Major Requirements

The BSBA in Global Business requires the completion of 18 credits of global business courses, plus 18–24 credits of the functional major. Global Business majors are assigned a faculty advisor to assist them in planning their program of study and advise them on academic and career matters. Students in this major must have the approval of their faculty advisor to register. All changes to the Global Business Program of Study must be approved by the director of the Global Business Program. Please note that Global Business freshman and sophomore courses as part of the General Education requirements in this program differ from the other Business majors.

Global Business Required Courses, 3 Courses, 9 Credits

Students are required to complete:

  • SIB-101 Globalization

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the nature and processes of globalization which define today's international business environment. The course employs a multidisciplinary perspective to explore the growing interdependence of nations in their trade, investment, technology flows, and business operations. Topic include business, geographic, economic, social, cultural, political, and other issues related to globalization. The course is experiential in its approach. Students will undertake a team research project exploring globalization issues with reference to a particular country, region or industry.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • SIB-321 Introduction to International Business

    Prerequisites:

    SIB 101 or HST 149 or HST 150 and sophomore standing or higher

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    To provide students with an understanding of problems and opportunities associated with doing business across country and cultural boundaries and to encourage global business thinking and strategy formulation. Topics include the forms of international business involvement, economic, social, cultural and political conditions; national and multinational regulations of international transactions and investments; and global strategies for business operations.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • SIB-419 Global Business Theory & Practice

    Prerequisites:

    MKT 210; ISOM 319; MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317); FIN 200 (formerly FIN 310); SIB 321

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will integrate global business theories and concepts with practice. Topics include: Transnational strategy, foreign direct investment, regional development clusters, role and operation of the WTO, outsourcing and supply chain management, and international ethics. Students integrate discipline-specific knowledge, practice investigation and decision-making around global business issues, improve business communication skills, and practice teamwork for global business decision- making.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Global Business Elective Courses, 3 Courses

Select three courses from the following: 

  • SIB-510 Direct Study in Strategy and International Business

    Prerequisites:

    instructor's consent

    Credits:

    1.00- 6.00

    Description:

    Independent study allows students to expand their classroom experience by completing research in an area of interest not already covered by Suffolk courses. The student designs a unique project and finds a full-time faculty member with expertise in that topic who agrees to sponsor it and provide feedback as the proposal is refined. A well designed and executed research project broadens and/or deepens learning in a major or minor area of study and may also enhance a student's marketability to potential future employers. Students cannot register for an Independent Study until a full proposal is approved by the faculty sponsor, department chair, and academic dean. Many Independent study proposals require revisions before approval is granted; even with revisions independent study approval is NOT guaranteed. Students are strongly encouraged to submit a proposal in enough time to register for a different course if the proposal is not accepted. For complete instructions, see the SBS Independent/Directed Study Agreement and Proposal form available online.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • SIB-520 Strategy and International Business Internship

    Prerequisites:

    SIB-321, Global Business Director approval required before registration

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    A project-based course that entails a work experience component for juniors and seniors, and allows the student to apply international business theory in a practical context, thereby bridging the gap between education and practice. The internship must take place outside the student's primary country of residence. Thus students who are not permanent residents of the U.S. can pursue their internships in the U.S.. The internship must involve at least 100 hours of work. Students are responsible for identifying and securing acceptance to an internship, which must be a minimum of 100 hours. Prior to registering for SIB 520, a student must submit to the Global Business Director a Sponsor Agreement form signed by a representative of the internship organization prior to starting the internship. A maximum of one SIB 520 internship course may also be used as a Global Business major elective. The work time required for a Global Business internship cannot also be used to fulfill the requirement for an internship course in another department. Students who register for SIB 520 should simultaneously register for SIB 560. The company offering the internship must agree to evaluate the student's performance by completing an Internship Evaluation Form. Students must find a faculty supervisor will evaluate and guide their academic work during the internship, as well as other internship-related assignments, and a assign a grade upon completion of all internship requirements. Students must successfully complete both the internship and all of the academic requirements of SIB 520 in order to earn a passing grade.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • SIB-550 Global Travel Seminar

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    An in-depth analysis of timely special issues in international business. Specific topics are announced when the course is scheduled.

    Type:

    Diverse Perspectives

  • ACCT-310 International Business Accounting

    Prerequisites:

    FIN-200 (formerly FIN 310); ACCT-331

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Explores economic, political and cultural variables that shape accounting and disclosure in various countries. Students gain an understanding of international financial reporting standards and the forces for convergence between IFRS and US GAAP. Presents financial analysis in a multi-financial context.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • BLE-317 Managing in the Global Legal Environment

    Prerequisites:

    BLE 214

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Surveys the global legal environment of business. Emphasizes case analysis of topics such as: sovereignty, extraterritoriality, treaties, international contracts, arbitration, and the European Union. Explores the managerial and economic significance of these topics.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • BLE-325 Global Business Ethics

    Prerequisites:

    BLE 215

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Surveys business ethics as they transcend the diverse perspectives of global business. Explores current global ethics standards and values, ethical challenges, controversies, convergence and trends. Students explore famous global business cases through films, websites and independent research. Emphasizes identification and resolution of global business ethical issues within the context of ethical decision-making and sustainability. Analyzes corporate social responsibility ; hence, transforming global business ethics through business. Builds upon the global ethics foundation introduced in BLE 215.

