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Undergraduate Minor in CIS

What is Information Systems?

Information Systems (IS) is the use of computers and information to enable people and organizations to be more creative and productive. Studying information systems involves learning to:

  1. identify the needs of an individual or organization
  2. design and develop systems to meet those requirements
  3. deploy these systems to solve real-world problems

These solutions can involve applying the latest technology to improve the delivery of products and services, while insuring that the systems are secure.

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.

How Do I Declare a Minor?

FAQs for Undergraduate Minor

Before contacting your academic advisor, please read this list of FAQs.

A minor is a set of courses that allows you to concentrate your studies in a certain area. Minors combine with your major to enhance your marketability. Typically, a minor can be earned by taking five courses in another discipline. Depending on the minor you choose, there may be restrictions on the courses from which you may select.
Any undergraduate student at Georgia State University including RCB students.
A minor in Information Systems is offered by the Department of Computer Information Systems (CIS) in the Robinson College of Business. This IS minor is designed for undergraduate students outside of the business school who want to participate in the digital revolution that is transforming organizations and society. Information systems have become increasingly important in such fields as biology, communications, psychology, music, art & design, political science, sociology, and education. Add this IS knowledge component to your intellectual toolkit and maximize your marketability!
If you are a biology major, bioinformatics is a hot new area that combines molecular biology with computer information systems. This is an exciting area in which computer information technology is being used to develop new drugs to treat, cure and prevent human disease.

If you are a communications major, digital media and related technologies are revolutionizing print, video, and Web-based communications.

If you are majoring in music or art & design, computer information systems are opening up new avenues of expression and have become essential tools for design.

If you are majoring in political science, information systems are important tools for conducting public opinion polls and electronic voting, and providing access to information and services (i.e., e-government).

If you are an education major, a basic knowledge of information systems is essential for teaching computer literacy in the classroom and for delivery of instructional materials.

It’s simple! Just take our basic introductory course, CIS 2010 - Introduction to Computer Information Systems. To round out your minor, just add any four of the following courses. If you are a Robinson College of Business student, then you need to add five CIS courses beyond CIS 2010. More information on specific courses »

CIS 3001 - Managing Information Technology Projects
CIS 3300 - Systems Analysis (identify what a system needs to do)
CIS 3310 - Systems Design* (decide how the system will do this)
CIS 3320 - Telecommunications for Business
CIS 3730 - Database Management Systems
CIS 4000 - Introduction to Computer Forensics
CIS 4120 - Defining and Innovating Business Processes
CIS 4140 - Implementing IT-Facilitated Business Processes
CIS 4300 - Software Quality Management
CIS 4700 - Managing IT Project Risk, Vendors and Contracts
CIS 4620 - Management of Information Services
CIS 4680 - Introduction to Security & Privacy of Information Systems (protect yourself and your business)
CIS 3260 - Introduction to programming
CIS 3270 - Internet Programming with Java*

*indicates that course requires prerequisite beyond CIS 2010. No asterisk indicates that the course has no prerequisites other than CIS 2010. Some courses do not even require CIS 2010 as a prerequisite. Check the course list carefully.

Typically, no. However, Arts and Sciences' Office of Academic Advisement recommends that you declare a minor.
Yes, you may have two minors and show these on your resume. However, only one will be officially noted.
Yes, by taking the courses that constitute a minor. You may show this on your resume, but there is no way for the college to officially note this minor.

Faculty Contacts

Bala Ramesh, Ph.D., department chair, bramesh@gsu.edu