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The World of Computing

Powell thumbnailWelcome to the exciting world of computing within the School of Business. Our goal is to provide you the opportunity to grow and learn while you acquire the computer competencies that can make you successful as a business information technology and information systems specialist! As such, our classes are taught by a nationally recognized faculty with our core faculty holding academic doctoral degrees from leading research universities and colleges from around the United States. Our computerized classrooms let you gain experience in using leading edge computer software and hardware that we acquire through our academic alliances with Microsoft and Oracle Corporation. This enables you to learn to use the same software tools that you will use when you begin to work in the information technology industry. You will learn about topics such as JAVA programming, Structured Query Language (SQL), and .NET programming and database technology. As you study general systems theory, you will have the opportunity to use SAP R/3 software to learn exactly how organizations use computer technology to manage organizational data. Our departmental computer servers run a variety of operating system software including LINUX and Microsoft and you will study hands-on classes that teach you to install server and client software and to manage these types of servers. We use all sizes of database management systems from the largest Oracle systems to the scalable Microsoft SQL Server databases to the small workgroup Microsoft Access databases.

Our academic programs are tailored to meet your needs as a student. The hyperlink menus you see on the left side of this web page provide access to detailed information about our Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree programs, both with majors in Computer Management and Information Systems. If you are considering completing a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA), then we encourage you to consider completing a specialization in Management Information Systems. Additionally, we support the School of Business program for students seeking an academic minor in Business.

CMIS courses are offered both in traditional face-to-face formats as well as in hybrid and online formats.  Are you wondering whether you should take a class online or in the hybrid format?  Or, are you more suited to the traditional face-to-face learning style?  Take this quiz to help you decide!

Students often ask, "What is the job outlook for graduates of your programs?" and the answer is that the job outlook is very, very good. Our graduates work for both large and small firms in St. Louis including The Boeing Company, Edward Jones, Emerson, Enterprise Rent-a-Car, and Monsanto to name a few. St. Louis firms seek out our graduates because they know that our students are trained on the latest information technologies in our computer classrooms. We encourage you to participate in co-operative learning and industry internships and provide academic credit for these "on the job" learning experiences through enrollment in internship classes. You may want to review some information from these sources about information technology jobs: The Dice Report, Robert Half Technology, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. Our business community needs more IT workers!

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During the Fall 2008 semester, students in CMIS 470 developed, filmed, and submitted a YouTube video to a national competition challenging Information Technology majors to express their thoughts on why students should consider a degree and career in Information Systems and Technology. Please take time to enjoy their fun 10-minute "Who Needs IT?" video!

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Please take time to examine our School of Business newsletter to read about what's new in the School of Business. We spotlight alumni achievements, updates in curriculum, and the achievements of current students.

In celebration of the University's 50th Anniversary, 50 SIUE faculty members were nominated to the Provost by their Deans as individuals exemplifying qualities of the Teacher-Scholar. Two departmental faculty, Jo Ellen Moore and Anne Powell, are among these 50 SIUE scholars. You can view SIUE Teacher-Scholar profiles by clicking on the name links above.

You can receive assistance in making an application for admission to one of our academic programs by contacting the School of Business advisement staff for information. You may also contact me with any questions you may have about our programs (CMIS office: 618-650-2504; voice mail: 618-650-2590).

Anne L. Powell, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Computer Management & Information Systems