BA 404, or Small Business Consulting, is one of the available Business capstone courses that gives students the opportunity to implement all of their previous studies. The class meets on Friday from 10:00am-12:40pm. There is a LARGE element of this class in which student groups meet OUTSIDE the classroom. Students act as “business consultants” to selected businesses, working in three to five member teams. BA 404 can be taken as a business elective in lieu of the required BA 405. Always be sure to check with your academic advisor. The class will be small [30 students maximum]. Students must apply to take the course, which fills quickly, so plan to register as early as possible.

Program Overview

The Small Business Consulting class pairs astute students with small businesses in the San Diego area. After meeting with their client, business students design their project plans and deliverables to meet the scope of the project. This experience gives the students the opportunity to answer those tough critical thinking questions in an interview situation, and gives them real-life experience to put on their resume. Not to mention the lasting impact made in the community.

Student Eligibility

  • All business core courses [BA 300, 310 (or MIS 301), 323, 350, 360, 370] completed
  • GPA 2.75 or above
  • Instructor approval

Students in this course will demonstrate skills in these areas:

  • Problem Identification
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Consultation
  • Project Management
  • Strategies for Team Effectiveness
  • Analyze the Business Problem
  • Develop Recommendations
  • Creating a Clear Action Plan to be Followed by the Client