Academic Catalog

Business Administration-Management Information Systems, B.S.

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 College Writing or equivalent, ENG 200 Advanced College Writing or equivalent, SPE 130 Fundamentals of Public Speaking, ECO 200 Macroeconomics, and ECO 201 Microeconomics 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.

**Please note that Medaille College is no longer enrolling new students in the BS-MIS program.

Program Goals

Student Success: 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: 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: 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: 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 is to help students learn beyond the classroom and to give students the inspiration that can help turn individual and communal aspirations into realities.

Degree earned: B.S.
Total number of credits: 120-121

Credit Distribution

General Education Core
Writing Courses
ENG 110College Writing3
or ENG 112 College Writing for Multilingual Students
ENG/HON 200Advanced College Writing3
or ENG 202 Advanced College Writing for Multilingual Students
Critical Dialogues Course
INT 110Introduction to Dialogues in Critical Thinking 13
American Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Photographers, Writers, and the American Scene
Social Issues in Policing a Multicultural Community
Justice and Democracy in America
African-American History
Cultural Interaction in Colonial North America
Enduring American Dialogues
Creative and Reflective Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Contemporary Photography as Cultural Landscape
Beginning Drawing
Basic Photography: Criticizing Photography
Introduction to Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction Writing
Creative Expression
Introduction to Theatre and Performance
Sustainability Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3-4
Introductory Biology
Human Nutrition
Enviromental Studies
Introductory Chemistry
Scientific Discovery
Physical Science
Principles of Physics I
Global Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
British Literature I: Middle Ages to the 18th Century
British Literature II: Late 18th Century to The Present
Themes and Topics in World Literature & Culture
Major Global Literary Figures
Baccalaureate Capstone I
Medieval World
The History of Ireland
History of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
The Arts in Society
Psychoanalysis & Politics
Seminar in Religion and Belief
Classical Music Studies
Truth & Justice
Citizenship Dialogues Course
Select one course of the following:3
Baccalaureate Capstone II
Capstone in Citizenship
Psychology Capstone
MAT 115Pre-Calculus3
or MAT 216 Survey Of Introductory Calculus And Its Applications
SPE 130Fundamentals of Public Speaking3
Major Requirements
ACC 101Financial Accounting3
ACC 102Managerial Accounting3
ECO 200Macroeconomics3
ECO 201Microeconomics3
ECO 260Econometrics I3
ECO 261Econometrics II3
MGT 175Management Concepts and Communication3
MGT 240Financial Management3
MGT 299Business Law I3
MGT 335Organizational Behavior3
MGT 420Strategic Management I3
MGT 421Strategic Management II3
MIS 240Management Information Systems3
MIS 300Database Development3
MIS 330Data Communications & Networks3
MIS 335Decision Support Systems3
MIS 400Systems Analysis and Design3
MKT 220Principles of Marketing3
Experiential Learning 2
MIS 377Field Experience I3
MGT 477Field Experience II3
Liberal Arts and Sciences Courses
ENG 205Introduction to Literature3
or ENG 215 Survey of World Literature
ENG 260Business and Professional Writing3
INT 411Global Leadership3
MAT 114Intermediate Algebra 33
PHI 300Ethics3
PSY 100Introduction to Psychology3
Free Electives
May include any College course.12
Total Hours120-121

Required of first-year students; all other students may substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective


For students with significant business experience, the department offers several options in fulfilling the field experience requirements. Information on these options and waiver applications may be obtained from the department. 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.


Students who meet the math competency may substitute a 300/400 level Liberal Arts and Sciences elective