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Computer Information Systems

Bachelor of Arts

Are you a creative problem solver? Do you like to tinker with your laptop, play, and develop games, and think big picture? Then our Computer Information Systems (CIS) degree is right for you. Think about it. Every single business out there needs a computer specialist on staff. That means jobs – good-paying jobs – await our Computer Information System degree holders.

Our CIS major students get hands-on experience using current, state-of-the-art software and programming in addition to mobile, web, robotics, drones, virtual servers, and virtual reality. An information systems major will also learn about 3D printing, scanning, and remote tracking. From programming to database maintenance and website design, technical computer proficiencies are in great demand in virtually every industry. With the right skill set, you can position yourself to stand out in a competitive job market and achieve real career success. Visit Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, and see for yourself how our Computer Information Systems students study and learn.

Strong Computer Information Systems Degree Program

Our Computer Information Systems degree program prepares you to analyze and re-engineer business processes, to design and develop web-based applications (mobile, web, and server), and to manage these information systems as strategic resources. Our Information Systems degree is the discipline covering the application of people, technologies, and procedures – collectively called information systems – to solve business problems. In CIS, the core is information: how to get it, how to organize it, how to make sense of it, and how to protect it. Programming is how the CIS major presents that information, via web pages, apps, and personalized reports.

  • Our Information Systems degree graduates are in high demand and often accept high-paying positions long before graduation.
  • Clarke University’s CIS department is one of the oldest small college programs in the world, founded in 1965 by the first woman ever to receive a Ph.D. in computer science, Sister Mary Kenneth Keller.
  • Our faculty boasts 20+ years of experience.

Class size is small, allowing for intense individual attention and instruction and maximum learning time.

Program Details

We offer Information Systems degree courses that help you prepare for your future, such as careers in information technology or graduate school. When studying for our Computer Information System major, you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to work with software, operating systems, security, and the latest technologies such as mobile, web, robotics, 3D printing and scanning, virtual servers, and virtual reality. In addition, you will learn how to work with data, write code, manage projects, and conduct research. Assignments are practical and real-world oriented. In every class, you’ll see how the skills you are learning apply in the real world.

The world of computers is growing at a rapid rate and is constantly evolving. With a Computer Information Systems degree, you will enter a growing and flourishing workforce. As computer systems grow in complexity, they become more specialized and, thus, the need for experts in the field grows. As a graduate with a degree in CIS, you will be that expert that employers are seeking. You will be the expert that knows how to apply computer technology to meet the needs of businesses. You will help businesses use and maintain systems. From cybersecurity to usability analysis to database management, opportunities for Information Systems degree-holding professionals are vast and growing.

Cool Information System Major Classes

INTRO TO PROGRAMMING — You’ll work with fundamental programming techniques to solve real-world business problems using visual components.

COMPUTER SECURITY — You’ll learn about computer security and how to apply best practices to protect infrastructure, data, and operations.

SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT PROJECT — You, along with a team of students, will design and implement a large programming project that will then go across all web interfaces.

Double Down

Because the project work at Clarke is integrated and collaborative, Information Systems degree students can choose to study a double-major or select a minor. Past students have double-majored and minored many varied areas of interest:

  • Business
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Chemistry
  • Education
  • History
  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Media Studies
  • Mathematics

Esports are Where It’s At!

Are you a gamer? Show us what you’ve got. Clarke competes in the League of Legends North American League North Division. According to Statista, 2018 market revenue worldwide for esports is 906 million USD with viewership being 380 million people in Iowa, across the country, and worldwide. Participation grants are being awarded for qualifying new student admissions. Contact esports@clarke.edu for more information.

Classes You’ll Take

Admission to Clarke University

Computer Information Systems bachelor’s degree applicants are considered on an individual basis. Apply to Clarke today to begin your journey.

How will I learn Within the CIS major?

Clarke’s Bachelor of Computer Information Systems program integrates business concepts and technology skills for developing information systems for a competitive advantage in the global market. The program focuses on practical applications of current and emerging technologies for the strategic support of an organization’s technical goals and offers areas of emphasis in database management and information assurance.

  • Assignments are concrete and real-world oriented.
  • You’ll learn how to work with data, write code, manage projects, and conduct research.
  • Class size is small, allowing for intense individual attention and instruction.
  • You’ll benefit from internship opportunities at highly respected national corporations.

When our Computer Information Systems degree graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

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Meet Our Faculty

When our graduates speak about the Clarke moments that helped shape them, there’s always a professor in the story. That’s because being a faculty member at Clarke University requires a deep passion for educating, encouraging, and empowering students. Here, your professors will know your name. They will push you to develop your full potential, and then they’ll ask for more. And, they’ll be right there to congratulate you when you exceed even your own expectations. Often, it’s a relationship that lasts a lifetime.

View Our Faculty & Staff
Mike Dempewolf, MIT

Mike Dempewolf, MIT

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

I was a software engineer at Cartegraph for 20 years. I not only know the theory behind my classes, but I also know how to apply it in the real world.

Joshua Moris, MIS

Joshua Moris, MIS

Assistant Professor of Computer Science

Do you have passion in video games or software development? Would you like to see that passion become a viable career? I come from a video game development and programming background that will reinforce your passions while creating new applications in emerging technologies such as Virtual Reality and motion sensors.

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But don’t take our word for it…

Our Students & Alumni

Keith McCarraher

Keith McCarraher

Computer Information Systems '08

As a hiring manager, I know that a degree on a résumé shows me that the candidate has the ability to stick with something that takes years to accomplish.

Kohl Gregory

Kohl Gregory

Computer Information Systems '16

The world of CIS is ever-changing, as is the world of Clarke University. There is an opportunity for life-long learning in this major.


3/8
Job growth

CIS majors will hold three of the top eight growth jobs over the next eight years.

1:1
Student to Professor Ratio

Work one-on-one with faculty.

$142,530
average salary

The median annual wage for computer and information systems managers in May 2017, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Experience Clarke Computer Information Systems for Yourself

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