern the use of that technology and communities or environments in which that technology is used. Undergraduate students may pursue a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science option for their degree. There is also a Master's of Science in Information Communication Technology with tracks in health, technology and analytics, and policy and regulation.


What is ICT?

Information Communication Technology (ICT) is an umbrella term used to encompass all rapidly emerging, evolving and converging computer, software, networking, telecommunications, Internet, programming and information systems technologies. Historically, many of these fields developed separately, in different companies, departments and R&D groups, and at different times. With rapid improvements in computer processing power, networking technology advances, programming interface improvements, widespread adoption of Internet Protocols, integration into organizational strategic operations, and improved workforce and user competencies, however, these fields are rapidly converging.

Once a term used widely used outside the United States, ICT is becoming more recognized in the U.S. as this convergence takes place more frequently across the globe, and the demand for professionals who have the knowledge and skills to manage the growing number of intersections is increasing. A degree in ICT is the first step toward a career that will continue to evolve as technology continues to expand the way we create, store, and share data.

ICT students gain knowledge and skills needed to effectively apply, use and manage technology when solving problems specifically related to information and communication. Classes provide a human and organizational focus on technology–teaching students how to be effective users of technology. Students who major in ICT can expect to work in positions where they are the communication link between people, organizations and the  technologies used to support those organizations’ information infrastructures.


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