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BUS 111 Introduction to Arts Administration

This course will engage the primary critical areas that arts administrators manage regardless of the art medium represented or the size of the arts entity. Topics include the rise of the arts as an economic engine and social force, concept development and analysis, stakeholder analysis, business plans, the creative class, and mission statements. Class guests from various arts entities provide opportunities for real world case studies and dialogue on current issues in the arts. Cross Listing: AADM 111; E. Metz

BUS 201 Modern Business Messaging

The course is intended for any student wishing to improve written communication skills, but especially for those students who want to gain skills in writing clear and effective business-related prose. The course focuses on the business and technical writing skills necessary to communicate effectively in a variety of professional settings. Students analyze, evaluate, and create a variety of professional documents: letters, memos, resumes, reports, proposals, business plans, presentations, etc. Cross Listing: CTL 201;ENG 201;ENG 201; Offered every year; J. Haslem

BUS 209 (1/2)

Introduction to what business and other professional contexts look like in the Spanish-speaking world. In addition, we will study the language structures and cultural formalities needed to engage in effective communication and to develop successful relationships in these professional environments. Attention is also given to professional writing and oral tasks in accordance with appropriate cultural conventions. In this way, the course is not only for students wanting to use Spanish for business purposes, but also for those planning to work in non-profit organizations, the public sector, community organizations, or engage in activism. Taught in Spanish. Cross Listing: SPAN 209;

BUS 211 Principles of Accounting I

Fundamental principles, techniques and functions of accounting. An introduction to the basic financial statements and their interpretation. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; Offered every year; J. Gomer

BUS 212 Principles of Accounting II

Amplification of accounting material presented in BUS 211. An introduction to the accounting principles used to value assets, liabilities, and shareholders' equity. Further emphasis on the interpretation and analysis of financial statements. Prerequisite(s): BUS 211 or permission of the instructor; Offered every year; J. Gomer

BUS 214 History of Self-Government

Contemporary life is largely structured by shared practices of self-government. When we make decisions as consumers, as employees, as citizens, we decide what is best for ourselves and act in ways that businesses and other social institutions can coordinate. But what are the terms by which contemporary self-government occurs? In this course, we examine the modern history of reasoning about self-government in order to trace the emergence of contemporary neoliberal practices of self-government out of earlier liberal practices. Cross Listing: PHIL 214; D. Wack

BUS 215 Strategic Principles of Arts Administration

This course will build upon the theory, concepts, and skills initiated in AADM 111 through the study of the strategic administrative level of responsibilities. Arts organizations require highly knowledgeable and skilled individuals with a keen aesthetic sensibility, incisive business acumen, and an insightful understanding of current issues and trends that are relevant to the creative health, fiscal prosperity, and human capital of those organizations and the demographics they serve. Strategic topics include, entity organizational structures, leadership strategies, and economic theory as applied in the non-profit sector, budgeting, fundraising, governance, labor relations, marketing, and arts advocacy. Prerequisite(s): AADM/BUS 111; Cross Listing: AADM 211; E. Metz; J. Spittell

BUS 230 Labor Economics

This course examines the labor market and how economic, social and institutional forces influence the supply and demand for labor. Topics include: labor force participation, wage determination, investments in human capital, wage differentials, discrimination, the role of unions and collective bargaining and policy considerations such as the effects of welfare and social security benefits on levels of participation. Prerequisite(s): ECON 110 and 120, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ECON 230; Offered alternate years; C. Scotton

BUS 248 Teaching Assistant (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff

BUS 267 Organizational Behavior

This course is a study of group dynamics within the context of work organizations. Topics include group decision-making, conformity, leadership, communication, organizational structure and climate, and Job Satisfaction. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100 and sophomore standing; Cross Listing: PSYC 267; Offered alternate years; F. McAndrew

BUS 272 Industrial Psychology

This course will cover the application of psychology to the problems faced by employees and employers in the workplace. A sample of the topics covered include the following: Psychological Testing; Employee Selection, Placement, and Evaluation; Job Stress; the Physical Design of Workspaces; Work Motivation. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100 and sophomore standing; Cross Listing: PSYC 272; F. McAndrew

