The academic structure at CIS – The College for International Studies is made up of five departments:
Business & Strategy
This is the department in which all research and academic activities are centered around business and commerce, local as well as international. Specific business administration courses, in addition to other related courses that deal with the tools and necessary abilities for management are also included.
The Business and Strategy department is further divided into four sub departments:
- Business Administration
- Applied Computers
- Mathematics & Statistics
Half of a two semester integrative interdisciplinary course (with BUS 121) focusing on the interdependencies in business while providing a foundation for advanced study and a framework for defining internship and career direction. Readings, exercises, team projects, are used to develop the analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills required for business success. (3 credits)
Half of a two-semester integrative interdisciplinary course (with BUS 120) focuses on the interdependencies in business while providing a foundation for advanced study and a framework for defining internship and career direction. Readings, exercise, team projects, are used to develop the analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills required for business success. (3 credits)
Provides current introduction to computer system concepts and personal computers in particular. Implications of information technology on business are explored. Problem-solving skills using word processing and presentation software and the World Wide Web are developed. (3 credits)
Builds on understanding of information technology and its impact on business. Emphasis is on using advanced presentation database and Web creation software to solve problems in business. Prerequisite: BUS 110 or equivalent competency. (3 credits)
An introductory overview of marketing in the 21st century. Techniques for the application of key marketing frameworks and tools for analyzing customers, competition, and marketing strengths and weaknesses are examined. Emphasis is placed on methods for the selection of target markets. Strategies that integrate product, price, promotion and place to meet the needs of a target market are studied. (3 credits)
An introduction to finance including organization, taxes, capital markets, the commercial banking system, interest rates financial analysis, financial forecasting, working capital management, marketable securities, accounts receivables, inventories, and short term credit markets. Students will use financial computers and /or software applications to apply concepts. Prerequisite: Accounting II (3 credits).
An overview of the environment in which international businesses compete, this course introduces the student to the impact of culture and political economy on business decision making, the economics and politics of international trade and investment, the nature of the international monetary system, the strategies and structures that characterize successful international enterprises, and the Special role that each business function plays within a firm operating globally. (3 credits)
This course will examine how data analytics (big data) informs business decisions and processes. Students will acquire an understanding of the terminology, concepts and potential tools and solutions of data analytics. Regression methods including linear, non-linear, and Bayesian will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on the retrieval, cleaning, and manipulation of data, and the process for identifying the relevant data elements for a given audience. Prerequisites: MTH 126. (3 credits)
Focus is on the unique problems associated with managing marketing operations across national borders. Topics include: the impact of culture on the global marketing environment; how to identify global market opportunities for an existing enterprise or a new venture; how to apply industry analysis, assessment of risk and new customer identification techniques in an international context; and how to develop and implement effective comprehensive marketing strategies on a global scale. (3 credits)
An extensive look at the nature of leadership and the dilemmas facing leaders of people at work. In depth analysis of the forces motivating the behavior of people working in ongoing and temporary groups. Includes problems of authority and influence, development of roles and norms, initiation of change and dealing with resistance. Recognition of women’s and men’s parity in leadership opportunities as a major consideration. (3 credits)
This course consists of a series of eight one-hour sessions to help juniors prepare to search for and undertake the full-semester internship. The topics covered include planning strategically for the semester internship, focusing on the internship search, assessing the resume and applying for the internship, interviewing for the internship, participating in mock interviews, and making the most of the internship. Students are required to complete the course before undertaking the semester internship. (3 credits)
A prerequisite for the Semester Internship, focus is on translating a business problem into a research project. Includes approaches to industry and internal analysis, ways to identify relevant data and appropriate sources, primary and secondary data collection, methods of data analysis and effective interpretation and presentation of findings. Examples of published research in business will be analyzed to provide a foundation for the creation of an effective research design proposal for an actual business problem as the final deliverable in the course. (3 credits)
This course consists of a series of eight one-hour sessions to help juniors prepare to search for and undertake the full-semester internship. The topics covered include planning strategically for the semester internship, focusing on the internship search, assessing the resume and applying for the internship, interviewing for the internship, participating in mock interviews, and making the most of the internship. Students are required to complete the course before undertaking the semester internship. Prerequisites: INT 100, INT 200, junior class status. (Offered fall and spring semesters). (3 credits)
