Our mission is to equip students with the academic knowledge, problem-solving and analytical and professional skills in the areas of business law, business ethics and real estate necessary to achieve their personal and professional goals. All of our faculty are accomplished academics and licensed professionals who are committed to teaching. We are dedicated to the success of our students, and our programs are designed to prepare students for careers in business, public service and professional practice.
About the Department
The Department of Business Law offers a course of study leading to a B.S. degree in Business Administration with an option in Business Law. This program prepares students to analyze complex problems, think critically and communicate effectively, while learning the legal principles pertinent to making business decisions.
The B.S. degree in Business Administration with an option in Real Estate covers both theoretical and practical aspects of real estate and provides an academic foundation for careers in real estate. Students completing the option in Real Estate will have satisfied most of the educational requirements for the California real estate broker’s license and the real estate appraiser’s license.
In addition, the department offers a minor in Business Ethics, which allows students the opportunity to pursue studies in business ethics and corporate social responsibility and to integrate these studies into their careers.
All lower division program advisement is through the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics Student Services Center/EOP in Bookstein Hall (BB) 2113. Upper division students who are currently enrolled in or have completed BUS 302/L are encouraged to seek advisement through upper division mentors from the department of their major.
Business Law faculty are attorneys who are available to advise and counsel students who are considering law school. Real Estate faculty are practicing professionals who can provide career advice. All department faculty are available during their scheduled office hours to advise students during the semester, with assigned department faculty available during registration periods. Information regarding law school and legal careers is available on the department website. See Pre-Professional Advisement, Pre-Law in this Catalog.
The Business Law option is valuable preparation for careers in a variety of fields, including governmentally regulated industries; for example, banking, insurance, securities and real estate. It is also useful for careers in risk management, contract administration, government service, investment and finance, banking, management, legal and judicial support services, and employment relations. In addition, the option is suitable for entrepreneurs and for those planning careers in nonprofits. The Business Law Option is beneficial in a variety of careers since it is focused on the legal aspects of business decisions.
While the Real Estate option is designed for students with career interests in the various functional fields of real estate—brokerage, appraisal, finance, investment, sales, development and asset management, as well as service areas such as escrow and title insurance—the skills with which students in the option will become familiar are applicable in virtually all business fields.
The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Only 5 percent of business schools worldwide have achieved AACSB International accreditation.
The Business Honors Program is designed to recognize students who have demonstrated high academic standards and to encourage these students to continue their record of excellence as business and economics majors at CSUN. The program is open to students who are declared majors in Accountancy, Economics, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing, or Business Administration with an option in either Business Law, Global Supply Chain Management, Real Estate, or Systems and Operations Management; who meet all Business Honors Program admissions criteria; and who apply and are selected for admission to the program. The Business Honors Program offers rigorous courses that emphasize communication, critical reasoning, complex problem-solving and teamwork skills. Students accepted into the program are offered a variety of benefits; for example, Business Honors-designated courses, smaller class sizes, priority registration, Honors Mentorship opportunities and a Business Honors-dedicated student workspace. For more information, call (818) 677-3100 or visit the Business Honors Program website.
Scholarships and Awards
The department awards the Outstanding Scholastic Achievement Award to Business Law and Real Estate graduating seniors who meet rigorous scholarship standards, along with the Donald Bleich Memorial Scholarship, the David R. Lazarony Memorial Scholarship, the Business Law Faculty and Alumni Scholarship, and the Business Law Book Award to support students who are progressing toward degrees.
Career Education and Professional Development Center
The David Nazarian College of Business and Economics offers students the opportunity to gain real-life work experience by completing an approved internship. Internships are available in a wide variety of organizations and cover all business disciplines. Not only does an internship provide students with an opportunity to obtain experience, but in many cases the internship leads to employment with that organization. For more information, please call (818) 677-4697 or visit the Career Education and Professional Development website.
Department of Business Law
Chair: Kurt M. Saunders, J.D., LL.M.
Bookstein Hall (BB) 3121