The Elms College newly re-designed Computer Information Technology & Security (CITS) major prepares students for careers as IT professionals, providing a breadth of knowledge and the skills necessary to become IT technicians, system administrators, network administrators, and cyber security specialists.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor predicts a 13% growth in computer and information technology occupations from 2016 to 2026. Computer security knowledge is becoming essential and in demand in most IT jobs. Recent graduates have gone on to work as technology support or help-desk technicians, webmasters, programmers, database administrators, and network and system administrators.

Our classes include computer programming, network administration, system administration, computer security, database design, web design, and incorporate cutting-edge topics such as mobile web and app development, and digital forensics.  An internship and a senior capstone portfolio course give students even more hands-on experience. The CIT major and minor requirements are listed on the CIT Curriculum and Courses page. We also have a popular Cyber Security minor.

All of our classes are taught in our state-of-the-art computer lab with a teaching style that is applied, interactive, and hands-on. Class sizes are small, with 10-17 students per class.

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Quick Info

  • Hands-on coursework
  • Small class size
  • Career-oriented curriculum
  • Internship

Student Success

Computer Information Technology major Trifon Bish ‘17 has always been a gifted athlete—he was an integral part of the Blazers basketball team for four years— but perhaps his most surprising accomplishment was becoming an NCAA Div III All-American long jumper, despite never having participated in the sport before his senior year of college. He ended the inaugural season of the Blazer track and field team as the Division III New England Long Jump Champion, ranked third nationally in the long jump and seventh in the triple jump. A Hartford resident, Trifon is considering continuing his education and obtaining his master’s degree (he still has two years of eligibility as a track athlete) or taking one of the several job offers he has had from companies he interned with during college.