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2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2019-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Management Information Systems, B.S.B.A.


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Effective information is an integral part of any successful organization. The development and administration of an effective information system requires competency in both technological skills and business knowledge. As such, management information systems professionals utilize tools, techniques, and concepts of various disciplines such as computer science, management science, and organizational behavior. These interdisciplinary tools, combined with an understanding of the basic needs of an organization, enable the information system professionals to apply computer technology to solve a wide range of business problems. Management information systems (MIS) professionals frequently interact with individuals in many functional areas of an organization to analyze information needs and requirements and to serve as a liaison with computer systems personnel.

B.S.B.A. Core Requirements


All B.S.B.A. majors in the John L. Grove College of Business should satisfactorily complete the 100-/200-level business core courses during their freshman and sophomore years and the 300-400-level business core courses during their junior and senior years, as listed below.

Note:


  • Students who place at the advanced level in the mathematics placement/competency test are not required to take MAT 140A /MAT 140B . In lieu of MAT 140A /MAT 140B , students are required to take an additional free elective.
  • Completion of ECO 101  and ECO 102  will satisfy the requirement for ECO 113 .
  • Completion of MAT 117  taken at Shippensburg University will satisfy the requirement for SCM 200  .
  • MGT 447   Satisfies university diversity requirement.

Major Course Requirements


Students should meet with their faculty advisor to plan the sequencing of their major program of study. Students interested in a double major and/or minor shall be required to take the prescribed courses in each respective major and/or minor. Students can double count one course between business majors with the permission of the respective department chair(s). Refer to the index under Double Majors and Minors for further information.

MIS Career Opportunities


Career positions appropriate for an MIS graduate include systems analysts, database administrator, network specialist, web designer, software engineer, programmer/analyst, project manager, and technical trainer. Successful MIS professionals can advance to senior management and executive-level positions such as information systems manager, chief information officer, and chief executive officer. Those with work experience and considerable expertise may find lucrative opportunities as independent consultants, or may choose to start their own firms.

The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that “computer and information technology occupations [will] grow 13 percent from 2016 to 2026, faster than the average for all occupations.  These occupations are projected to add about 557,100 new jobs.  Demand for MIS professionals stays strong in the foreseeable future as organizations continue to adopt and integrate increasingly sophisticated technologies into their business activities. In addition, various studies find MIS graduates among the highest paid college graduates. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that “employment of accountants and auditors [will] grow 10 percent from 2016 to 2016, faster than the average for all occupations.

General Education Requirements


Foundations (15)


Foundational courses coupled with other experiences provide students with their core First Year Experience, providing opportunities to develop the requisite quantitative, analytical, written communication, and oral communication skills needed to succeed while in college and throughout life after college. Five program goals express the purpose of these foundational courses and how they support student success.

Interconnections (9)


This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore human behavior, social interactions, and global communities through humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. Open discourse about the causes and consequences of human behavior and thought, and the interconnectedness of societies revealed by examining traditions and structures, provides a pathway to mutual respect and tolerance in a diverse world.

Three program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish. Students must complete three (3) courses in this curriculum, with at least one (1) course being a diversity course (‘D’ rubric) and at least one (1) course being a global perspectives course (‘G’ rubric).

Citizenship and Responsibility (6)


This curriculum will provide students with opportunities to consider the function and development of institutions, as well as their own responsibilities in society. Tools for development of students as informed and responsible citizens can include study of principles and research in social science, analysis of the development of social and political systems and practices, application of critical analysis and reasoning, and contemplation of ethics and values. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students are required to complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with no more than one (1) course being attributed with the same program goal.

Citizenship


Guide and prompt students to understand responsible citizenship through the development of ideas of citizenship and rights, how society protect or fails to protect basic rights, and avenues for individual or collective action.

Ethical Reasoning


Guide and prompt students to identify ethical theories or guidelines and apply appropriate ethical reasoning to reach conclusions and support moral judgments.

Natural World and Technology (9)


This curriculum will provide students the opportunity to learn how new knowledge is created by applying scientific principles and technology to address historical and contemporary questions. Two program goals express what we will do for students. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students must complete 3 courses in this curriculum, with at least two (2) courses (or their equivalents) involving the natural world (‘N’ rubric).

Creativity and Expression (6)


This part of the curriculum will provide students with opportunities to explore artistic and literary disciplines and their modes of expression, considering the processes by which artistic works are imagined and created as well as the analytical tools for describing and appraising works of art and literature. Each goal has an associated rubric that outlines what we expect students to learn or accomplish.

Students must complete two (2) courses (or their equivalents) in this curriculum, with one (1) course being a literature course (‘L’ rubric)and one course in either the arts or creativity (‘A’ or ‘C’ rubrics).

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