CSU: Invested in Your Success
October 20, 2011
By Stephanie Thara
Business professionals are a critical component in nearly every industry, ranging from manufacturing and retail trade to finance and real estate. The California State University is committed to producing graduates that are key players in the growth, development and success of the businesses that sustain California’s economy. In fact, 54 percent of all business bachelor’s degrees awarded in the state in 2007 were earned at the CSU.
The CSU allows students to customize their studies in business to fit their career goals by offering various areas of concentration, including accounting, economics, marketing, sustainable business, finance, information systems, business administration and international business, among others. Furthermore, the CSU excels in providing theoretical and practical training in a variety of management fields, such as agribusiness, sports, environmental resources, entertainment, tourism, hospitality, risk and insurance, supply chain and global business.
Business programs at each campus strive to maintain a high return on investment for students by employing top-notch faculty who are well connected in the business community. This helps to build a strong alumni network, emphasize career placement and create programs that give students a well-rounded education.
Seventeen CSU campuses are nationally accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the accrediting agency for schools of business. Additionally, the CSU helps expand career opportunities by offering a Master’s of Business Administration program at several campuses, as well as online bachelor’s and master’s business administration programs and executive MBA degree programs that cater to busy professionals.
Through the in-depth curriculum, students gain an understanding of the changing global business environment, importance of ethics in the business community and knowledge of technological and analytical tools necessary for solving complex business problems. Scholars also gain hands-on experience through interaction with business professionals who visit and speak on the campuses, visits to businesses and public agencies, and internship opportunities.
CSU scholars graduate to become financial analysts, investment advisors, marketing managers, HR managers, CPAs, CFOs and CEOs for companies such as Boeing, Franchise Tax Board, Ford Motor Company, Kaiser Permanente, Toshiba, Sysco, Merrill Lynch and the Walt Disney Company, among others.