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BBA in Computer Information Systems – Program Educational Objectives

The mission of the James Madison University College of Business is to prepare students to be active and engaged citizens who are exceptionally well qualified leaders for success in a global competitive marketplace.   The Department of Computer Information Systems & Business Analytics supports the mission of the University by educating undergraduate CIS students through active, experiential learning that prepares students to apply their knowledge for the betterment of organizations and society and by serving the academic and business communities through appropriate research and service.  

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:

  1. Understand the processes that support delivery and management of information systems in a business environment;
  2. Apply sound analysis and design methodologies toward creating technological solutions for the enhancement and improvement of business processes;
  3. Implement system solutions using state of the art software development, database, and telecommunications technologies;
  4. Communicate effectively, in both oral and written form, in order to serve as liaisons between business-oriented end-users and technically-oriented computing specialists;
  5. Work effectively in multi-disciplinary teaBSAN with the ability to manage theBSANelves and their colleagues;
  6. Develop self-directed, lifelong learning skills.