The Leavey School of Business confers the degree of bachelor of science in commerce with majors in accounting, accounting and information systems, economics, finance, individual studies, management, marketing, and management information systems. The school also offers a minor in management information systems and interdisciplinary minors in entrepreneurship, international business, and retail studies.
Requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Commerce
To qualify for the degree of bachelor of science in commerce, students must complete a minimum of 175 quarter-units of credit (of which at least 60 must be in upper-division courses) and satisfy the requirements of the Undergraduate Core Curriculum, the Leavey School of Business curriculum, and the departmental major.
The School of Business strictly enforces prerequisites. Having all students come into courses with the same requisite knowledge and skills ensures equity, a common starting point, and is intended to increase the likelihood of student success. Prerequisite requirements must be successfully completed or in progress prior to enrollment in the course that requires the prerequisite.
Undergraduate Core Curriculum
Critical Thinking & Writing
- Critical Thinking & Writing 1 and 2 from list of approved courses
Cultures & Ideas
- Cultures & Ideas 1 and 2 from list of approved courses
- Cultures & Ideas 3 with MGMT 80 when the course is taken on the SCU campus. When MGMT 80 is not taken on the SCU campus, students choose from a list of approved courses.
Native English-speaking students fulfill this requirement in one of the following ways:
- Successful completion of the second course of the first-year, college-level sequence in a classical or modern foreign language
- Demonstration of an equivalent level of proficiency by passing a language proficiency examination supervised by the departments of Classics or Modern Languages and Literatures
- Obtaining a minimum score of 4 on the Advanced Placement Examination in a classical or modern foreign language
- International Baccalaureate and International A level exams
Students for whom English is not their native language may satisfy this requirement by submitting a petition to the chair of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the director of the Core Curriculum with professionally recognized documentation of proficiency in a language other than English. Such documentation includes but is not limited to a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination score of 213 computerized or 550 paper and pencil examination.
Two mathematics courses:
- MATH 30 and 31 or MATH 11 and 12
Most business students take the calculus for business courses: MATH 30 and 31. Students who plan to take additional math should consider taking the calculus and analytic geometry courses: MATH 11 and 12.
Religion, Theology & Culture
- Religion, Theology & Culture 1 from list of approved courses
- Religion, Theology & Culture 2 from list of approved courses
- Religion, Theology & Culture 3 from list of approved courses
- One business ethics course: MGMT 6 or PHIL 26
- MGMT 162 and MGMT 6 or PHIL 26
- One course from list of approved courses
- One course from list of approved courses
- ECON 1
Natural Science (with lab)
- One course from list of approved courses
Science, Technology, and Society
- OMIS 34
Students who are considering a major in accounting should take ACTG 134 to satisfy the Science, Technology, and Society requirement.
Students who declare a major or a minor in management information systems will take OMIS 30 or OMIS 31, which will satisfy the information systems requirement in the business core, and may choose a course to satisfy Science, Technology, and Society from the list of approved courses.
Experiential Learning for Social Justice
- One course from list of approved courses
- BUSN 179
- At least 16 units (usually four courses) from list of approved courses in one Pathway of the student's choice
Leavey School of Business Core Curriculum: Lower Division
Introduction to Business
- BUSN 70 (to be completed as a first-year student unless you are an internal or external transfer student)
- OMIS 15
- BUSN 85
- ECON 1, 2, and 3
- ACTG 11 and 12
Students should take ACTG 11 in the fall or winter quarter of their sophomore year and ACTG 12 in the subsequent winter or spring quarter.
- OMIS 40 and 41 or OMIS 40 and ECON 41 and 42 (for economics majors)
- OMIS 34
Students who are considering a major in accounting should take ACTG 134 to satisfy the information systems requirement.
Students who declare a major or a minor in management information systems will take OMIS 30 or OMIS 31, which will satisfy the information systems requirement in the business core, and must choose a course to satisfy Science, Technology, and Society from the list of approved courses.
Leavey School of Business Core Curriculum: Upper Division
Common Core of Knowledge
- FNCE 121
- MGMT 160
- MKTG 181
- OMIS 108
One course (to be taken during the senior year):
- MGMT 162
Minors in the Leavey School of Business
The Department of Operations Management and Information Systems offers a minor in management information systems, and the Department of Economics offers a minor in economics through the College of Arts and Sciences. Descriptions of these two minors and associated requirements can be found in the respective department sections of this chapter.
The Leavey School of Business administers three interdisciplinary minors open to business students and non-business students: entrepreneurship, international business, and retail studies. Descriptions of these minors and associated requirements can be found in the Interdisciplinary Minors section at the end of this chapter.
Individual Studies Major in the Leavey School of Business
Director: William A. Sundstrom
The Individual Studies (IS) major in the Leavey School of Business has been established to meet the needs of students who wish to design a course of studies with a multidisciplinary perspective. Students who want to pursue an IS major should begin by scheduling a meeting with the Faculty Director of Undergraduate Business Programs to obtain a list of instructions regarding administrative details.
