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Learn more about a major in computer science. All liberal arts degrees help CLA students develop their Core Career Competencies, and computer science majors develop specific skills that are applicable to lots of different careers. These skills include strong technical knowledge and analysis, computer programming languages, strong diagnostic and problem-solving, and information management skills.

Students who take the SuperStrong Interest Inventory receive a three-letter interest code, which identifies their top three areas of interest, work activities, potential skills, and personal values. The interest code "IRE" is often associated with this major, however, the SuperStrong assessment can help you understand how your interests connect to a variety of majors and career options. You can learn more about common employer types and occupations associated with this major. You can also see CLA specific examples of alumni careers below.


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Alumni Career Examples

Below is a small sampling of what alumni with this major have pursued, organized by the most common career fields they go into (although keep in mind that there are alumni in all eight of the career fields). You can also utilize the LinkedIn's Alumni Tool and the Maroon and Gold Network to further explore alumni career pathways and connect directly with professionals.

Click to expand each gray box below for opportunities pursued by alumni in this major! 


Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required


  • Software Engineer Intern, Media Logic Group
  • Technology Intern, FindLaw
  • Software Engineer Intern, Maverick Software Consulting
  • Software Engineering Intern, Infinite Campus
  • Software Engineer Intern, Brady Corporation
  • IT Contractor, Target
  • Software Engineering Intern, Microsoft
  • Software Engineering Intern, SPS Commerce
  • Software Development Intern, Optum
  • Technology Support Specialist, University of Minnesota
  • System Administrator, University of Minnesota
  • Intern, Programming Environment Developer, Cray, Inc.
  • NetBackup Engineer Intern, Symantec
  • Software Engineer Intern, Infinite Campus
  • Information Technology Intern, UNAVSA
  • Software Test Intern, Gambro
  • Software Engineer Intern, Infinite Campus
  • UX/UI Designer, SparkStarter, LLC
  • UI Designer & Product Developer, Real EmPowerment Technology
  • Software Quality Analyst Intern, Pearson VUE
  • Test Automation Engineer Intern, Pearson VUE
  • Full Stack Web Developer, Secret Shopper-Myster Shopping Company
  • Research Intern, Seoul National University Biointelligence laboratory
  • Software Engineering Intern, St. Jude Medical
  • Business Intelligence Developer Intern, UnitedHealth Group
  • Business Analyst Intern, UnitedHealth Group


  • Software Development Engineer, Amazon
  • Software Consultant, Fishbowl Solutions
  • Software Engineer, Microsoft
  • Technology Leadership Program - Software Engineer, Target
  • Software Engineer, Cray, Inc.
  • Programmer Analyst, CH Robinson
  • Technology Development Program Associate
  • Software Developer, T-Metrics, Inc.
  • Software Engineer, General Dynamic Mission Systems
  • Associate Software Engineer, Veritas Technologies LLC
  • Software Engineer Associate, Infor
  • Web Application Developer, The Sportsman's Guide
  • Software Developer, OATI
  • Software Development Engineer, Amazon
  • Information Architect, Thomson Reuters
  • TLP Software Engineer, Target
  • Junior Java Developer, UnitedHealth Group


  • Full-Stack Developer, Verisk Retail
  • Software Engineer, Microsoft
  • Global Service Desk Analyst, Thomson Reuters
  • Technology Development Program Senior Associate, UnitedHealth Group
  • Project Manager, Target
  • IT Business Analyst, NEWSCYCLE Solutions
  • Software Developer, Optum
  • Intranet Governance and Operations Lead, Target
  • Application Developer, UnitedHealth Group
  • Senior Business Analyst, UnitedHealth Group

Note: *Asterisks denote that further education and/or training is often required


  • Creative Director, RaisingSails Marketing
  • Digital Business Integration Analyst, Accenture
  • IT Business Analyst, NEWSCYCLE Solutions
  • Business Analyst, Target


The College of Liberal Arts Career Services and the University of Minnesota has no control or responsibility for the: (a) quality or safety of any experiential learning opportunity/position descriptions or (b) the application, hiring practices, or EEO/AA status of any of the organizations listed here. We encourage students to use precaution when applying to, interviewing at, or participating in volunteer, internship, job, or research programs outside of the University. These opportunities are not affiliated with the University of Minnesota and have not been fully vetted.