Major Requirements

Management Major Requirements

The management major consists of a minimum of 18 credits, which include three required courses and at least three elective courses, all taken at Suffolk University.

Required Courses, 3 Courses, 9 Credits

  • 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

  • MGT-401 Negotiations

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317); Junior standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course is premised on the fact that whereas a manager needs analytical skills to discover optimal solutions to business problems, a broad array of negotiation skills is needed to implement these solutions. This experiential course is designed to improve your skills in all phases of negotiation: understanding prescriptive and descriptive negotiation theory as it applies to dyadic and multiparty negotiations, to buyer-seller transactions and the resolution of disputes, to the development of negotiation strategy, and to the management of integrative and distributive aspects of the negotiation process. The course is based on a series of simulated negotiations in a variety of contexts including one-on-one, multi-party, cross-cultural, third-party and team negotiations. Please note that given the experiential nature of the course, attendance is mandatory and will be strictly enforced beginning from the first class session.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MGT-419 Senior Capstone Project Course

    Prerequisites:

    ENT 101 (formerly SBS 101); MKT 210; MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317); ISOM 319; Management Majors and Minors only with 90 or more credits

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This capstone course allows students to integrate and apply their acquired knowledge in pro bono consulting projects under the supervision of a faculty mentor, coach and advisor. Course skills to be developed include project management, business communication, and action-oriented analysis. Students analyze real-world problems using primary and secondary research methods, identify feasible options for action, and make professional written and oral presentations to their client organization. An occasional Friday class may be required.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Elective Courses, 3 Courses, 9 Credits

  • MGT-301 Leading Change

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Change is constant in all industries and work settings. Accordingly there is constant demand for people who can understand the need for change, make complex, strategic and realistic change plans, and lead others through a successful implementation of a planned change. This lively case-based course will focus on managerial and leadership skill-building in the areas of change management through the careful and thorough analysis of change-focused case studies. Students will be expected to conduct both individual and group-based analyses of complex business cases; including the preparation of written case analyses, active participation in case discussions, and delivery of case analyses through oral presentation.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MGT-302 Developing Innovation Skills

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This highly interactive and experiential course will help you to develop your creative skills for business and life success. Corporate leaders consider creativity [1] to be an essential skill. However, according to a recent Conference Board study [2], college graduates lack the creativity and innovation skills needed to succeed in the workplace. The Council on Competitiveness warns that companies that do not embrace innovation (and creativity) as a core business value will fall to global competition.[3] We will discuss meaning of life issues that will serve to clarify your thinking and help you align your values and belief-systems with what you do on a daily basis at work and throughout your life. A substantial body of evidence indicates that people tend to be more creative when working on projects that interest them, and most creative when passionately immersed in their endeavors. We will focus on enhancing creativity in the workplace to achieve defined organizational needs, to add economic value to the organization, and to create social value as well. We will also focus on helping you to understand and apply a wide array of creative processes and tools to develop your creative competencies and skills. We will use breakout groups, role plays, experiential exercises, and discussions to facilitate your learning. This course is an invitation to you to explore and define what you want to create in your life. [1] The Conference Board defines creativity/innovation as the ability to demonstrate originality, inventiveness in work, communicate new ideas to others, and integrate knowledge across disciplines. [2] Are They Ready To Work: Employers' Perspectives on the Basic Knowledge and Applied Skills of New Entrants to the 21st Century Workforce. 2006. [3] Innovate America: Thriving in a World of Challenge and Change. July, 2004. National Innovation Initiative, Council on Competitiveness.

    Term:

    Summer

    Type:

    Creativity and Innovation

  • MGT-313 Human Resource Management

    Prerequisites:

    ENT 101 (formerly SBS 101); Junior standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course includes a study of the modern human resources department in industry with special emphasis on the techniques and methods of management, utilization of people, and contemporary human resource issues and problems.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

  • MGT-333 Bldg. a Positive Organization

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    From store or restaurant managers to regional directors to executives of large corporations, you as a leader must learn how to create a positive work environment for your employees so that they can flourish, become resilient in the face of adversity, and achieve extraordinary performance. In this course, you will learn concepts fundamental to building a positive culture, such as social learning, reciprocity, supportive communication, and forgiveness, gratitude and compassion. These concepts will then be applied to a variety of management issues, such as building core values and mission statements, designing a standardized hiring process, creating a sustainable training and staff development program, developing onboarding experiences, enhancing organizational communication, conducting performance evaluations and critical conversations, and managing organizational change.

