The General Education (GE) courses are an essential part of higher education. They provide a broad foundation of general knowledge for the more special¬ized upper division courses and prepare students for contemporary life and communication. These courses may be required or elective (depending on the degree program). The required courses offer fundamentals of a higher education and develop¬ skills and prerequisites for advanced studies.

The following subjects represent main fields of general education:

  • Critical Thinking, English Composition and Communications,
  • Humanities (including American and English literature and foreign languages),
  • Mathematics, Statistics, and Computer Sciences,
  • Natural, Political, and Social Sciences (including biology, physics, economics, and history),
  • Psychology and Introductions to Business and Law.

The following 5 courses are considered to be Basic Subjects and are required for all programs:

  • MATH 10           – College Mathematics (3 units)
  • ENG 75             – Critical Thinking (3 units)
  • CS 10                – Introduction to Computer Science (3 units)
  • PSYCH 10        – Fundamentals of Psychology (3 units)
  • SCI 10               – Physical Science (3 units)

Other General Education course requirements are given within specific program descriptions.


Following the GBA requirements, students select a concentration area for advanced study. Currently the following concentration areas are available:

  1. International Business
  2. Management
  3. Entrepreneurship
  4. Management Information Systems

Each concentration requires 21 units of advanced study chosen from a list of courses designed to prepare students for a career in that particular field. Students may develop an individualized concentration using existing courses with the approval of the President. The program is concluded with the course of Business Policies (BA 290), which is usually taken in the student’s final term. At least 15 units of elective courses must be chosen from the university catalog. Knowledge gained in the program is combined to provide a crucial overall understanding of business operations.