Senior Thesis I is the first phase of a two-semester thesis sequence through which students lay the groundwork in an area of interest for the original work they are expected to undertake in Senior Thesis II. Students refine their topics, review and synthesize literature related to their areas of focus, conduct research, and develop research proposals or plans for creative projects. The final course outcomes consist of both a literature review and a Senior Thesis II project proposal. Note: Students completing Senior Thesis I at a distance must meet the requirements as outlined in the Catalog and seek the permission of their school dean. Prerequisites: BUS370, BUS480 (as a prerequisite or corequisite), and senior class status or permission of instructor. (3 credits)
The measurement of the economy and the factors that contribute to economic growth and recession are the focus of macroeconomics. The role of government in the economy is closely examined. Particular attention is paid to tax and spending policy as well as the policy of the Federal Reserve. Government policy has a significant impact on the performance of the private economy. (3 credits)
Examines the basic concepts of microeconomics, including theories and models that describe how consumers and producers of goods and services make rational economic choices, and the implications of those choices for market prices, quality and product variety. Looks at demand and supply elasticity, the nature of competitive rivalry, factors of production, income distribution, and the impact of government regulations. (3 credits)
This course continues the study of microeconomics as the analytical study of individual behavior and markets. The topics of utility, profit maximization, supply and demand, elasticity, and forms of business enterprise are explored in mathematical and theoretical detail. The neoclassical microeconomic theory, used by economists today, is investigated including the many points of contention in microeconomic theory and alternative ideas. Prerequisite: ECN 202. (3 credits)
Introduces students to basic accounting concepts and principles used in today’s business world. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of financial statements and maintenance of accounting records throughout the accounting cycle. Other topics within the framework of this course include the valuation of inventory, basic principles of internal control accounting for the acquisition, depreciation and disposal of fixed assets, and current liabilities. (3 credits.)
This course continues to develop the foundation for a thorough understanding of basic accounting principles. Emphasis is placed on the accounting issues that are relevant to the corporate form of business organization including, but not limited to, long-term liabilities, investments, dividends and retained earnings. Other topics within the framework of this course include cash flow statements, and an introduction to cost accounting concepts and systems including budgetary planning. Prerequisite: Financial Accounting. (3 credits)
Develop the critical oral and written managerial communication skills required of professionals. Students learn the characteristics of effective business communication, including the need to identify audiences and their preferred communication styles. Written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills are built through a variety of exercises that include crafting email, letters, memos, executive summaries, and visual aids. Students learn how to incorporate evidence and effectively structure communications to deliver negative and positive business news, how to contend with ethical considerations, and how to communicate persuasively. Additionally focuses on tables, figures, and graphs to enhance all forms of communication. (3 credits)
This course examines employee-employer relationships in the work place today. Policy areas covered are: job design, recruiting, employee selection, placement, job training and career development, performance evaluation, compensation strategies, incentives and benefits. There is also discussion of current economic situations as they impact the work place today, including labor/management relations. (3 credits)
A comprehensive investigation into the dynamics of behavior in organizations. Examines individual and group behavior, motivation, leadership styles, conflict, organizational culture, and the process of change in organizations. Through case studies and group exercise, the course emphasizes an analytical approach. (3 credits)
An introduction to operations and production management, this course examines the evolution of the modern operations function, the design of systems and scheduling, the management of materials, and the provision of services in contemporary businesses. All facets of an enterprise, including employees, processes, customers, and suppliers are looked at as a system. (3 credits)
Provides students with techniques for becoming skillful negotiators in a wide range of settings. The framework and fundamental steps of negotiating, including how to develop an effective negotiating action plan are examined. Students will be introduced to current theory surrounding the negotiation process. (3 credits)
Develops student problem-solving skills by teaching different problem-solving strategies and allowing students the opportunity to develop and reflect on their own problem-solving and critical thinking skills. The students will apply these strategies to real world scenarios. (3 credits)
As preparation for the study of calculus and statistics, topics will include a detailed analysis and applications of algebraic and transcendental functions. Emphasis will be on linear and quadratic equations; polynomial and rational functions and their graphs; rates of change, optimization, exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; combinations, composition, inverses of functions, and graphical analysis. (3 credits).
