Minor and second major options for ISM majors

Students in Western Michigan University's integrated supply management program may elect to earn a minor or second major in place of the six credits of elective. Among the minor and major options, accounting and computer information systems are choices that significantly enhance the career potential of ISM majors.

Business analytics

The business analytics minor equips students with the analytical skills needed in a data-driven business setting. This is a growing field with direct relevance to activities in many business disciplines.

Possible professional activities:

  • Data mining
  • Knowledge management
  • Predictive analytics

Explore the program requirements for the business analytics minor.

Computer information systems minor

Combining information technology courses with the ISM major opens many lucrative career opportunities. ISM students interested in information technology may earn a CIS minor by taking only two additional courses beyond those required for the major. Students electing a CIS minor should take the following courses: 

  • CIS 2640—Business Reporting
  • CIS 3600—Systems Analysis and Design
  • CIS 4600—Business Database Applications (CIS 3600 is a prerequisite)
  • CIS 3640—Business Analytics (CIS 2640 is a prerequisite)

Dual ISM and CIS major

ISM Students can earn a dual-major in ISM and CIS by taking six additional classes beyond those required for the ISM major. Students seeking a dual major in ISM and CIS should take the following courses:

  • CIS 2600—Business Application Programming
  • CIS 2640—Business Reporting
  • CIS 3600—Systems Analysis and Design
  • CIS 4600—Business Database Applications
  • CIS 4640—Business Data Mining
  • CIS 4990—Enterprise Project
  • CIS 3640—Business Analytics
  • CIS 4100—Internship or CIS 3620—IT Project Management

Accountancy minor

A minor in accounting is particularly useful for those pursuing a career in procurement. Many procurement organizations perform cost analyses on procured parts as part of their negotiation process. Students earning a minor in accounting should focus on managerial and cost accounting and take the following courses: 

  • ACTY 3100—Financial Accounting I
  • ACTY 3220—Managerial Accounting: Concepts and Practices
  • ACTY 4220—Cost Accounting: Theory and Practices

International business minor

Supply chains are global, and an international business minor can be easily earned in conjunction with a semester of study abroad. For more information about an international business minor, contact Dr. Bret Wagner. Students with this combination have an increased chance of international travel or overseas assignments as part of their supply chain career. Study abroad programs that fit well with the ISM major