  • MGT-334 Introduction to Business Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces students to the core functions and skills required to be a Business Analyst, an agent of change using a systematic approach to add value within an organization. Students will learn how to understand business needs and perspectives in order to develop effective and focused solutions to problems across the Business Solutions Life Cycle, from strategy through to operational results. Using case studies and exercises, this course provides an overview of business analysis, introduces key skills such as project definition, the role of assumptions, critical analytical skills, interpretation of information, communication and implementation.

  • MGT-322 Managing Diversity in the Workplace

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317) or Instructor's consent required; Junior standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores multicultural diversity in business organizations. In order to learn to effectively manage diversity in the workplace, it is first necessary to become familiar with the concepts and dynamics that underlie many of the organizational issues associated with increased diversity in the workplace. Thus, this course is structured to first study topics such as identity, perception, socialization, stereotyping, and prejudice. With these concepts as a foundation, we will explore the opportunities and challenges created by diversity in the workplace. We will consider issues and dynamics that arise in the workplace as a result of diversity in terms of gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, and religion. After developing a rich understanding of workplace diversity dynamics, we will consider actions that individuals and organizations can take to address the opportunities and challenges inherent in a diverse workforce to gain competitive advantage. .

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MGT-330 Interpersonal Effectiveness

    Prerequisites:

    ENT 101 (SBS 101) and Junior standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course provides students with knowledge of and skills in interpersonal effectiveness. The course is designed to convey the importance of interpersonal skills in today's business climate. Students learn and develop interpersonal skills commonly required of supervisors/managers.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MGT-510 Independent Study

    Prerequisites:

    Junior standing and instructor's consent

    Credits:

    1.00- 3.00

    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.

  • MGT-520 Management Internship

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317); Management Major; Junior or Senior standing; 3.0 GPA; Instructor consent required; Cannot take this course concurrent with any other internship course

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    MGT 520 is an internship course which offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired in management courses to a valuable work experience outside the University. Interns practice using management principles in a carefully selected real world work situation under the direction of a faculty member, while completing academic requirements intended to integrate theory and practice. Students can also use the internship to explore career interests. Sometimes building a relationship with an employer during an internship can lead to a job offer during school or after graduation.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ENT-320 Growing and Managing the Firm

    Prerequisites:

    ENT-101 and Junior Standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    How do you manage the day-to-day challenges of starting a new venture or working on a small business? This course is designed around problem-solving techniques that help you research the facts of a given situation, identify the problem, develop alternative solutions and defending the best solution. This course utilizes case analysis, role-plays, simulations, and other experiential lessons to help provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to build and lead a new or innovative organization.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ENT-336 Family Business I - The Family

    Prerequisites:

    ENT-101 and Junior standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Did you know that nearly 70% of family businesses fail in the second generation? Why? There are two key factors: the family and the business. This course focuses on the challenges of family dynamics, including culture, gender, age, birth order, etc., to help you gain an understanding of the impact of family on the business. This course will also address succession issues related to changes in management, ownership, expansion, inheritance, and exit/termination.

  • ENT-352 Green and Sustainable Business

    Prerequisites:

    ENT-101 and Junior Standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Over the past decade, the world of business and the environment has exploded. Beginning as an engineering-driven movement among a handful of companies during the 1980's, many firms have learned that improved environment performance can save money and create a competitive advantage. In this course, we will cover how businesses of all sizes are more attentive to environmental issues and the realization that a green business: improves employee morale and health in the workplace, holds a marketing edge over the competition, strengthens the bottom line through operating efficiencies, is recognized as an environmental leader, can have a strong impact in the community and beyond, and can improve public relations.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • 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

  • ENT-358 Designing New Products

    Prerequisites:

    ENT-101 and Junior Standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course will focus on the steps that innovators/entrepreneurs need to follow that will take ideas and launch them into new products. This is accomplished by taking the concept directly to the prospective customers. This course will cover: creating specifications, product sell sheets, prototype development, drafting an executive summary, intellectual property protection, manufacturing and quality control considerations, identifying vendors, customers, and funding sources, and developing a marketing and sales plan for launching the product. During the semester, students will be required to interact with their potential customers, vendors and other key players for the launch.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ENT-360 Launching the E-Business

    Prerequisites:

    ENT-101 and Junior Standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This experiential course is an entrepreneurial approach towards developing a real e-commerce business. Students will build off their marketing skills and entrepreneurial ambitions by a) advancing e-commerce ideas to opportunities, b) understanding the product, logistical, marketing, and managerial challenges associated with e-commerce startups, and c) developing financial models to predict and measure performance. This will be accomplished by students developing a launch plan for the opportunity, as well as executing portions of the launch plan.

    Term:

    Occasional

  • ENT-436 Managing the Family Business

    Prerequisites:

    MGT-217(MGT 317), Junior standing,

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Are you interested in managing the family business and the challenges of succession between generations? If so, this course focuses on the challenges of adapting corporate-type managerial skills to family-owned and operated enterprises that typically reject such practices. The goals of this course include development of a working knowledge of managing the family business, reinterpretation of corporate management concepts for the family business, and personal reflection on the roles and conditions of operating a family business.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ISOM-341 Project Management

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Provides a comprehensive introduction to project management. Projects provide businesses a time-delimited tool for improving, expanding, and innovating - the primary means for converting strategy into action. Project management success differentiates top performing firms. The course will focus on discussion and analysis of business situations that convey core project management skills. In particular, this course focuses on the challenge of managing projects in today's complex, high-pressure work environments. This course can be credited toward PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

*Students who receive a 77% or better in MGT-334 will receive an Academic Certificate in Business Analysis by IIBA.

Concentrations

Concentration in Business Analysis for Management Majors

The Business Analysis concentration provides students the core functions and skills required to be a Business Analyst, an agent of change using a systematic approach to add value within an organization.

Required Courses:

  • MGT-334 Introduction to Business Analysis

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course introduces students to the core functions and skills required to be a Business Analyst, an agent of change using a systematic approach to add value within an organization. Students will learn how to understand business needs and perspectives in order to develop effective and focused solutions to problems across the Business Solutions Life Cycle, from strategy through to operational results. Using case studies and exercises, this course provides an overview of business analysis, introduces key skills such as project definition, the role of assumptions, critical analytical skills, interpretation of information, communication and implementation.

  • ISOM-341 Project Management

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Provides a comprehensive introduction to project management. Projects provide businesses a time-delimited tool for improving, expanding, and innovating - the primary means for converting strategy into action. Project management success differentiates top performing firms. The course will focus on discussion and analysis of business situations that convey core project management skills. In particular, this course focuses on the challenge of managing projects in today's complex, high-pressure work environments. This course can be credited toward PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

 *Students who receive a 77% or better in MGT-334 will receive an Academic Certificate in Business Analysis by IIBA.

Choose one of the following:

  • MGT-301 Leading Change

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Change is constant in all industries and work settings. Accordingly there is constant demand for people who can understand the need for change, make complex, strategic and realistic change plans, and lead others through a successful implementation of a planned change. This lively case-based course will focus on managerial and leadership skill-building in the areas of change management through the careful and thorough analysis of change-focused case studies. Students will be expected to conduct both individual and group-based analyses of complex business cases; including the preparation of written case analyses, active participation in case discussions, and delivery of case analyses through oral presentation.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MGT-520 Management Internship

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317); Management Major; Junior or Senior standing; 3.0 GPA; Instructor consent required; Cannot take this course concurrent with any other internship course

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    MGT 520 is an internship course which offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired in management courses to a valuable work experience outside the University. Interns practice using management principles in a carefully selected real world work situation under the direction of a faculty member, while completing academic requirements intended to integrate theory and practice. Students can also use the internship to explore career interests. Sometimes building a relationship with an employer during an internship can lead to a job offer during school or after graduation.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Leadership Concentration for Management Majors

The leadership concentration blends leadership theories with experiential learning. In the classroom, students learn, as a leader, ways to create a positive culture and an engaged workforce, create and lead changes, and lead diverse multi-cultural teams. Outside the classroom, students will participate in leadership experiences provided by the Leadership Journey Program which can be completed over multiple years. Our leadership concentration distinguishes itself from other programs in that the leadership theories taught in the classroom and the experiential learning with the Leadership Journey Program are highly integrated to maximize your leadership development.