Requirements for the Major
In addition to fulfilling the University Undergraduate Core Curriculum and the core requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Commerce in the Leavey School of Business, a student majoring in Individual Studies must complete the requirements in her or his approved plan of study. To declare the major, the student must submit, and obtain approval of, a Petition for an Individual Studies major in the Leavey School.
Requirements for the Petition and Approval
At the time of application, the student must have:
- Been a full-time student at Santa Clara for at least one year
- A minimum 3.0 overall grade point average
The petition must include:
- A clear description of the proposed program, including its unifying theme(s) and overall learning objectives
- A well-developed argument, supported by appropriate evidence, showing that (1) no existing academic major(s) and/or minor(s) can meet the student's educational objectives, and (2) the proposed major is not merely a combination of existing programs that could feasibly be completed by the student
- A plan of study listing the courses or menus of courses, seminars, internships, etc., that meet the student's educational objectives, which should include a minimum of eight (8) upper-division courses in addition to those required by the Undergraduate Core Curriculum and the School of Business Undergraduate Core (IS major courses may also count toward a student's selected Pathway)
- The signed approval of a designated faculty advisor for the IS major, normally a tenured or tenure-track member of the Leavey School of Business
The Petition must be reviewed and approved by the Faculty Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Leavey School of Business, in consultation with faculty in affected departments and programs, if necessary. Reasonable modifications of the above guidelines may be approved by the Faculty Director.
General Business Courses
70. Contemporary Business Issues
An introduction to the nature, forms, and objectives of the contemporary business firm and its relation to the environment in which it operates. (4 units)
71. Foundations of Leadership
Presents an introduction to specific practices of effective leadership through a series of speakers, directed readings, and reflective writing assignments. Prerequisite: First- or second-year student. (2 units)
72. Business Leadership Skills
Designed to continue learning from BUSN 71 by focusing on leadership skills specific to a business environment. Course integrates group discussion, selected readings, experiential learning, and reflective engagement experiences. Prerequisite: First- or second- year student. (2 units)
85. Business Law
This course is designed to give the student an overview of the primary substantive areas affecting business transactions including the law of contracts, torts, employment, and crimes. It is intended to make the student aware of fundamental legal principles and their application in the business context. Prerequisites: BUSN 70 and completion of 45 units, or permission of instructor. (4 units)
132. Contemplative Leadership and Sustainability Program (CLASP)
This course is designed to provide students opportunities to learn and rehearse contemplative leadership practices and explore the relationship between personal values, business, and sustainability. CLASP introduces students to issues of sustainability in industry, provides face-to-face encounters with professionals and companies/organizations already "doing the work" of sustainability, and immerses students into the region's natural and social environments via day-long weekend excursions. Assignments include keeping a weekly journal, weekly readings, small and large group discussions, writing a short paper, and a group project. Prerequisites: Business, engineering, or Pathways student in one of the following Pathways: Leading People, Organizations, and Social Change; Food, Hunger, Poverty, and Environment; or Sustainability. (2 units)
133. Sustainability Immersion/Educational Trip
This course is designed to provide students with a focused educational and immersion experience in a sustainable business environment. Successful completion of the course and the immersion trip may qualify for ELSJ credit. (2 units)
145. Entrepreneurship Practicum
An opportunity for select students to apply their entrepreneurial skills in emerging companies through a structured placement in a Silicon Valley internship. (2-5 units)
150. Feeding the World
In this course, students examine the global system for the production and distribution of food, assess the ability of the system to satisfy the human demand for food, and evaluate the impact of the system on the natural environment. Students will employ tools from statistics, operations, and economics to describe, analyze, and forecast imbalances between food supply and food demand. Through a term project, students use their new skills to examine the food system in a developing nation experiencing chronic hunger. (5 units)
151A. and B. Food, Hunger, Poverty, Environment Immersion
This course is designed to help students meet their social justice-oriented experiential learning requirements while learning about issues related to food production and consumption, hunger, poverty, and the environment. The course blends short lectures, guided discussions and reflections, and a 12- to 14-day immersion in a selected country interacting with local people of diverse backgrounds for experiential active learning. The goal is to increase students' understanding of the role of business in the developing world and to explore the role of business in alleviating poverty through economic development and the pursuit of social justice. Both quarters are required to participate in the immersion program. (1 unit before immersion, 2 units after immersion)
170. Contemporary Business for Nonmajors
This course is specifically designed for upper- division (junior and senior), nonbusiness majors who are interested in learning about business firms and their relation to both the global and local environment in which they operate. Course will use a business simulation as a key learning method, in addition to lectures and small group discussion. This course is not open to students who have completed BUSN 70. Prerequisite: Must have completed 87.5 units or more. (5 units)
173. Leadership Experience
This course is designed to provide an opportunity to reflect upon formative leadership experiences and develop an authentic leadership identity based upon core values and strengths. To guide reflection, the course incorporates a variety of assessment instruments, group discussions, guest speakers, readings, and personal writing assignments. Students are challenged to analyze and reflect upon their leadership experiences, listen to and learn from the leadership experiences of others, write and discuss their personal leadership story, identify their unique areas of leadership competency and strength, and craft a personal vision of leadership to strive for after graduation. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing. (2 units)