    Type:

    Diverse Perspectives

  • EC-430 International Trade Theory & Policy

    Prerequisites:

    EC 101 and EC 102

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course examines theories of international trade. The policy implications of each theory are explored and the effect of trade on the welfare of the nation is examined. Also the development of trade blocs and the the political economy of trade are studied. Normally offered every year.

    Type:

    Social Science,BSJ SOCIAL SCIENCE

  • EC-442 International Monetary Economics

    Prerequisites:

    EC 101 and EC 102

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    The balance of payments and foreign exchange markets and instruments, and the determination of exchange rates. Balance-of-payments adjustments under alternative exchange-rate systems, international liquidity, international economics policy and open economy macroeconomics.

    Type:

    Social Science,BSJ SOCIAL SCIENCE

  • EC-445 The Economics of the European Union

    Prerequisites:

    EC 101 and EC 102

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    An economic analysis of the European Union, the history of European monetary and economic integration. and the creation of the Euro. A survey of the development and evolution of key European policies, such competition, industry, agriculture, environment, regional, etc. A discussion of economic implications of the enlargement of the European Union, as well as its trade relations with the U.S. and other countries within the context of the World Trade Organization.

    Type:

    Social Science,BSJ SOCIAL SCIENCE

  • ENT-354 Global Entrepreneurship

    Prerequisites:

    ENT-101 and Junior Standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Do you want to know how to take advantage of our global economy? This course will leverage the knowledge acquired from other entrepreneurship and global courses coupled with an overview of the global economy every entrepreneur must compete in and how to transition your business models into real world opportunities. This course will discuss the entrepreneurial process from concept to product feasibility to venture launch answering the following question: How and when should an entrepreneur plan on competing in a global market?

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-417 Multinational Financial Management

    Prerequisites:

    FIN 200 (formerly FIN 310); Junior standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers the financing, investment and working capital management process of multinational corporations, considering such variables as exchange risk, political risk, accounting regulations and tax laws.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ISOM-331 Global Electronic Commerce

    Prerequisites:

    ISOM-210(formerly ISOM-310)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Examines the role of e-commerce and e-business in the global business environment. Considers user, technological, strategic, economic, social, and cultural factors in the development and deployment of effective websites and mobile applications. Students discuss readings and cases to examine current e-commerce situations, opportunities, and challenges. Students develop websites to simulate collaboration and competition among online businesses.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • MGT-335 Managing Across Cultures

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    To what extent are our identities. ways of thinking, and behaving the products of our cultural environments? How do conceptions of motivation, leadership, decision making, negotiation, and ethics differ across cultures? How do expatriates settle abroad, and how do they re-enter the American life they are once so familiar? The purpose of this course is to examine the international context of management, specifically, the cross-cultural environment and how it shapes managers' and work organization members' experiences, roles and responsibilities.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MKT-421 Global Marketing

    Prerequisites:

    MKT 210

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Topics examined in this course include the variations in economic, social-cultural, legal-political, and business environments among different nations and how these variations affect the marketing practices across national boundaries. The goal is to provide students with the necessary skills to compete successfully in national and international markets. Particular attention is given to the formulation of marketing plans and programs and policies to integrate and coordinate such activities on a global basis.

  • P.AD-362 Global Health, Poverty & Warming

    Prerequisites:

    SIB 101 or HST 149 or HST 150 or Instructor permission

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Global health, global poverty, and global warming are three interrelated issues that are creating a perfect storm of crises worldwide with major impacts on the United States. This course is an overview of the problems - the needs, systems, programs, and financing. We will look critically at policies in these areas and discuss what needs to be done to address them. Students will write a major paper on an issue of their choice.

Functional Major Courses, 6–8 Courses, 18–24 Credits

Students are required to specialize in one business discipline (Accounting, Finance, Information Systems, Management, or Marketing). Students will take the major required and major elective courses as specified by the academic department concerned, which may include experiential components.

Only one of the Global Business elective courses listed above may be double counted toward the Global Business major and the functional major, as long as it was also available as a course for the functional major.

Language Courses, 2 Courses, 8 Credits

Students must demonstrate competence beyond the second semester level of college instruction in French, Spanish, Portuguese, German, Mandarin Chinese, Russian, Japanese, or Arabic. Other global languages will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the director of the Global Business Program. Students can also demonstrate competence by taking a placement test or through an interview with a language instructor. For this purpose, students should contact the Director of the Global Business Program. In this case, students do not get credit for waiving the language requirement but can take Free Electives instead of the language courses if the student will not have the total number of credits required to graduate. A suggested list of Free Electives relevant for the Global Business Program is given below.

Travel Requirement SIB 560 (formerly IB 560), Non-Credit

(No credits can be specifically assigned. It is a pre-professional experience.)

All Global Business majors are required to participate in overseas travel as part of their major. This requirement may be satisfied by completing a minimum of one travel seminar, a semester study abroad, or, with prior permission from the Director of the Global Business Program, a Global Business Internship abroad. Students must register for the zero-credit course SIB 560 - Global Travel Requirement, in the semester in which they plan to complete their travel.