BUS 280 Business and Society

This course introduces basic business concepts and critically analyzes issues facing business in its interactions with government, people and the environment. Basic business finance, accounting, human resources, operations, marketing, management and strategy concepts and practices are studied through the lens of their impact on society. Some of the questions examined are: How do managers make financial, marketing, and strategic decisions in the face of competing demands of the various stakeholders? What are product pricing, distribution, and promotional strategies and what are ethical dilemmas faced in implementing them? What impacts are e-business and global business having on business, society, laws, and business decisions? How can businesses manage human resources for both quality of life and success? Prerequisite(s): ECON 110 and sophomore standing or permission of instructor; SA; Offered every year; J. Spittell; J. Gomer

BUS 295 Special Topics (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Business not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff

BUS 301 Intermediate Accounting I

This course is the first course of a two-course sequence of Intermediate Accounting. Students will experience an expanded treatment of financial accounting theory and principles. Students will examine the balance sheet, income statement, and statement of cash flows. The conceptual framework of accounting, concepts of future and present value, cash and receivables, inventory, and the acquisition and disposition of property, plant, and equipment will be given special emphasis. Methods of presenting financial statements for external users will be studied. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Codification process will be examined to gain an understanding of current principles and regulations followed in the preparation of financial statements. Prerequisite(s): BUS 211 and BUS 212; Offered annually Fall term; J. Gomer

BUS 302 Intermediate Accounting II

This course is the second course in a two-course sequence. Intermediate Accounting II continues education of Intermediate Accounting concepts and principles developed in Intermediate Accounting I. Students will examine the balance sheet and income statement in detail with special emphasis on the liability and stockholder's equity sections of the Balance Sheet. Concepts for contingencies, bonds and long-term notes financing, leases, pensions, and accounting changes will be examined. Methods of presenting financial statements for external users will be studied. A detailed analysis in preparing the Statement of Cash Flows will also be examined. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) Codification process will be examined to gain an understanding of current principles and regulations followed in the preparation of financial statements. Prerequisite(s): BUS 301; Offered annually Winter term; J. Gomer

BUS 310 The Economics of Nonprofit Enterprises

Students examine the role of nonprofit enterprises in society and the variety of ways nonprofits find to finance the goods and services they produce. Students survey economic and political theories about the social need for nonprofits then examine the legal organization, management, and performance of 501c(3) nonprofit organizations. Topics that receive particular attention include: defining the mission, marketing, pricing services and products, charitable fundraising, recruiting paid staff, recruiting volunteer staff, and building effective boards of trustees. Prerequisite(s): ECON 110; Cross Listing: ECON 310; Offered occasionally; R. Stout

BUS 312 Advanced Managerial Accounting

This course is designed as an extension of Principles of Accounting I and II. It is intended for the student wanting additional knowledge in the area of accounting and accounting research, as well as the student pursuing a graduate degree in a related field, such as MBA. The course will focus on topics of business ethics, financial analysis, and management decision making. Business research and writing will be conducted for specific topics. Discussion of the role and issues experienced by a managerial accountant will be included. Prerequisite(s): BUS 211 and 212; Offered every year; J. Gomer

BUS 315 Marketing and Society

Marketing concepts, processes, metrics, and management issues are critically analyzed with regard to business in its interactions with people, stakeholders, government, and society. Topics include: marketing strategy; marketing research; product development, pricing and promotion; market segmentation; supply (value) chain; marketing metrics, international marketing; e-marketing; social media; marketing ethics; sustainability and social responsibility. Prerequisite(s): BUS 280; Offered every Winter term; J. Spittell

BUS 320 Entrepreneurship and Society

This course begins by focusing on the global entrepreneurial revolution and entrepreneurial mindset. The course then addresses entrepreneurship essentials including recognition and comprehension of the value creation process. The driving forces of entrepreneurship - the business plan, founder leaders and the team, ethics, resource requirements and constraints, financing, management of growth, and avoidance of pitfalls are covered. Paradoxical issues are addressed including: ambiguity and uncertainty vs. planning and rigor, creativity vs. disciplined analysis, patience and perseverance vs. urgency, organization and management vs. flexibility, innovation and responsiveness vs. systematization, risk avoidance vs. risk management, and current profitability vs. long term equity. An entrepreneurial project is an integral component of the course. Prerequisite(s): BUS 211 and 285; Offered every year; J. Spittell

