James Madison University

Telecommunications Minor

Dr. Mohamed Aboutabl, Minor Adviser

The Department of Computer Science, in cooperation with other departments, offers a cross disciplinary minor in telecommunications. The program is intended to augment major programs in preparing students to become network and telecommunications professionals.

The cross disciplinary minor in telecommunications is designed to augment the student's major program with a package of courses that will prepare the graduate to obtain a position as a telecommunication/network professional and fill a societal need in one of the fastest growing areas of technology.

The program is developed as a minor principally for three major programs: computer science, integrated science and technology (for students not in the telecommunications concentration), and computer information systems. However, the program is open to any undergraduate with an interest in telecommunications and some computer background.

The telecommunications minor will instill knowledge of:

  • Telecommunication terminologies, standards, policies and procedures.
  • Basics of data transmission, digital signal processes and signaling hierarchies.
  • Architectures, communications protocols and components of LANs, WANs and internetworks.
  • The TCP/IP and ATM protocol suites.
  • Switching, routing and traffic management in inter-networked environments.
  • Voice, video and data transmission over IP and ATM.
  • Application development for the Internet.
  • Distributed object systems programming and management.

Students are encouraged to check prerequisites. At most four courses can be used to satisfy both the telecommunications minor and a student's major requirements.

Application Form for Prospective Telecommunications Minors (PDF)

Requirements Checklist (PDF)


Credit Hours

CIS/CS 320. Telecommunications and Information Processing


CS/ISAT 460. TCP/IP Networks


CS 461. Internetworking


Choose one of the following:
CS 139. Algorithm Development
CIS 221. Principles of Programming
ISAT 252. Programming and Problem Solving


Choose one of the following:
SMAD 356. Telecommunications Policy and Regulation
CS/ISAT 464. Telecom in Public Interest


Choose one of the following:
CS/ISAT 462. Network Applications Development
CS/ISAT 463. Network Analysis and Design
ISAT 465. Wireless Networking, Security and Forensics
CS 458. Cyber Defense





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