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What is an information systems major?

Information systems is one of my schools concentrations in the college of business and I have a hard time of wrapping my head around what it is

Thank you comment icon Hi Justin, great question. I dont exactly know your schools curriculum, but generally when a business major adds IT, it would be for business principles as related to IT. For example, forcasting costs, budgets, contract negotiation on IT service agreements, etc. Good luck to you! Michael Leibrandt, CCNA, CNS-D, VSE, CDCA

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Tiarra’s Answer

There are different branches of information systems. As it relates to business, a information system major or concentration will allow you to learn different ways to use computer systems that help businesses improve through programming, networking, and database management. This major will focus on using the most effective organization and management for businesses.
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Shelia’s Answer

The Information Systems major is a blend of computer science, business, and information technology. With the rapid evolution of technology, the nature of Information Systems has drastically transformed from what it was a few decades ago. In the contemporary world, devices like the iPhone act as information systems, thanks to the variety of apps they can support. A majority of retailers provide both a website and an app for their customers' convenience. Even grocery stores now offer apps that enable customers to order their groceries online for either pickup or delivery. With the advent of machine learning and artificial intelligence, you could be the creator of the next revolutionary app that reshapes an entire industry.

To gain a deeper understanding of how information systems are applied within their college of business, don't hesitate to reach out to one of your professors. Best of luck!
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Harneet’s Answer

Information Systems can be seen as the dynamic link that connects the world of business with computer science. Those who specialize in information systems have the unique ability to 'speak' both the language of business and computer science, facilitating seamless cooperation between these two vital fields. Pursuing a degree in Information Systems opens up a wide array of classes you can choose from, tailored to your university's offerings. My personal journey has led me to explore coding, delve into IT project management, and even immerse myself in UX design. The career opportunities in information systems are vast and varied.

I strongly encourage you to engage in conversations with professors and fellow students to gauge if Information Systems could be the right specialization for you. Another valuable resource could be an Information Systems club at your university, if one exists. Attending their meetings or interacting with club members could provide you with invaluable insights. Remember, every step you take towards learning more is a step closer to finding your passion.
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Stephen’s Answer

Information systems is a way to store your information. As a real simple example: It could be a box, a filing cabinet, a junk drawer in your kitchen, whatever. It's a container that holds information. The next piece is how you access that information. In our simple example(s) above you would physically go to the container and open it up with your hands/arms to get the information you need. Finally you want to optimize the entire system for repeated use.

Now you can translate these actions into technology and business examples. A business wants to store sales data. They choose a database that is hosted in the cloud so that sales reps can access the data anywhere they have an internet connection. The sales reps could then access via an app on their phone or software on their laptop/desktop. Then you would fine tune the system to be the quicket, lowest cost and most efficient for your scenario.

Hope this helps!
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