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.
The IT field is constantly changing, so many information systems graduates choose to continue their education while they are working. Central grads take graduate courses that lead to certification or an advanced degree in areas such as networking, information security and business administration.
Information systems students have interned at a number of businesses, both locally and abroad, including Alliance Technology Group (ATG) in Des Moines.
Introductory courses for the information systems major establish a base for students in the fields of computer science and business management, which are the building blocks of 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.
Learn more about Information Systems in the course catalog.
Robert Franks, B.S., M.S., Ph.D. Professor of Computer Science, interest areas include: operating systems, user interface design, computer security, digital photography, literature and running
Stephen Fyfe, B.A., M.S., Ph.D. Professor of Computer Science, interest areas include: object-oriented software development, introductory computer science and computer science topics for non-majors
Mark Johnson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. Ruth & Marvin Denekas Endowed Chair in Science and Humanities and Professor of Mathematics/Computer Science, interest areas include: computer graphics, theory of computation and mathematical logic
Many alumni have started their own IT-related companies, and with Des Moines’ recent growth in startups, students have direct access to experience these highly entrepreneurial environments via internships and job offers after graduation. Central offers an entrepreneurship minor for anyone interested in developing his or her own startup.
Central has a long history of developing communication skills in its graduates. Our information systems majors are known for their ability to write and speak clearly about technical material.
Central alumni stay connected and are willing to assist current students in finding their career path through internships and jobs.
Students are encouraged to study abroad with Central College to enhance their development as global citizens. Academic opportunities and internship programs also are available in Chicago, Washington, D.C., and New York City. Learn more about Central’s study abroad programs.