  • A minimum 2.5 GPA is required for travel seminars and study abroad experience.
  • A maximum of one travel seminar may be used as a Global Business major elective while also fulfilling the SIB 560 requirement. Additional travel seminars will not count towards GB major electives but may be used as free elective credit.
  • Study abroad involves enrollment in semester-long or summer session courses at either Suffolk’s Madrid campus or at one of the programs open to Suffolk students at other institutions. All study abroad must be preapproved by the Undergraduate Academic Advising Center. If a student plans to substitute a course taken at anther university for a Suffolk requirement,  it must be approved by the Program Director or Department Chair for the required course. Students may participate in more than one study abroad opportunity. Students interested in study abroad should plan to do so during their sophomore year or the fall of their junior year.  
  • With prior permission from the director of the Global Business Program, students may also fulfill the travel requirement through a Global Business Internship. Two options are available: the three-credit course SIB 520 - Global Business Internship, and an internship without academic credit. The internship must take place outside the student’s  primary country of residence—so students who are not permanent residents of the U.S. can pursue their internships in the U.S.. Students are responsible for identifying and securing acceptance to the internship, which must be a minimum of 100 hours. For both SIB 560 and SIB 520, a student must submit to the Global Business Director a Sponsor Agreement form signed by a representative of the internship organization prior to starting the internship.  A maximum of one SIB 520 internship course may also be used as a Global Business major elective. The work time required for a Global Business internship cannot also be used to fulfill the requirement for an internship course in another department. Students who register for SIB 520 should simultaneously register for SIB 560.

Recommended Free Electives

  • GVT-367 Politics of Spain

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course is designed to provide students with a basic grounding in political institutions and processes in contemporary Spain. Political developments are presented in their socio-economic context, with special emphasis on the Spanish transition from a dictatorship to a democracy. Attention is also given to the issue of the Basque and Catalan nationalism, as well as the process of European integration. Prerequisite: GVT 281 or instructor's consent. 1 term - 4 credits. Normally offered alternate years at the Madrid Campus.

    Type:

    Social Science

  • GVT-384 The U.S. and the International Relations of the Middle East

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will explore the role played by the United States in the Middle East in the twentieth century, with emphasis on the period since World War II. Our study will begin with a decision-making approach to understanding the domestic and institutional context of America's policy toward the region, followed by an examination of that policy as it confronted radical nationalist, socialist, and Islamic movements, Soviet influence, and specific contemporary problems - the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Lebanese civil war, the Iranian revolution, the Iran-Iraq War, and the Gulf War. Open to non-majors, not open to freshmen. Normally offered alternate years.

    Type:

    Social Science,BSJ SOCIAL SCIENCE

  • GVT-385 South Asian Politics

    Prerequisites:

    Not open to freshmen.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This course will examiner political and economic institutions of newly independent entities from Kazakhstan to the Baltics. It will include historical roots of the Soviet Union from the Russian Revolution through the Gorbachev years. Attention will be paid to Marxist theory and non-Marxist challenges for the economy of the area as well as the state. While some of attention will be paid to foreign relations of the former Soviet Union and the current regimes with Western Europe and the U.S. and elsewhere, the major emphasis will be on domestic policy on citizens of the former Soviet Union. Normally offered alternate years.

    Type:

    Social Science

  • GVT-387 Conflict & Reconciliation: Community Service Abroad

    Prerequisites:

    GVT 281 or instructor's consent. Junior status or above

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    current political trends in the Caribbean and in selected Central American nations. Emphasis will be placed on comparative analysis of public policies in the region, as well as on external factors which impact on politics in the Caribbean and Central America. Students will use academic sources in their analysis, as well as novels and other literary sources for the background of their analysis. Not open to freshmen. Normally offered every third year. Cultural Diversity B

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Social Science,Expanded Classroom Requirement

  • GVT-389 Politics of China

    Prerequisites:

    Junior status or above

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Emphasis on a particular approach to the problems of economic modernization and political development. Historical background; the revolutionary movement; present political structures and current issues. Cultural Diversity B

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Social Science,Asian Studies

  • GVT-410 Politics of Korea

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Study of the government and politics of North and South Korea, including the political systems of the two countries and relationship between them, including issues of reunification, nuclear weapons, and democratization. Offered alternate years.

    Type:

    Social Science,Asian Studies

  • HST-342 Modern Japanese History

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines Japanese history from the beginning of the seventeenth century to the end of the twentieth century. The topics include early modern Japan during the Tokugawa era, Meiji Restoration, Japanese imperialism and World War II, Japan's emergence as the second largest economy in the world.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities & History,Asian Studies,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • HST-346 Modern Chinese History

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines modern Chinese history from the sixteenth century to the present. Studies the conflict between the modern state and traditional society. Discusses China's turbulent transition from an old empire to the Communist regime, the dynamics behind this transition, and the price that ordinary Chinese people have paid. Also studies China's interactions with the outside world from the first Opium War to China's entrance to the World Trade Organization. (Formerly HST 132)

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities & History,Asian Studies,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • HST-412 Europe in the 20th Century

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Examines the political, economic, social and cultural developments of the principal European states since 1900. Topics include: World War I; the social and economic dislocations of the 1920s and 1930s; the rise of Fascism and National Socialism; World War II; the remains of colonialism; modernization and Americanization since the 1960s; the European Union; Europe after the Cold War; and throughout the twentieth century, the importance of class and class conflict, nationalism, and war in shaping the European experience.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • SPAN-315 Business Spanish

    Prerequisites:

    SPAN 290 or SPAN 300 or Instructor's consent.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Integrates language learning with culture via business context of the Hispanic world. Spanish for banking and finance, marketing and advertising, and international commerce are highlighted. Students increase their cross-cultural understanding and written and oral proficiency in business Spanish through a wide range of assignments.

