Are you interested in developing software systems or managing the information structure for an organization? Would you like to be a chief information officer someday? The information systems major at Central allows students to choose from an emphasis in accounting information systems (AIS), computer information systems (CIS), or management information systems (MIS). Graduates have entered graduate school and immediate employment as IT managers, web programmers, and information systems auditors.
Introductory courses for the information systems major introduce students to the fields of computer science and business management, which are the building blocks for the interdisciplinary field of information systems. The course, Introduction to Information Management, provides a foundation to the field. Upper-level courses allow students to select an area of focus (such as accounting information systems, computer information systems, or management information systems) and take courses related to that area.
Internships are strongly recommended. They may be obtained through locally or regionally located businesses and organizations, through one of Central’s international program sites or through the Chicago Metropolitan Center. This experience provides the student with rich learning opportunities and puts course work into practice.
Students majoring in Information Systems develop their communications skills in different ways depending on their emphasis. Accounting and management information systems majors take either COMM-160 or COMM-270; computer information systems majors take the computer science senior project COSC-420.
Information systems majors cannot also declare a minor in either business management or computer science. Information systems majors with the AIS emphasis cannot also declare a major or minor in accounting. Information systems majors with the CIS emphasis cannot also declare a computer science major. Information systems majors with the MIS emphasis cannot also declare a business management major.