The Department of Computing and Information Studies 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.
CIS is an interdisciplinary program combining 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. Courses provide a solid background in effective coding and production, user-focused design and interaction, and formal modeling and analysis.
The CIS Department offers a major and a minor, each designed to give students a strong background in a breadth of approaches to computing. The CIS major requires 11 courses and a minor requires six. Students with an interest in a particular subfield within computing are encouraged to consider other programs or concentrations associated with the program as well, including Environmental Studies; Film and Video Studies; Mind, Brain & Behavior; or Professional Writing.
Additional course information is available in the W&J College Catalog.
Advice on Choosing CIS Courses
Amanda Holland-Minkley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of CIS
Charles T. Hannon, Ph.D.
Professor of CIS; Associate Dean of the Faculty
Samuel B. Fee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of CIS
Thomas Lombardi, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of CIS