ERIC Number: EJ831357
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Why Are Students Not Majoring in Information Systems?
Walstrom, Kent A.; Schambach, Thomas P.; Jones, Keith T.; Crampton, William J.
Journal of Information Systems Education, v19 n1 p43-54 2008
The purpose of this study was to examine some of the factors that influence and impact business students when they select their major and, more particularly, to examine why students are not majoring in information systems. Students in an entry level business class responded that they were more knowledgeable about careers in management, marketing, accounting, and finance than they were about careers in information systems. These business students indicated that they are looking for majors that will be interesting, provide them with job security initially and over their careers, and pay them well. The most important information sources used by these students in their major selection decision were information on college/department websites, brochures about the major, and information on the Internet. When asked why they were not majoring in information systems, the top two reasons given were "not what I wanted to do" and "subject not of interest." (Contains 6 tables.)
Descriptors: Careers, Majors (Students), Information Systems, Information Sources, Job Security, Internet, Student Interests, Literature Reviews, College Freshmen, Business Administration Education, Questionnaires, Likert Scales, Career Choice, Course Selection (Students), Decision Making, Enrollment Trends
Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE). c/o Al Harris, JISE Editor, Department of Computer Information Systems, Walker College of Business, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608. Tel: 828-262-6180; Fax: 828-262-6190; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.jise.appstate.edu/index.htm
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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