Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics

Programs Offered

The Business and Economics Program has a liberal arts and interdisciplinary focus. It is built on the five Cs: critical thinking, collaboration (working with others), and communication (oral and written English), conduct and competencies (in business related disciplines). Students learn the fundamental principles of accounting, economics, finance, information systems, management, and marketing as applied in a variety of organizational settings. A distinguishing aspect of the Business and Economics Program is the requirement to take courses developed in conjunction with disciplines outside the traditional business curriculum. Examples include courses with Biology, Chemistry, Education, English, Fine Arts, History and Performing Arts.

In addition, a Capstone Course provides students with the opportunity to integrate their knowledge through a Global Strategy Simulation exercise. To foster an integrative and cross disciplinary experience in a relevant business area, students are required to select one of five emphases: Entrepreneurship, Finance, Global Business, Management, and Marketing. All emphases draw on upper-division courses from accounting, economics, management and marketing to offer an in-depth perspective into five critical areas of business.


Actively promote the Mission of CSU Channel Islands (CI) by building and supporting a learning community of faculty and students who pursue excellence in all areas of business and economics education and scholarship

Touchstones to the Mission

  • Multi-Disciplinary Liberal Arts approach to business and economics education
  • Work towards students’ ultimate best interests
  • Undergraduate five Cs: Critical Thinking, Collaboration (teamwork), Communication, Conduct (ethics), Competency (in related academic disciplines)
  • Graduate three Is: Innovative, Integrative, International
  • Reflect a university-wide perspective
  • Effectively manage resources
  • Seek non-state resources
  • Excellent faculty + relevant curriculum + support = optimal educational opportunities for students


A School of Business & Economics widely recognized for its excellent graduates, faculty and curriculum.

Economic Forecast

Martin V. Smith Professor, Dr. Sohn, provides up-to-date economic forecast and commentary on his website.


The Martin V. Smith School of Business and Economics programs prepare students to work in a variety of organizations—both public and private. The Bachelor of Science degree prepares students for several types of graduate and professional school studies: MBA, MPA, law school.

Our list of classes & catalog

Schedule of Classes
CI Catalog