Computer Information Systems is an interdisciplinary program combining business administration and computer science giving a graduate an understanding of how systems work, how to manage them, and how to create them. Students also take courses in the liberal arts to cultivate critical, creative, logical, and ethical thinking which are essential in today’s job market.
A degree in Computer Information Systems is different from a degree in Management Information Systems because, in addition to knowing how systems work and how to manage them, a graduate will also have the ability to make them, as well. Thus, a major portion of the courses are directed towards computer science and programming to provide the necessary tools for a system’s creation.
Additionally, a degree in Computer Information Systems is also different from a degree in Computer Science as the focus is upon how to apply computing, rather than just looking at the theoretical aspects of computation. Thus, the degree is less mathematical and theoretical than that computer science, but achieving the same ability to create a system and write programs.
The goals of the program are simple and straightforward. Upon graduation, a student will be able to:
- proficiently use a variety of computer languages, methodologies and platforms;
- apply the correct methodologies for the development of systems; and,
- identify and explore future trends within the computing area.
In addition to the coursework that will enable you to build your own systems, you will have the opportunity to choose as one of your courses, after consultation with a personal advisor and a career counselor, an internship. Holy Family University’s internship program successfully places students in career-related work experiences. Students gain a competitive edge in the marketplace because of this practical work experience.
Finally, if the above is not enough to convince you to come to Holy Family’s unique program in computing, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the world’s largest professional computing society (and of which the University has a Student Chapter), lists the following top ten reasons why you should study computing:
- Computing is a part of everything we do!
- Expertise in computing enables you to solve complex, challenging problems.
- Computing enables you to make a positive difference in the world.
- Computing offers many types of lucrative careers.
- Computing jobs are here to stay, regardless of where you are located.
- Expertise in computing helps you even if your primary career choice is something else.
- Computing offers great opportunities for true creativity and innovativeness.
- Computing has space for both collaborative work and individual effort.
- Computing is an essential part of well-rounded academic preparation.
- Future opportunities in computing are without boundaries!