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The Information Systems faculty has a rich blend of teaching, research, and industry expertise, providing students with the conceptual and practical knowledge necessary to pursue a successful career in information systems development and/or management.

Students with a major in Information Systems develop a solid understanding of the use, design, development, and management of information systems and information technology. All of the Information Systems courses are designed to give students the opportunity to develop and manage a variety of projects that can be applied to real business settings immediately. Increasingly, organizations that seek individuals with an information systems specialization expect excellent organizational, communications, and interpersonal skills, in addition to excellent analytical skills. All Information Systems students are encouraged to participate in a full semester co-op or summer internship experiences during their junior year.

Learning Objectives

The department identifies the following three items as the key learning objectives for majors; goals one and two refer to students who take the core courses required by all business majors, while, goal three is specific to those students with a major or minor in Information Systems:

  1. Through the required freshman-level Information Systems core course, Information Systems Essentials, all business students will be able to:
    • Apply practical knowledge in their use of computer-based productivity tools.
    • Demonstrate an understanding of enterprise integration applications such as SAP R/3.
    • Explain the value of electronically integrating the major functional areas of an organization in order to facilitate more effective management decision-making.
  2. Through the required junior-level Information Systems core course, Management Information Systems, all business students will:
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the enabling information technologies (IT) that organizations worldwide are using to develop and sustain a strategic and competitive position in the marketplace.
    • Demonstrate knowledge about the benefits and drawbacks to adopting and using these information technologies.
  3. Students with a major or a minor in Information Systems will be able to demonstrate their understanding of information technology by applying their technical knowledge and skills to provide a practical solution to a business problem, business need or business opportunity. The Information Systems co-op program is offered to students in their junior or senior years. Students work full-time (35 hours/week) for an organization after a formal interview process that takes place during the fall term. In addition, the student attends special seminars and workshops on campus to integrate the co-op experience with our business curriculum. The co-op is an intensive 9-credit learning experience.

More than just a major

  • Innovative, technology-focused, and hands-on experiential learning applied throughout our curriculum, including Mobile Application Development, Business Analytics and Visualization, Computer Forensics, and Cloud Systems Administration.

  • The Information Systems internship program is offered to students during the summer between their junior and senior year. This is also a full-time commitment, but only for the summer. The summer internship is a 3-credit learning experience.

  • Information Systems minor is available to all nonbusiness majors at Rider.

  • Rider's Department of Information Systems & Supply Chain Management is a member of the Oracle Academic Initiative, the SAP University Alliance and the Microsoft Developer’s Network (MSDN).

  • SAP Student Recognition Award Certificate Program

  • The Center for Business Analytics provides opportunities for learning and research in data analytics.  Students have recently done internships in basketball analytics, fraud detection and IT auditing.  For the past two years, Rider students have competed in Kaggle data analytics competitions, most recently working with crime statistics for the City of San Francisco.

To find out more about Information Systems at Rider, please contact:

Jia Shen
Chair, Information Systems and Supply Chain Management
Sweigart Hall 369

Background Information

  • Doctor of Philosophy, 2005, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Information Systems

Refereed Articles

  • Shen, J. (2012). Social Comparison, Social Presence, and Enjoyment in the Acceptance of Social Shopping Websites. Journal of Electronic Commerce Research, 13 (3), 198-212.
  • Shen, J. & Eder, L. (2011). An Examination of Factors Associated with User Acceptance of Social Shopping Websites. International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, 7 (1).