Integrated Information Technology: What to Expect
An Integrated Information Technology (iIT) degree from the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management at the University of South Carolina prepares graduates for a challenging career in the IT industry with good potential for advancement. As an Integrated Information Technology major, you will receive in-depth instruction in five major areas including computer networking, database systems, corporate training and development, and end-user support. You will benefit from hands-on experience that bridges the gap between what you learn in the classroom and how you’ll have to use that learning in the real world. Through a senior capstone course, you will incorporate each core area while working with a real business to solve actual system issues and design the needed solutions. You will also complete an internship to gain additional hands-on experience.
The following courses fulfill some of the course requirements for a Bachelor of Science with a major in Integrated Information Technology:
- Professional Internship Seminar
- Introduction to Technology Support and Training Management
- Introduction to Networking
- Applications for Technical Support I
- End-User Interface Design
- Web-Based Support Systems
- Records Management
- Corporate Training and Development
- Advanced Networking
- Technical Support
- Professional Internship
- Training Systems
- Analysis and Applications of Project Management Software
- Project Management for Information Systems
There is a 17 to 1 student-faculty ratio in upper division courses. A detailed list of degree requirements can be found in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
Enhancing your Experience
Study Abroad allows you to earn academic credits toward your USC degree while seeing the world! Overseas study can complement any academic program or major. Integrated Information Technology students have the opportunity of traveling to Ahmadabad, India and Macao, China. Students traveling to India will experience the information technology industry by touring companies in major industrial parks and meet with executives and professionals in the workplace. They will also tour facilities in a variety of industries including automotive, oil, and dairy. Ahmadabad is a flourishing province in India with designated IT parks, the largest oil refineries, and the largest dairy industry in Asia. It is also home to the $2,000 NANO car. Students who spend a semester in China get front row seats to the world’s most dynamic region for business and culture. They will learn about the luxury services and amenities that make this former Portuguese enclave a rival to Las Vegas. Students will also have the opportunity to experience Hong Kong, just forty miles away. All classes are taught in English. You are encouraged to visit the Study Abroad Web site for more information on opportunities to broaden and extend your knowledge and perspectives.
Student Organizations can be instrumental in helping you adjust to life on campus and network within your field. The University of South Carolina has a family of nearly 300 student organizations. As an Integrated Information technology major, you may wish to get involved with the student chapter of the worldwide Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). USC AITP serves students interested in information technology and provides members with information on current business and technology topics, networking opportunities with local professionals, and a social outlet. You can also get involved in the annual Project Management Competition. Involvement in student organizations is a great way to network, meet new friends, develop leadership skills, and attend national conventions and other events. You can also seek out volunteer opportunities that relate to your major. Find a student organization on campus that interests you!
Graduate School is one of many possibilities following graduation. Many graduates go on to pursue graduate degrees in Business and Teaching.
Distinguished Faculty can help enhance your overall academic experience while at the University. Integrated Information Technology students will have the opportunity to take courses from distinguished faculty such as Dr. Tena Crews and Dr. Peter Cardon. Dr. Crews was named National Collegiate Teacher of the Year by the National Business Education Association in 2006. Dr. Cardon is the Director of International Exchanges and supports the efforts of many students to study abroad.
Departmental Scholarships may be awarded to outstanding students. The College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management awards more than 35 scholarships each year.
Internship and Research Opportunities
Internships can be an important asset to your overall educational experience. Internship experiences often help you confirm your career interests, give you hands on experience in a professional setting, help build your resume, reinforce what you’ve learned in class and can often lead to full-time employment. Likewise, pursuing professional research opportunities as an undergraduate student can also help enrich your academic experience while at the University. As an undergraduate student, you can work closely with faculty research mentors and explore a discipline that interests you. Both internship and research opportunities help you build a competitive edge in the job market.