179. Effective Communication in Business
Students will learn to communicate effectively in a business context, including producing quantitative and qualitative analyses and evaluations; and creating professional multimedia projects, proposals, and presentations. Students will also develop skills in formal and informal business writing and discourse (briefings, reports, letters, emails, news briefs, memos, interviews, social media, infographics, etc.). Students will also learn the importance of being intentional about their personal brand. Further, students will enhance their business networking skills. Prerequisites: CTW 1 & 2. Must have completed at least 60 units. (5 units)
180. Presentations in Business
This course is an advanced seminar designed to explore presentation techniques that shape business environments. A central purpose of the class is to cultivate professional presentation skills expected in the global workplace while recognizing how behavior, both informal and formal, can reflect on career development. Thus, through various communication media and platforms, such as pitch-the-product exercises, tele-presence presentations, and small group podcasts, this class will build effective and real-world business presentation skills. Prerequisite: BUSN 179, ENG 179, or ENG 183. (5 units)
182. Global Experience Practicum
Opportunity for business students to study global business issues in specific countries or regions around the world. The practicum includes selected readings, several special lectures on topics related to the target country or region, and an in-country learning session, typically two weeks after the end of spring quarter. Each practicum is led by a Leavey School of Business faculty member, who travels with the students to the country to lead integration sessions, guide discussions, and generally enhance the student's learning experience. (2 units)
188. Field Studies: NPI Small Business Improvement Project
The purpose of this course is to engage undergraduate business students directly with a local neighborhood. Students will be involved in conducting an analysis of a local business or organization to assist in developing a partnership for the economic well- being of the community. The purpose of this partnership is to provide opportunities for undergraduate business students to contribute to the economic growth and well-being of a local neighborhood in a sustained (multi-year) and ethical way that promotes student learning and positive benefit for the community partner(s). Course fulfills the ELSJ Core requirement. This course requires participation in community-based learning (CBL) experiences off campus. (2 units)
189. Low Income Tax Clinic (LITC): Ethics and Practice of Offers in Compromise (OIC)
This course is designed to develop and refine students problem-solving skills, and cultivate practical wisdom through the application of legal doctrine and theory to the dynamics of individual client interaction. Students will gain experience in the tax practice and procedure involved in personal income tax collections. The focus of the LITC is to provide students with the skills necessary to exercise professional judgment in the representation of real clients. Throughout the course, students will be expected to critically analyze the facts of their client's case, apply relevant legal theory and doctrine in client interviewing and counseling, communicate effectively, orally and in writing, and exercise professional judgment. Prerequisites: ACTG 11, junior or senior standing, or permission of instructor. (5 units)
190. LSB Peer Advising Practicum
A practicum experience for Leavey School of Business Peer Advisors, which provides the opportunity to learn, apply, and integrate training and experience to provide prescriptive advising for undergraduate business students. Course includes 5 quarterly class meetings plus 1-4 hours per week of direct advising experience. Graded P/NP only. Prerequisite: Must be a Leavey School of Business Peer Advisor. (1 unit).
195A. and B. The Global Fellow Experience
This course is designed for students involved in the Global Fellows program. The introductory course introduces students to the macro issues and challenges faced by the underserved populations of the world and provides a context for evaluating the global costs of injustice. Through the framework of business and organizational operations, students develop the tools to evaluate best practices as applied to living a civic life. Students will be exposed to academic research, guest speakers, interactive exercises, and readings in preparation for their summer fellowship, where the course learning will be applied to a work experience. The reflection course segment is designed for students who spent time during the summer as Global Fellows. The primary goal of the course is to allow each student to reflect upon their experience and deepen their lessons learned. The secondary goal is to have the Global Fellows share their experience with the SCU community, thus bringing awareness of global issues to a wider audience. In certain cases, the reflection segment course will fulfill the core requirement for ELSJ. Must be a Global Fellows participant. (2 units for each course segment)
196. Leadership Practicum
Opportunity for business students to obtain advanced experience in leading, facilitating, directing, evaluating, and advising within a Leavey School of Business school-wide or interdisciplinary project, class, or initiative. This practicum generally includes selected readings, reflective engagement activity, personal leadership assessment, and writing assignments. Requires approval of the assistant dean. (1-5 units)
197. Business/Engineering Project Collaboration
This practicum gives business students an opportunity to work with senior-level engineering students on engineering design projects. This is an excellent opportunity for cross-functional learning in a team environment and for business students to practice the activities they learned in previous business school courses. This practicum provides exposure to technology and valuable experience in product development, innovation, and entrepreneurship. The student will perform a business analysis of the project and assist in producing a business plan, which may involve assessing the project for commercialization, defining and characterizing the market, and exploring any intellectual property issues. Must be a Leavey School of Business junior or senior to enroll. (4 units)
Opportunity for upper-division students—typically involved with school-wide or interdisciplinary programs, projects, or initiatives—to work and study in or with for- profit and nonprofit organizations. This practicum generally includes selected readings, a reflective engagement activity, and a written report. Requires approval of the senior assistant dean or associate dean. May be included as fulfilling a requirement for a major only with permission of that department chair. (1-5 units)