Want to know how to increase your odds of landing an awesome job on graduation, regardless of your major? Consider minoring in Applied Computing at Converse.
Technology has become a primary driver of nearly every industry. Employers are desperate for tech-savvy graduates who understand how to leverage the power of technology to solve problems in their chosen field of study. So go ahead – make yourself indispensable!
Minor in Applied Computing – Web Design Track
About Applied Computing
According to the United States Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, South Carolina alone will need to fill 60,000 IT jobs in the next decade. There aren’t enough South Carolina graduates with IT skills to meet that demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also predicts careers in computer and design-related services to grow at an average annual rate of 6.1 percent nation-wide. Computer skills are increasingly important in every area in our economy. A minor in Applied Computing with a Web Design Track will help you stand out to employers in every industry who will value your ability to use technology to solve problems in your chosen field.
- Be one of the few. Converse is one of only a handful of colleges in the state to offer a Minor in Applied Computing.
- Earn more. Employers urgently need well-rounded people who understand digital culture. These people will land jobs and be well paid for their knowledge.
- Break the glass ceiling. You will stand out in what is currently a male-dominated field.
- Stay a step ahead. Technology continues to evolve and permeate every aspect of our lives. Develop your skills and you’ll stay on the cutting edge.
- Seize opportunity. The critical shortfall of tech-savvy talent opens up an opportunity for you to secure a better future. Go for it. Embrace technology!
Converse students have a variety of unique opportunities to learn outside the classroom and obtain real-world experience in their field, via upcoming internships and course-related service learning. Two of the courses required for the applied computing minor are designed as project courses, allowing you to contribute to a real project for an actual client.
The Applied Computing minor is the perfect companion for just about any major, especially English, Art and Design, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Accounting, or Business.
The six-course minor in Applied Computing will give you a broad understanding of how computing relates to every course of study, including introductions to the applications of computing to the humanities, to business, to the visual arts (via images and video), and to music.
Minor in Applied Computing – Web Design Track
In addition to the skills listed above, you will learn the process of building and maintaining a web site, as well as the design theory behind a good website. You will acquire the basic tools to design and build websites, including markup languages, scripting languages, and network protocols, as well as the skills to manipulate digital images and graphics.
- CSC 125 FYS: How Computers are Making Us or CSC 126 Navigating the Revolution: an Introduction to Digital Studies (3 hours)
- CSC 201 Introduction to Computing (4 hours)
- CSC 235 Web Applications I (3 hours)
- CSC 335 Web Applications II (3 hours)
- CSC 305 Database Design (3 hours)
One further elective (3 hours) chosen from the following:
- A CSC course numbered above 210
- ART 124 Graphic Design I
- ENG 291 Introduction to Professional Writing
Computing applies to every industry. Here are just a few ways this minor could enhance your career:
- Journalism: Journalists work with all aspects of digital media, including content and database management, file sharing, computer networking and digital publishing.
- Healthcare: Most of the health industry manages medical records electronically with a sophisticated system of digitally indexing, storing and updating files.
- Sales and Marketing: We buy and sell in a digital world. To be successful in sales and marketing, one must embrace, accept and stay on top of technology trends.
- Media Arts: From the classroom to the newsroom, the fusion of art and technology has completely changed the industry. Digital media is a prominent form of communicating, creating and educating.
- Financial Services: From daily tasks of banking and billing to the more complex tasks of financial analytics and electronic trading and regulation, technology plays a key role in finance.
What are Applied Computing graduates doing?
Our alumnae pursue a wide variety of activities following graduation. As this is a brand new minor at Converse, we are waiting to put your success story here!