If you're looking for a dynamic degree with a ton of upward mobility in any industry, then Information Systems is for you! IS or Information Systems is a blend of applied technology, business knowledge, marketing strategies, project management, and cultural awareness mashed into a single major designed to support organizational strategies in accounting, management, human resources, and information technology or IT.
Organizations either for-profit or not-for-profit develop well thought strategies to compete in their niche industries and IS is the backbone of those strategies. We use systems analysis and design to understand organization structure and dynamics, then deploy technologies (hardware, applications, and databases) to support organization efficiency or increase sales, and promote a positive business culture.
Through systems modeling, database architecture, applied technology, and project management.
Here is our really simple three-step strategy:
With these three steps we create an very unique and dynamic experience like no other. Unlike other larger "brand named" institutions where you are treated like a number, we treat you as professionals. We bring our industry experience into the classroom to create a dynamic and up-to-date subject matter in our different disciplines. In addition, our upper division classes allow you to work on what we call "living" projects. These projects range from HR analysis, social media assesment, web-based projects, database design, marketing strategies, point-of-sale architecture (POS), app design, and project management. Our classes partners with US and international based for-profit or not-for-profit organization to deliver a living classroom experience.
Our classes are industry molded, out-of-the-box creative, and simply just a whole lot of fun! Very hands-on, very interactive, very dynamic, and you will get a glimpse of this extremely vibrant, fast-paced, and rapidly growing industry. What are YOU waiting for?
Before you can run... you'll have to learn to crawl. We help build your technical skills, IS lingo, business knowledge, marketing prowess, and financial awareness in preperation for this fast-paced industry.
Even our fundamental classes are design with the future IS Professional in mind. We teach you the language of IS and Business for example:
In addition to these core classes you will have an opportunity to build your spirituality, ethics, and business acumen through our program.
In our advanced classes you will get to actively participate in real-world projects or what we loving call "living" projects.
In most of our upper division classes you will be invovled in working on real-life projects we call "living" projects. These are industry (for-profit or not-for-profit) based projects embeded into the curriculum giving you a safe view of what is happening in the industry today. At the same time these "living" projects can build your resume or collect required hours for your Project Management certification (PMI/CAPM).
For example in INFS318 Business Systems Analysis & Design the class completed the following recent (3 years) projects:
|Tanager International||Not-for-profit||Financial App Development||Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso|
|Kachibe||For-profit||Web Systems||Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso|
|Backpacks for Berrien||Not-for-profit||Web Development||Berrien Springs, MI|
|Advanced Dental Labs||For-Profit||Operations Analysis||Lebanon, PA|
NOTE: You might have a chance to travel to these remote locations around the world making a difference!
Through our JR IT Support Specialist program you will be able to put together your accuired skills and knowledge and apply in our diverse student employment areas: Andrews University ITS Help Desk, College of Professions App/Web Developer, Classroom Support Specialist, Marketing Services, and Project Leads.
Not only do we give you the knowledge, our environment allows yours skills and learned knowledge to be applied through our extra curricular programs like - Jr IT Specialist, Enactus, and other campus wide job opportunities. Yes you get paid to hone your skills, polish your resume, build your knowldege, and make professional contacts that will help you beyond your academic experience.
Jr. IT Specialist Progam here at Andrews is run by the School of Business Administration which is designed to provide technical (hardware and software implementation, tech training, network infrastructure design, Cloud support, marketing, app development, and web development) services to all the facets of the College of Professions. You will be responsible for: classroom technology, computer labs, faculty and staff tech support, Andrews University ITS Help Desk, and provide technical consultation to SBA projects and non-SBA entities.
While working with some projects you'll have a chance to travel internationally (ALL PAID) to implement our projects like in Burkina Faso through Enactus. Yes, an all paid trip for a project! Experience a different culture, meet new people, see the world, understand client needs, then change the world.
In a world of rapid and constant change, you can depend on our graduates not just adapt, but thrive and succeed in our field. This is just a small sample where you can find our graduates changing our world.
Reflecting in hindsight, double majoring in Business Management and Information Systems was the best decision I could’ve made. I have found that Business Management alone is useful and will open doors, but Information Systems has gotten me through those doors. Companies today are shifting their focus from traditional methods to more unconventional ways of business, wherein my training in Information Systems has aided me.
The education I received here has given me an advantage over my peers in the workplace. Many people are not versed in computer processes, resulting in those with an IS background to have a significant competitive edge. Post completing my education at Andrews, I have been sought after by managers within my company in different states to utilize skills that only an Information Systems degree could have afforded me. The Information Systems program offered by Andrews University renders a solid foundation for anyone seeking a career in technology.
- Olabode Ogidan
Associate Project Manager, Northrop Grumman Systems Corporation, Laser Systems
According to the U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS, the employment of information systems managers is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all other occupations. Demand for qualified information systems managers and specialist will grow as for-profit and not-for-profit increasingly expand their business to digital and cloud platforms.
Checkout what an Information Systems minor can do for you and your career. As the need for a technology skilled workers increase, adding Information Systems as a minor will bring added value to your field of expertise.