The Computing and Information Studies program has the dual mission of preparing students to take a leadership role in information technology, independent of the career or graduate education paths they pursue and of contributing to the interdisciplinary uses of information technology across the Washington & Jefferson Curriculum.
The CIS curriculum combines aspects of history, sociology, psychology, communication, art, design, science, and mathematics. The program stresses problem solving and effective communication skills while addressing issues in computational thinking, visual culture, interaction design, information management and analysis, systems development, and security. Students select from a range of electives while continuing a course of study that provides a solid grounding in effective coding and production, as well as user-focused design and interaction, and formal modeling and analysis.
Students with an interest in a particular subfield within computing are encouraged to consider other programs or concentrations associated with the program including, but not limited to, Environmental Studies; Graphic Design; Mind, Brain, and Behavior; or Professional Writing.
The CIS major and minor are associated with the Department of Computing and Information Studies. A major requires 11 courses and a minor requires six. Additional information is available in the W&J College Catalog.