Management Information Systems - Westminster College - Fulton, Missouri 

Management Information Systems at Westminster College

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Management Information Systems (MIS) studies organized approaches to gathering, processing, and presenting information, in order to improve systems and support decisions.

Why Study Management Information Systems (MIS) at Westminster?

  • Classes blend theory and practice in “hot” areas—issues and technologies that researchers and practitioners are currently interested in.
  • Each class is uniquely designed for Westminster, in response to recent scholarly findings and rising trends in the field.
  • Courses are not technology driven, though technology is adequately integrated into the major.  Therefore, students never have to play catch-up with technology that is imposed externally. Instead, all discussions are driven by business strategy and user needs. 
  • Majors become user and data advocates who understand that the most critical elements of an information system are not hardware and software, but the people and information.

Major Highlights

  • Learn organized approaches to gathering, processing, and presenting information, in order to improve systems and support decisions. You will tackle a spectrum of issues. 
  • The human thought process behind decision making
  • Methods of organizing, analyzing, presenting and securing information
  • Different ways IT can be used to gain competitive advantage
  • Profitability of e-commerce
  • Investments strategies for new technologies on the market. Through all of these areas of study, MIS fosters critical thinking and life long learning in regards to information systems.

Decision makers today from CEO’s to managers are faced with challenges such as global competition, the need to manage organizational learning, or the accessibility of relevant information quickly and at the right time. Many of these challenges can be solved in part by information technology (IT) applications. In MIS you will distinguish which solutions are pure hype and which could live up to their promises to qualitatively improve the lives of users and facilitate decision processing organizations. MIS seeks to bridge the gap between the worlds of business and IT in order to seek answers to these complicated problems.

Cool Classes

  • Intro to Information Systems challenges students to think like managers making information technology decisions for their companies and to ponder how much privacy companies should give to their employees and customers. They also learn about database design, tricks to “professionalize” reports and presentations, and how this knowledge can help them attain a successful career.
  • Electronic Commerce students develop business plans to sell goods and services online and critique each other’s business plans to make sure they attract and satisfy customers. They also evaluate Web sites and create simple sites of their own.The class focuses on investigating technological and legal infrastructures yet to be developed for e-commerce.
  • People and Information teaches students about information overload and methods to reduce it. They conduct and present professional research on trends, companies, and industries and use graphical software to visually organize their concepts and ideas. 
  • Spreadsheet Applications in Business allows students to learn at their own pace, discovering features of MS Excel as they solve problems and complete various tasks assigned to them throughout the year. Here, too, peer review and aid is emphasized so that students can catch each other’s mistakes before the instructor can. 
  • Ethics and IT explores the ethical problems generated by progress in IT such as privacy, intellectual property rights, free speech and censorship, credibility, artificial intelligence, and the digital divide. Students deconstruct and build arguments to engage in debates about policy and individual choices. 

Career Opportunities

MIS graduates have gone on to many different professions such as 

  • Systems Engineer for Avanade, Inc. 
  • Application Programmer at Champion Air
  • President of Eclipse Data Systems Inc.
  • Analyst Broker for Lehman Brothers
  • Trainer in IT Dept. for Panera LLC
  • Computer Programmer for Shelter Insurance

Other graduates have left Westminster to seek many different graduate programs such as

  •  Bioengineering at Oklahoma University Graduate School
  •  MBA degree in MIS at Park University
  •  MBA degree at University of Missouri-St. Louis
  •  Ph.D. in physics at the University of Missouri-Rolla

Contact Information

Name: Rabi Bhandari, Tenured Associate Professor Economics
Positon: Tenured Associate Professor Economics
Office: Room 243, Westminster Hall
Phone: 573-592-5204

Meet the Faculty 

Selcen Phelps, Associate Professor Management and MIS, W.G. Buckner Endowed Chair in Business
Rabindra Bhandari, Tenured Associate Professor of Economics
Sonia Manzoor, Associate Professor of Economics
William John Carner, Associate Professor of Business
Yaseen Alhaj-Yaseen, Assistant Professor of Finance
Elise Bartley, Assistant Professor of Accounting
Robert Eames, Assistant Professor

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