Course Cluster Guidelines


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In addition to choosing a non-LSBE minor or taking electives on an a la carte basis, a third option has been created to help guide BBA students with their choice of upper division Non-LSBE electives.  LSBE has identified "clusters" of courses around six topical areas: ethics, quantitative analysis, interpersonal dynamics, international studies, E-commerce, and sustainability. There are several courses available in each cluster.

Students completing the requirements of a course cluster will receive a notation on their transcript indicating that the student has completed courses in that cluster.

While lower division courses listed within a cluster can be taken to fulfill the requirements of the cluster, those courses cannot be counted towards the upper division Supporting Courses Requirements.

If a BBA student takes upper division LSBE courses to meet the requirements of a course cluster, those courses can count toward the Upper Division Supporting Courses Requirements.   The Upper Division Supporting Courses Requirements in the BBA degree consists of 18 credits, from among 1) Upper Division Economics Elective; 2) Upper Division International Requirement; 3) Upper Division Non-LSBE electives to bring total to 18 credits.

When you complete a course cluster, please contact the Advising Office in LSBE 111A so the notation can be added to your transcript.

International Studies

Five courses from at least three different groups, with no more than 2 courses from any group.

Group A: Socio-Cultural Aspects

Comm 2929-Intercultural Communications

Comm 3625-Rhetoric of Globalization

Pol 3451-Theories of International Relations

Psy 3051-Cross-Cultural Psychology

Group B: Resource Issues

Econ 3150-Development Economics

Econ 3402-Global Economic Issues

Econ 4410-International Economics

Geog 3370-Geographies of Development

Geog 3461-Geography of Global Resources

Group C: Comparative Studies

HCM 4560-Int'l Comparisons of Health Care Systems

INTB 3201-International Business

INTB 4201-Chinese Business and Economy

INTB 4211-Innovation in Ireland

Any other Study Abroad course

Group D: Functional Domains

MgtS 4474-International Management

MgtS 3781-International Marketing

FMIS 3649-International Finance

MgtS 4861-International Human Resource Management

Acct 4505-International Accounting



Five courses from at least three different groups.  MIS majors are not allowed to pursue this cluster because the content is very similar to the MIS major requirements.

Group A: Programming Fundamentals

CS 1101-Introduction to Web Programming

CS 1121-Introcution to Programming in Visual BASIC.NET

CS 1141-Introduction to Programming in Matlab

CS 2121-Introduction to Programming in Java

CS 3121-Interactive Multimedia Technology

Group B: Database Management

CS 3211-Database Management

  or  CS 2611-Database Management Systems

  or FMIS 3220-Database Management and Design

FMIS 3222-Systems Analysis and Design

FMIS 3224-Communications and Computer Networks

Group C: Web Applications

FMIS 3232-Visual Web Programming

FMIS 4221-XML and Information Management

FMIS 4225-Advanced Applications Development

Group D: Content Design

Writ 4220-Document Design and Graphics

Writ 4230-Web Design and Digital Culture

Writ 4250-New Media Writing

Writ 4290-Advanced Web Design and Digital Culture


Quantitative Analysis

Complete five courses, with at least two from each group.

Group A: Basic Applications

ECON 3030-Economics Research Methodology

MKTG 3711-Marketing Research

PSY 3021-Experimental Design and Methodology

PSY 3022-Applied Methods and Measurement

HCM 4580-Health Services Research Methods

Group B: Advanced Topics

PSY 4021-Research Methods I

PSY 4022-Research Methods II

PSY 4023-Research Methods III

ECON 4040-Tools: Applications of Economic Analysis

ECON 4213-Mathematical Economics

STAT 5411-Analysis of Variance

STAT 5511-Regression Analysis

STAT 5515-Multivariate Statistics



Complete five courses, with at least one course form each group.

Group A: Resource Perspective

ANTH 3888-Anthropology of Food

ANTH 4631-Anthropology and Environment

ES 3100-Sustainable Food Systems

ES 3500-Ecological Economics

MGTS 4463-Sustainable Management

GEOG 3461-Geography of Global Resources

Group B: Science of Sustainability

ESCI 2210-Science and Management of Environmental Systems

ESCI 3101-Nonrenewable Resources

ESCI 3102-Renewable Resources

GEOG 2306-Environmental Conservation

GEOG 3481-Urban Ecology

GEOL 1110-Introduction to Environmental Science

EDUC 4234-Science, Technology, and Society

Group C: Socio-Cultural Issues

MKTG 3751-Marketing Ethics

PHIL 3325-Environmental Ethics

SOC 4860-Environmental Sociology

WS 3600-Ecofeminist Theories and Practice

COMM 3620-Boundary Waters in Controversy

ANTH 4500-The New Commons

*Other sustainability-related courses may be considered by petition.  Students are encouraged to consult the Sustainability Advising Tool.


Interpersonal Dynamics

Complete five courses with at least two courses from each group.

Group A: Social Dynamics

COMM 3200-Interpersonal Communication Theory

COMM 3205-Relationship Communication

COMM 3210-Group Communication

COMM 3215-Conflict Management

MKTG 4731-Consumer Behavior

PSY 3201-Social Psychology

PSY 3211-Group Dynamics

Group B: Organizational Dynamics

COMM 3211-Communication and Technology in the Information Age

COMM 3700-Interpersonal Influence

PSY 3520-Introduction to Industrial/Organizational Psychology

PSY 3525-Behavior Analysis in the Workplace

PSY 3701-Personnel Psychology

PSY 3707-Organizational Psychology



Complete five courses, with at least one course from each group.

Group A: Foundations

MGTS 4461-Business Ethics

PHIL 1003-Ethics and Society

PHIL 3281-Ethical Theory

Group B: Functional Domains

BLAW 3001-Law and Ethics for Finance Professionals

COMM 3510-Ethics in Human Condition

HCM 4550-Legal Aspects and Ethics in Health Care

MKTG 3751-Marketing Ethics

PHIL 3222-Medical Ethics

PHIL 3325-Environmental Ethics


Population Health Studies

Complete at least 5 courses, with at least one from each group.

Group A:  Population Health Science

PHAR 3501-Epidemiology

HCM 4580-Health Services Research Methods

HPER 3200-Research and Evaluation in Health Science

STAT 4060-Introduction to Biostatistics

Group B:  Social and Cultural Perspectives

Anth 4640-Medical Anthropology

GEOG 3335-Urban Planning

HCM 4510-Medical Sociology

HLTH 3500-Environmental Health

PHIL 32222-Medical Ethics

PSY 3051-Cross-Cultural Psychology

PSY 4500-Health Psychology

SOC 4370-Sociologyof Mental Health Illness

Group C: Health Communication

COMM 3400-Health Communication

COMM 3405-Health Campaigns

PHAR 3206-Issues in Health Literacy and Communication

PSY 3524-Basic Helping Skills

Group D: Behavior Sciences

HLTH 3101-Community Health

HLTH 3115-Consumer Health Education

HLTH 3303-Health Education and Promotion Program

HLTH 3307-Conducting and Managing Worksite Health Promotion Programs

PHAR 3208-Directed Study: Wellness Communication and Behavior Change in Patient Populations

PSY 3613-Applied Behavior Analysis and Behavior Change