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.
No matter what your interests, Central has a student group or organization for you. Information systems students may be interested in participating on a programming team for competition or in one of the following clubs:
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The IT field is constantly changing, so many information systems graduates choose to continue their education while they are working. Central grads continue to 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 introduce students to 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.
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.
The Weller Center for Business and International Studies houses faculty offices and classrooms for the economics, accounting, business management and modern language departments. The building includes state-of-the-art technologies, a 24-hour computer lab on the main floor and eight high-tech classrooms, two of which contain student computers.
The Vermeer Science Center is home to the mathematics, computer science, biology, chemistry, physics and natural science programs. The computer science department has dedicated collaborative learning spaces with updated equipment for student use.
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.