Business Administration - Accelerated Option, B.S. - Continuing & Global Education

Department

Department of Finance and Business Law

K. C. Chen, Chair
Peters Business Building, Room 285
559.278.2341
FAX: 559.278.4911
www.fresnostate.edu/craig/depts-programs/fbl

Degrees and Programs Offered

BS in Business Administration - Finance Option, B.S.
BS in Business Administration - International Business Option, B.S.
BS in Business Administration - Real Estate & Urban Land Economics Option, B.S.
BS in Business Administration - Accelerated Option, B.S. - Continuing & Global Education

The Department of Finance and Business Law offers three options (areas of emphasis) within the Bachelor of Science in the Business Administration degree program.

The Finance Option stresses the financial structure of businesses through a common set of courses and specialized courses directed at various applications. It is designed to provide students with the basic skills required to plan, supervise, and control the financial activities of business organizations. These include understanding the trade-off between risk and return, the time value of money, and the magnifying effect of leverage. Students also gain the skills related to evaluating the financial needs of a business, obtaining the funds required by the firm, and using these funds in such a way that the company's goals are met.

Career opportunities in finance include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) corporate finance - financial analyst, financial planning, project finance; (2) portfolio management - security analyst, stock broker, investment banker, portfolio manager; and (3) banking and financial institutions - commercial and residential loan officers, trust officer, marketing officer.

The International Business Option introduces students to the fastest growing part of business today. The information and communications revolution - and declining travel costs - have made all businesses aware of global markets. The option stresses the role of global communications and the growth of entrepreneurial opportunities in worldwide markets, with special attention to California and the markets of the Pacific Rim.

The Real Estate and Urban Land Economics Option provides the background for a wide range of career opportunities in addition to residential and commercial real estate sales. These areas include development, lending, banking, appraising, escrow, property management, and construction. Usually students who enroll in the real estate option will complete all courses necessary to take the California Brokers License Examination.

Courses

Finance & Business Law

BA 18. Business and the Legal Environment

Prerequisite: sophomore standing. Introduction to legal system; relation of ethics to law; administrative, criminal, tort, and labor law; and legal aspects of international trade. A more extensive study of the law of contracts and agency. Case studies; discussion and analysis.

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

BA 88. Public Law Environment of Business

Required of students seeking transfer credit for a 3-unit business law course in lieu of BA 18. Not open to students who completed BA 18 at California State University, Fresno. Relationship of ethics to law. Administrative law and government regulation framework, labor and employment law framework, and legal aspects of international trade.

Units: 1
Course Typically Offered: Fall

BA 101. Business Ethics

Traditional and contemporary ethical principles and their historic context and relevance to business practice. Identifying the ethical beliefs and values of self and others. Examining contemporary business problems from an ethical perspective.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Summer

BA 104. Global Business

Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Studies globalization of business; role of trade, investment liberalization, and economic integration; technology; multinational enterprises. Examines influence of cultural, social, economic, political, geographic, philosophical, and environmental forces on individual and institutional competitiveness at regional, national and global levels; appropriate strategies. G.E. Multicultural/International MI.*

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: M/I

BA 105W. Business Communication

Prerequisites: satisfactory completion (C or better) of the ENGL 5B or ENGL 10 graduation requirement or approved equivalent, and junior standing. Business communication theory; analysis of communication alternatives; effective business writing and speaking; case studies. Meets the upper-division writing skills requirement for graduation.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

BA 150. Law and Business Activity

Prerequisite: BA 18. Examination of the law of bailments, shipments, sales, commercial paper, and secured transactions. Nature of property; and the relation of the legal, ethical, and regulatory environment to commercial transactions. Case studies; discussion and analysis.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

BA 152. Law for Entrepreneurs

Prerequisite: BA 18 or permission of the instructor. Special legal problems of entrpreneurs. Topics include hiring legal counsel; selecting a business form; operating small corporations; obtaining capital; using employees to foster organizational goals; and protecting intellectual property, Focus will be on preventative law. (Formerly BA 189T)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

BA 154. Real Estate Law

Meets California statutory course requirement for real estate broker's license. Prerequisite: BA 18. Legal aspects of acquisition and ownership of real estate; conveyances, mortgages, evidences of title; planning and zoning.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

BA 174. Introduction to International Business

Competing in global markets. Accommodating to differing cultural, legal, and political systems. Role of start-up and medium-sized firms, importing, exporting, international contracts, and investment, multi-country production and distribution. Forecasting and compensating for changing government policies, market conditions affecting profitability.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

