We prepare technical professionals for applications of computer and information technology.
The CIT Major will enable students to become highly marketable as technical professionals for applications of computer and information technology.
The program will engage students in:
The demand for Computer and Information Technology (CIT) professionals remains robust in the United States. Nationwide, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics projected a 13% growth from 2014 to 2024 for all fields related to Computer and Information Technology. In Illinois, the Illinois Department of Employment Security projected a 17% growth in the profession from 2012-2022. Targeted jobs by the program are usually not affected by software or service outsourcing. Every company needs its own CIT support.
The Computer and Information Technology (CIT) program prepares technical professionals for applications of computer and information technology. Those professionals usually work in an Information Technology (IT) or Information Systems (IS) department in organizations ranging from manufacturing, service, and healthcare to education and government. Typical job titles include network system engineer, administrator or architect; information security analyst; system administrator or programmer; database administrator; web designer or developer; computer programmers; software developer; mobile app developer; computer user support specialist; and so on.
The Computer and Information Technology (CIT) program is designed with a healthy balance of technical, managerial and organizational content to equip students with knowledge, skills, and teamwork ability to succeed in various organizations. Eastern Illinois University is deeply rooted in its liberal arts foundation as students become well-rounded professionals.
Students majoring in Computer and Information Technology (CIT) have the opportunity to achieve a minor in Management Information System (MIS) offered by the School of Business, or a minor in Media Technology to develop a specialization in such applications as digital video, graphics, gaming and animation.
Faculty in Computer and Information Technology (CIT) are highly qualified with degrees from computer science, computer engineering, system engineering, and other related engineering and technology disciplines. They all have experiences instructing undergraduate and graduate students in the computer technology area. They are actively engaged in professional development and research in their respective specialized areas. Faculty members are always dedicated to the true success of students.
Student engagement in their career field is a cornerstone of what differentiates programs in the School of Technology at EIU, and CIT is no exception. Students will participate in national competitions, attend trade shows, complete industry relevant projects, network with CIT professionals, and have opportunities to earn academic credit for internships in CIT.
Research interests include: CAD/CAM, Rapid Prototyping, manufacturing systems, User Interface (UI) and User Experience (UX) design, virtual reality, and Geographic Information System (GIS)
Research interests include: mobile computing, wireless networks, multimedia and web technologies, computer-aided design and manufacturing, and renewable energy.
Research interests include: Cyber Security, Biometrics, Data Telecommunications, Applied Statistics, System Simulation, Quality Design