Undergraduate Programs

BA in Business Administration

The Business Administration program offers a broad exposure to business administration and economics. Behavioral and quantitative sciences are studied in both theoretical and applied contexts. Mathematics is used as a key tool in the analysis of complex problems and in the interpretation of data. Emphasis is placed on effective oral and written communication. Students are made aware of the need for imaginative, innovative solutions to business problems that encompass human needs and ethical objectives.

All students in the business administration major are required to complete common requirements in core courses, a capstone course, and Global Business course.  In addition, students choose an area of specialization known as the concentration. Concentrations are offered in:

accounting business economics business analytics entertainment and tourism entrepreneurship
finance management decision sciences information systems marketing
risk management joint accounting/finance joint accounting/information systems joint marketing/information systems

Lower Division Core
Upper Division Core
Capstone Course
Global Business Course

Accounting 201A Financial Accounting (3)
Accounting 201B Managerial Accounting (3)
BusAd 201 Business Writing (3)
Economics 201 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
Economics 202 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
Management 246 Business & Its Legal Environment (3)
ISDS 265 Intro to Info Systems and Applications (3)
Math 135 or 130 Business Calculus (3 or 4)

Bus Ad 301 Advanced Business Communication (3)
Econ 315 or
Econ 320
Intermediate Business Microeconomics (3)
Intermediate Macroeconomics Analysis (3)
Finance 320 Business Finance (3) (Financial Management I)
Management 339 Principles of Management and Operations (3)
Management 340 Organizational Behavior (3)
ISDS 361A QBA: Probability and Statistics (3)
ISDS 361B QBA: Statistics and Management Science (3)
Marketing 351 Principles of Marketing (3)

Management 449 Seminar in Strategic Management (3)

Econ 330 (GE) Comparative Economic Systems
Econ 332 (GE) Economic Problems of Asia
Econ 333 (GE) Econ Development: Analysis & Case Studies
Econ 334 (GE) Economics of Latin America & the Caribbean
Econ 335 (GE) The International Economy
Econ 336 (GE) Economies of the Middle East
Finance 370 International Business Finance
Finance 371 Export-Import Financing
Finance 373 Asia-Pacific Financial & Security Markets
Finance 375 Global Financial Markets
Management 350 International Management
Management 455 Comparative Management - U.S. & East Asia
Marketing 445 Multinational Marketing Strategies
Marketing 475 Export Marketing Strategies

The Global Business course must be outside of your concentration area. For example if your concentration is finance, you may not take Finance 370 to meet the Global Business course requirement.

Underlined courses in economics may fulfill general education requirements. Study Abroad programs may be used to meet the Global Business course requirement, provided the program involves at least three units of upper-division credit that is accepted by CSUF. MCBE internship courses and MCBE independent studies that involve an international study may be used to meet this requirement, but require prior approval of the MCBE Associate Dean.


General Education requirements: All students are required to complete a minimum of 51 semester units of general education courses selected in accordance with the pattern designated in the University catalog. General education courses must be selected from an approved list and taken for a letter grade.

English proficiency requirement: Complete the designated upper division writing course (Buad 301) with grade of "C" (2.0) or better.

Grades: Attain at least a 2.0 GPA (C average) in all university courses, in all courses in the major, and in the required concentration courses. In addition, you must earn at least a C (2.0) grade in each business administration core course and the concentration courses in accounting, management information systems and management science. A grade of "C-" (1.7) or lower is not a passing grade.

Grade Option: Take all required core courses and all required concentration courses in the College of Business and Economics for a letter grade (A, B, C, D, F). The credit/no credit grading option may not be used for these courses, and a grade of CR (credit) will not satisfy the requirements of the degree. Exception: courses in calculus may be taken credit/no credit, however if it is also taken to meet general education requirements then it must be taken for a letter grade.

Residence: A minimum of 30 units for the major must be in residence in the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. In addition, at least one-half of the units in the concentration must be in residence. Students completing the accounting concentration must complete at least 15 units in residence. At least 15 of the last 24 units of courses must be taken in residence at the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics. Students also must fulfill university residence requirements.

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