BA 175. Tools and Techniques of International Business

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in BA 174 and FIN 120. Organizing international operations, entering foreign markets using global communications, finding business connections and potential imports or exports. Selling abroad, government support services, pricing, shipping, documentation, taxes, duties, quotas, trade licenses. International personnel strategies, accounting systems, travel, international business control.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

BA 176. The International Business Environment

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in BA 174. Evolution of international business. Political regimes, economic success and failure, identifying prosperity, picking winners. Dealing with changing cultures, variations within cultures. Doing business in unstable regions. Implications of global downsizing. Trading blocks and their effects. Forecasting and international business opportunities.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

BA 177. Legal Environment of World Commerce

Prerequisites: BA 18; junior standing; BA 150 recommended. Seminar on international sales, documents, credits, dispute resolution; trade law, including GATT/WTO customs, tariff laws; regulatory ethical environment of international marketplace, intellectual property transfers, political risk, exploitation of labor and environment.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

BA 179. Legal & Ethical Aspects of Sports Marketing

Study and application of agency, franchise, government regulation, antitrust, conctract and tort law principles as they affect the business of sports marketing. Review of ethical aspects of the sports marketing business.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

BA 189T. Topics in Business Administration

Studies in business administration.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 9 units

BA 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

BA 195. Internship

Prerequisite: permission of internship coordinator. Requires 150 hours of work at a pre-qualified, academically-related work station (business, government or nonprofit agency). Reflective journal, final report, and work station evaluation. As a course substitution, prior department approval required. Only one internship may count towards option requirements. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

CI 161. Mth Mtl Bus

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 999 units

EHD 154B. Final Student Teaching Seminar - Business

Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in EHD 155B. Seminar to accompany final student teaching that provides opportunities for candidates to investigate and discuss variety of topics and strategies and to reflect on issues that surface during their student teaching experience.

Units: 1

EHD 155B. Studt Tchg Bus

Prerequisites: admission to student teaching, EHD 155A, CI 161 (or concurrently, depending on major departmental policy); senior or post baccalaureate standing; approval of major department including subject matter competency approval; completion of the subject matter preparation program or passing the subject matter examination(s) designated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Supervised teaching in single subject classroom; assignment is for the full day; five days per week. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 5-10, Repeatable up to 999 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

EHD 155B. Studt Tchg Typ

Prerequisites: admission to student teaching, EHD 155A, CI 161 (or concurrently, depending on major departmental policy); senior or post baccalaureate standing; approval of major department including subject matter competency approval; completion of the subject matter preparation program or passing the subject matter examination(s) designated by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Supervised teaching in single subject classroom; assignment is for the full day; five days per week. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 5-10, Repeatable up to 999 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 30. Personal Financial Planning

Personal financial analysis, planning, and management for lifelong decision making. Topics include financial planning strategies; money and credit management; home ownership; home, health, and auto insurance needs; savings and investment strategies; and retirement and estate planning. G.E. Breadth E1.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
GE Area: E1

FIN 120. Principles of Finance

Prerequisites: ACCT 4A; DS 71; BA 105W or ENGL 160W (BA or ENGL course may be taken concurrently). Introduction to corporate financial management, investments, and financial institutions. Focus on financial policy, analysis, and valuation in a global environment. Topics include capital markets, risk and return, financial planning, capital budgeting, cost of capital, and working capital management.

Units: 4
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 121. Intermediate Financial Management

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in FIN 120. Modern theories of corporate finance; financial decision making under uncertainty; efficient allocation of financial resources; advanced financial planning and control strategies.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 122. Financial Institutions and Financial Markets

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in FIN 120. Role of the Federal Reserve in monetary policy; interaction of fiscal and monetary policy; analysis of depository and nondepository financial institutions; regulatory issues in financial markets; public policy toward financial institutions.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 123. Business Forecasting

Prerequisite: DS 123; grade of C or better in FIN 120. Business activity analysis; methods of forecasting; general and specific forecasts; analysis of trends in product groups, sectors, regions, and other areas of the world economy; mathematical models and statistical decisions; analysis of case problems.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 128. Investments

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in FIN 120. Basics of investing; analysis of financial securities including debt and equity instruments, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds; theories and techniques of asset allocation, active and passive portfolio management, and portfolio performance evaluations; fundamental analysis; technical analysis.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 129. Student Investment Fund

