Elective Courses

Students have the option to choose six credits from a selection of elective courses or pursue a minor or second major. ISM students should consult with the ISM academic advisor to pick the option that best suits their career goals.

Note: The WMU online catalog is the governing guide for course offerings and descriptions. If you have any questions about courses or your curriculum, please contact the ISM academic advisor.

ACTY 3100 Financial Accounting I: This course examines the underlying concepts of financial accounting. It reviews the accounting cycle, related accounting records, and the financial statements. Accounting principles and reporting requirements for current assets, plant and equipment, intangibles, and other assets are also studied.

ACTY 3220 Cost and Managerial Accounting: A study of the accounting methodology and concepts that have been developed to serve managers in decision-making for planning and control. This course covers budgeting, standard cost variance analysis, incremental analysis, cost and profit analysis, relevant costing, and product costing concepts and practices.

BCM 4540 Intercultural Business Communication: Intercultural Business Communication is designed to develop the effectiveness of students' communication skills with culturally diverse audiences, both at home and abroad.

BUS 3960 Study Abroad Seminar: An international study seminar for undergraduate students. Provides students with first hand exposure to cultural differences in other environments and how business is conducted overseas through visits to foreign manufacturing, service, governmental and/or non-governmental organizations supplemented by coordinated lectures and assigned readings.

CIS 2640 Applied Analytics Foundations: This is the first business analytics course designed to give students comprehensive skills and in-depth knowledge to summarize, filter, present, transform and analyze business data to support business decisions. Emphasis will be placed on uncovering insights through visualization, basic business analytics techniques, report solutions, queries and database manipulation.

CIS 3640 Visual Analytics: This course is designed to give students with foundational analytics experience comprehensive skills, and in-depth knowledge in analytical problem solving through business examples with particular focus on visualizing analyses. Students will learn visual representation techniques to transform data into insights. Tools, techniques, and theories within the realm of business intelligence and data visualization will be explored, utilizing both productivity and specialized software.

CIS 4640 Business Data Mining: This course focuses on the theoretical understanding and practical applications of data mining as a decision support tool. Specifically, it covers several types of modeling techniques and tools such as prediction, classification, segmentation and association detection algorithms. Students are introduced to the state-of-the-art data mining applications software such as SAS Enterprise Miner or SPSS Clementine for their class assignments and term project.

EDMM 3050 Work Analysis: Methods engineering and measurement of human work systems. Techniques for operation analysis, work measurement, and work sampling. Predetermined basic motion-time systems and standard data development are introduced.

EM 5080 Advanced Quality Management: Analysis and application of new concepts in the field of quality control. Tests of significance, probability studies, and other uses of statistics as applied to quality control.

FIN 3100 Introduction to Financial Markets: A survey of financial markets and intermediaries with emphasis on their structure, social justification, and current status. This course provides additional background for advanced study in finance and a practical foundation for those students interested in an exposure to the financial system.

FIN 4420 International Finance: A study of contemporary problems in international finance. The course examines the international money markets, working capital considerations and capital budgeting problems as faced by the multinational corporation.

GEOG 2440 Economic Geography: This course reviews the spatial processes and patterns for primary production, transportation, manufacturing and energy, service functions, trade and economic development.

IEE 5200 Modern Industrial Practices: Students will observe and analyze how advanced concepts in Capital budgeting, Simulation, Production/Operations Management, Project Management, Quality and Concurrent Engineering are integrated into decision making and R&D functions at industrial and serviced-based enterprises. Students will visit companies and explore the many facets of contemporary practices and procedures.

MGMT 2140 Exploring Entrepreneurship: This course is an introduction to the exploration of entrepreneurs and entrepreneurship. It is specifically targeted to both the non-business student and the business student. It is intended for students who are interested in or presently involved in entrepreneurial activities in diversified pursuits including but not limited to engineering, sustainability, technology, and natural science along with the students who have a traditional business focus.

MKTG 2750 Global Negotiation: This course is designed to be a “learning laboratory” for developing negotiation skills. The course will focus on the negotiation process and how individuals can understand and thus shape that process to achieve more desired outcomes. Negotiation will be explored with a global orientation so that students can understand the impact of culture and business climate on the negotiation process. The course will use multiple cases with students negotiating these cases to reinforce the concepts they learn.

Foreign Language: Foreign language courses at the 1000 or 2000 level can be used to satisfy the elective requirements.