Course Descriptions

Business Minor

The business minor is comprised of five courses, introducing students to the fundamentals of management and managerial disciplines — leadership, accounting, organizations, finance, and marketing and strategy.

Introduction to Management in Business, Government, and Not-for-Profit Organizations

How do individuals organize and execute their work activities to serve their customers, constituents, and clients? This course addresses this fundamental human concern by introducing students to contemporary principles of management practice. The course acquaints students with the methods managers use to analyze their enterprise’s environment and to make decisions. Furthermore, the course develops students’ abilities to communicate in work settings, assess the consequences of organizational designs, devise strategies for fluid teamwork, and to understand standards of professionalism in the workplace.

Organizations — Design, Management, and Change

What are organizations and how do people design, manage, and adapt them to meet their objectives? This course answers that question by introducing students to principles of organizational design and discussing evidence concerning the relationship between organizational structures, work processes, and enterprise outcomes. The course also familiarizes students with the processes through which organizations change and how the change resulting from these processes affects organizations’ stakeholders, missions, and outcomes. Students taking the course will become fluent in the concepts guiding organizational design, management, and change.

Accounting Principles and Practices

(Prerequisites: undergraduate statistics)

This course introduces students to the principles that guide modern accounting practices. In the process, students will learn to reason about important trade-offs and measurement issues faced by accounting professionals, recognize the diversity of accounting careers, and appreciate the institutions that govern the accounting world.

Managerial Finance

(Prerequisites: undergraduate statistics prerequisite)

How do managers raise and invest the financial resources needed to support their organizations’ activities? This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts and techniques of financial management in the modern business enterprise. Students completing the course will understand foundational finance concepts and will be able to use those concepts to make basic assessments about the value of an enterprise and its activities.

Marketing Principles, Management, and Strategy

(Prerequisites: undergraduate statistics prerequisite)

How do managers identify and meet the needs of customers, constituents, and clients? This course answers this question via the introduction of central concepts in marketing. The course acquaints students with how managers model the behavior and expectations of their customers, constituents, and clients, as well as how they steward the expectations and needs of those individuals via marketing interventions.

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