Introduces the student to applied statistical methods used in industry and scientific applications. Emphasis will be on the practical aspects of statistics as students use descriptive and inferential statistics to analyze real data in applications of hypothesis testing, ANOVA, and linear regression and correlation. (3 credits).
This course offers an introduction to differential and integral calculus of the single variable. The course includes the study of limits and continuity, the mean value theorem, techniques of differentiation including the chain rule, optimization, and the fundamental theorem of calculus, antiderivatives and introductory integrals and their applications. Properties of transcendental functions (exponential, logarithmic, and trigonometric) are explored using calculus. (3 credits).
This course examines the elements of an effective sales force as a key component of an organization’s total marketing effort. The course addresses understanding the sales process, the relationship between sales and marketing, sales force structure, customer relationship management (CRM), use of technology to improve sales force effectiveness, and issues related to recruiting, selecting, training, motivating, compensating, and retaining effective salespeople.
This is the department in which all research and academic activities are centered around communication studies in a broad sense, which includes all related aspects such as: public relations, journalism, and communication in a general sense. Web design is also explored as a method by which to aid in the development of business strategy from a communication standpoint.
The Communication department is made up of three sub-departments:
- Media & Advertising
- Public relations
- Applied computers
An introductory course on the basic principles and practices of advertising. The focus will be on the history and effects of advertising on society and culture. This course will also explore how to plan and implement advertising programs through effective research, strategic planning, segmenting target audiences, creative copywriting and design and understanding media planning and buying. (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to the function and impact of mediated and mass communication in society. This course explores the history and contemporary landscape of radio, television, and film. Related mass communication theories, new technologies, media efforts and ethical issues are addressed. (3 credits)
This course is an introduction to the function and impact of mediated and mass communication in society. This course explores the history and contemporary landscape of print media, the Internet, digital media and consumer culture. Related new technologies, ethical issues and media effects are addressed. (3 credits)
This class is a culmination of advanced study and application of the principles of developing a marketing communication campaign for a client through experiential learning. Student teams partner with clients to complete every stage of planning a campaign including assessing the client’s problem, developing a marketing communication strategy and marketing communication plan, conceptualizing and executing creative materials, persuasively presenting their work, and engaging in revision to address client concerns. Particular emphasis is put on understanding the principles of excellent client service. Prerequisites: CMM103 and CMM204, junior standing. “Prerequisites: CMM103 and CMM204, junior standing.
This course requires students to conduct in-depth evaluation of their portfolio of work within the Marketing Communication major. Students will reflect on the importance of aesthetics and using the portfolio to persuade while mastering the professionally vital skills of revision, creating a digital presence, honing presentation skills, and engaging in the rigorous critiquing process so integral to the marketing communication field.
Introduction to visual problem solving with computers and an overview of the computer’s growing importance as a resource for visual communications. In addition to the hands-on experience with computers and peripherals, students gain an understanding of the potential of this tool and its role within the development of information technology. Projects will be grounded in the context of the history of image and word.
A full-semester field experience, this course requires that students apply academic theories to the professional work environment. The course is planned with and supervised by faculty and site supervisors. A bi-weekly, on-campus seminar enables students to reflect on their internship experiences, discuss reading and writing assignments that integrate theory and practice, and refine their job search skills. At the conclusion of the course, students deliver oral presentations that clearly articulate their internship experiences, professional strengths, and future career directions.
