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Management Information Systems Student Profile

Name: Nels Haugen
Graduation Year:
2016


How and why did you choose your major?

I wasn't crazy about majoring in courses I was exposed to in iCore (Marketing, finance, supply chain, etc) and I knew that MIS was a field with immense opportunity in today's business landscape.

Please give a description (in your words) of your major including the things you learn, favorite classes, and any challenges you have faced.

You'll be expected to collaborate on projects at a very high level. Many MIS classes have term-long projects to produce things like real-life project plans and even prototypes that are extremely relevant to today's workforce. You are only required to take two computer-programming courses, so don't get MIS and Computer Science too mixed up! Some of my favorite classes have been Information Services Management (4204w) and Agile Methodologies (4490 IS Topics; BRAND NEW!!). Many courses in MIS are challenging and require a fairly high amount of work, but it undoubtedly prepares you to land very competitive jobs upon graduation.

What types of experiences outside of the classroom have you had relating to your major? (i.e. clubs, jobs, internships, volunteering, study abroad etc.)

I haven't had a ton of technically-intensive experiences in the workforce yet, but getting interviews for internships and jobs that will be is very easy to do!

In your opinion, what is one thing, or one piece of advice that other students pursuing your major should know?

Be prepared to collaborate. Delivering projects as a team is central to both the major and the work you will be doing graduating out of MIS.

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