2005-2007 Academic Catalog
Information Systems (Day Program only)
Department: Business Administration
Department Chair: Craig Roger
Program Options: B.A., B.S.
The information systems major develops a unique set of skills that balance elements of leadership and creativity with management information systems and computer science. You’ll develop a foundation in computer science and business, enhanced by core classes in information systems. A liberal arts grounding will prepare you to progress from working in team environments in entry-level positions into leadership roles.
St. Kate’s has partnered with Twin Cities chief information executives to develop the information systems major, combining technical competency, business knowledge, people skills and organizational awareness.
The major will prepare you for several information technology career tracks that require strong technical and problem-solving skills, including business systems analyst, systems developer, database administrator and Web designer. Combined with experience you’ll gain through our internship programs, your degree will prepare you to advance into leadership positions such as project manager or information systems executive. This versatile career can be found across many types of businesses including medical, retail, financial services and manufacturing.
St. Kate’s flexible curriculum allows you to personalize your information systems major to fit your strengths and interests. For example, you may major in information systems and minor in sales, marketing, finance or mathematics.
The information systems major is available in the day program only.
Common Aspects of All Business Majors
When it comes to your career, you mean business. And so does the College of St. Catherine. As an information systems major at St. Kate’s, you’ll benefit from a comprehensive business education that draws on exceptional faculty from academia and business, attracts outstanding students from around the country and world, weaves a focus on ethics into every course, provides introductions to leading corporations, potential employers and women role models and mentors, uses cutting-edge technology to enrich your studies and prepare you for the workforce and prepares you to succeed in the private, government or nonprofit sectors.
At St. Kate’s, you’ll have the opportunity to learn, work and study with business faculty who have real-world experience that enriches their theoretical expertise. There’s no dearth of women role models or creative ways to help you master the curriculum and reach your career goals. Other full-time professors, adjunct and international faculty provide just the right balance of the theoretical and the applied. You’ll not only become familiar with business theory and practice, but you’ll also begin to learn the art of being a successful businesswoman.
Faculty will work with you during your four years at St. Kate’s to develop your business portfolio, a requirement of graduation for students in the business administration department. Presenting a portfolio at a job interview is a powerful way to get the attention of potential employers and prove that you are the right woman for the job. Technology is fully integrated into the curriculum, and faculty will work with you as you learn to perform online research and prepare computer-based presentations. You will learn to integrate technology into your solutions for business problems.
St. Kate’s students frequently receive statewide recognition and scholarships through such organizations as Delta Mu Delta, an international business honor society, and Financial Executives International. St. Kate’s also has an active chapter of Pi Sigma Epsilon, the national business fraternity, which offers practical business experience and connections with business executives to members along with opportunities to network with students from other colleges and universities.
St. Kate’s Professional Partnership program will match you up with successful alumnae in your field of interest who will provide links with other professionals and career advice. Most students also participate in internships during their junior and senior years. Internships will allow you to refine your skills, broaden your perspectives and make valuable professional connections. The Entrepreneur Internship program matches business majors with women-owned businesses.
More than 60 companies visit campus to meet students, share information about their companies and recruit potential interns and employees at the annual St. Catherine’s Business Career Fair. Workshops prepare students on résumé writing, researching companies and interviewing. Many St. Kate’s students also attend the Minnesota Private College Job Fair — another excellent opportunity to connect with potential employers.
See also: Marketing and Management, Small Business/Entrepreneurship, Accounting.
ISYS 2150 Information Systems and Technology in Organizations
ISYS 2510 Applications Development I (2 credits)
ISYS 2520 Applications Development II (2 credits)
ISYS 3800 Information Architecture and Database Management
ISYS 4000 Systems Analysis and Design
ISYS 4150 Management of Information Systems and Projects
ISYS 4560 Information Systems Projects or ISYS 4604/4754 Internship/Practicum
Sixteen credits in a context area as follows:
ACCT 2110 Financial Accounting
ACCT 2130 Managerial Accounting
MGMT 2400 Principles of Management
MGMT 3400 Advanced Management
Sixteen related credits in a second department or discipline usually chosen from the minor or major requirements of the second department in consultation with student’s advisor. At least four credits in the second department must be 3000-level or above.
Required supporting courses for the Information Systems major:
CSCI 1110 Algorithms & Computer Programming I
CSCI 1120 Algorithms & Computer Programming II
All majors are required to complete a business portfolio. The portfolio is the vehicle that enables you to integrate the life skills and knowledge you bring with you and the knowledge, skills and values learned within the courses and field experiences throughout the program. This portfolio allows you to validate your experiences at the College of St. Catherine.
The portfolio is cumulative in nature; most aspects are completed as part of course work. You must present your portfolio to your advisor no later than September 30 if you will be a December graduate, or February 15 if you will be a May graduate.
For specific portfolio requirements, please refer to the Professional Portfolio Handbook.
Information systems majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing ISYS 4150. You complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000 and CORE 3990, and any other writing-intensive course in this or another department).
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