BUS 325 Human Resource Management

This course will introduce students to the field of human resources management, the function in an organization responsible for managing the talent or human capital of the organization. Breaking human resources management into core components, students will explore strategies and practices for attracting, developing, and retaining talent working in defined roles in an organization structure operating consistent with business values and culture--all necessary for a business to meet its operational goals. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing; PSYC 100; and PSYC 267 or PSYC 272; Staff

BUS 330 Labor Economics

This course examines the labor market and how economic, social and institutional forces influence the supply and demand for labor. Topics include: labor force participation, wage determination, investments in human capital, wage differentials, discrimination, the role of unions and collective bargaining and policy considerations such as the effects of welfare and social security benefits on levels of participation. Prerequisite(s): ECON 110 and 120, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ECON 330; Offered alternate years.; C. Scotton

BUS 333 Managerial Finance

This course examines the functions, responsibilities, logic and analytical tools of financial management. The elements of the financial administration of the firm will be considered throughout the term. Emphasis will be placed on "why" as well as "how" financial decisions are made in organizations. This will be accomplished by examining the areas of cash flow, valuation, present value, risk and return, cost of capital and short and long term financing. Prerequisite(s): BUS 212 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: ECON 333; QR; Offered every year; J. Spittell

BUS 340 Management Principles

This course explores how the study and theories of management have changed with the changing nature of work and the workplace, to understand the dynamic interplay among the work, the worker and the environment in which work is done. Students create team projects to experience and analyze the planning, organizing, motivating and controlling functions of organizational management. We pay particular attention to the process of managing and the challenges of getting work done with and through others. Prerequisite(s): BUS 280 or permission of the instructor; Offered occasionally; J. Spittell

BUS 343 Strategic Brand Management

This course will explore the important issues in planning, implementing, managing and evaluating brand strategies. It will also provide concepts, theories, models, and other tools to make better brand management decisions. Particular emphasis will be on understanding psychological principles at the individual and organizational level. This course will also incorporate principles of marketing research. This course is relevant for any type of organization regardless of size, nature of business, or profit orientation. Prerequisite(s): BUS 315; Offered every year; J. Spittell

BUS 348 Teaching Assistant (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff

BUS 349 Internship in Business (1/2 or 1)

Interested students working with faculty members in the program of Business and Management may arrange internships in the area of Business. Prerequisite(s): Advance permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff

BUS 360B Startup Term: Entrepreneurship and Society, New Venture Creation

Entrepreneurship and Society is a seminar format course for Startup Term students. It begins with developing an understanding of the entrepreneurial mind-set. Topics addressed include the essentials of successful entrepreneurial activity, engaged critical thinking, research and analysis, communication competencies, opportunity recognition, and comprehension of the value creation process. The business plan, leadership, collaborative competencies, personal ethics, resource requirements and constraints, financing, and the essentials of managing growth and avoiding pitfalls are covered during the term. Students will engage in the paradoxical issues of ambiguity and uncertainty vs. planning and rigor; creativity vs. disciplined analysis; patience and perseverance vs urgency; organization and management vs. flexibility; innovation and responsiveness vs. systemization; risk avoidance vs. risk management; current profitability vs. long-term equity. Material is covered through text and topical readings, seminars, group discussions, and guest lectures. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing and acceptance to Startup term; Offered alternate years; Cross Listing: IDIS 360B; J. Spittell

BUS 395 Special Topics (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of Business not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff

BUS 399 Senior Seminar in BUsiness and Management

This is a capstone course in seminar format. An in-depth study and research in your particular area of interest of business and management. Oral presentation and discussion of your study will be ongoing as the course proceeds. A written research paper is required, and will be presented at the end of term. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and 300 level courses in your field of concentration in Business and Management; Offered every year, Winter or Spring term; J. Spittell

BUS 400 Advanced Studies (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. Staff

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