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This is an archive of the 2015-2016 University Catalog.
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Program: B.S., Business Administration

Business Law


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.

Program Requirements

Business Majors

A Business major is any student majoring in Accountancy; Finance; Information Systems; Management; Marketing; or Business Administration with an Option in either Business Law, Global Supply Chain Management, Insurance and Financial Services, Real Estate, or Systems and Operations Management. Accountancy, Finance, and Insurance and Financial Services are impacted majors with additional admission requirements. All Business majors share 27 units of common Lower Division core courses and 19 units of common Upper Division core courses.

Double Major Requirements

Students seeking a double major in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics must have at least a 3.0 overall GPA and be able to complete both majors within a maximum of 140 units.

Transfer Course Requirements

Students should be aware that no grade lower than “C” will be accepted on transfer from another institution to satisfy Department or David Nazarian College of Business and Economics requirements.

Residency Requirement

At least 50 percent of the business and economics course credit units and 50 percent of the specialized major credit units required for the Bachelor of Science degrees in Accountancy, Business Administration, Finance, Information Systems, Management, Marketing and the Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics must be completed in residence at CSUN.

Course Requirements

Check course descriptions for prerequisite courses. Prerequisites must be completed prior to enrolling in the course.

1. Common Lower Division Business Core (27 units)

ACCT 220 Introduction to Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 230 Introduction to Managerial Accounting (3)
BLAW 280 Business Law I (3)
COMP 100 Computers: Their Impact and Use (3)
ECON 160 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 161 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
ENGL 205 Business Communication in its Rhetorical Contexts (3)
MATH 103 Mathematical Methods for Business (3)*
SOM 120 Basic Business Statistics (3)**

*MATH 103 or a higher level mathematics course (e.g. Calculus: MATH 150A or MATH 255A) must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
**The 4-unit MATH 140 course also satisfies this requirement.

2. Common Upper Division Business Core (19 units)

BUS 302 The Gateway Experience (3)
BUS 302L The Gateway Experience Laboratory (1)
BUS 497A or BUS 497B Capstone (3)
FIN 303 Financial Management (3)
MGT 360 Management and Organizational Behavior (3)
MKT 304 Marketing Management (3)
SOM 306 Operations Management (3)

3. Upper Division Required Courses for the Option in Business Law (24 units)

a. Business Law II (3 units)

BLAW 308 Business Law II (3)

b. Business Law Electives (15 units)

ECON 365 or 411 may be taken for 3 of the units (unless that course has already been taken to satisfy the Business Breadth Requirement). Students are encouraged to take an experiential-learning (service-learning or internship) course. One service-learning course or internship course in the college or University (from outside the department) may be taken for 3 of the units in the option with approval of the department chair.

BLAW 368 Law, Business and Ethics (3)
BLAW 391 Women and the Law (3)
BLAW 409 Wills, Estates and Trusts (3)
BLAW 428 International Business Law (3)
BLAW 430 Marketing Law (3)
BLAW 450 Intellectual Property Law (3)
BLAW 451 Entertainment Business Law (3)
BLAW 453 Negotiation (3)
BLAW 480 Commercial Transactions Law (3)
BLAW 481 Real Estate Law (3)
BLAW 485 Labor and Employment Law (3)
BLAW 495 Advanced Topics in Business Law (3)
BLAW 496A-Z Experimental Topics Courses– 
Business Law (3)
BLAW 498A-C Field Assignments and Reports– Business Law (1-6)
BLAW 499 Independent Study-Business Law (3)
ECON 365 Law and Economics (3)
ECON 411 The Economics of Antitrust and Regulation (3)

c. Business Breadth Requirement (6 units)

Select two additional 300- or 400-level courses offered in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, excluding courses offered by the Department of Business Law. Alternative classes may be substituted by petition upon the department chair’s approval.

4. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.
Of the 48 units of the General Education requirement, 13 units are satisfied by the following courses: MATH 103 satisfies 3 units of the Basic Skills mathematics requirement; ECON 160 and ECON 161 satisfy 6 units of Social Sciences; BLAW 280 satisfies 3 units of Lifelong Learning; and COMP 100 satisfies 1 additional unit of the total 48 units required for GE.

Total Units in the Major/Option: 70

General Education Units: 35

Additional Units: 15

Total Units Required for the B.S. Degree: 120


Chair: Melanie Stallings Williams, J.D.
Juniper Hall (JH) 3121
(818) 677-2905

Student Learning Outcomes

The Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for the B.S. in Business Administration are designed to demonstrate student understanding and ability in the following: Written and Oral Communication, Problem-Solving and Critical Thinking, Ethics and Social Responsibility, Global Context of Business, the Cross-Functional Nature of Business, Key Business Concepts and Effective Teamwork.

Business Law classes are taught using the Socratic method with its goal of participatory learning and the development of reasoning skills. This active learning process requires students to articulate their analysis, to develop and defend positions, to think critically and to engage in problem solving. Students learn to formulate an effective legal analysis by synthesizing information, identifying legal issues, distinguishing relevant from irrelevant facts, using facts and law to support argument, reasoning by analogy and reaching conclusions based on analysis. In addition, students in all courses study ethical issues in a business context, with actual topics dependent on course content.