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Program Overview

The Information Systems and Operations Management (ISOM) Department is designed to educate students to analyze, design, implement, and manage technology-driven business solutions.

Offered as either a major or minor, you are guided through a flexible curriculum. Led by a committed, personable faculty, students apply business functions to design, improve, and manage operations and business processes. Coursework includes analysis and design, database systems, networking, strategic planning, and computer and communications technologies. This curriculum provides you with the knowledge, communication skills, and leadership experience demanded in today’s business world.

Participation in research and internships with the leading business organizations in the area is strongly encouraged by the ISOM Department. These opportunities provide  you with valuable industry experience that often becomes a springboard into graduate school or meaningful future employment.

 

Hear from alumnus Vincent Camporeale '12, an IS&OM major, about his professional career path.

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#23
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#25
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#26
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Undergraduate Accounting
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Requirements

Information Systems Major

The Information Systems major prepares students to design and deliver business solutions that integrate people, processes, and technology. Students learn to:

  • Identify and analyze business opportunities
  • Acquire and assess business solutions
  • Lead and facilitate strategic initiatives
  • Enable informed decision making
  • Manage relationships with technology providers and customers

Information systems majors study the analysis, design, development, and management of information systems in organizations. They develop an understanding of the need for information, its use in the decision-making process, and the procedures by which information is provided to management.

For an 18-credit major in information systems, students complete:

  • Systems Analysis and Logical Design
  • Database Systems
  • 2 elective courses from information systems or operations management offerings
  • Any 2 of the following upper-division courses: 

    • Systems in Organizations
    • Systems Design and Implementation
    • Systems Project

Students must maintain at least a 2.5 average in all information systems and operations management major courses. Note: IS majors are encouraged to take Introduction to Business Programming as their third math course.

 

Information Systems Minor

This minor complements the other disciplines within the school. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to actively participate in the design and delivery of integrated business solutions in their major field.

Students earn a 15-credit information systems minor by completing:

  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Logical Design
  • Databases and Data Management
  • 2 elective courses from information systems and operations management offerings

 

Accounting Information Systems Minor

The accounting information systems minor highlights the impact of technology on the accounting profession as well as the regulatory and internal control issues associated with accounting information.

For a 18-credit minor, students must complete:

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Intermediate Accounting I
  • Accounting Information Systems
  • Systems Analysis and Logical Design
  • Database Systemss

Accounting majors may double count Intermediate Accounting I for the accounting major and the accounting information systems minor. Information systems majors may double count Systems Analysis and Logical Design for the information systems major and the accounting information systems minor. Accounting information systems minors may not declare a second minor in accounting or information systems.

 

Operations Management Minor

This minor leads to an understanding of the central role technical and functional skills play within the global environment to produce quality products and services in business unit operations.

Students earn a 15-credit operations management minor by completing:

  • Introduction to Information Systems
  • Operations Management
  • Project Management
  • Management Science with Spreadsheets
  • Service Operations

Course Of Study

See Information Systems & Operations Management course descriptions from our catalog‌ for more information

Introduction to Information Systems
Introduction to Business Programming
Management Science with Spreadsheets
Technology and Society
Systems Analysis and Logical Design
Business Telecommunications and Networks
Database Systems
Special Topics in Business Computing
Systems in Organizations
Systems Design and Implementation
International Information Systems
Information Systems Internship
Systems Project
Seminar in Information Systems
Independent Study in Information Systems
OperationManagement
Project Management
Service Operations
Global Logistics and Supply Chain Management
Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation

 

Internships

The vibrant business community in Fairfield County offers many exciting opportunities for you to work as a student intern during the semester or in the summer. More than 2,000 companies have sites in Fairfield County, and nearly 150 Fortune 500 companies have headquarters here. Many of these companies have growing needs in the Information Systems area. According to a report entitled "Jobs 2010: A Look at Connecticut's Workforce Needs Over the Coming Decade," Information Technology occupations are projected to be the fastest growing in the state.

As a student intern, you'll be supervised by a faculty member, an on-site mentor, and the Dolan School's Director of Internships. 3 to 6 credits may be earned through internships. In addition to helping to reinforce knowledge learned in the classroom, an internship can be a great resume builder, as many employers value past work experience. In the past, 85% of Dolan School of Business interns have received full-time job offers from their host companies. The opportunity to "test-drive" a possible career choice is just one of the many advantages of doing an internship at Fairfield University.

Learn more about how the Dolan School's internship opportunities can prepare you for the workforce.

Academic Success

General Electric has consistently hired information systems and operations management graduates from Fairfield for its competitive fast-track training program. Other students who have gone directly into business have found positions as analysts at such firms as:

  • PricewaterhouseCoopers
  • AT&T
  • IBM
  • UBS
  • General Electric
  • McKinsey & Company

Program alumni have also pursued graduate programs at institutions including:

  • MIT
  • Columbia
  • Fairfield
  • Fordham
  • Wharton
  • New York University
  • University of Connecticut 

Learn more about how Fairfield Dolan’s Career Development Center can support your post-graduate goals, and how Fairfield's tight-knit alumni network can build career and mentoring opportunities that last a lifetime.

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