Computer & Information Studies


In today’s demanding workplace, communication, organization and leadership skills are essential for any job path. A minor in Computer & Information Studies (CIS) from Alvernia University can help you develop those skills and give you an advantage as you begin and advance in your career, regardless of your profession.

This minor will teach you to think critically in decision making and problem solving situations, enabling you to quickly analyze and resolve problems as they occur. You’ll acquire strategies to help you cope with deadlines in a fast-paced environment and to communicate and establish effective working relationships with others.

The CIS minor at Alvernia University is one of three minors related to Information Technology and is geared toward students who are seriously interested in programming. Other minors related to Information Technology are Information Studies, which is designed around business information needs, and Digital Media, which emphasizes communication tools.


Why should you minor in Computer & Information Studies at Alvernia University?
Because at Alvernia you get all the benefits of an outstanding university education in a manageable setting with personal attention and unique opportunities that can benefit you as you move toward your career.

Small Class Size
Alvernia has a 12-1 student-faculty ratio, and most classes contain less than 20 students. This facilitates valuable, professional relationships among faculty members and students. In these small class settings, you get individual attention to help you excel.

Faculty Who Care
Alvernia’s faculty members aren’t just teachers. They’re experts in their fields who are committed to passing along their knowledge and expertise to their students. In small class settings faculty members become mentors and advisors, intent on helping you learn, grow and succeed.

Research Opportunities
There may be opportunities for Computer & Information Studies minors to work with faculty members on research projects relating to their areas of concentration. This collaboration prepares students for professions and/or graduate school.

Honors Program
Alvernia’s Honors Program for students who are academically gifted and highly motivated is designed to allow students to work at their own pace and to recognize and encourage academic excellence. Honors students interact with one another to exchange ideas and information across a wide range of disciplines and interests.

The Honors Program offers co-curricular activities, service opportunities and intellectual and social support to encourage students to exceed their own expectations. Learn more about Alvernia’s Honors Programs at

Get Real
Classroom learning is valuable and necessary, but out-of-the-classroom, experiential learning provides students with hands-on, real world learning opportunities that enrich your educational experience and are highly valued by employers.

You’ll have opportunities for experiences such as internships, co-ops, clinical experiences, field experiences, community service and campus events. Participating in these types of experiences help you stretch and grow toward your full potential.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Get Real program at

Study Abroad
Living and studying outside of the United States can change you in ways you can’t begin to envision. Students who study abroad typically gain immeasurable confidence and experiences they could not have imagined.

Computer & Information Studies minors have benefitted from participation in a Study Abroad program in countries including Italy, Spain, England, Ireland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Morocco, Palestine, Argentina and Mexico.

Learn more about Alvernia’s Study Abroad program at


Computer & Information Studies is a versatile minor that, in conjunction with your major, can prepare you for a variety of rewarding careers. The knowledge and skills you’ll develop can help you to find employment in business, government, healthcare and the non-profit sector.

As a CIS minor you’ll take courses in programming, computer organization and other computer-related topics, providing you with skills that will set you apart from others in your field. With proper planning, a minor in WGS will complement your major and make you a viable and competitive candidate for jobs.

Graduates of Alvernia’s CIS program have gotten jobs with Vanguard, Martin Marietta Materials, First Energy Corporation, Rockwell International, UGI Energy Services, Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories and many other companies that utilize cutting edge computer technology. CIS graduates work as business managers, on-line services managers, computer facilities managers, product development managers, database managers and in many other exciting positions. Some have started their own businesses, while others choose to work in the public sector.

For more information about Alvernia’s CIS program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or


All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree. You must successfully complete 18 credits to earn a minor in CIS.

All CIS minors must complete:
CIS 151 Introduction to CIS I
CIS 152 Introduction to CIS II
CIS 226 Programming II
CIS 240 Computer Organization

Choose one from the following:
CIS 410 Systems Analysis and Design
CIS 420 Database Management Systems
Or: choose three other CIS elective credits, not to include CIS 114 Microcomputer Applications

You can learn more about all courses offered by Alvernia University by viewing the 2015-2016 Academic Course Catalogue at

Your Real World Learning Experience
Alvernia believes that real world experience is extremely important, as it can improve your confidence and introduce you to professionals in your intended field of employment. All Alvernia students participate in service learning, a teaching and learning experience that enables students to get real-world learning while benefiting a community partner. As a CIS minor you might be involved with an organization that strives to improve conditions within the City of Reading or volunteer with a community healthcare partner.