Senior Thesis I is the first phase of a two-semester thesis sequence through which students lay the groundwork in an area of interest for the original work they are expected to undertake in Senior Thesis II. Students refine their topics, review and synthesize literature related to their areas of focus, conduct research, and develop research proposals or plans for creative projects. The final course outcomes consist of both a literature review and a Senior Thesis II project proposal. Note: Students completing Senior Thesis I at a distance must meet the requirements as outlined in the Catalog and seek the permission of their school dean. Prerequisites: CMM370, CMM480 (as a prerequisite or corequisite), and senior class status or permission of instructor.
Students explore the rapidly changing world of social and digital media and how it is applied to the practice of marketing communication. After studying the concepts and theories behind communicating through digital media, students create social media marketing plans to support scientific campaign initiatives through the use of these digital media.
An introduction to the styles and formats used for writing for various genres and media with an emphasis on print and digital journalism. The course covers, but is not limited to, writing and reporting for print, blogs, and podcasts; gathering original content; conducting interviews; and writing reviews. Satisfies the Writing Designated core requirement.
Overviews of basic principles, concepts and relationship of theory to practice. Special emphasis on role in society, public opinion, effective strategies and tactics, process, identification of publics, publicity techniques, and effective use of media. (3 credits)
Influence and role of the media in modern culture. Covers the effects of media on socialization, education, political choice and process, formation and development of beliefs, attitudes and values, diffusion of information and the transmission and reflection of popular culture. (3 credits)
An examination of the key technologies and applications used for Internet productions. The course reviews the development of the internet as a communication medium and some of the areas in which it has an impact on society. Topics covered include basic Internet applications, digital imaging techniques, as well as an introduction to audio and video production for the web. (3 credits)
Students will learn the research and analysis tools they need to be successful in the required senior courses: Thesis I and II. This course covers social scientific quantitative and qualitative research skills and forms used by communication scholars.
This course consists of a series of eight one-hour sessions to help juniors prepare to search for and undertake the full-semester internship. The topics covered include planning strategically for the semester internship, focusing on the internship search, assessing the resume and applying for the internship, interviewing for the internship, participating in mock interviews, and making the most of the internship. Students are required to complete the course before undertaking the semester internship.
This course provides an overview of the ethical conflicts faced in contemporary society by media professionals. Through the application of various ethical frameworks, students consider the traditional and contemporary problems of expression and dissemination of information in a converged world.
Application of copywriting for print, broadcast and digital marketing communication. Includes integration of copy and graphics, media advantages and restrictions, amplification, proofing and style, and use of rhetorical devices in the planning and development of advertising campaigns to meet specific client objectives. Satisfies the Writing Designated core requirement.
Developing the concept explored in Senior Thesis I, students will investigate a topic related to business, in which they have a particular interest. The outcomes of the project are a scholarly paper and presentation. Prerequisite: Senior Thesis I.
Students learn the planning process used to develop a marketing campaign. Utilizing research and data, students develop effective marketing planning. After studying case studies of realworld strategic marketing and media plans, students develop, present, and defend their own strategic marketing and media plans based on specific marketing objectives. The course emphasizes creative problem solving with hands-on group work that simulates a real-world work environment.
Liberal Studies are considered to be a fundamental aspect of The American system of higher education. This is the department in which all research and academic activities are centered around liberal studies and science, which includes history, art and culture, ethics, psychology, as well as philosophy. CIS as an institution is very much focused on the social and community aspects of all students, and thusly offers a special course called the Mozambique Service Project.
