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In this introductory program, you will develop the skills and insight needed to conduct and understand the relationship between business and society and how business practices, such as innovation, quantitative and critical analysis, ethics, sustainability, entrepreneurship, management, and leadership influence outcomes. Key factors to business success will be explored from different perspectives and stakeholder views. The program includes fundamental work in entrepreneurship, leadership, management, ethics, quantitative work, economics, accounting, financial statement and ratio analysis, as well as the concept of time value of money.
In fall quarter, the program includes basic statistics, which will serve as a foundation for further work in advanced social sciences, including graduate programs requiring statistics. Through seminar texts and various other readings, independent research, movies, speakers, field trips, group projects, workshops, and student presentations, we'll examine business and finance from a variety of viewpoints. Seminar texts include Goldratt and Cox’s The Goal, Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In, and Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, as well as other fundamental business texts that will enhance the skills necessary for conducting business as well as running nonprofits.
During winter quarter, we will analyze compelling problems or issues centered on economically successful businesses. We'll also study topics such as forecasting, linear programming, decision analysis using tree diagrams, and queuing theory from the field of operations and supply chain management.
Upon successful completion of the program, you will be better equipped to understand how a successful business operates and to work with financial data and procedures in the conduct of business and public policy. You will also be better prepared for the quantitative requirements of businesses and governments.
Some elements of this program are subject to change depending on faculty staffing.
This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:
business, management, and government service.
Class Size: 50
25% Reserved for Freshmen
Located in: Olympia