"kids today have trouble associating IT with the tech they love (smartphones, iPads, etc.) I'm majoring in C.M.I.S."
That's always been the case. There's always been a sort of tension between academia and more down-to-earth students who just wanted to go straight to being able to do the things they wanted to be able to do.
MIS - miles wide and a nanometer deep. Their aim seems to be to turn you into a not-so-super user ratter than someone who actually understands the "tech they love", maybe make you someone who follows the terminology just well enough to administer contracts. So, it's not so surprising that most B-school grads have no grasp of what accomplishments required a great deal of creativity and work resulting in a great achievement vs. off-hand things that required little thought or effort resulting in little of merit (and why they have the bizarre tendency to shower praise and rewards on the latter while giving short shrift to many of the former).
CS, OTOH, has always been focused on the abstractions behind the "tech they love" rather than actually how one might go about implementing or extending it. The CS profs were always rather resentful about having to teach actual programming languages and software development tools, which they saw as a necessary evil to be rushed through to get to their pie in the sky abstractionisms about "computability", "validation"... while most of the students just wanted to get to the point where they could design and develop killer apps (including games, hardware/software systems for various purposes...).
But then the same can be said about econometrics; to a great extent, they're an attempt to make the field of economics "rigorous" by applying mathematics in an attempt to emulate actual sciences like chemistry and physics, even when it is totally inappropriate. Now, the biologists are starting to revolt against artificial demands for their work to always be focused on mathematical aspects.
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