    Type:

    Diverse Perspectives

  • GER-412 Contemporary Germany

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A survey of German culture, politics, and society from the end of World War II to the present day. Discussion of such topics as the post-fascist mentality, economic efficiency, re-education, Americanization, division and it's legacy, high culture, entertainment for the masses, environmental movements, pacifism, and multiculturalism. Taught in English.

    Term:

    Occasional

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Humanities Literature Requirement

BSBA Degree Requirements

I. BSBA Degree Requirements

The completion of the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) degree includes:

  • A minimum of 124 semester hours of coursework and satisfaction of all degree requirements;
  • 2.0 overall cumulative average;
  • 2.0 average in major and minor fields of study; 
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours of business coursework must be completed at Suffolk University; and,
  • An overall minimum of 45 semester hours of coursework must be completed at Suffolk University to be eligible to be considered for degree.

Students are responsible for knowing and complying with specific degree requirements. Any exception to the Program of Study requires written approval from Michele Rosenthal, Director, Undergraduate Programs, Sawyer Business School.

Full-time students normally complete their degree requirements in four years. A student may shorten the time required by attending summer sessions. Part-time students normally take five to seven years to complete the requirements, depending on the course load carried.

Course descriptions may be updated periodically to reflect changes since the last published catalog.

Recommended Four-Year Course Sequence

Below is an overview of the courses and experiential requirements that BSBA students must complete and the year they are required or suggested to do so. The Business School’s curriculum is designed to enable students to acquire knowledge and skills cumulatively, building from introductory material to more specialized or advanced study in areas of major concentration. Prerequisites have been established for courses that require preparation in order for students to benefit fully from the learning experience. Students should meet with their advisors to review their program of study.

Students are responsible for taking courses in the prescribed sequence as necessary. This means:

  • All prerequisites must be satisfied.
  • Students must have satisfactorily completed 54 credits in order to register for upper division courses in the Business School (Business School undergraduate courses numbered 300 or higher, unless otherwise stated).
  • Students must have completed all freshman and sophomore required courses prior to registering in junior-level courses. In particular, students are expected to have completed required writing and quantitative courses before the junior year. 

Note: Students who entered Suffolk prior to Fall 2014 are under a different program of study and should refer to their program evaluation and/or the catalog from that year for specific requirements. The Undergraduate Academic Advising Center can provide information about completing requirements where courses are no longer offered, or additional options now exist.

Freshman Year Requirements:

  • SBS-100 careerSTART

    Prerequisites:

    Students must have completed less than 30 credits.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    SBS 100 engages students in a series of activities, discussions, and programs on campus to explore their interests and strengths and learn how courses and co-curricular experiences together help them achieve their goals. Students also develop innovation, team, and presentation skills, get involved on campus, and learn about campus resources and services that aid in a successful college experience. This is the first in a four-year sequence of career courses.

  • WRI-101 First Year Writing I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Study and practice of the writing process and revision in terms of expository writing modes for an academic audience.

  • WRI-102 First Year Writing II

    Prerequisites:

    WRI 101.

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Study and practice of argumentative and research writing through further work with writing process and revision and the critical reading of a variety of texts.

  • ENT-101 Business Foundations

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces students to foundational concepts in business, including functional areas, the life cycle, competition, stakeholders and ethical considerations. Students develop critical thinking by learning and using a problem solving process through a business situation analysis model to analyze various situations that confront managers and founders of small, medium, and large organizations. Students will also develop tools for analysis, allowing them to critically view business in a new and thoughtful way. The class culminates with student- teams presenting a detailed analysis and recommendations to a panel of executives and persuading them that the recommended strategy is not only feasible, but also practical for the stakeholders involved.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Creativity and Innovation (3 cr.)

Numerous courses are offered to meet this requirement. Search for course options by using the course type "CI."

Math (4 cr.)

Choose one based on your Math placement score:

  • MATH-128 Math for the Modern World

    Prerequisites:

    MATH level 2, or Mathshop, or MATH-104

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    From the ISBN on a book, to buying a car, from the size of small chips in a cell phone, to the size of the national debt, or just reading a graph in the daily newspaper, mathematics plays an important and vital role in countless areas of life and your future career and courses included. Mathematics is both an art and a tool created by humans. The common bond is a way of thinking and a way of reasoning to describe and solve problems of many types. This course uses the context of modern real life problems to introduce math needed for literacy and problem solving in contemporary life and work. It uses a minimal amount of algebra and focuses on math models, concepts and basic math manipulations. It encourages students to move from anxiety about math, to using formulas well, to thinking critically in the math context to use math to solve problems and pose new problems. Topics include scientific notation, basic financial math, linear, exponential and polynomial models and an introduction to probability. (Formerly Math 132)

  • MATH-130 Topics in Finite Mathematics

    Prerequisites:

    MATH-104, or MATH-121, or MATH level 3

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Linear Modeling (for example, using linear functions to model supply/demand situations), graphing, linear programming, financial functions (compound interest, annuities, and amortization of loans) sets, Venn diagrams, counting and combinatorics, discrete probability, conditional probability, Bernoulli experiments, Bayes theorem. Several sections offered each semester. *This course cannot be applied toward a departmental concentration in Mathematics by Sawyer Business School students.

