The Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering offers students two distinct and valuable minors in the technology field.
The value of such integration may best be summarized by Market research firm Burning Glass Technologies’ 2016 report Beyond Point and Click The Expanding Demand for Coding Skills, which analyzed 26 million online job postings as well as indicators from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:
- Coding skills are in high demand
- Coding skills are not just for programmers
- Coding jobs pay more
- Coding skills provide an avenue to high-income jobs, and
- Coding jobs are growing faster than the job market.
Computer Science Minor
The Computer Science Minor offers students a solid introduction to computer science that helps them develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, acquire object-oriented coding and debugging proficiencies, and work with software engineering concepts and/or computer architecture. Given the progressive nature of coding courses, students should allow 4 or more semesters to complete the CS minor.
Information Technology Minor
According to the Burning Glass Technologies’ report mentioned above, the top 10 skills that are requested by employers include:
- Communication Skills
- Organizational Skills
- Customer Service
- Microsoft Excel
- Microsoft Word
- Problem Solving
- Computer Literacy
Many of these competencies, including Communication Skills, Organizational Skills, Writing, Planning and Research are addressed through coursework in Monmouth University’s 39-credit General Education component. Adding the IT Minor to a student’s program would ramp those skills up another notch and add Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Word proficiency, provide experience in Problem Solving and Computer Literacy, and, through the minor’s Experiential Education component where students work on multiple projects serving outside clients, offer experience in Customer Service. The IT Minor is appropriate for Monmouth students across all academic concentrations.