The Academic Advising ( department of CI helps students from all majors choose general education (GE) and other non-business classes. Please make an appointment with them to ask about GE and other non-business classes.

There are two business major/minor advisors who specialize in helping you choose classes for your business major or business minor. They can help you:

  • check whether you are on schedule to graduate
  • plan which classes to take each semester
  • decide whether you want to declare an option in the business major
  • plan which classes to take while studying abroad
  • answer any other questions about the business major or minor

The two business major/minor advisors are below. Click on the link after each name to set up an appointment with that advisor.

Required Classes

The exact classes required for the business major or business minor, depend on the semester you started at CI. To find the rules that apply to you, do the following:

  • Go to
  • Change the drop-down in the top right corner of the browser window to the catalog for the year you began at CI. For example, if you began in Fall 2018 or Spring 2019, choose “2018-2019 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]”.
  • Scroll down to pick “Programs and Degrees” in the red menu at the left side of the browser window.
  • Scroll down to “Martin V. Smith School of Business & Economics”
  • Click on the link for your major (and option if you have one) or your minor. This will display the list of all the requirements.
  • To see the prerequisites for the courses, click on the small red icon in the upper-right corner that looks like a sheet of paper with the corner folded over.

Planning Classes to Take

To graduate from CI, you need to complete 120 units of classes. That means, to graduate within four years as a freshman or within two years as a transfer student, you need to take 15 units (normally five classes) each fall and spring semester. The vast majority of these classes need to fulfill specific requirements, e.g., GE, business major classes, etc.

The business program has developed example class schedules to help you plan which classes to take each semester. You do NOT need to take the classes in exactly this order; these are simply examples of schedules that will work well. The examples are slightly different depending on the year you started at CI:

Tracking Your Progress

You can use CI Records to track which requirements you have fulfilled. You do this by looking at your CARR report. Follow the instructions at

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to do an option?

You may complete an option in the business major (e.g., finance, marketing, management), but you are not required to so. Completing an option requires taking additional classes beyond the courses required for the major. The main reason to do an option is because you are interested in topic and want to learn more about it.

Which classes do I have to take before Capstone?

There are many prerequisites for the business capstone course (BUS 499). Please check the information in the Required Classes section. Do not rely on rumors; read the requirements.

What is the lowest grade I can get in a class and have it still count for the major?

For the major, the lowest grade you can earn in a core course depends on the year you started at CI. If you started on or before Spring 2016, the course counts for the major if you earn a D- or higher as your final grade. If you started at CI later than that, you must earn a C- or higher for the class to count toward the major.

What is the lowest grade I can get in a class and have it still count for the minor?

For the minor, the lowest grade you can earn for the class to count is D-.

How many times can I take a class if I don't do well the first time?

You have two attempts at CI to successfully complete each business major or minor requirement. That means, if you earn too low a grade for the class to count toward the major in the first time you take a class, you have one more chance to take that class. When you do this, make sure that you reserve extra time to work on this class.

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