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in FIN 120. Student-managed, privately donated funds; designed of investment strategies; analysis of investment vehicles; fundamental and technical analyses; assessing market and portfolio risks; portfolio performance evaluation. (Formerly FIN 189T)

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 131. Entrepreneurial Finance

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in FIN 120. Using financial and entrepreneurial perspectives to make better decisions at each stage of the entrepreneurial process, from identification of opportunity to harvest. Issues: venture capital markets, deal structuring, valuations, later stage financing, going public and other harvesting methods.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 133. Futures Markets

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in FIN 120. Use of futures contracts as speculative investments and as hedging devices to reduce risk in securities portfolios and in domestic and international business operations. Topics: financial futures, commodity futures, futures markets, fundamental and technical analyses, hedging strategies.

Units: 3

FIN 138. Derivatives

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in FIN 120 and FIN 128. Introduction to the use and pricing of derivative assets such as options, futures, swaps, and option-like features embedded in corporate/treasury securities; mathematical concepts underlying derivative markets and contracts and basic pricing models; derivative strategies for hedging and arbitrage.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 139. Financial Policy and Strategy

Prerequisites: FIN 121 and last-semester senior standing. Integration and application of financial analysis, policy, strategy, and theory across business functional areas in a globally competitive environment. Case analysis/computer simulations included.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 143. Risk and Insurance

Fundamentals of insurance and risk management. Covers the basic areas of property, liability, auto, life, health, and social insurance. Other areas including marketing, underwriting, claims, investments, and loss control.

Units: 3

FIN 150. Financial Planning

Prerequisite: permission of instructor. The concept of a total coordinated system of personal financial planning; evaluate existing programs, design improved plans and coordinate execution to achieve stated objectives. Includes data gathering, the psychology of financial counseling, and the counselor's fiduciary responsibilities. Case studies.

Units: 3

FIN 178. International Finance

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in FIN 120. Evolution of international monetary system; balance of payment accounting; foreign exchange; forecasting exchange rates; management of foreign exchange risk; political risk analysis; foreign direct investment; international money and capital markets. Eurocurrency markets; international banking; international monetary and banking organizations.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 180. Real Estate Principles

Meets California statutory course requirement for real estate salesperson's and broker's license. Theory and practice of urban land use. Location and legal dimensions, planning, and market processes; financial and investment decisions in real estate; computer analysis and case studies.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

FIN 181. Real Estate Appraisal

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in FIN 120 and FIN 180. Theory and determinants of real property value. Methods used in urban and rural property appraisals. Statistical techniques and the appraisal process; special purpose appraisals. Fieldwork required.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

FIN 182. Real Estate Practices

Meets California statutory course requirement for real estate broker's license. Relationship between public and private organizations active in real estate; company formation; selling and marketing techniques; financing; advertising; aspects of taxation; escrow procedure; property insurance; computer analysis and case studies.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Fall

FIN 183. Real Estate Finance

Prerequisite: grade of C or better in FIN 120 and FIN 180. Characteristics and underwriting standards of institutions furnishing funds for real estate investment and development. Alternative financial instruments and their effect on property economics and value.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

FIN 185. Housing Market Analysis

Prerequisite: junior standing. Analysis of local and regional housing markets and submarkets; availability of market data; primary versus secondary data; design of data collecting instruments; interviewing techniques and interviewer bias; data analysis and presentation of findings; field studies required.

Units: 3

FIN 186. Business and Real Estate Economics

Prerequisites: ECON 40, ECON 50. Applications of economic principles in business and real estate management; measure of profit, analysis of demand, cost analysis; price, wage, and public policies; case studies, analysis.

Units: 3
Course Typically Offered: Spring

FIN 189T. Topics in Finance

Studies in business including agricultural economics, business economics, legal environment of business, international business, finance, financial services, risk and insurance, and real estate.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 9 units

FIN 190. Independent Study

See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading.

Units: 1-3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

FIN 195. Internship

Prerequisite: permission of internship coordinator. Requires 150 hours of work at a pre-qualified, academically-related work station (business, government or nonprofit agency). Reflective journal, final report, and work station evaluation. As a course substitution, prior department approval required. Only one internship may count towards option requirements. CR/NC grading only.

