Goshen College recently introduced a new Informatics cognate for students wanting to apply computer technology to the needs of nonprofit organizations and church agencies. If  you would like to use computers to work for justice, create peace, and resolve conflicts this is the major for you. This cognate will be available starting in the Fall of 2012

Church agencies and peace and justice organizations need people with computer skills to serve in their organizations. In the headquarters of these organizations computers are used for tracking activities of the organizations, accounting, communication with supporters and fundraising. In the field computers are used to track activities of staff and volunteers, track spending and communicating with headquarters.  While organizations want staff members that understand their mission, they often need staff that can manage databases, do accounting, analyze mission effectiveness, create websites, and develop mobile apps. Those activities happen on computers. Informatics majors with a PJCS with an Informatics cognate will both understand the mission and how to use computer technology. This will make them more valuable as employees in church agencies and mission organizations than someone with just a PJCS major or training in informatics alone.

Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies (PJCS) Cognate:

  • Bibl 321         Biblical Themes of Peace…………………………. 3 hrs
  • PJCS 325       Mediation…………………………………………….. 3-4 hrs
  • PJCS 350       Dynamics and Theology of Reconciliation….. 3 hrs
  • PJCS 370       Personal Violence and Healing…………………. 3 hrs
  • PJCS 410       Senior Advanced Work……………………………. 1 hr
  • Choose any three additional PJCS courses…………………… 9 hrs

Total for PJCS cognate……………………………………………………… 22-23 hrs

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In addition to the cognate courses listed above, students would be required to take the following Informatics courses:

  • Bus 220         Office Software Productivity…………………. 3 hrs
  • Comm 326   Creating for the Web……………………………. 3 hrs
  • Info 200        Informatics I…………………………………….. 3 hrs
  • Info 230        Programming I……………………………………4 hrs
  • Info 300        Informatics II…………………………………….3 hrs
  • Info 330        Programming II………………………………… 4 hrs
  • Info 340        Database Design………………………………… 3 hrs
  • Info 350        Computer Networking………………………… 3 hrs
  • Info 355        Systems Analysis……………………………….. 3 hrs
  • Info 405        Project Management…………………………… 3 hrs
  • Info 409        Capstone Project………………………………… 3 hrs

One Statistics/Research methods course:

  • Comm 240   Communication Research………………………….. 3 hrs
  • Econ 207       Introduction to Statistics…………………………. 3 hrs
  • Math 323      Probability and Statistics………………………….. 3 hrs
  • Psyc 402        Statistics and Research Methods I……………… 4 hrs
  • Soc 391         Methods of Social Research………………………… 3 hrs

Total for Informatics core…………………………………………………… 38-39 hrs

Total for Informatics major with PJCS cognate……………………….. 60-62 hrs

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