What is Information Systems?
Information systems (IS) is concerned with the information that computer systems can provide to aid a company, non-profit or governmental organization in defining and achieving its goals. It is also concerned with the processes that an enterprise can implement and improve using information technology.
Graduates from the Information Systems major at Towson University are in high demand by employers due to their unique combination of technical, organizational, and behavioral skills. The Information Systems major is a great fit for students who enjoy technology and like working with people. Information Systems, as a field, primarily focuses on the 4 “Ps” –
- people (understanding user interface design and user task goals for information systems),
- process (incorporating stakeholder input into technology development processes),
- policy (understanding the context of state and national laws and international technical standards), and
- profit (using technology to meet business and organizational goals).
The flagship program is the undergraduate major in Information Systems, which includes four career track options – Systems, Business, Interface Design, and e-Government. The department also offers a combined major in Information Systems and Business Administration, a combined major in Information Systems and e-Business, and a minor in Information Systems.
Starting in the 2014-15 year, each Information Systems student must choose from one of 4 career tracks in Information Systems. The career tracks help focus a student’s course work around a real world career goal. The four current career tracks are in:
- Systems: This track prepares students in conceptualizing and developing robust and reliable information systems with a focus on key technical skills in information system analysis, design, and development.
- Business: This track prepares students in integrating technology with business processes and strategies, focusing on business comprehension, core enterprise functions, and the technological challenges in a multitude of businesses.
- Interface Design: This track prepares students in incorporating design and cognition into technology development with a focus on building screen interface layouts and physical devices that are appropriate for specific users, tasks, and environments.
- e-Government: This track prepares students in understanding the government and public policy contexts, to leverage technology in providing online government services.
If a student wants to pursue a customized career track specific to their career goal, different from the four already offered, this requires prior, written approval of the Director of the Information Systems program.
- Graduates can use their proficiency in information systems principles, practices and analytical techniques to solve a variety of problems.
- Graduates can explain the technological, organizational, and behavioral principles that underlie information systems.
- Graduates will understand the ethical and societal concerns and dilemmas facing information systems professionals and can formulate appropriate solutions and courses of action.
- Graduates can work effectively in teams and communicate effectively.
- IS Program Requirements for Catalog Years 2014-2015 and later – all tracks (in Excel spreadsheet format)
- IS Program Requirements for Catalog Years 2014-2015 and later – all tracks (html format)
- IS Program Requirements for Catalog Years 2009-2010 through 2013-2014
- IS / Business Administration Combined Major Program Requirements
- Combined Major in Information Systems and e-Business
Link to University admissions and scholarship information is available at the Towson University Admission homepage