  • MATH-134 Calculus for Management & Social Sciences

    Prerequisites:

    MATH-104, MATH-121 or MATH level 4

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    A one-semester introduction to differential and integral calculus. Theory is presented informally and topics and techniques are limited to polynomials, rational functions, logarithmic and exponential functions. Topics include a review of precalculus, linear regression, limits and continuity, derivatives, differentiation rules, implicit differentiation, related rates, applications of derivatives to graphing, minima/maxima, applications of the derivative, marginal analysis, differential equations of growth and decay, anti-derivatives, the definite integral, the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus, area measurements. This course cannot be used to satisfy core or complementary requirements by students majoring in chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, or physics. Several sections offered each semester. *This course cannot be applied toward a departmental concentration in Mathematics by Sawyer Business School students.

  • MATH-165 Calculus I

    Prerequisites:

    MATH-121 with a minimum grade of C or MATH level 5

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Functions, limits and continuity; instantaneous rate of change, tangent slopes, and the definition of the derivative of a function; power, product, and quotient rules, trig derivatives, chain rule, implicit differentiation; higher order derivatives; applications(curve sketching, limits at infinity, optimization, differentials); other transcendental functions (inverse trig functions, exponential and log functions, hyperbolic trig functions); anti-derivatives; indefinite integrals; applications (net change). 4 lecture hours plus 1 recitation session each week. Normally offered each semester.

Requirements also recommended to be taken during the Freshman Year:

  • STATS-250 Applied Statistics

    Prerequisites:

    MATH 128 or higher

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    Application of statistical analysis to real-world business and economic problems. Topics include data presentation, descriptive statistics including measures of location and dispersion, introduction to probability, discrete and continuous random variables, probability distributions including binomial and normal distributions, sampling and sampling distributions, statistical inference including estimation and hypothesis testing, simple and multiple regression analysis. The use of computers is emphasized throughout the course. Normally offered each semester.

    Type:

    Quantitative Reasoning

Social, Cultural and Global Diverse Perspectives (one course)

Numerous courses are offered to meet this requirement. Search for course options by using the course type "PERSP."

Globalization Requirement (one course)

Choose one of the three courses offered to meet this requirement. However, Global Business majors must take SIB 101. All other BSBA students may choose from the following:
  • SIB-101 Globalization

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces the nature and processes of globalization which define today's international business environment. The course employs a multidisciplinary perspective to explore the growing interdependence of nations in their trade, investment, technology flows, and business operations. Topic include business, geographic, economic, social, cultural, political, and other issues related to globalization. The course is experiential in its approach. Students will undertake a team research project exploring globalization issues with reference to a particular country, region or industry.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • HST-149 Empires & Globalization in World History I

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This is the first of the two-course series of Empires and Globalization in World History. Course discusses the origins and development of globalization and capitalism from the perspective of economic history. Major issues include the formation of the medieval trade system, the development of finance and capitalism in the early modern ages, and economic changes prior to the Industrial Revolution. The specific topics may change every year due to new academic developments and publications. Cultural Diversity B

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities Literature Requirement

  • HST-150 Empires & Globalization in World History II

    Credits:

    4.00

    Description:

    This is the second of the two-course series of Empires and Globalization in World History. Course discusses the origins and development of globalization and capitalism from the perspective of economic history. Major issues include state-making, wars, and the rivalry among early modern empires, economic development, the Industrial Revolution and the formation of the global trade system. The specific topics may change every year due to new academic developments and publications. Cultural Diversity B

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

    Type:

    Humanities & History,Cultural Diversity Opt B,Humanities Literature Requirement

Sophomore Year Requirements

  • SBS-200 careerEXPLORE

    Prerequisites:

    SBS 100. Prerequisite will be waived with 30 or more transfer credits from another institution.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    SBS 200 fosters active exploration of career interests, jobs and fields. Students build introductory career management, information seeking, and self-presentation skills. Students refine oral and written communication through class presentations, networking, research, and writing a resume and cover letter. This is the second in a four-year sequence of career courses.

  • SBS-220 Business Writing

    Prerequisites:

    ENT 101 (formerly SBS 101); WRI 102 or WRI 103;

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    The world is constantly changing and businesses as well as individual employees must adapt. In order to effectively leverage future communication technologies and media, you must be a critical reader and have strong foundational writing and editing skills. In this course, current business news will be read for its content and to understand the interplay of language and purpose. You will learn to write effectively for business by focusing on your audience, purpose, tone, and the design of various business documents and by revising and refining your writing.

