Academic Catalog: Business Admin in Management Information Systems

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Student Success Goal: The Program seeks to enhance student understanding of career related fields, improve the retention rate of its students, increase the quality and quantity of network opportunities, and continuously improve the curricula that develops the knowledge, skills, and values of its graduates so that students are prepared for productive careers in a global economy.

Academic Program Goal: The Program will expand its academic program array, enhance its delivery methods, and continuously improve the curriculum so that students can select from a variety of quality programs that prepare them for the global work environment.

Faculty Involvement Goal: The Program will innovatively increase its support for faculty and staff in order to attract, develop, and retain talented faculty/staff who continuously improve the quality of teaching, advising, research, and service.

Community Engagement Goal: The Program focuses on both the success of every student and on the difference that each can make in building a better community and serving the common good. The intent of these strategic initiatives are to help students learn beyond the classroom and to give students the inspiration that can help turn individual and communal aspirations into realities.


Program Description

The Business Administration-Management Information Systems curriculum is designed to provide the student with the practical, as well as the theoretical knowledge and learning experiences required to be successful in a business environment. The goal of the program is to give students the ability to recognize and capitalize on business opportunities by harnessing the business and economic resources available to them.

Information systems support a wide range of business organizational functions. In addition to supporting decision making, coordination, and control, information systems help managers and workers analyze problems, visualize complex subjects, and develop an innovative vision that helps to shape the future of their organizations. The purpose of Business Administration-Management Information Systems is to give students insight into how management, technology, and organizational elements work together to provide solutions to organizational problems and to translate them into competitive advantages. In order to help students recognize the potential impact of information technology on competitive strategy and organizational operations, the curriculum maintains a practitioner-focus. Specific emphasis is placed on the organizational and management nature of information systems and their power to provide solutions to challenges and problems in the business environment. The primary goal of the program is to equip managers and future managers to think creatively about the use of information technology.

As part of the major requirements each student takes courses in accounting, management, marketing, finance, and law. The field experience requirement gives students the opportunity for “hands-on” experience applying what has been learned in the classroom to real business situations. Credits for work/life experience can also be earned by students who have had appropriate previous experience in related areas. The liberal arts and sciences portion of the degree seeks to provide a solid foundation in the humanities and social sciences as well as a background in mathematics and science.  All Business Administration-MIS majors should complete 100-level business courses, ENG 110, ENG 200, SPE 130, ECO 200, and ECO 201 during their first two years at Medaille College.

Business Administration-MIS majors are expected to attend all classes. Students are responsible for all material covered and for any announcements made in any class session whether the student is present or not. Majors in this program may not take any business course Pass/Fail. A 2.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is required of all Business Administration-MIS majors in their core and elective business courses to graduate.


Credit Distribution

General Education Core (30 credits)

ENG 110 College Writing (3)

ENG 200 Advanced College Writing (3)

GEN 110 Introduction to Critical Thinking (3) [Required of first-year students; all other students must substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective.]

GEN 220 Justice and Democracy in America (3)

GEN 230 Creative Expression (3)

GEN 240 Scientific Discovery (3)

GEN 410 Baccalaureate Capstone I (3)

GEN 411 Baccalaureate Capstone II (3)

MAT 115 Pre-Calculus or MAT 216 Survey of Introductory Calculus and its Applications (3)

SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking (3)

Major Requirements (54 credits)

ACC 101 Financial Accounting (3)

ACC 102 Managerial Accounting (3)

ECO 200 Macroeconomics (3)

ECO 201 Microeconomics (3)

ECO 260 Econometrics I (3)

ECO 261 Econometrics II (3)

MGT 175 Management Concepts and Communication (3)

MGT 240 Financial Management (3)

MGT 299 Business Law I (3)

MGT 335 Organizational Behavior (3)

MGT 420 Strategic Management I (3)

MGT 421 Strategic Management II (3)

MIS 240 Management Information Systems (3)

MIS 300 Database Development (3)

MIS 330 Data Communication and Networks (3)

MIS 335 Business Data Analysis and Decision Making (3)

MIS 400 System Analysis and Design (3)

MKT 220 Principles of Marketing (3)

Experiential Learning (6 credits): For students with significant business experience, the division offers several options in fulfilling the field experience requirements. Information on these options and waiver applications may be obtained from the division. Waiver applications must be filed at least one semester before implementation according to the following schedule: October 1 for the following Spring semester; March 1 for the following Fall semester.

MIS 377 Field Experience I (3)

MGT 477 Field Experience II (3)

Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses (18 credits)

ENG 205 Introduction to Literature or ENG 215 Survey of World Literature (3)

ENG 260 Business and Professional Writing (3)

INT 411 Global Leadership (3)

MAT 114 Intermediate Algebra (3) [Students who meet the math competency must substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences Elective].

PHI 300 Ethics (3)

PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology (3)

Free Electives (12 credits)

May include any College course.

Total 120 credit hours


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