Notre Dame College Offers Software Development Degree with Business Foundation

Notre Dame College has added a software development major that prepares students for a variety of professions in the booming industry with the best of both business and technical skills.

The new bachelor’s degree offered at the College beginning in 2018-2019 includes the programming classes needed to become a corporate, vendor or independent software developer. The major also provides business administration core courses to extend employability to management, administrative and leadership positions by imparting an understanding of processes in a number of related disciplines, including accounting, marketing and business law.

The software development major at Notre Dame requires completion of 25 credits in information technology systems courses. The College also offers a software development minor with a requirement of 19 credits. Both the major and minor prepare students to design, develop and deliver software applications to meet business requirements.

In addition, the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in software development at Notre Dame features a business administration core of 44 credits in areas ranging from accounting, economics and corporate finance to marketing, management principles and management information systems.

The Notre Dame program is distinguished in that it encompasses these broader areas of the College’s Division of Business rather than being confined to a computer science department. Students who complete the software development major at Notre Dame are able to understand business processes so they can apply their technical skills and knowledge to build application software solutions to meet business needs.

Students also complete an internship work experience in the field as part of their degree program.

According to two Cleveland-area nonprofit organizations, Regional Information Technology Engagement and Team NEO of the Cleveland Foundation, software developer, a position that almost always requires a college degree, is the most in-demand IT job in Northeast Ohio.

The national job outlook for software developers also is expected to grow 24 percent, much faster than average, through 2026, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median pay for developers in the U.S. in 2017 was more than $100,000, and related jobs include advancement to computer and information systems managers or IT project managers, who can earn close to $150,000 per year.

Software Expertise

In information technology systems coursework at Notre Dame, students learn software engineering approaches to identify and analyze problems and to design and deliver appropriate business software solutions. Classes extend beyond programming logic and design into areas such as contemporary and advanced programming languages, software engineering, systems analysis and data structures and storage.

In the software development courses, students learn to demonstrate an understanding and practical application of  appropriate theories, models and techniques that provide a basis for problem identification and analysis, software design, development, implementation, verification and documentation. They are able to develop and deliver quality programs and applications in one or more domains that integrate ethical, social, legal and economic concerns to meet business requirements.

Business Skills

Through the business core at Notre Dame, students are able to demonstrate an understanding and appreciation of the importance of negotiation, effective work habits, leadership and good communication with stakeholders in a typical software development environment. They can reconcile conflicting project objectives and find acceptable compromises within the limitations of cost, time, knowledge, existing systems and organizations.

As part of the College’s career-focused liberal arts curriculum, students also learn to communicate effectively in both written and oral forms and to work individually and collaborate effectively in diverse teams across culture. They study ethical decision-making and problem-solving, too.

Contact Information

To learn more about the Notre Dame software development program, contact Kevin Casey McCullough, M.S., assistant professor of software development, at cmccullough@ndc.edu or 216.373.5365 or Sandra Grassman, M.B.A., associate professor of management information systems, at sgrassman@ndc.edu or 216.373.5333.

September 2018

About Notre Dame College

For almost a century, Notre Dame College has educated a diverse population in the liberal arts for personal, professional and global responsibility. Founded by the Sisters of Notre Dame in 1922, the College has grown strategically to keep pace with the rapidly changing needs of students and the dramatic changes in higher education. But it has never lost sight of its emphasis on teaching students not only how to make a good living but also how to live a good life.

Today, the College offers bachelor’s degrees in 30 disciplines plus a variety of master's degrees, certification programs and continuing and professional development programs for adult learners on campus and online. Notre Dame College offers NCAA Division II intercollegiate athletic programs for men and women and is located in a picturesque residential neighborhood just 25 minutes from the heart of Cleveland. Hallmarks of the Notre Dame experience include stimulating academics, personalized attention of dedicated faculty and staff, and small class sizes.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. For further information contact Brian Johnston, chief communications officer, at 216.373.5252 or bjohnston@ndc.edu.

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