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Hone your writing skills while deepening your appreciation of literature. Through discussion and close personal attention, you’ll develop analytical, critical reasoning, and communication skills highly sought after by employers in many fields. These skills will also provide you with an excellent foundation for graduate study.

Degree Offered: B.A.
Offered on the Augusta and Bangor campuses


CIS Internship Program

Since the beginning of its program, CIS has recognized the value of relevant work experience and partners with technology-based organizations to provide students with an opportunity to broaden their skills base in Information Technology (IT), cultivate mature life and workplace skills, prepare students for personal and professional challenges, and establish a network of professional contacts in the IT field.

The internship experience is a 3-credit IT elective at the associate-degree level and a required offering at the bachelor-degree level that provides the student with the opportunity to build a professional portfolio of relevant work experience.

There are many resources available to assist a student in securing an internship position:

 

  1. Through Project>Login, participating Maine businesses offer a list of internships available to undergraduate college students. Most of the internships are short-term (i.e. summer); some are paid while others are volunteer. If the internships are approved by the CIS program as meeting the requirements of a CIS280, CIS380, or a CIS480 internship experience, students will qualify for college credit.

    In 2013, participating Maine businesses offered over 93 internship positions. A number of UMA students have been selected to intern at one of the participating businesses.

  2. Currently, many UMA students have been successful in securing summer internship programs through the Margaret Chase Smith Summer Internship program, which is a collaborative effort among the Office of the Governor, the Maine Bureau of Human Resources, and the Maine State government agencies.

    Interns who are accepted in this full-time, paid work experience are considered temporary unclassified state employees. Given our physical closeness to the State offices, UMA CIS students are in an excellent position to apply for these competitive internship opportunities.

  3. In the last few years, the CIS program has partnered with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) for the State of Maine and with direct interaction with the Director of Workforce Development have placed several students each semester in IT-related internship positions. According to the Director, over 70% of the student interns remain with the State in full-time positions after completion of the internship experience.

  4. For nearly a decade, the CIS program has enjoyed an academic/professional relationship with Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC). Under the Disadvantaged Business Enterprises Supportive Services, a program sponsored by EMDC to assist woman-owned and minority business become more competitive bidding on MDOT contracts, students have been given an opportunity to apply IT skills.

    Although not limited to Web design and development services, typically students have received a stipend to work with an EMDC client to establish a Web presence. Not only do students have an opportunity to apply Web design and development skills, but it also provides an opportunity to interact directly with a client.

  5. Many UMA departments sponsor an intern to work on dedicated projects that required technology skills. Listed below are a sample of the projects worked on by our interns:

 

Department SponsorProject Description
Women in Curriculum Created a Web presence for the Maine Women's Studies Consortium
Professional Studies Developed a process to submit course substitutions and waivers electronically
Professional Studies Designed and constructed a virtualization lab to provide online students a platform to complete hands-on activities
External Relations Assisted faculty with updates to UMA program pages
University College Developed online course evaluation forms
Institutional Research Automated data for the Annual Program Reports
Professional Studies Created labs for security classes
Professional Studies Redesigned the program Web pages
Institutional Research Created a Presidential Dashboard

 

 

CIS Program Advisory Board

The CIS Program has established a Program Advisory Board whose members are currently enjoying challenging careers in the IT field. The charge of the board is to annually review the CIS curriculum to determine the relevance of its course offerings to current IT positions. Because the board members are actively engaged in applying information technology, they are in a unique position to recommend courses in emerging technologies to fill corporate positions for which there are limited number of qualified applicants. The input from these members has resulted in changes in the program curriculum and also the offering of CIS topics courses.

The board members are also an invaluable resource for identifying current employment opportunities for our graduates, often serving as organizational mentors for internship experiences and sharing professional experiences with individual classes on IT topics.

Web Design and Development Minor

The Web Design and Development minor is the obvious choice for students in other disciplines who want to advance their career options by learning marketable Web development and graphic design skills. Increase marketability as you add contemporary skill sets with hands-on training in the most popular open-source technologies.

More and more businesses, public and private, expect their employees to understand the process of developing and maintaining a Web and social media presence.

This minor combines the theoretical concepts with the hands-on skills you’ll need to design, develop, and maintain a Web presence. You’ll learn how to

  • Design, develop, and maintain Web sites using scripting languages or Web authoring tools and content management systems
  • Create graphic design elements such as text effects, badges, icons, logos, buttons, animated graphics, images, banners, and menus
  • Write effective Web page content
  • Build e-commerce sites with a gateway interface and shopping cart
  • Apply effective social media strategies
  • Increase site visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) policies
  • Perform Web usability testing
  • Secure Web applications and social media
  • Prepare a pricing matrix for Web development services

 

 

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PROJECT LOGIN

 

Project>Login is a statewide campaign that was created to help you learn more about exciting careers in computing and IT here in Maine and get real-world experience that will help you find a great job after you graduate.

Computing and IT careers are well paid; professionals are in high demand; and that demand is across all industries.  Whatever kind of work you are interested in, computing and IT skills will help you succeed.

Project>Login has three core activities:

  1. We bring professionals to campus for networking receptions to give students a chance to learn about IT professions.
  2. We update a clearing house of paid internships to help you gain real-world experience before you graduate.  UMA faculty and staff will mentor you on your journey to a rewarding IT career.
  3. We invite students and professionals to participate in an online collaboratory so we can connect you with your future supervisors and colleagues.

So check out our Web site at Project Login <http://projectlogin.com/> and get in touch so we can help you succeed during your college career and beyond.

Web Design and Development Certificate

Fast track to a rewarding career!

Add contemporary skill sets to your Web development toolbox with hands-on training in the most popular open-source technologies.

  • Design, develop, and maintain Web sites using scripting languages or Web authoring tools and content management systems
  • Create graphic design elements such as text effects, badges, icons, logos, buttons, animated images, banners, and menus
  • Write effective Web page content
  • Build e-commerce sites with a gateway interface and shopping cart
  • Apply effective social media strategies
  • Increase site visibility with Search Engine Optimization (SEO) policies
  • Perform Web usability testing
  • Secure Web applications and social media
  • Prepare a pricing matrix for Web development services

 

According to projectlogin.com, there are currently 920 jobs for skilled Web professionals in Maine and that number is expected to increase by 90 new positions by 2020.  The median salary for 2012 was $54,200 with diverse employment opportunities and flexible schedules.

   

  • Freelance Web design and development services
  • Join a Web Development Team and focus in your area of Web expertise
  • Become a Web usability specialist
  • Open new or expanded opportunities for entrepreneurship -- start your own Web Design and Development company
  • Continue your education to earn an Associate or Bachelor Degree in Computer Information Systems with a concentration in Web Design and Development
  • Combine creativity and technology as you prepare for an exciting career as a Web Professional.

 

WEB DESIGN

CIS131 Web Applications and Development

CIS251 Web Authoring Tools

WEB DEVELOPMENT

CIS101 Introduction to Computer Science

CIS135 Introduction to Information Systems

CIS231 JavaScript

CIS243 XML Programming

CIS333 Web Programming: PHP

CIS338 Content Management Systems

CIS438 Electronic Commerce

WEB SECURITY

ISS452 Securing Strategies in Web Applications and Social Networking

 

Earn your academic credential while learning marketable Web development and graphic design skills. Complete your Web Design Certificate on a flexible schedule -- completely online.

 

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