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Information Systems & Analytics Curriculum

A Systematic Approach

The Information Systems & Analytics Curriculum is an interdisciplinary program created to strengthen analytical, technical, and critical thinking skills. Students take classes that teach them how to develop new systems and how to recognize, analyze, and improve upon existing systems. The more classes you take, the more you will see how the world and society are built on systems; and that it is the processes inhabiting these systems that produce quality work and quality products.

Combining the Information Systems Curriculum with the liberal arts foundation helps you connect the dots; you will be a strong conceptual thinker and will 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. The Systems Curriculum is all about making the world better and shaping you into change agent.

In addition to better understanding the world around you, you'll learn to make decisions quantitatively and solve problems with technology, becoming a stronger employee and leader.

What is Systems?

“Systems” is not another word for programming or information technology. A system is a complex arrangement of parts forming a whole that convert inputs to valuable outputs. There are educational systems, cardiovascular systems, transportation systems, supply chain systems, and many more.

Systems people have an analytical mind and are skilled in problem solving and systematic 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. These pillars each play 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.

For example, a Studio Art major who selects the Information Systems & Analytics Curriculum option will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Art/Systems instead of a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. It replaces the foreign language requirements of the Bachelor of Arts degree, adding no more than 42 credit hours ( likely less depending on the major).

*Information Systems & Analytics is not a major or a minor. Check major curriculum guides to see whether the Systems curriculum applies.

Success Is In The System

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.

Ultimately, the goal of the curriculum is to graduate students who understand and use systems thinking to solve real world problems.