The Computer Information
Systems major is offered within the Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics Department within the College
Admission and Progression Standards for this major:
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Description of Major
Computer Information Systems is offered as a major through the Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics Program. This program prepares business students for careers as information systems professionals. The program of study focuses on the development and management of information systems in a business environment. Students develop the technical skills and organizational insights required to analyze, design, implement, and administer information systems. The CIS curriculum includes hands-on projects, case analysis, and business simulations to build strong technical and analytical skills, effective oral and written communication skills and the ability to work independently and in team-oriented environments. The bachelor's degree program in Computer Information Systems is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).
Tell me more about this field of study.
The CIS degree from JMU provides an excellent balance of business and technology – critical skills today in a world where U.S. technical skills are under-represented and in demand. Computer and information systems managers play a vital role in the technological direction of their organizations. They do everything from constructing the business plan to overseeing network security to directing Internet operations. Computer and information systems managers plan, coordinate, and direct research and facilitate the computer-related activities of firms. They help determine both technical and business goals in consultation with top management and make detailed plans for the accomplishment of these goals. For example, working with their staff, they may develop the overall concepts and requirements of a new product or service, or may identify how an organization's computing abilities can effectively aid project management.
Computer and information systems managers direct the work of systems analysts, computer programmers, support specialists, and other computer-related workers. These managers plan and coordinate activities such as installation and upgrading of hardware and software, programming and systems design, development of computer networks, and implementation of Internet and intranet sites. They are increasingly involved with the upkeep, maintenance, and security of networks. They analyze the computer and information needs of their organizations from an operational and strategic perspective and determine immediate and long-range personnel and equipment requirements. They assign and review the work of their subordinates and stay abreast of the latest technology to ensure the organization does not lag behind competitors.
Tell me more about specializations in this field.
Today's entry-level information systems professional face an environment that is more exciting than ever before. Technology has connected people in ways that were previously unimagined, raising the possibilities to a new level. The new CIS professional is a people-person and a team player who can 'talk-technology' in order to develop meaningful business solutions.
In CIS, students will learn the business skills necessary to impact the financial and strategic dimensions of information systems. They can apply their information technology knowledge to energize a related area such as global business services, financial modeling and web marketing.
Students in the CIS program can take exciting elective courses in:
- Business Intelligence
- Business Process Management
- Computer Forensics for Business
- Computer Security Management
- Decision Support Systems
- Information Technology Consulting
- Information Technology Project Management
What common major or minor combinations from
other departments complement this major?
There are many possibilities. Some examples might be: Accounting, Economics, Environmental Information Systems, Finance, Integrated
Science & Technology, International Business, Management, Marketing, Psychology, Public Policy and Administration, or Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication.
CHARACTERISTICS OF SUCCESSFUL STUDENTS
Successful computer information systems students will
- have the desire to learn solid analytical and decision-making skills.
- have the desire to develop strong communication skills.
- have the desire to engage in life-long learning in a rapidly changing field.
- have the desire to meet deadlines and solve unexpected problems.
- have the desire to develop effective team and leadership skills.
Many graduates choose typical career paths associated
with this major. However, some graduates choose unrelated
careers that utilize skills and experiences developed
during their years in college. Keep in mind, that some
fields will require graduate study or further training.
The listing below offers examples of possible career
paths and is not meant to be comprehensive.