A Systematic Approach
Giving you a competitive edge, the Systems Curriculum is an interdisciplinary program created to strengthen analytical, technical, and critical thinking skills. Students studying the curriculum are enrolled in classes meant to teach them how to develop new systems and how to recognize, analyze, and improve upon existing systems. The more classes you take, the more you will see how the world and society are built on systems; and that it is the processes inhabiting these systems that produce quality work and quality products.
Combining the Systems Curriculum with the liberal arts foundation helps you connect the dots; you will be a strong conceptual thinker and will able to synthesize ideas into new solutions. Because liberal arts at Taylor is steeped in Christian theology and ethics, you will be better able to affect change in a way that considers the needs of people and glorifies God. The Systems Curriculum is all about making the world better and shaping you into change agent.
By studying Systems at Taylor, you will begin to better understand the world around you. And as you learn to make decisions quantitatively and solve problems with technology, you will become a stronger employee and leader.
What is Systems?
“Systems” is not another word for programming or information technology. A system is a complex arrangement of parts forming a whole that convert inputs to valuable outputs. There are educational systems, cardiovascular systems, transportation systems, supply chain systems, and many more.
Systems people have an analytical mind and are skilled in problem solving and systematic thinking. They use their skills in health care, businesses, manufacturing, education, government, and virtually every economic sector.
The Systems Curriculum complements your major with systems training. Each class in the Systems Curriculum is included because it fits within one or more of Systems’ four themes: Analysis, Information Technology, Quality Management, and Operations. These pillars each play a key role in the performance of any system—whether through system design, programming, or database management. Analytically minded students and problem solvers can excel in Systems and beyond by drawing connections between their majors’ disciplines and the systems encompassing them.
For example, a Studio Art major who selects the Systems Curriculum option will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Art/Systems instead of a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art. The Systems Curriculum replaces the foreign language requirements of the Bachelor of Arts degree. The net impact of adding the Systems Curriculum is no more than 42 credit hours and is likely less depending on the major.
*Systems is not a major or a minor. Check major curriculum guides to see whether the Systems curriculum applies.
Success Is In The System
Taylor Systems graduates work at places like Accenture, Vera Bradley, Rockwell-Collins, and Wal-Mart Corporate. They work on systems in areas like distribution, logistics, customer service, design, communication, and others. Our graduates—whether they studied Art, Mathematics, Psychology, Philosophy, Christian Ministries, or other fields—have discovered that a strong liberal arts education coupled with strong systems know-how is highly marketable.
Ultimately, the goal of the curriculum is to graduate students who understand and use systems thinking to solve real world problems.