Business Core

All business majors complete the following business core courses to develop the foundation knowledge and skills common to all business areas. Students must earn a grade of C or better in BUS 1950, BUS 2101, BUS 2102, and BUS 2810 and must complete those courses prior to admission to upper division standing in the School of Business. Click on the course names below to see course descriptions.  For prerequisite information, see the course catalog.

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Business Core Learning Goals

After successful completion of the School of Business Core Curriculum, business majors will:

1. Demonstrate basic knowledge of functional areas of business by analyzing and evaluating organizational strategies and formulating alternative courses of action.

Performance Indicators
1.1. Demonstrate knowledge of basic financial and managerial accounting terminology,
theory, and principles.
1.2. Demonstrate knowledge of basic finance terminology, theory, and principles.
1.3. Demonstrate knowledge of basic management terminology, theory, and principles.
1.4. Demonstrate knowledge of basic marketing terminology, theory, and principles

2. Recognize and analyze ethical and legal issues in the business decision-making process.

Performance Indicators
2.1. Articulate relevant ethical principles and values from the perspectives of various business stakeholders and apply those theories in making and assessing business decisions;
2.2. Compare and contrast the characteristics of business structures/legal entities;
2.3. Apply fundamental principles of tort, contract, agency, intellectual property, and
employment law in analyzing business decisions.

3. Understand the role of technology in organizations and use technology effectively.

Performance Indicators
3.1. Demonstrate competency in business productivity software (e.g., Microsoft Office);
3.2. Effectively use technology tools to analyze business information (e.g., spreadsheets, databases, financial calculators);
3.3. Analyze, design, and develop a small relational database using a current development methodology.

4. Communicate effectively

Performance Indicators
4.1. Write effective business communications appropriate for the audience;
4.2. Prepare and give a formal oral presentation appropriate for the audience;