I am interested in…technology.
In this “I am interested in…” series, we are exploring ways you can translate your interests into college majors.
Have you ever watched a master illusionist perform magic? The best illusions leave us wondering how the illusionist managed to pull off such a daring trick before our eyes, but for most of us, wondering how the trick happened is as far as we go. We are content to keep the mystery alive so we can be dazzled again next time.
Some of us, however, want more. We don’t just wonder — we genuinely want to know how a trick works so we can perform the illusion ourselves. We don’t just want the illusionist to entertain us. Deep down, we want to be the magician, the one who is dazzling others with fantastic feats of fancy and making it all look easy.
“That’s great, but I don’t want to be a magician when I grow up,” you might be thinking. “What does this have to do with my college major? Or technology, for that matter?”
Excellent questions! It is true that Huntington University doesn’t offer a “master illusionist” major. But here is a list of some of the majors we DO offer:
- Computer Science – Digital Media Arts
- Computer Science – Information Systems
- Computer Science – Mathematics
- Computer Science – Web Development
- Engineering – Electrical
- Film Production Capstone
- Game Development
- Television Production
- Theatre Technology
What do these majors have in common?
At first glance, these majors are quite different, encompassing both the arts and the sciences. On closer inspection, there is a common thread between them: All of these majors study how things work. They get into the details that led to the finished movie, computer, or web design. Students who study these majors are like the audience members at an illusionist’s show who want to learn the trick for themselves. What looks like magic to some people looks like a fun challenge to these students.
If you are interested in technology, odds are you are someone who likes to know how stuff works. You want to see the code, the storyboard, or the blueprint that led to the awesome product — like the latest smart tech or video game — that others think is magic. You understand that technology is only as good as the great minds behind it and the creators who use it, the people who have put in hard work to bring the magic to life and use it to help, entertain, or inform the audience. You know there are real people pulling the strings behind the curtain.
What’s more, you suspect that you might want to be one of those people who’s making the magic happen.
Majors like the ones listed above will be a great fit for you if you have ever wondered how…
- A movie or TV show was created/animated/filmed
- Lighting, sets, sound, or costume design helped tell the story in a play or musical
- Lines of code become the next best app or software program
- Mathematical models can predict the future
- Search engines can pull results from all over the internet into one webpage
- Colleges and universities create course schedules that minimize conflicts for thousands of students a semester
- Radar tracks flight paths, weather, and more
- Game developers build a map and anticipate what gamers will do
Which major you choose depends on what type of illusionist you want to be and where your unique talents lie. Some of our majors, like game development, offer more than one track to specialize your training. We offer two tracks in game development, one for those who are interested in visual design and one for those who are interested in the underlying code.
If you are interested in technology, here is your next step: Pick a major that catches your attention and learn more about it on our website. Start to get a sense for how the trick works. If you find that major interesting after doing some research, you are already on your way to a satisfying career as a “master illusionist.”