Alvernia students, including CIS minors, also are encouraged to spend a semester at The Washington Center, an organization that offers residential academic programs and internships in the nation’s capital.

If you participate in The Washington Center program, you can gain practical experience by working in a Congressional office; government agency; religious institution; or an agency devoted to legal affairs, international relations or business and economic issues. Or, you may have an opportunity to intern with a non-profit organization that addresses social concerns, the arts, education, science or labor relations.

You can learn more about the Washington Center and opportunities available there at Also, you can find out more about real world learning at

Research Opportunities
Research is a valuable aspect of any education. As a CIS minor, there may be opportunities for you to work with your academic advisor or a faculty member to identify and assist in a research project, or to benefit from knowledge gained through faculty research.

The Honors Program
If you’re academically gifted and highly motivated, you may want to learn more about Alverania’s Undergraduate Honors Program. Honors students have opportunities to take courses dealing with unusual topics and participate in a variety of activities. You can learn more about the Honors Program and how to apply at

The Eight-Semester Plan
You can do it! It’s easy to stay on track to graduate in four years if you pay close attention to what classes you need and make sure to take them in a timely manner. Advisors are available to assist in planning academic programs, course selection and registration, but it’s your job to make sure that you meet all academic requirements and comply with University policies.

Start planning well in advance for an internship, study abroad or other off-campus experience, as you’ll need to assure that you will be able to complete all required coursework.

Study Opportunities Beyond Campus
Your college years are the perfect time to broaden your horizons and participate in experiences that will change your life. Alvernia offers some great opportunities for students who want to spend some time studying beyond its campus.

In addition to spending a semester at the Washington Center, you might want to consider a semester abroad. Depending on your major and academic schedule, you could consider spending a semester at a college or university outside of the United States that has a strong computer program. Studying abroad not only enriches your academic life, but promotes understanding of different cultures and encourages new personal skills and achievements.

Study Abroad Programs
Alvernia’s Study Abroad Office works closely with students who want to spend one or more semesters in a different country. CIS minors have studied and traveled in Italy, Spain, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, England, Germany, Greece, Belgium and Austria.

You pay the regular Alvernia tuition while studying abroad, and continue to receive financial aid, if applicable. Credits earned count toward your Alvernia undergraduate degree.

If you’re interested in studying in another country you should start planning early, as you’ll need to start the application process about a year in advance.

You can get more information about these programs from the Study Abroad Office at or by contacting

Year-by-Year Major Map


Think Globally

  • Explore opportunities for study abroad, alternative break trips, pilgrimage to Assisi, the Washington Center and service trips
  • Start at the Study Abroad Office or

Take the Right Classes

  • Review general education, University, Major and Minor requirements
  • Be aware of which semester required courses are offered
  • Focus on getting good grades

Get Good Advice

  • Get to know Computer & Information Studies faculty and your advisor
  • Visit the Educational Planning Center on the first floor of Bernardine Hall

Real Life Learning

• Explore opportunities for upcoming practicums
• Utilize skills acquired in First Year Experience

Make the Right Connections

  • Identify peers that support your academic goals
  • Get involved by joining the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity or Alvernia’s Gaming Club. Check out the Student Government Association or join some of the many other student clubs and community organizations

Get Ready to Graduate

  • Develop a working resume
  • Assess strengths, weaknesses and interests
  • Begin the process of obtaining all required background checks and clearances


Think Globally

  • Review opportunities for extended learning and, if interested, start planning with the Study Abroad Office

Take the Right Classes

  • Make sure you’ve reviewed which semester required courses are available
  • Focus on getting good grades

Get Good Advice

  • Talk to Computer & Information Studies faculty and your advisor about your career interests and how to identify opportunities that may enhance your chances of finding a job in that area
  • Stay in touch with the Educational Planning Center

Real Life Learning

  • Look into the Alternative Break program
  • Shadow in jobs that relate to your specific interests
  • Look for part-time or summer jobs that relate to your interests
  • Get familiar with the Educational Planning Center’s Internship data base

Make the Right Connections

  • Volunteer for community service
  • Stay involved in clubs and organizations
  • Observe the roles of those in leadership positions
  • Form study groups

Get Ready to Graduate

  • Update working resume
  • Assess strengths, weaknesses and interests
  • Complete the process of obtaining all required background checks and clearances


Think Globally

  • Participate in Study Abroad program
  • Participate in service trips or “May”mester

Take the Right Classes

  • Secure internship, if applicable
  • Focus on getting good grades and improving GPA
  • Work with advisor to make sure you’re on track to graduate on time

