Program description

Telecommunications and information management is an interdisciplinary major offered by Western Michigan University through the Department of Business Information Systems in the Haworth College of Business and the School of Communication in the College of Arts and Sciences. This major is designed to train students in a variety of telecommunications and data communication subdisciplines, including:

  • Cable television
  • Information assurance and compliance
  • Internet and electronic commerce
  • Network operations
  • Telephony, satellite and wireless communication

The telecommunications and information management program, the first of its kind in the state of Michigan, prepares students for one of the fastest growing occupations projected by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Convergence of disciplines

The clear lines and historic boundaries that once separated telecommunications and information technology are becoming less distinct. A natural convergence of industries and information technologies are blurring those distinctions. The principle of convergence can be seen in the development of such areas as satellite and wireless communication, the Internet, e-commerce and database management. The main driving force behind convergence is the digitization of media, information technology and entertainment. Digital technology improves the quality and efficiency of switching, routing and storing of information. It increases the potential for manipulation and transformation of data.

Value of interdisciplinary program studies at WMU

This program is in keeping with the College of Arts and Sciences' strategic plan stated goal to create interdisciplinary programs at WMU. The telecommunications and information management major offers a 21st-century approach to the study of telecommunications and information technology by combining people and resources across the greater WMU campus. Working together, the School of Communication and Department of Business Information Systems offer students a uniquely designed program that supports the larger mission of being a student-centered research university.

Professional employment opportunities for students

Telecommunications and data communications are among the fastest growing fields in the U.S. economy today. The convergence in both areas necessitates a curriculum that is more reflective of the ongoing changes in the field. We have absolute confidence that our students will be among the best trained for the professional skills and knowledge base that this program offers.