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CIS/C.A.R.E. Faculty Partner with New River Light and Power for continued research

As part of the Center for Analytics Research & Education (CARE) focus on doing research and analytics for good, CARE has partnered with New River ...

Dr. Ed Hassler to present

Holshouser Ethics Luncheon on Green Faculty and Green Business to be held January 29

Sustainable Business Lunch & Learn Wednesday, January 2911:30 - 1:00 p.m.Peacock Hall 4140, Holland Engagement Room (416 Howard St, Boone, NC...

Center for Analytics Research and Education announces staff changes

Dr. Scott Hunsinger has been named managing director of Appalachian State University’s Center for Analytics Research and Education (CARE), effe...

Walker College of Business Outstanding International Engagement Awards

Two CIS Faculty Earn Awards for Outstanding International Engagement

Four Appalachian State University business students and four faculty members have earned awards from the Walker College of Business for Outstandi...

Computer Information Systems faculty members presented at EDSIGCON and CONISAR

Four Computer Information Systems faculty members presented at the EDSIG Conference on Information Systems & Computing Education (EDSIGCON) and Co...

Dr. Joseph Cazier

2019 Green E Awards honor ‘sustainable business champions’ at App State

BOONE, N.C. — The Walker College of Business (WCOB) at Appalachian State University recently honored two WCOB faculty members with 2019 Gr...

Joseph Cazier

Professor receives grant funding for blockchain and bee research

By Harley Nefe BOONE, N.C. – Dr. Joseph Cazier, professor of Computer Information Systems and director of the Center for Analytics Research and...

 Walker College of Business Game Day 2019

Walker College of Business Gameday

2019 Gameday: Saturday, September 28The 2019 Walker College of Business Day at Kidd Brewer Stadium will be held Saturday, Sep...

ASU's chapter of AITP

Join AITP this week!

AITP- The Association of Information Technology Professionals held their Fall 2019 kick-off event last week. Did you miss out joining the over 300 stu...

AITP Kickoff Event

AITP Fall Kickoff

Welcome BACK to Campus. It is almost time for the AITP Fall Kickoff event.Join us Wednesday, September 4th at 5pm in the Plemmons Student Union- Grand...

Welcome to the Computer Information Systems Department

In today's dynamic business environment, information systems have become the engines of business, the means for making better business decisions and the platform for global collaboration. The ability to leverage information technology is now a competitive necessity, and information systems skills have become imperative regardless of business industry, size or geographic location. Accordingly, the Computer Information Systems (CIS) department seeks to develop professionals with strong analytical and critical thinking skills, who are capable of analyzing, designing and implementing innovative business information systems projects; creating competitive advantage by optimizing operational efficiency and furthering strategic goals. The ultimate goals of our department are to grow both information systems leaders in the industry.

Our Computer Information Systems programs have curricula that promote solid business acumen and technical fundamentals, arming students with a unique blend of knowledge, and enabling them to serve as the vital bridge between professionals in functional business areas and information technology (IT). We offer a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Computer Information Systems.

Mission, Vision and Values


The CIS Department aspires to have nationally recognized, innovative programs and to be a top recruiting destination.


The mission of the CIS Department is to foster a collegial and collaborative work environment, in which we engage with our students to promote academic and professional excellence.

Core Values

To carry out our Mission, the CIS Department Team will strive each day to:

  • Maintain a supportive and collegial environment,
  • Foster a high level of collaboration amongst faculty,
  • Actively encourage and support faculty-student engagement,
  • Continuously improve our curriculum to assure its relevance and currency,
  • Create engaging classroom experiences through innovative pedagogy,
  • Promote analytical and critical thinking, global mindedness and technical competence in our students,
  • Engage in continuous professional development,
  • Produce quality research that furthers the field of information systems and across disciplines,
  • Foster, expand, and maintain our network of recruiters, to ensure that we are a top recruiting destination,
  • Remain connected to the professional community through regular interaction with employers, our boards of advisors and other professional networking organizations,
  • Assist our students in career development to prepare them for high-quality internships and relevant full-time job opportunities, in which they can achieve their professional goals.

Great Courses, Great Faculty, Great Careers

When considering any business major, students should look closely at three dimensions: 1) the quality of the courses offered, 2) the passion, engagement, and knowledge of the faculty that teach them, and 3) the career options that the major provides. Our programs excel in all three areas. The CIS program has courses that leverage cutting-edge business concepts and technologies, to promote relevant skills. Our award-winning instructors have extensive industry experience and are recognized across campus for their high level of student engagement. Our faculty take a genuine interest in seeing our students succeed. Finally, we know that the end game for business students is to launch a meaningful career. Our CIS program prepares students for a myriad of nontechnical and technical career paths as systems analysts and designers, systems integrators, process engineers, project managers, IT administrators, system developers, and many others. Our current job placement rate is over 98%, projected growth for CIS and SCM careers is consistently high (over 20% through 2020 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics), and starting salaries are among the highest of all business disciplines.