Going to college for Information Technology has been a daunting and lengthy task for me. However, the experience has prepared me to enter a field that is expanding rapidly. The classes at George Mason University specialize in a wide range of subject matter, such as IT in the Global Economy. That course examined the influence of globalization on information technology trends. Another singular class that followed this example is Computer Crime & Forensics, it took an in depth look at both the human aspects and engineering of these two sub topics. This particular class focused on decryption and analyzing problems rather than basic memorization. This can add a lot to the atmosphere of the classes, and makes the knowledge applicable to working in the field. That is one of the most enjoyable aspects: the engaging, thought provoking conversations.
On the other side of the coin are the non-core classes, those not directly related to security but required for a four year degree. The grading methods can be unforgiving in those classes. The trend seems that classes of this nature are packed with memorization and are set up to weed out students. In some cases, 1% of the final grade is equal to a single question on an exam. My experience with this type of environment has been hit or miss and depends heavily on the subject matter in question.
However, studying other subjects has its benefits as well. Classes such as accounting and statistics allow students to better analyze and digest raw data from other sectors of the professional world. This gives students a broader understanding of how decisions are made within a business and an industry. Overall I feel as you go deeper into the curriculum, classes become a more stimulating experience and provide an overall better understanding of information security.