Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems

Computer Information Systems is an interdisciplinary major intended to prepare students in the specialized areas of Web Design, Networking, Technical support, and Programming. Starting from a solid foundation in business and computer concepts, students learn to appreciate and understand the relationships between these two disciplines. The major prepares students to design and implement information decisions support systems: hence, they can fill management, planning, and decision-making roles within any organization. In addition, the emphasis areas will further enable students to fill positions that require specialized skills in computer technology areas. This major also prepares students for graduate studies in business, information systems, or related fields. Graduates from this major may expect to secure jobs as Web Designers, Graphic Art Specialists, Network Specialist/Administrators, Computer Help desk Specialists and Programmers.

Coursework in Computer Information Systems

The curriculum incorporates a variety of topics to prepare students for opportunities in the field of Computer Information Systems, and includes courses such as:

  • Advanced Computer Applications
  • Business Communications
  • Computer Applications
  • Database Theory
  • Intro to Computer Science
  • Introduction to Visual Basic
  • Management Information Systems
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Principles of Macroeconomics
  • Principles of Management
  • Senior Research Seminar
  • Simulation Languages
  • Visual Basic for Applications

Related Clubs

There are over 50 clubs and organizations available to students at Ferrum College. These are specifically related to Computer Information Systems:

  • Entrepreneurial Action Us (ENACTUS): ENACTUS offers students hands-on experience in various types of business, from annual competitions to establishing and managing the first Subway restaurant run by college students.
  • Business Partnerships: An assortment of courses in this major offer opportunities to work with local business partners to complete projects.

Experiential & Hands-on Learning Opportunities

  • Ferrum College believes in hands-on learning in tandem with classroom and textbook studies. Here’s how: Internships: Students are strongly urged to explore career opportunities and to establish mentors through an internship.
  • Computer Labs: There are several paid positions offered to students in the computer labs throughout campus.
  • Work Study: Positions are available in Computer Services for students qualifying for work study.

What can I be with a major in Computer Information Systems?

A major in Computer Information Systems leads to traditional career paths, as well as less expected fields. For example:

  • You could be a(n) …
  • Business Programmer
  • Computer Systems Manager
  • Contractor
  • Database Administrators
  • Entrepreneur
  • Hardware Specialist
  • Marketing Researcher
  • Network Administrator
  • Production Manager
  • Software Salesperson
  • Software Talent Agent
  • Technical Writer
  • Web Designer

Computer Information Systems Faculty

Taiwo Ajani
Assistant Professor of Computer Information Systems
Program Coordinator of Computer Information Systems
B.S., University of Ibadan
M.S. University of South Florida
Ph.D., Robert Morris University
(540) 365-4381


Administrative Support

Joyce Creel
Academic Secretary to Computer Information Systems
School of Social Sciences and Professional Studies
(540) 365-4401 – Office
(540) 365-4377 – Fax

Find out more

For more information, contact Dr. Taiwo Ajani at