Business Administration (BUSN)

BUSN 294 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN BUSINESS

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

An overview and analysis of selected topics in business. The course may be repeated if the topic changes. Prerequisites may change depending on the topic.

BUSN 299 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Independent study including empirical research and written reports. Approval is required by instructor, department chair and dean.

BUSN 309 | LGBTQ IN BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ECON 101 and ECON 102 and (MATH 130 or MATH 150)

This course is an examination of the effects of heteronormativity on the economic outcomes of the LGBTQ population. Topics examined will include the demographics of the LGBTQ population, LGBTQ in the workplace, marketing to the LGBTQ population, the formation of "Gay" neighborhoods, and public finance issues related to the LGBTQ population (tax treatment, impact of gay marriage).

BUSN 339 | LATIN AMERICA BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ECON 102 with a minimum grade of C- and (MATH 130 with a minimum grade of C- or MATH 150 with a minimum grade of C- or MATH 151 with a minimum grade of C-)

This course is designed to prepare participants to work effectively in or with Latin America organizations by providing an understanding of the issues, opportunities, and complexities associated with doing business in the region. The focus is on the cultural, historical, economic, social, political and business environments in Latin America and on the activities of companies operating in Latin America, both foreign and domestic. Successful Latin American companies competing internationally will also be an aspect of the course. Upon successful completion of the course, students will possess an awareness of the business and economic environments in Latin America, and be able to demonstrate analytical and strategic thinking skills that reflect an understanding of the competitive environment in which local and foreign companies operate in Latin America.

BUSN 361 | INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

An introduction to the international dimension of doing business. The purpose of this course is to make the student aware of the role played by culture, geography, government, and economics in shaping the environment in which businesses operate internationally. Topics include forward currency markets, foreign direct investment, negotiation, international distribution, etc. Note: Students are eligible for this course after successfully completing 45 units and the course prerequisites.

BUSN 377 | NEGOTIATION IN A GLOBAL BUSINESS ENVIRONMENT

Units: 3

In an increasingly interdependent world, the ability to negotiate with people with diverse socio-cultural backgrounds and in different regions of the world is crucial for managers and leaders. This course offers skills and knowledge for becoming an effective negotiator through lecture, class discussion, and experimental exercises. This course includes several negotiation simulations and exercises that incorporate cross-cultural and international components.

BUSN 383 | PROJECT MANAGEMENT

Units: 3

Prerequisites: (MATH 130 with a minimum grade of C- or MATH 150 with a minimum grade of C-)

BUSN 385 | BUSINESS ANALYTICS STRATEGY

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ITMG 100 with a minimum grade of C- and (ECON 216 with a minimum grade of C- or ECON 217 with a minimum grade of C-) and (MATH 130 with a minimum grade of C- or MATH 150 with a minimum grade of C-)

Analytics is the process of transforming data into insight in order to make better informed decisions. Understanding and interpreting data has become an even more integral part of understanding social interactions and behavior since the advent of big data and automated extraction. Accordingly, this lab-style course will provide a solid foundation for understanding data science and analytics problems in the context of modern big data methodology, philosophy, and application to business problems. Topics include, but are not limited to, database & repository management; scripting & automation; scraping, cleaning, and harmonizing data; exploratory analysis & data visualizations, documentation & reproducibility, ethics & client interactions, practical machine learning algorithms (ranging from multiple linear regression to neural networks and support vector machines), and regularization, generalization, and validation. By the end of the course, you will be able to extract, clean, and harmonize data to use in a predictive algorithm that you will be able to build yourself as part of a data product application.

BUSN 386 | BIG DATA AND BUSINESS

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: ITMG 100 with a minimum grade of C- and (ECON 216 with a minimum grade of C- or ECON 217 with a minimum grade of C-) and (MATH 130 with a minimum grade of C- or MATH 150 with a minimum grade of C-)

Analytics is the process of transforming data into insight in order to make better informed decisions. Understanding and interpreting data has become an even more integral part of understanding social interactions and behavior since the advent of big data and automated extraction. Accordingly, this lab-style course will provide a solid foundation for understanding data science and analytics problems in the context of modern big data methodology, philosophy, and application to business problems. Topics include, but are not limited to, database & repository management; scripting & automation; scraping, cleaning, and harmonizing data; exploratory analysis & data visualizations, documentation & reproducibility, ethics & client interactions, practical machine learning algorithms (ranging from multiple linear regression to neural networks and support vector machines), and regularization, generalization, and validation. By the end of the course, you will be able to extract, clean, and harmonize data to use in a predictive algorithm that you will be able to build yourself as part of a data product application.

BUSN 401 | BUSINESS COMMUNICATION

Units: 3 Repeatability: No

Analysis of the factors involved in planning, organizing, and writing in the business environment. Extensive practice in presenting effective letters, memoranda, and business reports using primary and secondary sources.

BUSN 494 | SPECIAL TOPICS IN BUSINESS

Units: 1-4 Repeatability: Yes (Repeatable if topic differs)

An in-depth analysis of selected topics in business. The course may be repeated if the topic changes. Prerequisites may change depending on the topic.

BUSN 496 | UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Students develop and/or assist in research projects in various fields of business administration under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will meet with a faculty member, with whom a research relationship is established, on an on-going basis to discuss the research project, assess the student’s role and responsibilities, and to discuss the process of conducting scholarly research. Students may participate in a range of research activities, including but not limited to: survey construction and design, project management, participant solicitation, experimental research, qualitative interviewing, focus group moderation, fieldwork, literature searches, data entry, data analysis, critical analysis, political economy inquiries, and writing of instruments and manuscripts. Students must register with a specific faculty member with whom they complete a contract outlining the roles and responsibilities of the student and faculty member. A maximum of three units of undergraduate research may be used to satisfy requirements for the major. Requires professor’s and department chair’s approvals.

BUSN 498 | INTERNSHIP

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: No

Prerequisites: MATH 130 with a minimum grade of C- or MATH 150 with a minimum grade of C- or MATH 151 with a minimum grade of C-

Experiential learning working in a business, government, or nonprofit organization. Placements provide the opportunity for practical application of business, economics, and accounting principles. See the university class schedule for special meeting times. This course is restricted to School of Business majors who have completed at least 75 units and School of Business minors who have completed at least 90 units with instructor's approval. It may not be repeated for credit.

BUSN 499 | INDEPENDENT STUDY

Units: 1-3 Repeatability: Yes (Can be repeated for Credit)

Independent study including empirical research and written reports. A maximum of three units of independent study may be used to satisfy requirements for the major.