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Computer Information Systems

Why major in Computer Information Systems (CIS)?

The computer has almost literally become a way of life. And there are no signs of change.

Rapid improvements in hardware are being matched by advances in software technology that promise to affect the way business information systems are conceived and implemented. The most dramatic recent revolution was the development of the World Wide Web as a vehicle not only for personal information retrieval, but also for serious business applications.

The demand for CIS graduates has exploded due to increased business demand for Web presences and major organizational investments to expand capabilities for internal and external information systems and communications. Even relatively small organizations maintain computerized information systems for both employees and customers -- continually increasing the need for skilled CIS graduates to develop and maintain them.

What can you do with a Computer Information Systems major?

A CIS degree provides you with necessary technical knowledge and strong business training in subjects such as accounting, finance, economics, management, and marketing -- traits important to employers.

A U.S. Department of Commerce forecast projected at least 103% employment growth for computer systems analysts in 2005. As a result, compensation for CIS professionals, including starting salaries, is increasing more rapidly than in other careers. Another study estimated that system development openings exceed available qualified graduates by 50,000. This figure does not account for additional support personnel. 

A major in CIS prepares you to work in a programming or non-programming technical or management position such as systems analyst, application programmer, database programmer or administrator, program manager, network administrator, Web developer, Webmaster, Web Programmer or computer support technician.

Our primary goal is to provide our majors and all students of the university with

an outstanding educational foundation for productive and creative careers in computer information systems and related disciplines. 

Our challenging, exciting, and rewarding CIS curriculum will give you a solid base in information systems.  You'll gain network, Web publishing, database development, systems analysis, and application development knowledge and skills.

If you want to blend your technical capabilities with skills specific to another discipline, the CIS major is for you. You can enhance your CIS major with a minor in another discipline such as business administration or accounting.

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