Who is this Department
This undergraduate degree educates students
for such careers as information technology specialist, records manager, Web
developer, database administrator, and others while focusing on
interdisciplinary, liberal arts education of our students. Some students enter
graduate programs in library science, information science, business, and
others. The department also offers an undergraduate minor in Informatics that
may be combined with a major in any discipline except Informatics and has
cognate options for students with certain departments, that focus on
information and technology in that specific field.
Informatics is technology applied to specific fields. Informatics
serves as the bridge between computing and information technology and specific application
domains, ranging, for example, from the government and public policy to
economics to health care. As computing and information technologies become
increasingly embedded in the day-to-day operations of commerce Informatics as a
field will become increasingly important. We will need more individuals who
understand a diverse set of technologies and how to apply them across fields.
To illustrate this point we can look to the case of “big data” today.
Organizations are producing immense amounts of data and emerging technologies
are now making it possible to collect that data and use it to answer questions.
This has created the need for individuals who understand how to use those
technologies and how to get information out of large data sets.
limited to one career option?
quite possible that students in one concentration are qualified for careers
from another concentration just by the nature of the core courses and their
extra-curricular energies. For instance, someone studying cyber-security may be
designing websites on the side and can use the two experiences together to work
on social media. Finally, it should also be noted that some of these areas are
so new, there are not well-defined job titles yet, especially within the data
analytics concentration. Employers told us they know what they are looking for,
but there is no specific title for it yet. This is to be expected with such a
skills will I learn? How is it applied in other fields?
you use technology to meet a particular need, whether it's creating a uniform
health record for patients or improving the water supply in a Third World
nation, that is Informatics.
What if I want to major in something
else, but I like technology?
matter what your major is, an Informatics minor can make you more productive
and valuable in your field.
kind of jobs can I get with a Minor in Informatics?
with a B.A. or B.S. who majored in any subject acquire extra professional clout
with an Informatics minor. Informatics teaches students how to think about
their fields from a computing and information perspective and prepares them to
meet these challenges in their careers.