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Major in Information Technology

What is an information technology degree?

As information technology has evolved, it has become inherently multidisciplinary, in both its study and its application. IT is now everywhere; virtually all academic disciplines and industries embrace models and technologies that were once the sole domain of computer scientists. Students working toward an information technology degree have the opportunity to combine those studies with other academic areas in a truly multidisciplinary fashion, applying technological concepts and computational thinking in a knowledge domain specific to their intellectual pursuits and passions.

Why study information technology at Furman?

The emerging view of IT as a multidisciplinary field is echoed in Furman’s dedication to the concept that a liberal arts and sciences education is not about limiting yourself to a narrow field. Students are encouraged to make connections between separate interests and be active drivers on their paths toward their degrees. The IT major makes this link specific by including a cognate discipline comprised of courses from another area of study, synthesized with the computing courses in consultation with advisors and department chairs. The department offers a host of research and internship opportunities and is equipped with three main laboratories, private research workstations for students, state-of-the-art software, 3D scanning and printing facilities, a student lounge, complete wireless access and a teaching theater with video presentation facilities. Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

How will you learn?

Your Furman career will offer rich experiences both in and out of the classroom for a broad variety of study areas. Our focus on engaged learning leverages our strong undergraduate research, internship and study away opportunities. Engaged learning for might include participating in research projects supported by grants from organizations such as NASA, Apple Computer and the Carnegie Mellon Foundation. Small class sizes allow you to work closely with renowned professors with deep expertise in their domains. Visit our campus or request information to learn more.

Careers for information technology majors

In this knowledge-based society, information technology has evolved to become an inextricable part of nearly every imaginable field and industry. The goal of the IT major is to produce graduates with strong problem-solving skills in key information technologies.

Depending on your cognate field, a foundation in IT will be an asset in many future careers, including:

  • Health care provider
  • Designer
  • Social media manager
  • Data analyst
  • Project manager
  • Lawyer
  • Educator
  • Researcher
  • Financial or investment consultant
  • Software engineer
  • Information architect
  • User interface designer

Information technology courses: What will you study?

Sample courses include:

Intro to Computer Science

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Data Structures and Algorithms

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11%
projected growth of the IT job market from 2019-2029, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
5.3$
trillion - global projected spending of the global technology industry, according to CompTIA
94%
placement rate for Furman students six months after graduation (employed or in graduate school)

What our students say

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“The information technology major at Furman has given me many valuable tools for today’s workforce. From coding to ethics, vulnerabilities and more, this major will prepare you for any technological avenue you want to pursue. The teachers are really helpful, care about you as a person and will work with you to ensure you succeed.” – Daniel Marino ’22

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s information technology faculty represents decades of study and practical expertise. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

  • Ken Abernethy
    Title:

    Emeritus Professor of CS; Visiting Professor of CS (2019-present); Director Rushing Center for Teaching and Technology

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    Ken Abernethy
    Title:

    Emeritus Professor of CS; Visiting Professor of CS (2019-present); Director Rushing Center for Teaching and Technology

    Phone Number: 8642943219

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  • Christopher Alvin
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Computer Science

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    Christopher Alvin
    Title:

    Associate Professor, Computer Science

    Phone Number: 8642942269

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  • Bryan Catron
    Title:

    Instructor, Computer Science

    Bryan Catron

    Bryan Catron
    Title:

    Instructor, Computer Science

    Phone Number: 8642942953

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  • Paula Gabbert
    Title:

    Professor of Computer Science

    Paula Gabbert

    Paula Gabbert
    Title:

    Professor of Computer Science

    Phone Number: 8642943538

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  • Chris Healy
    Title:

    Professor of Computer Science; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

    Chris Healy
    Title:

    Professor of Computer Science; Undergraduate Evening Studies Faculty

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  • Andrea Tartaro
    Title:

    Associate Professor of Computer Science

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    Andrea Tartaro
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    Associate Professor of Computer Science

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  • Kevin Treu
    Title:

    Professor and Chair

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    Kevin Treu
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    Professor and Chair

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  • FAQ

    What can you do with an information technology degree?

    Furman’s information technology degree is designed to produce graduates with the strong problem-solving skills in specific technologies that are increasingly important to nearly every discipline or industry. Beyond careers in software design or information architecture, an understanding of IT concepts and the ability to apply them will be a valuable skill for most workers.

    What is the average salary for information technology majors?

    According to PayScale, someone who holds a bachelor’s degree in IT can expect to earn an average of $73,000 or more a year in base salary.

    How long does it take to earn an information technology degree?

    The IT bachelor’s degree program at Furman is typically a four-year program.

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