Not everyone knows which concentration(s) to pick or continues with the first concentration they select. Hands-on experience through business courses, engagement with student organizations, or work experience like co-op may open your eyes to possibilities and careers you’d never considered. A constant assessment of your options is natural and encouraged until you find the perfect match between your interests, strengths and long terms goals. We support you in selecting your concentration(s) through the Business Career Passport, our Academic and Career Advising teams, and the resources below.
Pick your concentration
Focuses on preparing, analyzing, and verifying financial documents for clients or internal use. This function ensures that financial records are accurate, along with identifying, measuring, and communicating plans of action to improve the financial well-being of a company.
In addition to the courses required for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship concentration, there are many courses at SFU that can complement and enhance your understanding of innovation and entrepreneurship. These are just a few:
CA 381 - Thriving as a Cultural Entrepreneur (3)
CMNS 110 - Introduction to Communication Studies (3)
HIST 135 - Capitalism and the Making of the Modern World (3)
IAT 110 - Visual Communication Design (3)
IAT 210 - Introduction to Game Studies: Theory and Design (3)
LBST 308 -The Labour Process: Technological Change and the Future of Work (3)
POL 150 - Science, Policy, and Innovation (3)
POL 253 - Introduction to Public Policy (3)
PSYC 106 - Psychological Issues in Contemporary Society (3)
SA 150 - Introduction to Sociology (4)
SEE 110 - Energy, Environment, & Society (3)
TEKX 101 - Introduction to 3D Printing and Laser Scanning Technologies (3)
Get hands on experience through SFU Beedie Endowment Asset Management (BEAM)
Take on a finance role in any student club
Provides a basis to understand, predict and manage organizational behaviour. SFU Beedie offers two specialized career streams: Personnel Specialist covers recruitment, training, negotiation and performance management. Managing People includes employment systems design, change and organizational leadership.
Deals with aspects of competition across national boundaries. Understand how firms can successfully compete in the global arena while assessing structures, systems, and processes that contribute to efficient and effective international business activities.
International Business has two major components: international strategic management and international human resource management.
If you are interested in international strategic management, you may find it interesting to take macro-economics, international political economy and industrial organization courses in economics, international studies, and political science departments.
If you are interested in international human resource management, you may find it interesting to taking culture, ethnography, economic sociology, social psychology courses in sociology, anthropology and psychology departments.
In addition to courses within the subject areas noted above, SFU Beedie students interested in International Business may also wish to consider the following SFU elective courses:
IS 101 - Global Challenges of the 21st Century: An Introduction to International Studies
IS 200 - Security and Global Governance: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (3)
ECON 342 - International Trade (3)
POL 131 - Politics of Prosperity and Inequality (3)
Integrates understanding of people, information, technology and strategy, to find ways to make organizations more agile, effective and efficient. Learn how to model, manage and use data to build and support business processes.
Accounting and MIS is a growing field: many accounting processes are being automated and students pursuing a career in accounting should consider completing the MIS concentration (or taking the combination of BUS 362, 462, 464).
In addition to the courses that are required for the Management Information Systems concentration, you should take elective courses outside of business, such as courses in Computer Science, Statistics, and Economics.
(For Software/Application Development Careers)
CMPT 120 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming I
CMPT 125 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming II
CMPT 127 - Computing Laboratory
CMPT 276 - Introduction to Software Engineering
(For Data Analytics Careers)
CMPT 225 - Data Structures and Programming
CMPT 354 - Database Systems
ECON 333 - Statistical Analysis of Economics Data
ECON 331 - Introduction to Mathematical Economics
STAT 240 - Introduction to Data Science
STAT 205 - Introduction to Statistics
STAT 260 - Introductory R for Data Science
STAT 261 - Laboratory for Introductory R for Data Science
STAT 270 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics
STAT 285 - Intermediate Probability and Statistics
(For Consulting Careers)
ECON 201 - Microeconomic Theory I: Competitive Behavior
Takes an analytical approach to marketing management, consumer behaviour, market research and analysis. Present the face of a company to customers and, in turn, bring the voices of customers to the organization.
Join Business Administration Student Society (BASS)
Take on Marketing or Project Manager role in any student club
Focuses on logistics, planning, scheduling, and purchasing for a wide variety of product and service industries. Operations management professionals use quantitative methods to facilitate the decision-making process to address operational issues.
Join the Business Administration Student Society (BASS)
Join the SFU Beedie Urban Development Program (BUDP)
Take on a Project Manager role in any student club
Focuses on strategic and comprehensive approaches to combine business planning, critical thinking and analytics tools to deliver insight on the processes of an organization, evaluate markets and provide consulting solutions and recommendations.