Upon completion of the core curriculum (18 credits), students work with faculty advisers and the SIA Academic Adviser to choose elective courses (21 credits, SIA Electives, PSU Electives) and a capstone experience (3 credits) suitable to their thematic interests. The capstone experience is either an internship, which enables students to experience the integration of their curricular studies in an actual professional environment, or a master's paper, which allows students to explore in depth their areas of interest and may also involve original research. 

Students who wish to take an elective(s) that is not listed on the SIA Electives or PSU Electives list, will need seek approval from the SIA Director of Academic Advising and Student Affairs prior to course enrollment.