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Requirements for the minor

7 courses in the program:

  • Three core courses: ECON 110, BUS 211, BUS 280
  • One course in statistical methods: STAT 200 (see Non-Departmental Courses), MATH 321, or PSYC 281
  • One course in ethics: PHIL 118 or PHIL 130 or PHIL 210 or PHIL 212
  • Students also select a two course sequence from among the following areas of Business and Management:
    • Finance: BUS 212 and BUS/ECON 333
    • Marketing: BUS 285 and BUS 343
    • Human resources management: either PSYC 267 or PSYC 272 and either PSYC 278 or ANSO 205
    • Competitive strategy: ECON 301 and ECON 365
    • Environmental management: ENVS 260 and ENVS 368
    • Public sector: ECON 363 and PS 235
    • International business: ECON 371 and either PS 301 or PS 312
    • Accounting: BUS 212 and BUS 312
    • Independent sequence: Two courses chosen in consultation with the major advisor and the business program advisor

Students majoring in Economics, Environmental Studies, Financial Mathematics, or Psychology and minoring in Business and Management can apply no more than three courses to both programs simultaneously.

Course Descriptions

BUS 111. Introduction to Arts Administration. (1)

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. Strategic topics include Advocacy, Development, Budgeting, Grant Writing, Fundraising, Marketing, and Audience Development. Class guests from various arts entities will provide opportunities for real world case studies, site visits, and dialogue on current issues in the arts. Cross Listing: AADM 111; O; E. Metz;

BUS 201. Business and Technical Writing. (1)

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 211. Principles of Accounting I. (1)

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; C. Schoffner;

BUS 212. Principles of Accounting II. (1)

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 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. (1)

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

BUS 272. Industrial Psychology. (1)

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, & Evaluation; Job Stress; the Physical Design of Workspaces; Work Motivation. Prerequisite(s): PSYC 100 & sophomore standing; Cross Listing: PSYC 272; F. McAndrew;

BUS 280. Business and Society. (1)

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? HSS; Prerequisite(s): ECON 110 and sophomore standing or permission of instructor; Offered every year; J. Spittell; J. Gomer;

BUS 285. Marketing and Society. (1)

This course introduces basic marketing concepts and critically analyzes marketing issues facing business in its interactions with people and government. Basic concepts related to marketing strategy; marketing ethics and social responsibility; marketing research; product development, pricing, and promotion; market segmentation; international marketing and e-marketing are studied through the lens of their impact on society. Prerequisite(s): BUS 280 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; Offered every year; J. Spittell;

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 310. The Economics of Nonprofit Enterprises. (1)

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. (1)

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 320. Entrepreneurship and Society. (1)

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 330. Labor Economics. (1)

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. (1)

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; Offered every year; J. Spittell;

BUS 340. Management Principles. (1)

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; DV; Offered occasionally; J. Spittell;

BUS 343. Strategic Brand Management. (1)

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 285; 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 360A. Startup Term: Planning Teamwork, and Execution. (1)

Students work in terms on an entrepreneurial startup project. Teams must produce a business plan and, ideally, an alpha version of a product. This course encompasses how well each team member handles the "little things" necessary for a successful startup venture: prioritizing tasks, meeting deadlines, staying on schedule, overcoming problems as they arise, applying theoretical material from 350B and 360C to their startup endeavor, etc. Prerequisite(s): Sophomore standing and acceptance of Startup Term application; Cross Listing: IDIS 360A; J. Spacco; J. Spittell; J. Dooley;

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 400. Advanced Studies. (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. Staff;

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