  • ACCT-201 Accounting for Decision Making I

    Prerequisites:

    MATH-128 or higher and WRI-102 or SBS-220

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces students to the accounting cycle, the financial statements, and the theory underlying accounting as information. Provides users of accounting information with a basic understanding of how to appraise and manage a business. Addresses current accounting topics, including relevant ethical and international issues found in the financial press.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ACCT-202 Accounting for Decision Making II

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT-201

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Enables students to apply the concepts and skills from ACCT 201. They learn how to analyze the financial condition and performance of a firm, and how to use accounting information in business planning, decision-making, and control. Topics include cost-volume-profit analysis, costing systems, variance analysis, and the budget process. Discusses relevant current ethical and competitive issues found in the financial press.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MKT-220 Business Research Methods

    Prerequisites:

    STATS 240 or STATS 250

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Business Research Methods is a general introduction to both quantitative and qualitative business research methods. Topics covered include the purpose of research, defining research and research problems, defining an hypothesis, problem solving and knowledge discovery, methods of quantitative and qualitative research, conducting literature reviews, designing appropriate methodologies, evaluating outcomes, analysis and communicating the results. Students will use Excel and SPSS to support research analysis, implementing what was learned in statistics and going beyond as they learn new data analysis techniques. Students will discuss and present research ideas and processes orally both informally and formally.

Requirements also recommended to be taken during the Sophomore Year:

  • EC-102 Global Macroeconomics

    Prerequisites:

    Non-CAS majors need to have completed at least 16 credits

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course examines the workings of the national and the global economy. It will describe the determination of Gross Domestic Product, the problems of unemployment, inflation, and the determination of economic growth. It will also describe and analyze the determination of the country's exchange rate, the balance of payments, and international borrowing and lending. A particular focus will be on understanding economic fluctuations (booms, busts, and recessions) in the domestic economy and its effects on other economies. It will analyze the role of the government and the effects of government spending and taxation on the economy. Furthermore, it will describe and analyze the determination of the quantity of money and interest rates in the economy and the role of the country's central bank. It examines the basis and pattern of international trade and the effects of a country's trade policy on the economy.

    Type:

    Social Science,BSJ SOCIAL SCIENCE

  • BLE-215 Business Ethics and Law

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Business ethics is applied ethics. Explores the roles and responsibilities of business in a global society. Teaches models of ethical decision-making that incorporate multiple points of view, including diverse cultural worldviews and legal perspectives. Addresses factors that contribute to and constrain ethical behavior in and by organizations. Students apply concepts to current business problems, such as anti-trust, accounting fraud, deceptive advertising, and environmental dumping.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ISOM-201 Data and Decisions Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    MATH-128 or higher and STATS-240 or STATS 250.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces fundamental quantitative methods of using data to make informed management decisions. Topics include: decision modeling, decision analysis, regression, forecasting, optimization, and simulation, as it applies to the study and analysis of business problems for decision support in finance, marketing, service, and manufacturing operations. Practical business cases and examples drawn from finance, marketing, operations management, and other management areas are used to provide students with a perspective on how management science is used in practice. Excel spreadsheets are used extensively to implement decision models.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MGT-217 Organizational Behavior

    Prerequisites:

    ENT 101 (formerly SBS 101); WRI 102 (formerly ENG 102) or WRI 103 (formerly ENG 103) or SBS 220

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores the application of sociological, psychological and anthropological concepts in domestic and international business settings. Attention is given to the study of human behavior in organizational settings, the organization itself, human interaction, and small group process.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MKT-210 Principles of Marketing

    Prerequisites:

    WRI 101 or WRI 103

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    As part of the core curriculum for the BSBA, this course provides a comprehensive, innovative, managerial, and practical introduction to marketing. Students will learn and apply basic concepts and practices of modern marketing as used in a wide variety of settings. Technological advances, rapid globalization, economic shifts and cultural and environmental developments are causing profound changes in the marketplace. As the marketplace changes, so must the marketers who serve it. These new developments signify a brand new world of opportunities for forward thinking marketers. In response to these new developments, the focus of this course is on four major themes that go to the heart of modern marketing theory and practice: 1. Building and managing profitable customer relationships; 2. Building and managing strong brands; 3. Harnessing new marketing technologies in this digital age; and 4. Marketing in a socially responsible way around the globe.

  • ISOM-210 Management Information Systems

    Prerequisites:

    WRI-101 and ENT-101 and at least 24 completed credits

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Examines the rise of information-enabled enterprises and the role of information technologies/information systems (IT/IS) and e-commerce as key enablers of businesses and social changes globally. Topics include: the effective application of IT/IS to support strategic planning, managerial control, operations and business process integration in the digital economy, IT/IS related issues of ethics, and piracy and security in the information society.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • FIN-200 Business Finance

    Prerequisites:

    MATH 128 or higher; ACCT 201; STATS 240 or STATS 250 (can take concurrently with FIN 200); Sophomore standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is a study of the functions of business finance and focuses on basic financial principles such as time value of money, risk and return tradeoffs, and asset valuation. Formally FIN 310.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Requirements to be completed by the end of the junior year

  • SBS-300 careerBUILD

    Prerequisites:

    SBS 200. Prerequisite will be waived with 45 or more transfer credits from another institution.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    SBS 300 deepens students' career information and skills with a focus on professionalism. Students refine career documents based on personal branding with a focus on articulating the experiences, learning, and skills gained in previous internships, volunteer and work experiences, courses, and club or performance roles. Students use technology, personal networks and professional organizations to develop job search skills. This is the third in a four-year sequence of career courses.

