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- B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems, General CIS Concentration
- B.B.A. in Computer Information Systems, Network Management Concentration
- Minor in Computer Information Systems
Who Would be Interested in Computer Information Systems?
To be successful in CIS, you need:
- The ability to understand logic
- A commitment to ethical professional standards
- An ability to work well with others
- Business-world experience
Why Computer Information Systems?
- Computer Information Systems is distinguished from computer science (which is a department in the College of Arts & Sciences) in that it is more business-focused. Computer scientists focus more on computer hardware, computer languages, and specialized systems software.
- CIS offers courses in both forensic computing and data mining, which are among "The 5 Hardest Jobs to Fill" according to Inc.com.
- All EKU School of Business degree programs, including CIS, are accredited by AACSB International.
- CIS students build a foundation that prepares them to pursue either a business career with an understanding of how technology helps a business achieve its objectives or a technology career with an understanding of how business objectives drive work with information systems toward achieving business goals.
Paid co-ops and internships are available. Recent student positions were with:
- Cycom Data Systems
- Ashland, Inc.
- YUM Brands
- Link Belt
- CIS majors will hold the 3 of the top 8 growth jobs over the next 8 years (Bureau of Labor Statistics).
- CIS majors will enter careers with strong salaries (careers in information systems and Hot CIS Jobs).
- CIS majors are an integral part of an environment lead by an internationally recognized CIS department that maintains strong relationships with the business community.
- CIS majors have leading edge tools and techniques in their grasp (MSDNAA, Rational Suite Enterprise, IBM products, and Oracle).
CIS offers a long-term career with good pay:
- Payscale.com shows the salary of an IT consultant varies based on years of experience. A new consultant fresh out of college can expect to earn between $48,189 and $60,384, whereas someone with more than 20 years of experience can earn between $83,558 and $120,898.
- The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that, in May of 2008, the average salary of a software publisher was $87,710.
- In March, 2010, Simplyhired.com listed the average salary for a network security specialist at $62,000.
- The Princeton Review's "Guide to College Majors" lists the average salary of a webmaster between $40,000 and $50,000 a year.
- Read more: CIS Jobs & Average Salaries | eHow.com
What Are the Requirements to be Admitted to the Program?
Students may select Computer Information Systems upon applying to the university.
Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?
- Associate Network Consulting Engineer, CISCO Research Triangle Park, North Carolina
- Information Technology Associate, Bechtel Parsons
- Network Test Engineer, Lexmark