As a USC student you will have numerous resources at your disposal to assist you with locating internship and research opportunities. The USC Career Center is the central location at USC for assisting students with internship preparation and finding an internship. In addition, be sure to visit your academic department as many programs offer supplemental internship guidance specific to your major. The Office of Undergraduate Research assists all USC undergraduates by providing research and scholarly experiences in their chosen fields.
Integrated Information Technology majors have interned with organizations including SCANA, the United States Attorney’s Office, Palmetto Health, South Carolina Department of Education, VC3, Computer Sciences Corporation, and BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina.
Integrated Information Technology major Whitney Moore didn’t have to travel far to get valuable internship experience. Whitney interned as an Infrastructure Technician at SCANA Corporation in Columbia, S.C. She performed a variety of tasks each day including imagining new desktop and laptops with Windows 7, updating work orders on each end-user that were assigned to her, removing data from old PCs, preparing old hardware to be shipped back to leasing companies, and participating in special deployment team meetings. “The most important thing I’ve learned is to have a clear line of communication with end-user and make sure they understand what is going on,” Whitney said. Through her internship experience, Whitney was able to develop time management skills and learn how to better communicate with people who aren’t familiar with the IT industry. “Technology is changing by the day,” she said. “To be in the IT field, you have to stay up-to-date with current technology and what is coming out.” Whitney’s experiences and the classes she took at Carolina helped prepare her for her internship. She also benefited from classes where her professors invited professionals to come speak about their career in the IT industry. Whitney encourages current students to network while at Carolina. “Stay focused on school and network with people in the business world,” she said. “Always ask for a business card when you meet someone new because you never know who can offer a job to you.”
Graduates with a degree in Integrated Information Technology often pursue careers in local area network administration, database administration, telecommunications, corporate training development, software development, and additional internet-related positions such as Web developers, Webmasters, and Web page designers. Employment opportunities are also available in most areas of management. Average salaries within the first five years after graduation range from $40,000 to $60,000.
You can find more information about career options in the US Department of Laborís Occupational Outlook Handbook.
The USC Career Center offers numerous resources which provide more information about career opportunities for students in this major. Once admitted, a Career Development Coach
A local internship resulted in a great opportunity for Integrated Information Technology major, Elizabeth Martin. Elizabeth is currently employed as a Project Coordinator at VC3, a leading edge Information Technology company providing a full range of IT services. Elizabeth interned for VC3 while at Carolina and discovered that she enjoyed working with people to schedule out projects and communicating with customers. “When VC3 offered me a full-time position after graduation, I knew that I had found a job I would love!” Elizabeth spends a majority of her day working with projects engineers, management, and customers in order to plan and implement technology projects. This includes tasks such as ordering hardware, scheduling resources, follow up communication with customers, and creating timelines. Elizabeth enjoys the opportunity of working around cutting edge technology on a daily basis. “I enjoy seeing all of the cutting edge technology that we use at VC3 and implement for out customers,” she said. “I love hearing customers talk about how the technology helps them perform their job more efficiently. It makes all of my work worthwhile.” The courses Elizabeth took while at USC helped prepare her for success in her current role. “Having some knowledge about databases, networking, web design, project management, and programming was much more helpful than having a degree in just one of those fields,” she said. “The internship prep course was extremely valuable to me because we had different speakers every week that came in to talk about their company and opportunities that they had available.” Elizabeth also attended job fairs, networked with local professionals, and sought out internship opportunities. She encourages current students to “take advantage of every opportunity that is given to you. You never know what skills set will be required in your next job so try to learn and absorb a little bit of everything.”
About the Integrated Information Technology Program
The Integrated Information Technology Program (iIT)—formerly Technology Support and Training Management—is part of USC‘s College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management. Students in the iIT program receive an in-depth background in information technologies in four major areas. These areas include computer networking, database systems, corporate training and development, and end-user support. The program also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching in Business Education and an Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Business Education.
Points of Pride
- The program has been recognized by the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce with the prestigious Palmetto Pillar Award in Technology Education.