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, data science, 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 can personalize and focus their studies through emphases in Computer Science, Data Science, Digital Media, Interaction Design, and Web and Mobile Technology. Learn more about these emphases and about specific courses in the W&J College Catalog.
CIS Visual Guides
For students interested in majoring or minoring in CIS or completing a CIS-affiliated concentration, the following guidelines to the requirement may be helpful in planning:
- Visual Guide to the CIS Major
- Visual Guide to the CIS Major's Emphases
- Visual Guide to the Computer Science Emphasis
- Visual Guide to the Data Science Emphasis
- Visual Guide to the Digital Media Emphasis
- Visual Guide to the Interaction Design Emphasis
- Visual Design to the Web & Mobile Technology Emphasis
- Visual Guide to the CIS Minor
- Visual Guide to CIS Concentrations
- Guide to Introductory Courses in Computing
There are many paths through the major, so the department strongly advises that students talk to an advisor in CIS about their educational and career plans to select the best set of courses for them.
Beyond the Classroom
Students have a wide array of opportunities for research, internships, conferences, and networking beyond the classroom that give them an advantage to prepare for life after W&J.
Research and Internships
- All CIS majors complete a supervised internship experience through our capstone course, CIS 400.
- Many CIS students find summer internships in areas like data analysis, front-end development, user research, and web design.
- CIS students participate in summer research opportunities such as NSF funded REUs or the CMU Heinz College Summer Security Intensive.
- CIS faculty have active research programs and work with students on their projects or on student-designed independent studies and honors projects.
CIS graduates have developed careers in a variety of fields including the following:
Software Developer; Business Analytics; I.T. Project Management; Social Media and Marketing; I.T. Consulting; Game Design; Web Design; UI/UX Research; Database Management; Information Security