The general education requirements for the School of Business Administration are summarized below. This is intended to be a general guide. An official statement of the requirements can be found in the University Catalog.
Students enrolled in the Honors Program must satisfy a different set of requirements, which are explained in a separate document: General Education Requirements for the Honors Program.
Foundations (3 units)
You must complete one course from each of the following three areas:
Writing (1 unit)
One writing course must be completed at the level of ENGL-101. This course is to be taken in the first year and completed with a minimum grade of C.
First-Year Seminar (1 unit)
First-Year Seminars focus on topics of broad interest and are open to all students regardless of their intended (or declared) major. First-Year Seminars are designed to improve your ability to analyze ideas and express them persuasively in oral presentations and in writing. In your seminar, you will have regular practice in the modes of intellectual conversation that are the hallmark of educated women and men. The First Year Seminars that are offered changes each year. Course titles, descriptions, and brief biographies for the instructors may be found by clicking on the link at the bottom of: First Year Seminar Home Page.
Mathematics (1 unit)
Students must take one of the following three courses:
- MATH 122Q Business Math II: Calculus and Optimization (recommended).
- MATH 131Q Calculus I with Review-Part 2. (Note that MATH 130 is a prerequisite for MATH 131Q.)
- MATH 141Q Calculus I with Analytic Geometry.
Knowledge of Human Cultures and the Natural World (5 units)
Courses in this category of General Education enhance your understanding of the world, encourage you to reflect on your own and otherís beliefs, develop your capacities for aesthetic responsiveness, and strengthen your understanding of human societies and the natural world.
You must complete one unit from each of the following three areas:
Historical Inquiry (1 unit)
Historical Inquiry courses ("H" courses) develop your understanding of history as a form of systematic inquiry into the human past.
The Physical and Natural World (1 unit)
Courses that satisfy the Physical and Natural World option ("P" courses) foster your understanding of natural phenomena, through the examination of major concepts, theories, and scientific methods in the physical and life sciences. These courses include a laboratory experience that connects theory with observation.
Modern Languages (1 unit)
A Modern Language at the 102.
You must select two of the following four areas and complete one unit from each:
Creative Arts courses (includes "A" courses and Music courses with an MC, MCA or MCE prefix) develop your aesthetic awareness and your ability to interpret forms of cultural expression intelligently and critically. The course(s) must equal one unit (four credits).
Courses that satisfy the Culture and Belief option ("B" courses) enhance your understanding of the beliefs, ideologies, and traditions that contribute to human culture.
Courses that satisfy the Individuals, Societies, and Social Systems option ("S" courses) improve your understanding of the concepts and methods essential to the study of people, societies, or institutions.
Quantitative reasoning skills play an important role in analyzing the world and in choosing the best plans to address local, national, and global problems. Quantitative Reasoning courses ("Q" courses) develop your understanding of the conceptual and theoretical tools used in quantitative reasoning and problem-solving. They are taught in a range of disciplines.
Personal and Social Responsibility Option (2 units)
Courses in this category of General Education will develop your capacities for reflection and action in your personal, professional, and public lives. You will learn to analyze your principles and beliefs, and you will develop skills for active civic engagement.
You must complete the following course:
BN209E Ethics and Law (1 unit)
You must complete one Junior Seminar from one of these five areas:
Environmental Responsibility courses ("R/JS" courses) provide a sense of place in the natural environment by helping you think critically about the human relationship to the earth.
Ethical or Spiritual Inquiry (1 unit)
Ethical or Spiritual Inquiry courses ("E/JS" courses) foster your critical reflection on ideas and practices underlying ethical decisions, individual and societal values, or commitments to religious or spiritual belief.
Health and Wellness courses ("W/JS" courses) increase your understanding of the relationship between lifestyle and physical and psychological well-being.
Human Diversity courses ("D/JS" courses) focus on the dynamics of human difference. You will critically examine how and why categories based on physical, social, or mental attributes arise and how our assumptions about such categories affect our interactions with other humans and our perceptions of the world.
Social Justice courses ("J/JS" courses) develop your critical awareness of and engagement with the structures, processes, and consequences of social justice and injustice.
In addition to all academic requirements, students are required, for graduation, to attend three co-curricular or cultural events for each semester of full-time enrollment. Total events required shall not exceed twenty-four. See Cultural Attendance Requirement for details.
Business Foundation Requirements
Students in the School of Business are required to take a common set of Business Foundation courses. These are described at: Business Foundation Requirements.