Get Good Advice

  • Talk to faculty members about career or graduate school opportunities
  • Stay in touch with the Educational Planning Center
  • Get familiar with, a career services library available on Educational Planning Center’s website

Real Life Learning

  • Look into the Alternative Break program
  • Shadow in jobs that related to your specific interest
  • Look for part-time or summer jobs that relate to your interests
  • Get familiar with the Educational Planning Center’s Internship data base

Make the Right Connections

  • Assume leadership roles on campus
  • Connect with alumni in your field

Get Ready to Graduate

  • Get feedback on your working resume from the Educational Planning Center
  • Get resume ready for practicum applications and job fairs
  • Work on getting recommendations
  • Attend Career Planning opportunities such as job fairs and practice interviews
  • Look for coaching opportunities


Think Globally

  • Look for service opportunities

Take the Right Classes

  • Make sure you are on track for any required research or writing projects

Get Good Advice

  • Work closely with advisor to make sure you’re on track to graduate on time
  • Stay in touch with the Educational Planning Center
  • Talk to faculty members about career or graduate school opportunities
  • Ask for advice from professionals in your area of interest

Real Life Learning

  • Successfully complete your internship, if applicable
  • Participate in off-campus activities, such volunteering with an Alvernia community partner

Make the Right Connections

  • Continue in leadership roles on campus
  • Connect with alumni in your field
  • Attend campus events at which alumni are present
  • Meet professionals in the community who work in your area of interest

Get Ready to Graduate

  • Fine tune your resume
  • Search for jobs through
  • Finalize recommendations
  • Attend Career Planning opportunities such as job fairs and practice interviews
  • Attend the Alvernia Job Fair

Alvernia is committed to serving the needs of its students. Whether you have questions or problems related to academics, life on campus, student activities, social activities or any other issue, there is someone available to help you. You can learn more about all student services at

Educational Planning Center
The Educational Planning Center offers advice and support to help you with any problems or issues related to your Alvernia education. It also assists with career exploration and preparation. The office is open every day and can be contacted at 610-796-8266.

Career Services
Staff members at the Career Development office will help you with any questions you have about exploring or planning careers related to your major and/or minor. They also will guide you about how to look for and apply to jobs as you get closer to graduation. The office also has a career resources library. You can learn more about career services at, or by emailing

Financial Aid
The Financial Aid office is the place to contact with any questions you have about the cost of an Alvernia education and options for paying for it. Nearly all undergraduates at Alvernia get some type of financial aid, and everyone is encouraged to apply for it. You can learn more at or by emailing

Admissions Office
If you’re interested in applying to the CIS program at Alvernia, contact the Admissions Office at 610-796-3011 or at

Faculty Members
Alvernia’s CIS program is staffed by dedicated, highly qualified professionals who are committed to sharing their expertise and knowledge with their students. Faculty members have extensive experience in various areas, and bring their professional expertise to the classroom. They often work one-on-one with students to enhance the student’s learning experience, and serve as mentors to aspiring students.

Alvernia’s faculty members are actively engaged in research, have written books and chapters of books, produced articles that have appeared in prestigious publications and presented nationally and internationally at conferences.

You can learn more about Alvernia CIS faculty and their backgrounds and credentials at


There is so much more to college than classes, and students at Alvernia have some excellent opportunities to get involved in activities that are both enjoyable and provide beneficial, hands-on experience. Students who get involved and engaged in extra-curricular activities benefit both academically and socially, and open themselves to integral life lessons from beyond the classroom.

You’ll be encouraged to participate in a range of activities, including some rewarding and inspiring service projects. Some organizations and activities you might enjoy include:

  • Alpha Phi Omega is a national co-ed service fraternity founded on the principles of leadership, fellowship, and service. The fraternity has more than 400,000 members worldwide on more than 375 campuses and provides more service on campuses than any other collegiate service organization.
  • The Gaming Club is for students who share the common interest of gaming in any form, including table top, video and pc.
  • Delta Mu Delta is a business honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence of students to create a community that foster the well-being of its members and the business community through life-time membership.
  • The Zephrus is Alvernia’s literary magazine. Published each spring, it contains original poetry, fiction, essays, photography and artwork by Alvernia students.
  • You can learn more about Alvernia’s Student Government Association, becoming a Student Ambassador, student trips and other activities at
  • The Holleran Center for Community Engagement serves as a bridge between the University and the community. The Center partners with a variety of organizations to provide Alvernia students with opportunities to serve. You might work with an agency that provides IT support for a downtown health clinic, or an area business that utilizes the latest computer technology. You can read more about volunteer opportunities at

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