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Enhance Your Concentration

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.

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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.

  • Management Information Systems
  • Finance

In addition to the courses that are required for the Accounting concentration, these courses can help complement or enhance your understanding of the industry.

  • CMPT 120 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming
  • CMPT 125 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming
  • CMPT 127 - Computing Laboratory
  • CMPT 225 - Data Structures and Programming
  • CMPT 276 - Introduction to Software Engineering
  • ECON 102 - The World Economy
  • ECON 103 - Microeconomics
  • ECON 105 - Macroeconomics
  • ECON 104 - Economics and Government
  • ECON 201 - Microeconomic Theory I: Competitive Behavior
  • ECON 220W - Communication in Economics
  • ECON 310 - Money and Banking
  • ECON 333 - Statistical Analysis of Economics Data
  • ECON 342 - International Trade
  • ECON 345 - International Finance
  • ECON 372 - The Economics of Globalization
  • ECON 393 - Public Economics: Taxation
  • PSYC 100 - Introduction to Psychology I
  • PSYC 102 - Introduction to Psychology II
  • STAT 240 - Introduction to Data Science
  • PHIL 105 - Critical Thinking

These suggested programs complement the Accounting concentration.

  • Economics
  • Communications
  • Computing Science
  • Psychology
  • Statistics

Consider complementing the Accounting concentration with these certificates.

  • Business Technology Management Certificate Finance Stream
  • Business Analytics and Decision Making Certificate
  • Computing Studies – Certificate in Information Systems
  • Take BUS 321 directly after BUS 320
  • Take BUS 331 directly after BUS 330
  • Don't leave BUS 421 to your last term
  • Split 400 level courses up into 2 separate terms
  • Join the Accountant Student Association (ASA)
  • Volunteer to complete taxes with ASA or Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)
  • Compete in Peak Case Competition
  • Compete in Elite Case Competition
  • Take on an accounting role in any student club

Identifies market opportunities, manages projects, understands and leverages the behavioral dynamics of change, and provides leadership in a rapidly changing environment.

In addition to the courses that are required for the Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration, these courses can help complement or enhance your understanding of the industry.

  • ENV 495 - Environmental Capstone (4) (when offered as part of Change Lab)
  • HSCI 495 - Applied Health Science Project (4)
  • IAT 430 - Business of Design III: Refinement and Production (3) (Business of Design)
  • IAT 499 - Graduation Project (6)
  • MSE 410 - Capstone Design Technical Project I (3) and MSE 411W - Capstone Design Technical Project II (3) (Technology Entrepreneurship @ SFU)
  • BISC 373 - Brewing Science (2) or BISC 374 - Brewing Science with Lab (3)
  • CA 381 - Thriving as a Cultural Entrepreneur (3)
  • CMNS 425 - Applied Communication for Social Issues (4)
  • CMPT 120 - Introduction to Computing Science and Programming I (3)
  • CMPT 320 - Social Implications - Computerized Society (3)
  • HSCI 130 - Foundations of Health Science (4)
  • HSCI 305 - The Canadian Health System (3)
  • HSCI 312 - Health Promotion: Individuals and Communities (3)
  • IAT 330 - Business of Design I: Introduction (3)
  • IAT 333 - Interaction Design Methods (3)
  • IAT 431 - Speculative Design (3)
  • IAT 481 - Special Topics in Interactive Arts and Technology (Science) (3)
  • MSE 110 - Mechatronics Design I (3) or MSE 111 - Mechatronics for non-Engineers (3)
  • POL 150 - Science, Policy, and Innovation (3)
  • POL 457W - Technology and Innovation Policy (4)
  • PUB 101 - Publication of Self in Everyday Life (3)
  • PUB 201 - The Publication of Professional Self (3)
  • PUB 212 - Public Relations and Public Engagement (3)
  • PUB 456 - Institutional and International Event Planning and Management (4)

This suggested program complements the Entrepreneurship and Innovation concentration.

  • Health Sciences
  • Join Enactus SFU
  • Look into SFU Venture Connection
  • Take on a Project Manager role in any student club

Areas analyzed include securities, markets, risk, investment portfolios, long-term investment and corporate financial decision-making.

  • Accounting
  • Management Information Systems
  • International Business

In addition to the courses that are required for the Finance concentration, these courses can help complement or enhance your understanding of the industry.

  • ACMA 101 - Introduction to Insurance
  • AMCA 210 - Mathematics of Compound Interest
  • ECON 102 - The World Economy
  • ECON 104 - Economics and Government
  • ECON 201 - Microeconomic Theory I: Competitive Behavior
  • ECON 220W - Communication in Economics
  • ECON 260 - Environmental Economics
  • ECON 280 - Introduction to Labor Economics
  • ECON 310 - Money and Banking
  • ECON 342 - International Trade
  • ECON 345 - International Finance
  • ECON 353 - Economic History of Canada
  • ECON 372 - The Economics of Globalization
  • ECON 393 - Public Economics: Taxation
  • GA 101 - Introduction to Global Asia
  • MATH 157 - Calculus I for the Social Sciences
  • MATH 158 - Calculus II for the Social Sciences
  • MATH 232 - Applied Linear Algebra
  • STAT 203 - Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • STAT 270 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics

These suggested programs complement the Finance concentration.

