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  School of Communication and Information 2021-2023 Undergraduate Programs Undergraduate Programs of Study Digital Communication, Information, and Media  

Digital Communication, Information, and Media

The 18-credit digital communication, information, and media (DCIM) minor is open to all majors at Rutgers. This program prepares students to succeed in a diverse range of work environments through a combination of technical, analytical, interpersonal, and entrepreneurial skill sets. The DCIM program concludes with a capstone course that puts students in the driver's seat, defining and creating a project for their professional portfolio that they can use to launch their (next) career. The DCIM minor complements any major at Rutgers; capstone projects can extend a student's particular interest in a major field of study, or take students in an entirely new direction. Courses are offered in online and hybrid formats (part of the course conducted in person and part of the course conducted online).

At the end of this program, students are able to:

  • critically read, interpret, synthesize, and evaluate online information from a variety of media sources and effectively articulate an analysis and formulate opinions on the relevant topics;
  • assess the influence of virtual environments on interpersonal and group interactions;
  • identify communication opportunities and challenges when working with others in digital and virtual environments;
  • successfully participate and enhance collaborative working relationships in virtual environments; and
  • select and apply appropriate digital tools and media and design messages in order to communicate, persuade, and build relationships with stakeholders distributed across space, time, and cultures.

Career Development

Whether students are looking to enter the corporate, not-for-profit, or government sectors, whether in the life sciences, social services, business, or other fields, the DCIM program will enhance career possibilities by showing employers that they have proficiency in skills needed in all 21st-century workplaces.

Declaration of the Minor

Students may declare the minor after completing any DCIM course with a grade of C or better. For students in several Rutgers four-year schools, the declaration process is online; others can use a form on the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) website and submit it to the SC&I Student Services Office (SC&I Building, Rm 214). This form is available online.


Students must take six courses (18 credits) in the program to complete the minor:


  • 04:189:151  Virtual Team Dynamics (3)
  • 04:189:152  The Structure of Information (3)
  • 04:189:251  Strategic Presentation Methods in Digital Media (3)
  • 04:189:351  Leadership in Digital Contexts (3)
Choose one of these two:
  • 04:189:352  Self and Society in Virtual Contexts (3)
  • 04:189:353   Digital Technology and Disruptive Change (3)


  • 04:189:451  Capstone in Digital Communication, Information, and Media (3)

Students must earn a grade of C or better in 04:189 courses in order for those courses to count toward the minor. Courses can be double-counted for the digital communication, information, and media minor and for any other major or minor at the School of Communication and Information.

Course Transfers

Only 100- and 200-level courses that transfer to Rutgers as a substitute for courses in the minor may be applied to the program.

For additional information, contact RU-info at 848-445-info (4636) or
Comments and corrections to: Campus Information Services.

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