Units: 3, Repeatable up to 6 units
Course Typically Offered: Fall, Spring

Requirements

Accelerated Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (ABBA) Requirements

Highlights of the program:The Accelerated Bachelor’s in Business Administration (ABBA) provides students with an opportunity to complete the last two years of their degree within 15 months. The ABBA program was designed as a Special Option with focus on general knowledge in Business Administration. The courses are taught in a cohort format on the Fresno State campus (students go through all the courses with the same group of students from start to finish) on two weekday evenings with additional alternate Saturdays. The total number of units needed to complete the program is 62, of which 20 units will be completed online. Due to the nature of this program, seating is limited. 

  • classes guaranteed to be available
  • cohort model, with online and face-to-face courses
  • not subject to any fee increases throughout the program
  • courses taught by distinguished Craig School of Business faculty
  • work and complete the degree at the same time (night and weekend classes)
  • financial aid is available for those who qualify

There is space for 44 students in the cohort. As part of the cohort program, all your classes are prescheduled and your seat will be reserved. From start to finish, it will take 15 months to complete the program.

The intended start date for the fourth cohort is January 2014.
Fees are tentatively set at $350 per unit.

The degree is the same (Bachelor of Science in Business Administration) as the on-campus degree program. However, the ABBA program is considered a Special Option offered through the Division of Continuing and Global Education with an emphasis in general business. If your goal is to earn an option in any of the fields offered by the Craig School of Business, you might consider standard admission with a regular option.

For additional information, schedule an appointment with the Craig School of Business Outreach Counselor. Please call 559.278.2048 or e-mail eaguilar@csufresno.edu. Or visit: http://www.fresnostate.edu/craig/depts-programs/abba/index.html

For questions not related to admission, please call the University Business Center at 559.278.2352.

Faculty

The faculty comprises more than 20 full-time and part-time individuals who have outstanding reputations in both business and education. All full-time members of the department have earned an appropriate doctoral degree and many of them have gained national reputations for their scholarship. The faculty is extremely active in research and textbook writing as well as in working with the business community. A wide range of approaches are used in teaching the many different courses offered by the department. These include computer simulations, team projects, community projects, laboratory research, group discussions, collaborative work groups, case studies, internships, and foreign studies programs. The broad background of the faculty members and their strong commitment to business education assures students of a challenging and rewarding course of study.

Name Degree Email Phone
Arisian, Arakel A Master of Science arakela@csufresno.edu 559.278.4067
Arisian, Nazik A Master of Arts narisian@mail.fresnostate.edu 559.278.4067
Brueggemann, Jeff A Master of Business Admin jbrueggemann@csufresno.edu
Chen, Kuang C Doctor of Philosophy kchen@csufresno.edu
Daher, Brandon Master of Arts bdaher@csufresno.edu 559.278.4141
Etezadi, Touradj Master of Science tetezadi@csufresno.edu 559.278.4067
Forsythe, Lynn M Juris Doctor lynnf@csufresno.edu 559.278.4956
Hansz, J A Doctor of Philosophy jhansz@csufresno.edu 559.278.8055
Hart, Deborah C Master of Arts dhart@csufresno.edu
Jassim, Amir A Doctor of Philosophy amirj@csufresno.edu 559.278.4967
Jonasson, Elizabeth M Master of Business Admin elizabethj@csufresno.edu
Jones, Ida M Juris Doctor idaj@csufresno.edu 559.278.5711
Kemp, Deborah J Juris Doctor deborahk@csufresno.edu 559.278.4984
La Rosa, Patricia A Doctor of Philosophy patla@csufresno.edu
Lacy, Richard C Doctorate of Education richardl@csufresno.edu 559.278.2706
Lee, Kevin k Doctor of Philosophy klee@csufresno.edu 559.278.2308
Liou, Ru-Shiun Master of Business Admin rliou@csufresno.edu
Machoian, Ken B Doctorate of Education kmachoian@csufresno.edu 559.278.2920
McComas, William E Juris Doctor wmccomas@csufresno.edu
McFarland, Aimee C Master of Business Admin amcfarland@csufresno.edu
McGuinness, Brady K Juris Doctor bmcguinness@csufresno.edu
Mohle, Dennis H Master of Science dmohle@csufresno.edu 559.278.2577
Morgan, Douglas A Master of Business Admin dmorgan@mail.fresnostate.edu
Shahrokhi, Manuchehr Doctor of Philosophy mshahrok@csufresno.edu 559.278.4058
Steinke, Elizabeth M Master of Business Admin esteinke@csufresno.edu 559.278.4050
Tseng, Kuo-Cheng Doctor of Philosophy kctseng@csufresno.edu 559.278.4981
Yazdipour, Rassoul Doctor of Philosophy rassouly@csufresno.edu 559.278.4987