  • EC-101 Applied Microeconomics

    Prerequisites:

    Non CAS majors need to have completed at least 16 credits.

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces students to foundational principles of microeconomic theory, with an emphasis on applications of concepts to management decision-making in specific industry and market settings. It describes and analyzes the interaction of supply and demand and the behavior of the prices of goods, services. It explains the determinations of costs, output, strategic pricing, and governance by firms under conditions of perfect and imperfect competition in a global economy. In addition, it describes the supply demand for factors of production and the impact of taxes and government regulation and intervention on firms and consumers.

    Type:

    Social Science,BSJ SOCIAL SCIENCE

  • MGT-360 Leadership 360 Practicum

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317); does not count toward the Management Major, nor the minor for BSBA students

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Leadership 360 Practicum provides a fundamental understanding of the principles of leadership and the core competencies, traits and behaviors that enable effective leadership. Students will conduct an in-depth self-examination of skills, abilities, personality, attitudes, values, and behaviors to increase self-awareness of their leadership competencies. Students will learn relevant leadership theories and introductory project management principles and techniques. They will apply leadership and project management skills in a mini-team project with a not-for-profit organization that seeks solutions to a specific challenge, leading to a project implementation plan. Students will present formally to the client; feedback to the presenters will reinforce their oral communication skills. This course is a requirement for all BSBA majors.

  • BLE-214 Principles of Business Law

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces the field of business law. Provides an overview of the organization and operation of the American legal system, court system and legal procedure. Examines selected business law topics such as contracts, torts, criminal law,agency, and business organizations. Attention is given to the ways in which business law manifests important social and ethical precepts.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ISOM-319 Operations Management

    Prerequisites:

    ENT-101(formerly SBS 101) and ISOM-201 and at least 54 credits

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces concepts and tools for managing operations in service/ manufacturing organizations where inputs such as raw material, labor, or other resources are transformed into finished services and/or goods. Strategic and tactical issues of operations management (OM), including: operations strategy, product and process design, capacity planning, quality management, inventory management, queueing theory and work force management are addressed. Quantitative models, analytical tools and case studies are used to analyze operational problems that business managers face in both local and global settings.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Requirements to be completed by the end of senior year

  • SBS-400 careerLAUNCH

    Prerequisites:

    90 credit hours required.

    Credits:

    1.00

    Description:

    SBS 400 is the culminating career and professional experience for seniors. It focuses on career entry and transition, networking for career and job success, impression management, and related life-long learning skills. Students articulate and reflect on academic, work, and co-curricular experiences from the perspective of professionals entering or advancing their careers. This is the final course in a four-year sequence of career courses.

  • SIB-429 Strategic Management

    Prerequisites:

    MKT 210; ISOM 319; MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317); FIN 200 (formerly FIN 310); Senior standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course covers and integrates administrative processes and decision making under uncertainty in business areas of marketing, accounting, management, finance, personnel, and production. It also focuses on strategic and policy issues from the viewpoint of senior management in both domestic and international corporations. Case discussions help develop the conceptual framework for analysis and implementation of strategy and policy decisions.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Science, Technology and Engineering (4 cr.)

Choose 1 STE (Science, Technology, and Engineering) science course. In the case of a course that is a lecture plus a lab, the student must complete both components to earn credit for the STE requirement. Numerous courses are offered to meet this requirement. Search for course options by using the course type "STE."

Experiential Components to be done anytime:

Global Engagement Experience

The Global Engagement requirement has a range of options including courses, study or work abroad, and certain service learning or engagement projects. Students choose one that best matches their personal and career interests. This requirement is explained in detail on the BSBA website.

Choose one:
Approved Suffolk courses can be found by using the course search system and entering course type “GLOBL.” Students should review the course details and note prerequisites; the location of the course (Boston or Madrid campus); and if the course involves a travel fee, off-campus activities, or other requirements. [Note: SBS-160, SBS-170, and SBS-180 have special purposes as described below. These carry no academic credit, do not require any tuition, and will be graded pass/fail.]

Study Abroad: When you register for study abroad through Suffolk’s Center for International Education, you will be concurrently registered for SBS 160 Global Engagement – Study Abroad. This zero-credit, co-requisite requires several reflective writing assignments. Madrid students who take a course that is tagged as ‘course type’ GLOBL may request to waive the reflective writing assignments in SBS 160.

Other courses: Students may submit a Global Engagement Petition to have another course count toward this requirement if it involves travel outside the US or an out-of-class research or service-learning project involving extensive interaction with others whose country of origin differs from their own and the course meets the Diverse Perspectives learning objectives. Exceptions: SIB 101, MKT 220 and MGT 360 do NOT count toward this requirement. Some courses that meet the Creativity & Innovation requirement or the Diverse Perspectives requirement may double count for Global Engagement. These will be found by following the search procedure outlined above.

