Will I have to sit in front of a computer all day and write programs?

A common misperception is that ISM professionals spend the majority of their time working on computers and handling tasks like programming. In reality, most ISM professionals have dynamic careers as managers who are responsible for understanding the latest developments in technology and overseeing the efficient implementation of technology resources. Unlike a typical ISM career path, individuals with Computer Science degrees usually handle computer-intensive tasks such as programming and software engineering.


How do I learn more about majoring or double majoring in ISM?

Any of the faculty members within the ISM department are more than happy to discuss the major and career opportunities.


Why do I have to take a programming class?

You have been trained since grade school to solve problems, beginning with addition and subtraction, then moving to multiplication and division. You might start by counting on your fingers, then learn to become a "human calculator" by memorizing multiplication tables. These are skills you use every day to solve simple problems, such as figuring out a waitress's tip. These problems result from the need to make a decision.

The complexity of decision making in today's business world often requires that a great deal of time be spent considering the available options and what their potential outcomes will be. And, although an ISM professional do NOT spend the majority of their time handling tasks like programming, they still need to be able to solve problems and make decisions. A programming course will help develop these skills.

And, lastly, don't be scared. It will be similar to taking a math class.


What does someone in a systems/business analyst position do?

This is the most needed position facing corporate America today. These people are the bridge between the extremely technical people and the business people, and because of this, they have a well-rounded background in both technology and business. To find out more about the technology field, contact any of the faculty members.


What is information systems management?

Information Systems Management (ISM) is the management of information technology to support the major functions (i.e. accounting or marketing) and activities of an organization.


Do I have to be an ISM major to join DAIT?

No, DAIT is an organization open to anyone who shares an interest in Information Technology. We work to address this interest through professional meetings with industry professionals and gladly welcome students of all majors.


How can I get in contact with a DAIT representative?

DAIT representatives can be contacted via email at DAIT@duq.edu.


Is there any fee associated with a DAIT membership?

Yes, the cost of membership is $20 per year and includes discounts at various DAIT activities as well as a DAIT t-shirt. By becoming a paid member of DAIT, you are added to the mailing list and are among the first to hear about the latest internship/job openings. Paid membership is highly recommended for all ISM majors.


What does a typical DAIT meeting entail?

Usually meetings are held 1-2 times per month. They follow a simple structure; meetings begin with an update on DAIT and activities carried out within the committees. Following the update, an industry professional presents on a selected topic of interest to ISM students. When the speaker has finished presenting, a few conclusive statements are made and the meeting is concluded. For more information, send an email to DAIT@duq.edu.