Program Goals for the Maryville Information Systems Major
A graduate of Maryville University with a major in information systems should be able to:
- Gain a broad knowledge of information system components (hardware, software, data, processes, and people) and learn how to assemble and integrate these components into solutions which will provide advantage to the firm.
- Develop strong problem-solving and analytical skills, and the ability to think logically when designing spreadsheets, databases, web and desktop applications. They will use these application exercises to gain an appreciation for the requirements, potential, and limitations of industrial strength applications.
- Develop an appreciation for the need for continuous improvement in their knowledge of evolving information systems technologies and the changing application of these technologies in enterprises of all sizes.
- Work independently and persevere through difficulties often encountered in the use of new technology, demonstrate the ability to test, debug, assess their work, and take pride in achieving a quality product for their customers.
- Apply project management and leadership principles beneficial for work in teams on large projects and learn to communicate effectively with computer personnel and users who may have less technical background.
- Gain a broad understanding of information systems applications relevant to their business or non-business program.
Since you’ll be part of the School of Business, we invite you to participate in the Maryville Business Organization (MBO). This group provides avenues for you to develop professional contacts and learn about issues that affect local businesses.
Although an internship is not required for the information systems major, we encourage you to take advantage when opportunities arise. Internships provide invaluable, practical experience that you just can’t get in the classroom. Plus, you’ll meet contacts who can help you procure a full-time position after you graduate.
You can take an internship during your junior or senior year. Depending on how many hours you work, you can earn two to six credit hours.
Maryville’s location enhances your internship opportunities. Hundreds of employers in West County need interns, and often hire the very best upon graduation. Plus, you will likely find yourself in classes with both traditional day students and working professionals. A diverse student population helps you meet all kinds of people, many of whom can offer personal insight into the professional world.