Major Requirements

Accounting Major Requirements

The BSBA in Accounting requires completion of 24 credit hours in accounting beyond the completion of ACCT 201, Accounting for Decision Making I and ACCT 202, Accounting for Decision Making II. A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in the accounting major and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 overall must be maintained to graduate.

Accounting majors must complete 150 hours of pre-professional or professional accounting experience prior to graduating.

Accounting majors are assigned a faculty advisor from the Accounting Department to assist them in planning their program of studies and advise them on academic and career matters.

Accounting Major Required Courses, 7 Courses, 21 Credits

  • ACCT-320 Federal Taxation I

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 202

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Focuses on the federal income taxation of individuals with some discussion of business taxation. Explores the basic structure of individual income taxation, including the individual tax formula, income, deductions, and credits, and provides an introduction to property transactions. Emphasizes how tax laws affect everyday personal and business decisions.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ACCT-321 Intermediate Accounting I

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 202; Junior standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Reviews basic financial accounting concepts and examines selected balance sheet and income statement items. The focus of this communication intensive course is on the valuation and reporting of current and non-current assets and liabilities and the income determination aspects of these items.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ACCT-322 Intermediate Accounting II

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT-321 with a minimum grade of C

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Continues to examine selected balance sheet and income statement items. The focus of this communication intensive course is on the valuation and reporting of investments and stockholders' equity and the income determination aspects of these items. Also considers special topics such as pensions, leases, deferred taxes, and cash flows.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ACCT-331 Cost Accounting

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 202

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Explores concepts and procedures underlying the development of a cost accounting system for managerial decisions, control, and performance reporting. Introduces the basic ideas of responsibility accounting.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ACCT-430 Accounting Information Systems

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 322; ISOM 310 or ISOM 423

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Introduces the design, operation, and use of accounting information systems. Examines the functional relationships of the AIS within an organization. Provides a background in automated data processing, along with the important human and organizational considerations in system design and implementation.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ACCT-431 Auditing and Assurance Services

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 321 AND ACCT 331

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Provides an introduction to the field of auditing, with a concentration in auditing historical financial statements in accordance with generally accepted auditing standards, and some exposure to auditing the internal control over financial reporting of large public companies. Covers the environment, standards, regulation, and law of auditing in the US, with some exposure to the international environment. Covers audit planning, risk, and material assessments, audit evidence, evaluation of internal control, documentation, and audit reports.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

  • ACCT-450 Accounting Theory and Practice

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 431 (may be taken Concurrently) and Senior Status

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Addresses the non-technical foundations of accounting for CFOs, Audit Partners, FASB and SEC members and other leadership roles in accounting and finance. Core elements include enhancing critical thinking skills, understanding the grey areas of accounting, and analytical thinking. Subject matter combines current financial issues with traditional and radical concepts. However, the primary objective is to provide practice in forming and expressing opinions and taking a stand, using communication for impact, anticipating and managing ethical conflicts, and clarifying one's own guiding principles.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Accounting Elective Courses, 1 Course, 3 Credits

Select one from the following:

  • 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

  • ACCT-415 Not-For-Profit Accounting and Control

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 331

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Studies accounting principles, unique financial reporting (such as fund accounting), and budgetary control in government agencies and charitable, healthcare, educational, and other not-for-profit organizations.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ACCT-422 Federal Taxation II

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 320

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Covers advanced individual tax topics such as cost recovery, itemized deductions, passive activity losses, AMT, complex basis rules, and the operation and formation of C corporations.

    Term:

    Offered Spring Term

  • ACCT-432 Advanced Accounting

    Prerequisites:

    ACCT 322, and Junior standing

    Credits:

    3.00

    Description:

    Covers accounting procedures involved in business combinations and consolidated financial statements. Topics also include accounting for partnerships, various foreign currency issues, corporations in financial distress, and the role of regulatory authorities in financial reporting.

    Term:

    Offered Fall Term

Pre-Professional Experience, Non-Credit

  • ACCT-560 Accounting Practicum

    Prerequisites:

    Instructor's consent required

    Credits:

    0.00

    Description:

    Fulfills the requirement that accounting majors must complete 150 hours of pre-professional or professional accounting experience prior to graduating. Experience may be acquired through an internship, part- or full-time employment, or a cooperative education position. Students register for ACCT 560 Accounting Internship during the semester in which they complete the required 150 hours. This experiential component carries no academic credit, does not require any tuition, and will be graded pass/fail. Approval of this experience must be obtained from the Accounting Department.

    Term:

    Offered Both Fall and Spring

Accounting majors must complete 150 hours of pre-professional or professional accounting experience prior to graduating. Experience may be acquired through an internship, part- or full-time employment, or a cooperative education position. Students register for ACCT 560 Accounting Internship during the semester in which they complete the required 150 hours. This experiential component carries no academic credit, does not require any tuition, and will be graded pass/fail. Approval of this experience must be obtained from the Accounting Department.

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 4

    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.