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for California State University, Fresno.
The Craig School of Business
Peters Building, Room 282
ROBERT M. HARPER, Dean
KATHLEEN MOFFITT, Associate Dean
The Craig School of Business includes the following departments and programs:
The mission of the Craig School of Business (CSB) is to prepare a diverse
student population for careers in the regional, national, and global business
environments, and to serve the Central California business community as
a resource center.
The B.S. in Business Administration has been continuously accredited since 1959 by the premiere accrediting agency, AACSB - International, the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The B.S. was the third accredited business program in California, following UC Berkeley and UCLA and is one of only 551 accredited business programs in the U.S. The Craig M.B.A. was accredited in 1974.
CSB operates an advising center, Undergraduate Student Services, located in Peters Building, Room 185. Business students are encouraged to have annual advising sessions to assist in evaluations and graduation requirements. Flow charts available at http://www.craig.fresnostate.edu/uss_flowcharts.aspx for each of the 12 options to help students plan their academic program and to ensure that courses are taken in correct sequence.
A mentoring program matches students with a faculty member in their field who will assist with career or graduate study information.
Incoming freshmen may apply by early January for the prestigious Craig Scholars or Fresno Merchants Scholars programs through the CSB dean's office. Selection is based on academic indicators of high school GPA and SAT or ACT scores, as well as leadership and service. Contact the CSB dean's office or visit www.craig.fresnostate.edu
In addition, CSB offers more than 100 scholarships for continuing and transfer students through the university's Scholarship Office, 559.278.6572. Consult http://studentaffairs.fresnostate.edu/scholarships.
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
The Master of Business Administration program broadly prepares students in essential business concepts and their application to managerial problems. Elective area courses provide advanced preparation in special areas of professional practice.
Master of Science in Accountancy (M.S.)
The Master of Science in Accountancy prepares graduates for success in the professional field of accountancy. The program enhances preparation for professional certifications such as that for a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or a Certified of Management Accountant (CMA). The M.S. in Accountancy also provides a high quality educational experience promoting the development of requisite skills and tools for success in the profession well after certification, enabling graduates to become leaders in the profession.
The Master of Science in Accountancy is currently not taking applications. Please contact the CSB graduate director at 559.278.2107 for more information.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Options
The CSB offers one undergraduate degree, the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. All students select one of the 12 different areas of specialization, called options. These options are as follows:
- Accountancy Option (Department of Accountancy)
- Entrepreneurship Option (Department of Management)
- Finance Option (Department of Finance and Business Law)
- Human Resource Management Option (Department of Management)
- Computer Information Systems Option (Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences)
- International Business Option (Department of Finance and Business Law)
- Logistics and Supply Chain Strategies Option* (Department of Marketing and Logistics)
- Management Option (Department of Management)
- Marketing Option (Department of Marketing and Logistics)
- Real Estate and Urban Land Economics Option (Department of Finance and Business Law)
- Sports Marketing Option (Department of Marketing and Logistics)
- Special Option for the B.S. in Business Administration - Contact Undergraduate Student Services Office, 559.278.4943
As of fall 2004, admissions to the E-Business Option and the Legal Environment of Business Option have been suspended, and students may no longer declare these options. Contact the respective department office for more details.
The following information (up to Honors Program) pertains only to the B.S.
Business students must earn a grade of C or better in each course used to satisfy the requirements of their major. No course taken for the business major can be graded on a CR/NC basis except for courses with mandatory CR/NC grading.
All business students entering California State University, Fresno are considered pre-business majors and are coded as such. In order to select an option in business and enroll in 100-level business courses, pre-business students must do the following:
(a.) Complete IS 52 and 52L or equivalent course(s) with a grade of C or better or achieve a passing score on the CSB computer competency waiver examination. See "computer competency waiver exam" at www.craig.fresnostate.edu/uss_home.aspx.
(b.) Complete the following courses or their equivalents with a grade of C or better in each course: ACCT 4A, 4B; BA 18; DS 71, 73; ECON 40 (or AGBS 1) and ECON 50.
(c.) Have a cumulative and campus grade point average of at least 2.25.
(d.) Submit a request to declare an option in business. Students may obtain this request form from the Craig School of Business Undergraduate Student Services Office, Peters Building, Room 185, or apply online at www.craig.fresnostate.edu/uss_home.aspx.
(e.) CSB 150 may be substituted for CSB 50 for catalog years prior to 2005-2006.
Declaration of Option
- Students may apply for an option in the semester during which they will complete all work needed for enrollment qualification in 100-level business courses. Approval will be contingent upon satisfactory fulfillment of the lower-division course prerequisites and the GPA standard. Transfer students must submit a complete set of transcripts (official or unofficial) or grade reports of all college-level study to the Undergraduate Student Services Office for evaluation. Transfer students from another region need to have a copy of the catalog(s) and course syllabi from the different colleges they attended. Notification of business course credit will then be sent by e-mail.
- Students who are ready to enroll in 100-level upper-division business courses, but who lack one or two of the pre-business courses, should contact the Undergraduate Student Services Office in PB 185 for further information.
Every upper-division business course has writing requirements, and the quality of the writing is used in determining grades in the course. Completion of the upper-division writing skills requirement (successful completion of BA 105W or ENGL 160W) is required in the first semester in which 100-level business courses are taken.
International (foreign) students who wish to declare business administration as a major must achieve a minimum score of 500 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination.