This department is devised of the following three sub-departments:
- Art and History
- International Studies
A survey of European developments from the seventeenth century to the contemporary period. Emphasis will be placed on the “modernization” of European politics and thought, particularly during the Enlightenment, and during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. (3 credits)
This introductory, interdisciplinary course exposes students to critical global issues through the lens of the arts, humanities, social and physical sciences. The course will make connections between seemingly disparate events, and contextualize those events in an historical period. Each discussion will consider temporal political, socio-economic, and geographic as well as cultural issues in the given context. (3 credits)
An overview of the historical development of European political and cultural identity from 1947 to present day. One of the major elements of the course will be the study of common economic policies, as well as the introduction of the Euro and its impact on global relations. In addition, this course will examine the future challenges presented by the growth of the European Union its stability and the question of the European constitutional and institutional reforms. (3 credits)
Exploration of the interdisciplinary field of intercultural communication. Emphasis is on increasing communicative competencies in cross-cultural settings. Drawing from the fields of anthropology, communication, linguistics, psychology, and sociology, this course is designed for students in all fields who wish to gain the practical skills necessary to communicate effectively in today’s interdependent international community. (3 credits)
Examines the production of art from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries. Explores art from a variety of cultures and geographic regions. Introduces students to the conventional designations of stylistic periods, treats major works and artists of these eras, and acquaints the student with the traditional methods of art history. Emphasis will be given in establishing the differences between Spanish Art and its European counterpart. Includes visits to art museums in Madrid and Toledo. (3 credits)
The study of the culture of Spain helps the student acquire a deep awareness of both the cultural unity and diversity of the people in Spain. Major themes of Spanish culture and thought are presented in historical context and brought to life through guided tours and visits to churches, synagogues, museums, palaces, and many other sites significant to understanding present-day. In addition, survival Spanish and grammar will be introduces according to the student’s level and need. (taught in English). (3 credits)
What is a good life? What factors should shape the ethical decisions we make? And how do ethics relate to artistic, intellectual, and social aspects of our lives? This course studies and debates classical and modern ethical theories, through philosophical and literary texts. It then brings theses theories into conversation with a range of contemporary ethical issues, from punishment to medical ethics to the environment. (3 credits)
Foundations for understanding human behavior. Study of the brain and nervous system, sensation and perception, motivation, learning, maturation and development, personality theory, abnormal behavior, psychotherapy, and social psychology. (3 credits)
Environmental changes and consequences that accompany anthropogenic development and industrialization are discussed. Students actively participate in a chronological and systematic investigation of the connections and relationships between ecological systems, energy, raw materials, Western industrialization, environmental degradation, and third world population. The content of the course ultimately serves to establish an historical reference point that allows for analysis of current environmental status and national policy. Satisfies the Science and Technology General Education requirement. (3 credits)
The College of International Studies (CIS), together with the NGO Cruzada por los Niños designed a project to contribute with the personal development of the students, establishing a collaboration among CIS, Cruzada por los Niños and Fundación Mozambique Sur, the local NGO. CIS students are part of Cruzada por los Niños; like an internship, they committed themselves to work more than 140 hours for this activity. The whole idea is to help and support the orphans who live in the village of Massaca one hour from Maputo. (2 credits)
Language and Literature
The language and literature department includes academic and research activity centered around language learning, as well as the literature and the culture of Spain and the US. The different language-related subjects are categorized by level in order to ensure that each student is placed in the appropriate program based on their learning needs.
This department is divided into two sub-departments:
This course introduces students to Business English at an intermediate level. It aims to provide the business vocabulary students require to participate effectively in business courses and in the world of work. It combines the most recent ideas from the world of business with a strongly task based approach. Students develop their communication skills in presentations, meetings, negotiations, telephoning and Social English. (3 credits)
This course takes students from intermediate level to upper intermediate level. It is intended for students who are interested in increasing their knowledge of Business practice and concepts. Authentic material and an intensive task based approach helps students to feel more confident in areas of communication. Students discuss case studies and report their recommendations emulating authentic business situations. (credits for this course do not count towards a degree) (3 credits)
This course introduces students to upper intermediate business English. It builds on the skills introduced in Business English II and prepares the students for English Communication. Students continue to study business topics and acquire business vocabulary. They write business letters, reports, press releases, agendas, minutes and summarize articles from business magazines and newspapers. (credits for this course do not count towards a degree) (3 credits)
This course is intended for students whose skills are between upper intermediate and advanced level. It reflects the fast changing world of business with materials from authentic sources. Students study business topics and acquire proficiency in written and oral communication. They study case studies, practice group work situations and give presentations which all helps to improve their business communication. (3 credits)
This course prepares ESL students for College Writing Seminar by introducing them to the fundamentals of academic writing. The textbook introduces students at the intermediate to high- intermediate level to paragraph organization and structure through writing Narrative, Descriptive, Process and Comparison/ Contrast paragraphs. In addition, students are introduced to the basic elements of ESSAY writing. (3 credits)
Taken simultaneously with Introduction to Composition. This course is intended for students whose skills are between upper intermediate and advanced level. It reflects the fast changing world of business with materials from authentic sources. Students study business topics and acquire proficiency in written and oral communication. Students learn about the causes of communication breakdowns and how to avoid them through effective listening and note taking. They analyze case studies, role play authentic business situations and begin to understand the effects different styles of management have on business outcomes. (3 credits)
Introduces the fundamentals of critical reading and writing. The course helps students assess the arguments of others for their logic and use of evidence, and to form well-reasoned arguments of their own. Through regular drafts and revision, students learn to develop and defend positions on issues, incorporate and explain evidence to support those positions, and express their ideas in clearly written essays. (3 credits)
Builds on the skills of critical reading and writing introduced in CRWI, CRWII require students to locate and select evidence from primary and secondary sources and to synthesize multiple perspectives on a problem. Students survey the conversation on a selected topic in an annotated bibliography and literature review, and enter that conversation by developing their own argument in a final research essay. (3 credits)
American Literature II covers important literary trends from the end of the Civil War to the turn of the twentieth century; the modern period from 1910 to 1945; and the contemporary period from 1945 to the present. The course emphasizes the ongoing American preoccupation with multiculturalism by considering the ways in which American culture both reflects and is shaped by its literature. Satisfies the Literary Perspectives General Education requirement. (3 credits)
Students are introduced to the process approach to writing and keep a portfolio of their work. Revision techniques are practiced; students address grammatical issues within the context of their writing. credits for this course do not count towards a degree) (3 credits)
The course continues to develop the skills introduced in Academic Writing I. Students develop a portfolio of their work. In addition, some of the writing assignments are in response to readings, and the final paper involves the use of outside sources. The goal is to prepare students for College Writing Seminar (credits for this course do not count towards a degree) (3 credits)
This course is an intermediate level general English course taken simultaneously with Elements of Writing I. Task-based language activities are introduced in short readings and film segments which simulate real situations which the students are likely to encounter. Grammar is taught using oral, written and interactive exercises. (credits for this course do not count towards a degree) (3 credits)
This general English course takes the students from intermediate to upper intermediate level. It aims to continue to build upon the skills acquired in English as a Second Language I. Task-based language activities are introduced in short readings, and film segments which simulate real situations which the students are likely to encounter. Grammar is taught using oral, written and interactive exercises. (credits for this course do not count towards a degree) (3 credits)
This course is a continuation of English as a Second Language II and will provide students with the opportunity to improve their academic writing skills in preparation for more advanced courses which will require research papers. The text will focus on the writing modes, rhetorical devices and language points required for academic success. Paragraph structure will be reviewed and students will be prepared to write three – and four- paragraph essays. In addition, basic grammatical structures will be constantly reviewed. (credits for this course do not count towards a degree) (3 credits)
Internships outside of the classroom and within a professional context is considered of a fundamental importance for students at CIS. For precisely that reason, regardless of which program a student selects, all are required to take part in the CIS Internship Program related to their specific area of study.