What is CICS? It seems like a basic question, yet the possible answers are numerous. I can start by saying the home to The Center for Information and Communication Sciences is Ball State University in Muncie, IN. I could tell you that this center offers an intensive master’s program; a business/technology blend. Maybe I should say that this program can be completed in as little as 11 months, or that the placement rate is 95%. All of these things are impressive, but the center is so much more than these general descriptors.
A little background:
I never considered a degree in any kind of technology or business program; I only learned of the center from an alum, a few months before applying. I was very interested in the short length of the program, as well as the placement rate. I reviewed the course listings and found that it was better suited to me than I originally anticipated, with courses like human communication and entrepreneurship. After the alum really talked up the program and seeing the interesting course list, I decided to apply. I was honestly a little surprised to get the acceptance letter.
Fast forward to the near end of the first term:
This program is so much more than I ever anticipated when I applied. I am so glad that I was introduced to (and am now a part of) the center. I’m thankful that I have the opportunity to learn from the instructors here. They are truly committed to developing leaders, higher education, sharing knowledge, and giving back to the community and society as a whole. This program is unlike any I’ve ever heard of; good luck finding a course like this anywhere else in the US. Teaching methods are unconventional and include things like social learning events, major projects, and interactive/collaborative discourse. In the few short months I’ve been here, I have learned (and grown) so much. I’ve gained confidence in my ability to lead, to work in a team, to formulate new ideas and dig deeper into new concepts.
CICS is an inclusive, interesting program that produces highly competent leaders in a short amount of time. The professors are brilliant, the courses are (mostly) interesting, and the blend of business and technology is definitely applicable and beneficial. Major companies recruit from the center, and I already mentioned the very high placement rate (95%). In a few short months, the amount of knowledge/truly valuable information that I gained is impressive. If you are looking for something different, demanding, and marketable, this is where it’s at.