Global Leadership Exchange trip: Students may submit a Global Engagement Petition to count participation in the Global Leadership Exchange trip through the Student Leadership and Involvement Office toward the Global Engagement Requirement. This request will be approved for students who demonstrate professional and appropriate behavior in all interactions within the host country and participate in the group discussions and reflections while on the trip. Students will then be registered for and noted as completing the zero-credit course: SBS 180 Global Engagement – general.

Global Internship or volunteer job: Students may submit a Global Engagement Petition to propose that the requirement be met through a relevant internship or volunteer position in a country other than their own. This can be done on the Madrid campus, through organizations that find placements for students (e.g., AIESEC), or by setting up the experience on their own. Students may submit a Global Engagement Petition to propose that the experience counts toward the Global Engagement Requirement. If approved, they register for SBS 170 Global Engagement – Work Abroad. This zero-credit co-requisite requires several reflective writing assignments.

Other Options: Students may submit a Global Engagement Petition to propose an alternative experience that meets the learning goals for the Global Engagement Requirement, which is not covered by the other options above. These may include extensive interaction via academic research projects, independent studies, volunteer or service projects with others whose culture, ethnicity or country of origin is different from their own in ways that meet the learning goals of this requirement. Students may be required to submit additional documentation about the experience, contact information for site supervisors, and/or proof of involvement. If approved, students would then register for SBS 180 Global Engagement– general. This zero-credit co-requisite requires several reflective writing assignments related to the experience.

Local Engagement Experience

The Local Engagement requirement has a range of options, including courses, co-curricular projects, tutoring, community service, and other engagement projects. Students choose one that best matches their personal and career interests. This requirement is explained in detail on the BSBA website.

Choose one:

Approved Suffolk course: Options can be found by using the course search system and entering course type “LOCAL.” Students should review the course details and note prerequisites and other requirements. [Note: SBS-120, SBS-121, SBS-122, SBS-125, SBS-126, SBS-127 and SBS-130 have special purposes, carry no academic credit, do not require any tuition, and are graded pass/fail.

Other courses: Students may submit a Petition Form for Local or Global Engagement to have another course count toward this requirement if it involves an out of class research or service-learning component that meets the learning objectives. Exceptions: MGT 419, MGT 200, and courses required for the BSBA business core may not count toward this requirement. Some courses that meet the Creativity & Innovation requirement or the Diverse Perspectives requirement may double count for Local Engagement. These will be found by following the search procedure outlined above.

Alternative Spring Break: Students participating in an Alternative Spring Break trip may register for SBS 121 Local Engagement – ASB. This zero-credit, co-requisite is coordinated by the Center for Community Engagement and is used to confirm that you completed the requirement.

Pre-approved community service programs: Students who volunteer 20 hours in one semester in a program as noted below register for the appropriate zero-credit, co-requisite course:

  • Students participating in programs offered by Suffolk University’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE, formerly S.O.U.L.S.) may concurrently register for SBS 120 Local Engagement – CCE, which is a zero-credit, co-requisite that requires several reflective writing assignments related to the experience. The CCE will monitor volunteer hours.
  • Students who volunteer through the Center for Entrepreneurship may concurrently register for SBS 125 Local Engagement – Entrepreneurship, which is a zero-credit, co-requisite that requires several reflective writing assignments related to the experience. The Center for Entrepreneurship will monitor volunteer hours.
  • Honors students who volunteer through the Honors Program may concurrently register for SBS 126 Local Engagement – Honors, which is a zero-credit, co-requisite that requires several reflective writing assignments related to the experience. The Director of the Honors Program will monitor volunteer hours.
  • Beta Alpha Psi members who volunteer through that program may concurrently register for SBS 127 Local Engagement – Beta Alpha Psi, which is a zero credit co-requisite that requires several reflective writing assignments related to the experience. The faculty advisor will monitor volunteer hours.
  • Jumpstart: Students who volunteer at Jumpstart for the full academic year may register for SBS 122 Local Engagement – Jumpstart. This zero credit co-requisite is used to confirm that you completed the requirement. Registration is only during the spring semester and is overseen by the Jumpstart coordinator.

Other Options: Students may submit a Petition Form for Local or Global Engagement to propose an alternative experience that meets the learning goals for the Local Engagement Requirement, which is not covered by the other options above. These include, but are not limited to: internships in not-for-profits; practicum or fieldwork assignments, academic research projects or independent studies working directly with a local population; and volunteer or service projects sponsored by professional, religious or other organizations. BEFORE beginning the experience, students are encouraged to review the petition form and inquire about their proposed option to confirm if the experience will count. Students may be required to submit additional documentation about the experience, contact information for site supervisors, and/or proof of involvement. If approved, students would then register for SBS 130 Local Engagement – general. This zero-credit, co-requisite requires several reflective writing assignments related to the experience.

II. Major Requirements Minimum (18-24 HRS)


III. Other credits and Free Electives (Credit varies)

In addition to completing all degree program and major requirements, students have free elective (“other”) credits that they may use to complete a minor, explore topics of interest by taking courses in the College of Arts & Sciences or the Business School, take honors challenge courses, or use toward a second major. Many transfer students bring in credits that are applied as free electives when there is no program equivalent. The number of free elective credits to be completed varies by major, number of transfer credits, and other factors. Note: BSBA students must complete a total of 124 credits to graduate. Students should refer to their program evaluation for credit counts, and discuss free elective options with their advisors.