  • Economics
  • Math
  • A Language minor
  • Communications

Consider complementing the Finance concentration with these certificates.

  • Business Technology Management Certificate Finance Stream
  • BUS 315 and 316 are required for 400 level finance courses.
  • Join the SFU Finance Club
  • Join the SFU Beedie Urban Development Program
  • Participate in the Peak Case Competition
  • Participate in the Elite Case Competition
  • 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.

  • Finance/Accounting - will allow you to understand and communication HR initiatives in terms of financial return
  • Entrepreneurship - gives you a context of HR in a start-up company
  • Marketing/Strategy - helps you to implement HR initiatives with a strategic focus
  • International Business - will help you to understand HR within a multi-national company
  • MIS - can give you a focus on HR information systems (HRIS, ATS, LMS, TMS)
  • Certificate in Workplace Rights (below) offers a variety of courses that students will find relevant to HR

These suggested programs complement the Human Resource Management concentration.

  • Labour Studies - Certificate in Workplace Rights
  • Education Minor - Curriculum & Instructional Design

Below are two streams of HR courses that are optional but not required for entry into the general HR field.

Option A

It is recommended that students who wish to become a personnel specialist in a human resource function complete three of

  • BUS 432 - International Human Resource Management (3)
  • BUS 481 - Recruitment and Selection (3)
  • BUS 482 - Performance Management (3)
  • BUS 484 - Employment Systems (3)

Option B

It is recommended that students who wish to develop skills in managing people, including employment systems design, change and organizational leadership, complete three of

  • BUS 485 - Negotiations and Conflict Management (3)
  • BUS 486 - Leadership (3)
  • BUS 487 - Organizational Development and Change Management (3)
  • BUS 488 - Group Dynamics and Teamwork (3)
  • BUS 489 - Management Practices for Sustainability (3)
  • Join Human Resources Students Association (HRSA)
  • Join Business Administration Students Society (BASS)
  • Take on an HR or Project Manager role in any student club

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.

  • Marketing
  • Strategy
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management

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)
  • If you would like to build your career in international strategic management, it would be recommended to take BUS434 (market entry) and BUS435 (management of international firms)
  • If you would like to build your career in international strategic management, it would be recommended to take BUS430 (cross cultural management) and BUS432 (international human resource management).
  • BUS431 (business with East Asian countries) can be an alternative if your interest is to build your specialties for Asian markets.
  • Join Management Consulting Career Prep (MCCP)
  • Participate in Case Competitions/Case analysis
  • Join Axis Consulting (Enactus SFU)
  • Participate in Jeux du Commerce West (JDC West)
  • Take on consulting project/roles

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.

  • Finance and MIS
  • OM/Marketing and MIS
  • 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).
  • HR and MIS

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

These suggested programs complement the Management Information Systems concentration.

  • Economics Minor (For Consulting Careers)
  • Computer Science Minor
  • Statistics Minor

Consider complementing the Management Information Systems concentration with these certificates.

  • Computing Studies Certificate (For Software/Application Development Careers)
  • Business Technology Management
  • Business Analytics and Decision Making

Get the most out of your concentration courses

  • BUS 237
  • BUS 362 and BUS 361
  • BUS 464 (following BUS 362) and BUS 466/462 (following BUS 361)
  • BUS 468
  • Participate in CaseIT MIS Case Competition
  • Join SFU Management Information Systems
  • Go to the SFU Hack Lounge
  • Take on a technology role in any student club

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 SFU Student Marketing Association (SMA)
  • 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.

  • Strategic Analysis
  • International Business
  • Communications
  • Interactive Arts and Technology
  • Publishing
  • Statistics
  • Interactive Arts Technology
  • Communications
  • Print and Digital Publishing
  • Business Analytics and Decision Making
  • Business Technology Management
  • Complete BUS 345 and BUS 347 before moving onto any 400 level courses.
  • 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.

Due to the in-demand nature of critical thinking skills, the Strategic Analysis concentration pairs well with any of the other 8 Business concentrations.

In addition to the courses that are required for the Strategic Analysis concentration, these courses can help complement or enhance your understanding of the industry.

  • ECON 222 – Introduction to Game Theory
  • PHIL 105 – Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 110 – Introduction to Logic and Reasoning

These suggested programs complement the Strategic Analysis concentration.

  • Economics
  • Communication
  • IAT
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science

Consider complementing the Strategic Analysis concentration with these certificates.

  • Business Analytics and Decision Making (BADM) certificate
  • Corporate Environment and Social Sustainability certificate
  • Ethics certificate
  • BUS 371
  • BUS 307 (formerly BUS 470) and/or BUS 471
  • BUS 478 and BUS 479
  • Join Management Consulting Career Prep (MCCP)
  • Participate in Case Competitions/Case analysis
  • Join Axis Consulting (Enactus SFU)
  • Participate in Jeux du Commerce West (JDC West)
  • Take on consulting project/roles