Business, Finance, and Statistics
Spring 2019 quarter
Would you like to better understand the business world’s set of numbers? This program will provide the quantitative reasoning for the conduct and understanding of business and finance in today’s world. We will focus on contemporary business issues, as well as offer an introduction to personal finance and investing. This program also includes four credits of basic undergraduate statistics, which will serve as a foundation for further work in advanced social sciences including graduate programs (e.g., an MBA or MPA) requiring statistics. But fear not: this material is useful, practical and very doable.
We will examine the financial challenges faced by smaller businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals, and what it takes to be effective in our current economic environment. There will be workshops, lectures, films, guest speakers and student-led sessions. Readings from daily newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal , magazines such as the Economist and Kiplingers , and texts such as That Used to Be Us by Thomas Friedman will increase student familiarity with current business topics and help students develop the skills to organize and analyze business, economic, and financial information. Strategies for effectively presenting quantitative information will also be covered.
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