Required Residency in CSB
In order to earn a B.S. in Business Administration at California State University, Fresno, students must complete at least 50 percent of the required business units in the Craig School of Business.
Students with a GPA of 3.5 or higher are encouraged to apply for the Craig School honors program in the fall semester of their junior year. The honors program is a three-semester program that provides the student with an opportunity for additional study and intellectual growth beyond the major and option requirements. It is designed to challenge the intellectually advanced student, provide a research foundation for advanced study or employment, and to recognize students who have shown exceptional ability. Students interested in the CSB Honors Program should contact the dean's office in Peters Building, Room 282. Click here for course descriptions.
Internships and Placement
Many of our students participate in the school's award-winning Internship Partners Program. Internships provide students with an opportunity to gain valuable practical experience while earning academic credit. Internships are available in all academic majors with businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies. Students interested in internships should contact the internships coordinator in Peters Building, Room 186.
Complete career development and placement services are available through Career Services, 559.278.2384.
International Business Programs
Students can apply for the "Join the World" International Study Program in designated international partnership universities and use the credits they earn to satisfy their degree requirements at California State University, Fresno. The exchange opportunity is open to any regularly enrolled Fresno State student. In addition, CSB participates extensively in the university's many international exchange programs. For further information, contact the International Business Programs Office in Peters Building, Room 189, 559.278.4653.
ACCT 4A (3 units)
Select from: BA 18; DS 73; FIN 120; IS 130; MGT 104, 106, 110; MKTG 100S (6-8 units)
Select upper-division courses from not more than two fields: ACCT, BA, DS, ENTR, FIN, HRM, IS, MGT, MKTG (11 units)
Total (20-22 units)
ENTR 81, 151, 153; MGT 127 (12 units)
Elective courses: BA 152; ENTR 155, 157, 161, 163, 165, 167, 169; FIN 131 or courses approved by the option coordinator (6 units)
Total (18 units)
ACCT 4A and IS 52, 52L (6 units)
ECON 40 and 50 (6 units)
DS 71, 73, 123 (9 units)
FIN 120 and BA 174 (7 units)
MGT 104 and MGT 124 (7 units)
Total (35 units)
* Students must earn a grade of at least C in each course.
The Graduate Business Preparation Minor is for students who wish to pursue the Craig M.B.A. after completing an undergraduate major outside the Craig School of Business. By completing the requirements of the minor, all Group I coursework (15 units) usually required of non-business majors for the Craig M.B.A. may normally be waived. See M.B.A. for further information on admission requirements.
- All minors also require a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.
- No course taken for the business minors can be graded on a CR/NC basis except for courses with mandatory CR/NC grading. Courses in a major cannot be applied toward a minor unless designated as "additional requirements."
Specialized certificate programs are offered in several fields within the Craig School of Business.
- Certificate in Business Information Systems (Department of Information and Decision Sciences)
- Certificate in E-Business* (Department of Marketing and Logistics)
- Certificate in Entrepreneurship (Department of Management)
- Certificate in Finance (Department of Finance)
- Certificate in Human Resource Management (Department of Management)
- Certificate in Legal Environment* (Department of Finance)
- Certificate in Marketing (Department of Marketing and Logistics)
- Certificate in Network Administration (Department of Information Systems and Decision Sciences)
- Certificate in Organizational Management (Department of Management)
Also, students in the Marketing Option have an opportunity to earn a Certificate in Mass Communications and Journalism.
As of fall 2004, admissions to the Certificate in E-Business and the Certificate in Legal Environment have been suspended, and students may no longer enter these programs. Contact the respective department office for more details.
Business Teacher Education Program
The Craig School offers a single subject business credential to teach in departmentalized classrooms typically found in middle school and senior high school settings. Information on this fifth year program may be obtained from business teacher education adviser Richard Lacy. See also CI.
Craig School of Business (CSB)
CSB 150. Strategies for Success (1 unit)
Prerequisite: upper-division writing skills requirement (may be taken concurrently). Preparation for job placement including resumes, on-campus recruitment, business etiquette, and job offers. Presentations by faculty, recruiters, and alumni. May be used as a substitute for CSB 50 with prior written approval of the instructor. CR/NC grading only.
CSB 184. Junior Honors Seminar (3 units)
Prerequisite: acceptance into the Craig Honors Program. Survey of the business disciplines and their application to business problems. Empirical, applied, and theoretical background for business research. Current issues and methods for solving business problems. Business research methodology, ethical considerations in designing research. Literature review and written proposal required for honors thesis. S
CSB 185. Senior Honors Seminar I (2 units)
Prerequisite: CSB 184. Analysis of business research and the application to business problems. Special emphasis on strategic management. Data analysis, applying to graduate schools, and conducting a job search. Lectures by faculty and business leaders. Fall of senior year. F
CSB 186. Senior Honors Seminar II (2 units)
Prerequisite: CSB 185. Analysis of business research and the application to business problems. Special emphasis on strategic management. Editing and revising manuscripts, preparing papers for publication, designing conference posters, and delivering professional presentations. Spring of senior year. S
Accountancy (ACCT) | Aerospace Studies (ASP) | Business Administration (BA) | Business (BUS) | Decision Sciences (DS) | Entrepreneurship (ENTR) | Finance (FIN) | Human Resource Management (HRM) | Information Systems (IS) | Master of Business Administration (MBA) | Management (MGT) | Marketing (MKTG) | Military Science (MS) | Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA)