Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Commerce

Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Commerce Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (B.S.B.A.)

About the interdisciplinary business degree

Choose an accredited business program with the flexibility to meet your educational and professional goals. PennWest California’s interdisciplinary studies in business and commerce degree positions you for the business career you envision.

In this on-campus business major, you will:

  • Complete core business courses that teach the fundamentals of accounting, economics, finance, management, marketing and quantitative analysis.
  • Dig deeper into one business discipline, completing a minor specialization in the area you choose.
  • Customize your program by working with a faculty adviser to select 27 credits of advanced business coursework tailored to your individual interests and goals.

This 120-credit bachelor’s degree program can be completed in four years (eight semesters) of full-time study.

Build your future in business and commerce.

Countless career options are open to students who major in business. The interdisciplinary studies program allows PennWest California business students to match their upper-level coursework with their plans for the future.

For example, a student planning a career in banking might choose courses in accounting, economics and finance. Someone who’s interested in consumer behavior could select marketing and economics courses. A student who wants to help businesses create effective messaging may select the concentration in corporate communication.

Once core requirements have been satisfied, the possibilities are limited only by the student’s interests.

Program Highlights: Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Commerce

Accredited program: PennWest California’s interdisciplinary studies in business and commerce degree is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, an assurance of quality in business-focused education. Faculty members in this on-campus program have real-life corporate experience, so they can serve as role models and mentors, as well as expert educators.

Explore and discover: In the interdisciplinary studies business program, you’ll complete core courses in a wide range of business disciplines. This allows you to explore various aspects of the business world and discover your strengths, abilities and interests. By the time you’re ready for upper-level courses, you’ll have a stronger sense of which ones are right for you.

Get ready for success: PennWest California business programs empower students to succeed in corporate and industrial settings, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Internship opportunities allow students to experience the business environment firsthand, and the University’s Career and Professional Development Center supplements coursework with practical advice and skills training, so students graduate career-ready.

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Number of credits available to customize the interdisciplinary studies degree in business and commerce.
Projected growth in all business and financial occupations from through 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Degree Benefits

Strong job demand in a variety of specialties makes a B.S.B.A. degree a good choice for students seeking careers in corporate and industrial settings, government, or the nonprofit sector. PennWest California’s interdisciplinary business program gives students a strong foundation in business principles and practices, in addition to building skills that employers value, such as critical thinking, problem-solving and teamwork. The flexibility to select upper-level courses in an area of interest makes the interdisciplinary business degree a superior option for students seeking a customized program.

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Graduate Outcomes

Globalization, a growing economy and increasing use of data and market research are among the factors fueling job growth in financial and business occupations, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Wages for business program graduates varies depending on job title and location, but the median annual wage for business and financial occupations – $68,350 in 2018 – is  substantially higher than the median for all occupations nationwide.

Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Commerce (B.S.B.A.)
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Why choose an interdisciplinary business degree?

The world of business is broad and complex. Success requires a basic understanding of business principles and practices – but there is room to follow your passion, too. Would psychology courses enhance your study of human resource management? Are you interested in the connection between data science and marketing? An interdisciplinary studies degree may provide the flexibility you need to create the future you envision.

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You achieve, and we applaud.

PennWest California and its Department of Business, Economics and Enterprise Sciences are proud to recognize your accomplishments! Qualified students can become members of Delta Mu Delta, the International Honor Society in Business, or Omicron Delta Epsilon, the International Honor Society in Economics. Outstanding graduating seniors also may receive awards for excellence.


Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Commerce (B.S.B.A.) Courses


Course Credits
General Education Courses 40 or 41
Building a Sense of Community
UNI 100 First-Year Seminar
ENG 101  English Composition I
Public Speaking
CDC 101  Public Speaking  OR  COM 250  Oral Communication: Management
Mathematics and Quantitative Literacy
MAT 181  College Algebra
Health and Wellness
Any Health and Wellness Course
Technological Literacy
MIS 201  Management Info Systems
Any Humanities Course
Fine Arts
Any Fine Arts Course
Natural Sciences
Any Natural Science Course
Social Sciences
PSY 100  General Psychology
General Education Options
  • Any Ethics and Multicultural Awareness Emphasis Course
  • ENG 211  Business Writing  OR  ENG 102  Composition II
  • MAT 225  Business Statistics
  • BUS 281  Management Science I
Business Core Courses 30
ACC 200  Financial Accounting 3
ACC 321  Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 242  Business Law I 3
BUS 381  Management Science II 3
BUS 499  Integrated Strategic Capstone 3
ECO 201  Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO 202  Principles of Macroeconomics 3
FIN 301  Financial Management 3
MGT 300  Principles of Management 3
MKT 300  Principles of Marketing 3
Required Major Courses 18
With approval of their adviser, students choose ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT courses, 300-level or above not already included in the "Required Major Courses" above or ACC 491, BUS 492, ECO 492, FIN 491, HRM 492, MGT 492, MIS 492 or MKT 492 18
Required Minor/Certificate* 12
Free Electives 19 to 20
Total 120

Additional requirements, not counted toward the General Education requirements, include:

  • Special Experience Course (1 course required): Any Special Experience Course
  • Writing-Intensive Component Courses (2 courses required): BUS 499 Integrated Strategic Capstone AND Any ECO, MGT or MKT Upper-Division Writing-Intensive Course
  • Laboratory Course (1 course required): BUS 381 Management Science II

* Required Minor/Certificate: Students select one of the following minors or certificates: Accounting, Economics, Finance, Forensic Accounting, Human Resource Management, Management, Management Information Systems, or Marketing or the Certificate in Innovation & Entrepreneurship or Certificate in Spanish for Business.  Students may select a different minor or certificate, with the approval of their adviser.

These minors are 21 credits; however, 9 of these credits are required in the “Business Core Courses” above. The Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate requires 15 credits; however, 3 credits are included in the major courses above.

Program Note: Students who complete dual degrees or dual majors do not have to complete a minor or certificate.

B.S., Business Administration Programs


  • Accounting
  • Arts Administration
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Forensic Accounting
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing