Western Michigan University's interdisciplinary telecommunications and information management major, offered through the Department of Business Information Systems and School of Communication, was the first of its kind in the state of Michigan. It offers a 21st-century approach to the study of telecommunications and information technology by combining people and resources across campus, and has been recognized with an Information and Telecommunications and Education Research Association Award for Program Excellence.
If you decide to major in telecommunications and information management at WMU, you will be trained in a variety of telecommunications and data communication sub-disciplines, including network operations, cable television, Internet and electronic commerce, telephony, satellite and wireless communication, and information assurance and compliance. You will receive a well-balanced education in a variety of business and technical management issues, and be prepared for one of the fastest growing occupations projected by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Beyond the classroom
WMU is one of 18 universities that make up the Information and Telecommunications and Education Research Association consortium of schools. As a telecommunications and information management student at a member school, you will have the opportunity to participate in the ITERA academic conference, which is designed for practitioners of telecommunications education. All areas of the discipline are represented at the annual conference, including management, law and policy, and information technology.
You can also gain insight from industry experts by attending the Department of Business Information Systems' annual information technology forum. It takes place on campus in the fall, and in the past has featured speakers from such high-profile companies as Google and IBM.
As a telecommunications and information management student, you will be eligible for scholarships that are available through WMU's Department of Business Information Systems. To qualify, you need to write a short paper on why you chose your major and submit that along with your transcript.
After you graduate
Recent WMU graduates with degrees in telecommunications and information management are working as:
- Broadcast and cable television managers
- Cellular and wireless communication managers
- Network managers and administrators
- Information technology specialists
- Telecommunications and data communications marketing and sales
- Network analysts and designers
- Satellite communication managers
- Telecommunications and data communications systems analysts
- Telecommunications project managers
- Telecommunications policy analysts
Among the organizations they work for are:
- Media agencies
- Information technology companies
- Cellular and wireless companies
- Government agencies
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