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2021-2022 Catalog 
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The Bachelor of Science in Business has a liberal arts and interdisciplinary focus. It is built on the five C’s: critical thinking, collaboration (working with others), communication (oral and written English), conduct (personal ethics), and competencies (in business related disciplines). Students learn the fundamental principles of accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, and marketing as applied in a variety of organizational settings. A distinguishing aspect of the Business and Economics Program is the requirement to take courses developed in conjunction with disciplines outside the traditional business curriculum. Examples include courses with Biology, Chemistry, Education, English, Fine Arts, History and Performing Arts.

In addition, a Capstone Course provides students with the opportunity to integrate their knowledge through a Global Strategy Simulation exercise. To foster an integrative and cross disciplinary experience in a relevant business area, students are encouraged to select one of five options: Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Business, Management, and Marketing. All options draw on upper-division courses from accounting, economics, management and marketing to offer an in-depth perspective into five critical areas of business.


The Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics programs prepare students to work in a variety of organizations-both public and private-as well as advanced studies in several types of graduate and professional programs: MBA, MPA, law school, MA in Economics.

Program Learning Goals for Bachelor of Science in Business

  • Prepare students for employment in a variety of public and private organizations.
  • Prepare students for further study in graduate or professional schools.
  • Demonstrate critical thinking skills by identifying, evaluating, synthesizing, and presenting issues related to accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management and marketing.
  • Demonstrate communication skills by writing excellent reports and papers and making effective oral presentations in English.
  • Demonstrate collaboration skills by working effectively with others in group settings - both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Demonstrate personal conduct that reflects an ethical understanding of complex business, economic and social issues.
  • Demonstrate basic competencies in the academic disciplines related to regional, national and global business and economics.

Program Learning Goals for Masters in Business Administration

Graduates of Smith School’s MBA will be able to:

  • Demonstrate high proficiency in critical thinking, oral and written communication, personal ethical conduct and collaboration skills.
  • Demonstrate orally and in writing analytical and integrative skills in making business decisions.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the global operating environment of business.
  • Produce written innovative and integrative business plans, including plans that adapt to uncertain and unpredictable environments;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of relevant disciplines.
  • Demonstrate leadership skills in a variety of situations and settings.


Susan A. Andrzejewski, Ph.D.
Interim Dean of the MVS School of Business & Economics
Sage Hall, Room 2011
(805) 437-3724

Maria Ballesteros-Sola, D.B.A.
Assistant Professor of Management
Sage Hall, Room 2153
(805) 437-3780

Minder Chen, Ph.D.
Professor of Management Information Systems
Sage Hall, Room 2027
(805) 437-2683

Dylan Cooper, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
Sage Hall, Room 2133
(805) 437-2271

Hua Dai, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Management Information Systems
Sage Hall, Room 2143
(805) 437-1641

Kyungyeon Koh, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Finance
Sage Hall, Room 2031
(805) 437-3979

Priscilla Z. Liang, Ph.D.
Professor of Finance and
Faculty Advisor for Undergraduate Programs
Sage Hall, Room 2131
(805) 437-8926

J. Andrew Morris, Ph.D.
Professor of Management, Chair of Business
Sage Hall, Room 2149
(805) 437-2771

Ekin Pehlivan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Economics
Sage Hall, Room 2135
(805) 437-3725

Cynthia Sherman, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Management
Director, Entrepreneurship & Small Business Institute
Sage Hall, Room 2145
Taylan Yalcin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marketing
Sage Hall, Room 2035

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