Employers expect new college graduates to be familiar with standard business computer applications including word processing, spreadsheets, data management, and presentation software. You can increase your computer/technical skills in classes, workshops, and experiences that focus on applying technology and learning software programs.


Few classes offered in the General Education Program focus solely on technology, yet almost every class provides students with opportunities to gain technology skills. Every time a student learns to use a new digital resource in the Pollak LibraryOpens in new window , the student increases his/her technology skills. Utilizing PowerPoint to make a class presentation or organizing class notes using a spreadsheet are just two ways of increasing familiarity and confidence with software programs.

Research assignments in such classes as World History(HIST 110A/B)Opens in new window or Government (POSC 100)Opens in new window or a class from the G.E. Category Introduction to the Arts (e.g. ART 101 or THTR 100) represent opportunities to hone the student’s technology skills.

Many academic majors require courses that contribute to building technology skills. Students should welcome these experiences, confident that they will push them to grow in skills they will some day need.

A sample of elective or major coursework includes:

"Our employees constantly use basic computer technologies to serve our customers and interact with other team members. In a technology driven market, these skills are essential." - Keith Kelley, Corporate Recruiter, ExperianOpens in new window


  • Create and use a PowerPoint presentation
  • Work as a student assistant in Information TechnologyOpens in new window
  • Keep budgets for student clubs using Excel
  • Work in a studio or control room for a radio or TV station
  • Take a computer class
  • Design or maintain a website for a student organization or campus office
  • Design brochures or newsletters
  • Design advertisement materials
  • Start a web-based business
  • Create a database to organize your contacts as you search for a summer job
  • Assist organizations and departments with database development and statistical analysis
  • Get a job or internship working on computer networks or programming
  • Conduct research on the Internet.