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. Cal U’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 Cal U 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: Cal U’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: Cal U 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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27 
Number of credits available to customize the interdisciplinary studies degree in business and commerce.
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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. Cal U’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.

 
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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.

Cal U and its Department of Business and Economics 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

Curriculum



Course Credits
Freshman Year  
First Semester 16
ECO 201  Principles of Microeconomics 3
ENG 101  English Composition I 3
MAT 181  College Algebra 3
UNI 100  First-Year Seminar 1
General Education Courses/Electives 6
   
Second Semester 15
BUS 281  Management Science I 3
ECO 202  Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ENG 211  Business Writing I 3
PSY 100  General Psychology 3
General Education Course/Elective 3
   
Sophomore Year  
Third Semester 15
ACC 200  Financial Accounting 3
BUS 242  Business Law I 3
CDC 101  Public Speaking 3
MAT 225  Business Statistics 3
General Education Course/Elective 3
   
Fourth Semester 15
ACC 321  Managerial Accounting 3
BUS 381  Management Science II 3
MGT 300  Principles of Management 3
MKT 300  Principles of Marketing 3
General Education Course/Elective 3
   
Junior Year  
Fifth Semester 15
FIN 301  Financial Management 3
MIS 201  Management Info Systems 3
Concentration/Business Electives 6
General Education Course/Elective 3
   
Sixth Semester 15
Concentration/Business Electives 9
General Education Course/Electives 6
   
Senior Year  
Seventh Semester 15
BUS 499  Integrated Strat. Capstone  3
Concentration/Business Electives 9
General Education Course/Elective 3
   
Eighth Semester 15
Concentration/Business Electives 9
General Education Course/Elective 6
Total 120

Program Requirements

Business Core Courses (30 credits)

  • ACC 200  Financial Accounting
  • ACC 321  Managerial Accounting
  • BUS 242  Business Law I
  • BUS 381  Management Science II
  • BUS 499  Integrated Strategic Capstone
  • ECO 201  Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO 202  Principles of Macroeconomics
  • FIN 301  Financial Management
  • MGT 300  Principles of Management
  • MKT 300  Principles of Marketing

Required Major Courses (18 credits)

  • With approval of their adviser, student 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

Related Electives (9 credits)

  • BUS 492  Internship
  • ACC, BUS, ECO, FIN, HRM, MGT, MIS or MKT courses, 300-level or above not already required or included in the Business Core or Required Major Courses above

Required Minor/Certificate (12 credits*)

  • 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, in which case the 9 credits of Related Electives may be fulfilled with courses required for the minor.

* 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.

Note: All students must complete a special experience course, a laboratory course and two writing-intensive courses.

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Majors
Minors

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

Faculty, Interdisciplinary Studies in Business and Commerce

Dr. Stephanie Adam
Associate Professor

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Dr. Ahmet Akgun
Associate Professor

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Dr. Adnan Chawdhry
Associate Professor

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Dr. Joshua Chicarelli
Associate Professor

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Mark Ciccarelli
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Paul Hettler
Professor

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David T. Jones
Associate Professor

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Dr. Elizabeth Jones
Associate Professor

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Dr. Richard LaRosa
Associate Professor

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Dr. Shirley A. Lazorchak
Professor

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Dr. Mark Lennon
Associate Professor

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Dr. Nan Li
Associate Professor

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Dr. Edmund Matecki
Assistant Professor

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Dr. John Michaels
Professor

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Dr. James 'Christian' Ola
Associate Professor

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Dr. Clyde A. Roberts
Professor

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Dr. Joseph J. Schwerha
Associate Professor

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Dr. Alfred Tarquinio
Adjunct Professor

tarquinio@calu.edu

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