For CIS & BSAN Students
Major in CIS
Computer Information Systems is offered as a major through the Department of Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics. 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, laboratory exercises, 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. Students are offered the opportunity to gain practical technical experience through internships and co-op programs. The department faculty, with advice from CIS & BSAN Executive Advisory Board, alumni, employers and students, endorses the program educational objectives listed below.
The Computer Information Systems (CIS) B.B.A. Program will produce graduates with several defining abilities:
- Understand the processes that support delivery and management of information systems in a business environment;
- Apply sound analysis and design methodologies toward creating technological solutions for the enhancement and improvement of business processes;
- Implement system solutions using state of the art software development, database, and telecommunications technologies;
- Communicate effectively, in both oral and written form, in order to serve as liaisons between business-oriented end-users and technically-oriented computing specialists;
- Work effectively in multi-disciplinary teams with the ability to manage themselves and their colleagues;
- Develop self-directed, lifelong learning skills.
Why Study CIS?
Picture yourself in the heart of an organization! CIS professionals translate information needs into technology needs, and interact with and contribute to every level of an organization. They are the critical link in achieving important organizational goals - making the CIS professional an invaluable asset.
The new CIS professional is a people-person who can “talk technology” and "talk business" in order to solve meaningful organizational problems.
CIS students learn through a variety of methods including projects, laboratory exercises, lectures, cases, and business simulations to prepare graduates with strong technical, analytic, and problem-solving skills, effective communication and presentation skills, hands-on experience, and the ability to work effectively in individual and team-oriented environments.
Examples of the New CIS Profession
- Business Analyst—investigates business systems, identifies options for improving these systems, and bridges the needs of the business with the use of IT.
- Consultant— advises organizations on how best to use information technology to meet their business objectives.
- Project Manager— facilitates successful completion of IT projects.
- Security Analyst—determines security weaknesses and makes recommendations to tighten them up.
- IT Advisor —helps clients manage their technology risks to help them attain their strategic and financial goals.
CIS Student Guides
- CIS Checklist - to keep track of the courses you need for the CIS major
- CIS Information Sheet - information about CIS program and CIS courses
- CIS Career Brochure - brochure about CIS Careers and JMU CIS program
Undergraduate CIS Program
- Program Educational Objectives
- Program Outcomes