Exploring your Program

Exploring your Program

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 In choosing a major, ability counts as much as interest. In addition to considering what you enjoy, think about times and places when you excelled… Let your choice of a major reflect a discovery of your passions and potentials.

List your core values, such as contributing to society, achieving financial security and professional recognition, enjoying good health, or making time for fun.

—David Ellis, The Essential Guide to Becoming a Master Student

In this activity, you will become more familiar with your academic program. The purpose is to explore your academic program to learn more about what courses are offered and to provide a snapshot of program highlights and coursework examples.

As you conduct your program research, consider the following questions:

  • Why did you select an academic program in the Technology field? Consider both internal and external influences.
  • What industry certifications are related to your career field? Are there any which you are interested in pursuing?
  • What internships or apprenticeships are related to your major? Do any of them interest you? Consider the potential titles, companies, and things you might learn.
  • What kinds of career opportunities are there in your field? Consider the potential titles and companies for whom you may work. Which do you find most interesting?
  • What have you discovered about your academic program that you didn’t know before?

IT & Computer Science Academic Programs

In this activity, you will complete the following tasks:

Cyber Security Academic Programs

In this activity, you will complete the following tasks:

  • Cyber Security students, select your academic program from the list below.

Computer Networks and Cybersecurity 

Cybersecurity Management and Policy 

Software Development and Security

  • Read about, and search for, a variety of industry certifications related to your field.
  • Contact an Success Coach (optional). Undergraduate success coaches are available and are ready to assist you with questions about your academic program, course selection, academic policies, and degree completion. Success coaches are available by phone and email at [email protected].

Using the Week 3 assignment template, please answer the five questions about what you found in your research on your program. Upload your document into the Assignment folder by the end of Week 3, Tuesday, at 11:59 ET to stay on track.


You must proofread your paper. But do not strictly rely on your computer’s spell-checker and grammar-checker; failure to do so indicates a lack of effort on your part and you can expect your grade to suffer accordingly. Papers with numerous misspelled words and grammatical mistakes will be penalized. Read over your paper – in silence and then aloud – before handing it in and make corrections as necessary. Often it is advantageous to have a friend proofread your paper for obvious errors. Handwritten corrections are preferable to uncorrected mistakes.
Use a standard 10 to 12 point (10 to 12 characters per inch) typeface. Smaller or compressed type and papers with small margins or single-spacing are hard to read. It is better to let your essay run over the recommended number of pages than to try to compress it into fewer pages.

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