Advanced Foundations for Successful and Sustainable Business

Fall 2015, Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 quarters

Taught by

management science, statistics


Students will need intermediate experience in the business areas of accounting, finance (eight credits or equivalent), economics (four credits or equivalent), and entrepreneurship within a class or work setting, as well as knowledge up through the second year of high school algebra.

During this program, students will develop the skills and insight needed to conduct and understand the relationship between business and society and how business practices such as innovation, critical analysis, ethics, sustainability, management, and leadership influence outcomes. Factors that are key to business success will be explored from a number of different perspectives and stakeholder views. 

Work in this program will expand students’ skills in accounting, finance, economics, and entrepreneurship and will provide foundational learning in basic leadership, ethics, corporate finance, financial statement and ratio analysis, and the concept of time value of money. Students will also cover forecasting, linear programming, decision analysis using tree diagrams, and queuing theory from the field of management science.

Through seminar texts, independent research, movies, speakers, field trips, business simulations, and student presentations, students will examine business and finance from a variety of viewpoints. Seminar texts include books representing innovation, management science, finance, statistics, marketing, ethics, management, and other disciplines. We will read Goldratt and Cox’s The Goal, Scott Shane’s Illusions of Entrepreneurship, and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers.

During winter quarter, students will work in small groups on formally proposed, extensive independent projects focusing on improving their research skills. They will be required to analyze and critique a compelling problem or issue focused on our primary themes of sustainable, successful businesses. The research includes a term paper and will conclude with a multimedia presentation of the student’s findings to the rest of the program. In the spring quarter, students will work in small groups on an exercise that simulates a real-world business.

Students leaving this program should be better equipped to work with financial data and procedures in the conduct of business and public policy. They should also be better prepared for the quantitative requirements in business and government.

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

business and government, graduate schools in business administration or public administration.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day


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Online Learning

No Required Online Learning

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Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Fall); 16 (Winter); 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Junior–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 50


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