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Computer Information Technology

Computer Information Technology

In this program, you will learn how to support business information operations by using computer equipment to enter, process, and retrieve data for a wide variety of administrative purposes. You will study business software and hardware, computer networking, desktop publishing, spreadsheets, mass mailing preparation, tables and graphs, and business performance reports preparation.

Students taking CIT courses will need to have their own computers and Internet access. Using computers at a public library, workplace, or friend's house generally doesn't provide the necessary access required for success in this program.

A mixture of current computing technology (hardware), basic networking gear, class specific software (including network operating systems, development tools, etc.), and a virtual machine package will enable successful completion of most class projects. Information Technology is not a spectator sport. Grappling with computers in a hands-on environment will bring clarity to the concepts introduced in the text and lectures, and the experience will serve you well in the future.

Students enrolled in the CIT program will receive a significant amount of software as part of their enrollment. The CIT program has partnerships with companies such as Microsoft, VTC and Oracle and we are able to provide you with copies of their applications, development tools, training materials and other programs. If you had to purchase these packages yourself the cost would be many thousands of dollars. We think that it is important for CIT students to be using the best possible tools and we are working to incorporate these into our program.

 

 

Careers

  • Network Architects or Network Engineers
  • Network and Computer Systems Administrators
  • Systems Administrators
  • Database Administrators
  • Computer Security Specialists


To view the complete listing of careers on the main campus site, please follow this link.

 


Coursework

For a listing of the coursework for this program follow this link to the academic plan.

 

WKU-O Requirements

120 college-level undergraduate semester hours including the following:

  • 39 semester hours of General Education, or General Education Certified/Associate or Arts/Science degree from KCTCS
  • 42 semester hours of upper-division credit (300-400 level courses)
  • 30 hours must be earned in residence (at WKU), at least 16 of which must be completed after the semester in which the student earned a cumulative total of at least 90 hours.

 

Internship

Internships and volunteering provide more for students than just networking, wages (if applicable) and work experience. These opportunities provide students a chance to take a career path for a "test drive." Internships and observations give students the opportunity to compare career expectations to work life reality and take control of making life decisions about their career. Please contact WKU-Owensboro Career Services at (270) 684-9797 for more information or email david.powers@wku.edu for an appointment.

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 Last Modified 9/24/14