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Computer Information Systems Degree Faculty

Monica Garfield
Associate Professor
Computer Information Systems

Why do you enjoy teaching computer information systems (CIS) related courses at a business university?

I enjoy teaching courses that enable Bentley students to make a difference in the organizations they work for after they graduate. Because computer information systems have become an important part of a corporation’s strategy, our Computer Information Systems degree students have a tremendous opportunity to make a difference in both small and large organizations.

What skills do graduates leave with that help them make an impact in CIS-related fields?

Every graduate, whether a CIS major or a CIS minor, learns how to apply a variety of technologies in different business contexts. In practice these skills help organizations innovate, make better decisions, and deliver value to their customers.

Which course is your favorite to teach and why?

My favorite course to teach is Database Management Systems (CS 350). I enjoy seeing the students grow in their understanding of a fundamental business tool. Their new skills are brought together in a final project that students complete at the end of the semester. These projects are fun, exciting, and teach students about the opportunities for (and challenges of) database management.

In what ways do you see CIS transforming business over the next decade?

In what ways won’t computer information systems transform business over the next decade? Trends like mobile computing and social media will continue to evolve and transform business. I also expect cloud computing and big data to have a great impact.

What kind of demand do you see for students who can effectively understand both business and information technology? 

I expect the labor shortage for entry-level and experienced people with skills and knowledge in computer information systems to continue. Every year I believe that Bentley could successfully place many more students with CIS degrees and minors than are in our senior class into great jobs.

What types of careers do your students typically pursue?

These run the gamut from business and system analysts to IT consultants and software developers. Several years after graduation our students have either built a career in such a field or have transitioned to take on a more managerial role.