Choose three of the following:

  • MGT-301 Leading Change

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Change is constant in all industries and work settings. Accordingly there is constant demand for people who can understand the need for change, make complex, strategic and realistic change plans, and lead others through a successful implementation of a planned change. This lively case-based course will focus on managerial and leadership skill-building in the areas of change management through the careful and thorough analysis of change-focused case studies. Students will be expected to conduct both individual and group-based analyses of complex business cases; including the preparation of written case analyses, active participation in case discussions, and delivery of case analyses through oral presentation.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MGT-322 Managing Diversity in the Workplace

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317) or Instructor's consent required; Junior standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    This course explores multicultural diversity in business organizations. In order to learn to effectively manage diversity in the workplace, it is first necessary to become familiar with the concepts and dynamics that underlie many of the organizational issues associated with increased diversity in the workplace. Thus, this course is structured to first study topics such as identity, perception, socialization, stereotyping, and prejudice. With these concepts as a foundation, we will explore the opportunities and challenges created by diversity in the workplace. We will consider issues and dynamics that arise in the workplace as a result of diversity in terms of gender, race, national origin, sexual orientation, and religion. After developing a rich understanding of workplace diversity dynamics, we will consider actions that individuals and organizations can take to address the opportunities and challenges inherent in a diverse workforce to gain competitive advantage. .

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • MGT-333 Bldg. a Positive Organization

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317)

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    From store or restaurant managers to regional directors to executives of large corporations, you as a leader must learn how to create a positive work environment for your employees so that they can flourish, become resilient in the face of adversity, and achieve extraordinary performance. In this course, you will learn concepts fundamental to building a positive culture, such as social learning, reciprocity, supportive communication, and forgiveness, gratitude and compassion. These concepts will then be applied to a variety of management issues, such as building core values and mission statements, designing a standardized hiring process, creating a sustainable training and staff development program, developing onboarding experiences, enhancing organizational communication, conducting performance evaluations and critical conversations, and managing organizational change.

  • MGT-520 Management Internship

    Prerequisites:

    MGT 217 (formerly MGT 317); Management Major; Junior or Senior standing; 3.0 GPA; Instructor consent required; Cannot take this course concurrent with any other internship course

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    MGT 520 is an internship course which offers students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills acquired in management courses to a valuable work experience outside the University. Interns practice using management principles in a carefully selected real world work situation under the direction of a faculty member, while completing academic requirements intended to integrate theory and practice. Students can also use the internship to explore career interests. Sometimes building a relationship with an employer during an internship can lead to a job offer during school or after graduation.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Required Courses:

  • MGT-560 Leadership Journey Experience

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor consent required

    Credits:

    0.00

    Description:

    Suffolk University Student Leadership and Involvement Office oversees The Leadership Journey Program. The program is designed to develop student's leadership skills throughout their collegiate career at Suffolk University. Students are expected to experience all aspects of the cornerstones as they begin the Journey. After this exposure, students are encouraged to focus on the leadership activities in which they are more passionate. The Leadership Journey focuses on providing students with experiences in leadership, campus involvement and service. Students completing the Leadership Journey will have complemented their leadership course material with experiences in actual leadership situations.Suffolk University Student Leadership and Involvement Office oversees The Leadership Journey Program. The program is designed to develop student's leadership skills throughout their collegiate career at Suffolk University. Students are expected to experience all aspects of the cornerstones as they begin the Journey. After this exposure, students are encouraged to focus on the leadership activities in which they are more passionate. The Leadership Journey focuses on providing students with experiences in leadership, campus involvement and service. Students completing the Leadership Journey will have complemented their leadership course material with experiences in actual leadership situations.

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.