Public Affairs

Establishing Connections through Programs

October 20, 2011
By Stephanie Thara

Establishing Connections through ProgramsThe business schools at CSU campuses create and develop programs that offer students special opportunities to become integrated and familiar with the business sector. The CSU understands that the professionals that graduate with business degrees influence every sector of the economy, making the growth of business leaders a top priority to the CSU.  With one out of every five CSU graduates in 2009 majoring in business management, the system plays a vital role in supplying the workforce.

In addition to offering honors programs that challenge students to create new knowledge about business and international exchange, the CSU also offers scholars unique programs including:

Sonoma State’s Wine Business Institute is the first and only program in the United States to focus exclusively on the business aspects of the wine industry, including wine marketing, human resource management, business strategies, operations and distribution, and finance and accounting. 

The Green Light program at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo enrolls qualified students in business courses that are traditionally taken in the sophomore and junior level years. These courses are specially chosen for freshmen who want to begin exploring the curriculum and career options in Business Administration right away.

Cal Poly Pomona's The InternCal Poly Pomona has taken The Apprentice© and brought it to campus with The Intern. The program consists of students competing for an internship, providing participants an opportunity to apply inter-disciplinary theory in an actual business environment in an entertaining way.

The Thompson Global Internship program at San José State is a unique opportunity for College of Business students to live abroad while completing a project for Crown Worldwide Group. Students work in teams with other similarly qualified students on a significant and meaningful project at Crown’s headquarters in Hong Kong or one of its other many locations.

Cal State L.A.’s Computer Professional Internship program has provided companies with dedicated employees who work on a contract basis while earning a degree in information and computer sciences, allowing senior and graduate students to gain hands-on experience and a potential job after graduation.

Cal State Northridge offers a Program for Adult College Education, allowing upper division transfer students to pursue their Bachelor of Science in Business Administration while maintaining a full-time work schedule or other daytime commitment at an accelerated completion pace of two years.

San Diego State's Sports MBA ProgramIn 2005, the San Diego Padres and San Diego State University's College of Business Administration partnered to launch the first Sports MBA program in the country partnered with a Major League Baseball franchise.

In 1996, SAP, the largest inter-enterprise software company in the world selected the CSU, Chico College of Business as its first partner in the SAP America University Alliance Program – a program designed to provide university faculty members throughout the world with the tools and resources they need to teach students how technology can enable integrated business processes.

Each year, CSU Channel Islands’ business program hosts six tours of local businesses so students can establish connections for possible employment, fine tune their networking skills and become familiar with the businesses in Ventura County.

The Passport to Success program at Cal State Long Beach takes the students on a journey through workshops, events, community service activities and mentoring relationships with local business professionals.

Cal Maritime’s International Business and Logistics program combines real-world training, including co-op educational experiences, study-abroad opportunities, and one multi-week, study-abroad experience, with a solid foundation of international business and logistics courses.