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The world and society are built on systems, and quality work, data, and products depend on the health of the processes of the systems that create them.
The Information Systems & Analytics Curriculum is all about making the world better and shaping you into a change agent. Combined with your chosen major and Taylor’s liberal arts foundation, the Systems Curriculum helps you connect the dots; you will be a strong conceptual thinker and will be able to synthesize ideas into new solutions. Because liberal arts at Taylor is steeped in Christian theology and ethics, you will be better able to affect change in a way that considers the needs of people and glorifies God.
You’ll take classes that teach you how to develop new systems and how to recognize, analyze, and improve upon existing systems. Along with strengthening your analytical, technical, and critical thinking skills, you’ll learn to make decisions quantitatively and solve problems with technology.
Systems can be added to any major, replacing the foreign language requirements of the Bachelor of Arts degree by adding no more than 42 credit hours (likely less depending on the major). For example, a Music major who selects the Information Systems & Analytics Curriculum option will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Music/Systems instead of a Bachelor of Arts in Music.
Want to make Systems an even more integral part of your degree? Check out the Information Systems minor.
“Systems” is not another word for programming or information technology. A system is a complex arrangement of parts forming a whole that converts inputs to valuable outputs. There are educational systems, cardiovascular systems, transportation systems, supply chain systems, and many more.
People who study systems develop their problem solving abilities and analytical thinking.They use their skills in health care, businesses, manufacturing, education, government, and virtually every economic sector.
Each class fits within one or more of Systems’ four themes: Analysis, Information Technology, Quality Management, and Operations. Each pillar plays a key role in the performance of any system—whether through system design, programming, or database management. Analytically minded students and problem solvers can excel in Information Systems and beyond by drawing connections between their majors’ disciplines and the systems encompassing them.
Our graduates work at places like Accenture, Vera Bradley, Rockwell-Collins, and Wal-Mart Corporate. They work on systems in areas like distribution, logistics, customer service, design, communication, and others. Our graduates—whether they studied Art, Mathematics, Psychology, Philosophy, Christian Ministries, or other fields—have discovered that a strong liberal arts education coupled with strong systems know-how is highly marketable.