Web Development

At RWU, Web Development majors don’t just design, develop and deploy state-of-the-art websites. They solve problems for real-world clients by learning the latest technical, programming and design skills such as mobile and e-commerce, combined with complementary coursework in fields like marketing, cybersecurity or business. Through professional internships and portfolio-building projects, you’ll graduate ready to meet the growing demand for web developers.

Web Development Major

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The Web Development program is hands-on and project-based. In our program students begin working on actual projects for real clients in their sophomore year. This learning approach not only provides a more natural and exciting learning environment, it ensures that graduates have the knowledge and expertise needed along with the “people skills” that often define success in the real world. Students graduate with a portfolio representing three years of real projects they have completed for actual clients.
Web Development majors at Roger Williams University learn how to develop Web sites using traditional as well as cutting edge (Web 2.0) tools and techniques. Our projects emphasize applying those techniques to solve real world problems and create real world opportunities. The principles of Responsive Web Design (RWD) are followed to create sites and applications for mobile as well as wide screen displays. Search engine optimization (SEO) and social media techniques are used to maximize site traffic and Web analytics are employed to measure and optimize the effectiveness of client websites.
In addition to satisfying the University Core Curriculum requirements, Web Development majors must complete eight CIS courses (three of which are electives) and at least two courses from a list of options. Students must also elect to complete a minor in one of the following areas: Marketing, Business, Management, Economics, Accounting, Finance; or complete a second major in any area.

Required Courses:

CIS102Computer Applications in Business 
CIS200Introduction to Computer Programming: Animation and Games 
CIS206Introduction to Web Development 
CIS299Web Development Center I 
(3) CIS Electives at the 300 or 400 level.
CIS469Web Development Internship 
At least two (2) of the following:
(*Courses marked with an asterisk have prerequisites)
* COMM111Writing for the Mass Media 
COMM165Introduction to Visual Communication 
* COMM240Electronic Communication: Technology, Modes and Methods 
* DSGN110Introduction to Typography 
* DSGN300Web Design Communication 
* JOUR315Introduction to Photojournalism 
* JOUR355Digital Journalism I 
MRKT200Marketing Principles 
* MRKT360Marketing on the Web 
MRKT401Advertising Campaigns Research 
MRKT402Advertising Campaigns Practicum 
VARTS261Foundations of Photography 
VARTS361Digital Tools and Methods 

1 or 2 CIS Elective(s) at the 300 or 400 level

The Web Development Minor

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The Web Development minor serves as a value-added component for students whose major is in an area outside web development. Students gain competence in basic computer packages (spreadsheets, graphics, database, and programming), the elements of business conducted via the Web, and select a subset of the CIS courses that best enhance their education and their professional prospects.
CIS102Computer Applications in Business 
CIS105Data Analysis & Analytics with Excel 
CIS206Introduction to Web Development 

and three Computer Information Services (CIS) electives

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Jason Hall, RWU Class of 2018 Web Development

For Jason Hall, being involved with a few of the more than 75 campus clubs and organizations has extended his education at RWU beyond the classroom in a very special way.

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