The Software and Information Systems Department is a pioneer in Information Technology research and education. We offer a wide selection of courses in Information Technology and Software Engineering emphasizing on designing and deploying IT infrastructures that deliver integrated, secure, reliable, and easy-to-use services. We have partnerships with the Departments Computer Science (CS), and Geography and Earth Sciences (GES) delivering specific concentrations for our students. Our security and Privacy program is recognized by the National Security Agency as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education.

Academic programs

  • B.A. Software and Information Systems
  • M.S. Information Technology
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Technology Management
  • Graduate Certificate in Information Security and Privacy
  • Ph.D. Information Technology

Students can choose a variety of concentrations including:

  • Information Security and Privacy
  • Software Design and Engineering
  • Human and Computer Interactions
  • Information Technology Management
  • Geographical Information Systems (joint with GES)
  • Intelligent Information Systems (joint with CS)
  • Advanced Database and Knowledge Discovery (joint with CS)

Our curriculum emphasizes hands on experiences with specialized labs including:

  • Computer Forensics
  • Vulnerability Assessment and System Assurance (Penetration Testing)
  • Honeynet
  • Home Network Security
  • IT infrastructure design and implementation
  • Software testing


The department has high quality research programs with faculty expertise in the following areas:

  • Information Security and Assurance
  • Intelligent Information Systems
  • Software Engineering
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Information Infrastructures

The department values interdisciplinary research and maintains a high level of external funding from a variety of federal and industry sources including: NSF, DARPA, DoD, DoE, DHS, Bank of America, and Wachovia.

Financial Assistance and Career Development

Financial assistant opportunities are available for both graduate and undergraduates. Since 2001, the Carolina Cyber Defender Scholarship Program has provided close to 100 full scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursing information security careers in the public sector. Scholarship covers two years of tuition, stipends, and books. Research and teaching assistant positions are available for graduate students, particularly Ph.D. students. Please visit faculty web pages for specific information about research assistant positions.

The Department, working closely with the University Career Center, helps student find employment after graduation. The department maintains close relationship with a large number of companies which make the SIS department has