Business Administration (SOBA)

SOBA 100. Transitions I: Self Ownership and Direction. 0.5 Units.

This course will focus on the transition into a course of study in a major within the School of Business Administration. Students will complete exercises that help them to develop ownership of their academic plan in their major as well as a career path. Emphasis will be placed on the development of transferable skills which will apply across choice of major. Must be taken during the freshman year of study.

SOBA 205. Professional Communications. 1 Unit.

This course develops students’ written and oral communication skills for the professional environment. Students will use supporting technology to improve writing mechanics, develop various forms of written assignments applicable to the business disciplines, evaluate research sources, and write a topical research paper. Students will also be required to make presentations, develop supporting materials for presentation effectiveness, communicate in small groups, and participate in feedback sessions. Writing-intensive course.

SOBA 209E. The Legal, Social and Ethical Environment of Business. 1 Unit.

This course introduces the student to the contemporary legal, social, regulatory and ethical issuesconfronting businesses today. Specifically, students will discuss the role of business and government in a capitalist environment, the American legal system, the U.S. regulatory structure and process, Affirmative Action programs, employees’ rights, consumer protection, product liability, and environmental protection. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

SOBA 341. Taxation & Business Decisions. 1 Unit.

For business students with a major other than accounting. The course objective is to provide the student with an understanding and appreciation for the impact of federal taxation on business decisions. Prerequisite: ACCT 212.

SOBA 360J. Social Justice and the Bottom Line. 1 Unit.

Businesses can be powerful enhancers or inhibitors of social justice. From hiring practices to employee welfare to workplace conditions to environmental sustainability to the world-wide distribution of wealth, both large and small businesses impact many issues related to social justice. In this course, we examine how issues of social justice are connected to a wide variety of business practices and systems. We explore questions concerning the responsibility of businesses in creating a more just world and examine the relationship between business practices promoting social justice and businesses' bottom lines. Junior Seminar.

SOBA 385. Independent Study. 0.5 or 1 Units.

SOBA 390. Advanced Topics in Business. 1 Unit.

This course looks at various topics of interest to Business School students. This course emphasizes interactive and in-depth study of contemporary significant topics not covered in other School of Business Administration offerings.

SOBA 394J. The Struggles of Apartheid and Social Justice - South Africa. 1 Unit.

From the perspective of both literature, film, and philosophy, this course explores the historical and ongoing cultural and economic injustices that result from apartheid, including the effects of discrimination and prejudice. The course will compare and contrast apartheid to other forms of discrimination, including race, religion, gender, sexuality, and handicapped worldwide. Junior Seminar.

SOBA 395. Teaching Apprenticeship. 0.5 Units.

Pass/Fail only.

SOBA 397. Business Internship. 0.5 or 1 Units.

The objective of this course is to give the student the opportunity to learn business principles and concepts in a “real world” context. Specific course requirements and course deliverables will be determined by the sponsoring department and/or faculty member. Prerequisites: sophomore standing, documented faculty sponsor, permission of department chair.

SOBA 485. Independent Research. 0.5 or 1 Units.

SOBA 490. Special Topics in Business Administration. 1 Unit.

SOBA 496. Business Thesis. 1 Unit.

Students will perform an independent, original research study in their business field of study or interest under the direction of a research adviser and a faculty member with disciplinary expertise. The completed study must be publicly defended before a faculty committee. Prerequisites: Senior Standing, FINA 311, MGMT 305, BSAN 250, STAT 301Q, a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, and permission of instructor.

SOBA 500. Current Issues in Business. 3 Credits.

A graduate level seminar on current issues and problems in the field. Graduate only.

SOBA 502. Contemporary Business Issues. 3 Credits.

This course provides the core competencies and tools that provide the foundation for the Executive M.B.A. program. Major Topic areas include: Public Speaking and Presentation, Business Ethics, Tools for Statistical Management, Fundamental Statistical Management Techniques, and Case Analysis Approaches and Techniques. Graduate only.

SOBA 535. Integrated Business Strategy. 3 Credits.

Course develops an integrated understanding of complex business planning and strategy. To advance this objective, a computer based management simulation is utilized. Comprehensive analysis is required for each step. Graduate only.

SOBA 560. Business Plan Development. 3 Credits.

This plan includes close analysis of business objectives, industry competition, finances, operations, and marketing strategies. An intricate report is formally presented to select E.M.B.A. faculty or industry analysts. Graduate only.

SOBA 590. Special Topics. 3 Credits.

SOBA 597. Graduate Internship. 1 to 3 Credit.

Students work within an organization that agrees to provide them with significant managerial work and support during the internship period. This is an on-the-job learning experience intended tosupplement the graduate curriculum. Minimum number of required contact hours for a graduate internship is based on the guidelines established in the School of Business Administration Graduate Business Program Internship Policy. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor and Permission of the Director of Graduate Studies. Graduate only.