Why Major in BOS? 

A major in Business, Organizations, and Society is for anyone who seeks a better understanding of our increasingly commercialized world.  It is thus appropriate for those who aspire to careers in management, marketing, accounting, and finance as well as those fascinated by the engagement of business with the larger social, political, cultural, and technological issues of our time. 

Student-Managed Investment Portfolio (SMIP)

Students are responsible for the Student-Managed Investment Portfolio (SMIP), a portfolio of financial assets that is part of the College's endowment funds.  Students use finance and investment theories and practices introduced in the business finance and investment courses and examine how other fields of business contribute to more informed investment decision-making. 

Accounting Partnership


Master of Science (MS) in Accountancy Program in Conjunction with Wake Forest University

F&M is pleased to announce its partnership with Wake Forest University in the area of Accounting.  As part of this program, F&M students (of any major) are eligible to complete both a Bachelor of Arts at F&M and a Master of Science (Accountancy) at Wake Forest University over the span five years.  Ideally, the student will complete four years at F&M, apply for admission to the Wake Forest program and then complete one full (fifth) year at Wake Forest.  At the end of the five year experience, the student will be eligible to sit for the CPA exam. 

Each year, as many as five Franklin & Marshall College applicants will receive a minimum $10,000 per semester tuition scholarship to Wake Forest.

Interested students should ideally complete BOS 224 (Accounting for Decision Making), BOS 324 (Analysis and Control) and BOS 360 (Finance) while enrolled at F&M.  Other courses may be required/expected by Wake Forest.  Students may also wish to major in BOS, but this is not required to be eligible for the Wake Forest program.  Admission to the Wake Forest Master’s program is dependent on formal admission to Wake Forest University.

Interested F&M students should contact the Department Chair of BOS for more information about the program after consulting with their advisor.  Students are strongly suggested to take BOS 224 and BOS 324 before considering this program.



Call for Papers



Consumption, Markets and Culture


Guest Editors:

Susan Dobscha, Bentley University

Jeffrey S. Podoshen, Franklin & Marshall College


Deadline for Submission:  February 1st, 2016




Death is inevitable and permanent. It is an integral part of our biological and cultural footprint as a species.  And while biologists, chemists, paleontologists, and medical examiners deal with the death of the physical body, less focus is placed on the cultural location of death within societies. Yet, the popular press is replete with reports about the modernization of death narratives. Headlines like, “Death Doesn’t Have to be a Downer,” and “Forget Coffins – Organic Burial Pods will turn your Loved Ones into Trees” highlight how consumers are beginning to confront the traditional death ritual narrative by changing from sad to happy voice in memorials to feeding the earth through their bodily remains. 

In recent years, there have been an increasing number of calls for research related to consumption of death in all its permutations beyond the topics typically covered in marketing and consumer behavior. Dobscha (2015), Levy (2015), and others have pointed out that consumption permeates death beyond bereavement practices (O’Donohue and Turley, 2005) and rituals (Bonsu & Belk, 2003). Dobscha (2015) highlighted that death related to the body and the death industry were understudied areas in our field.  This special issue will serve to cast a wider net and a take a deeper dive into the myriad of processes and practices that surround death in consumer culture, relying on a variety of disciplines and methodological orientations. 

Death is inherently cultural and governed by local, national, and global norms and customs, and is subject to consumer cultural forces. As a result, death studies is an emergent subfield in other disciplines, notably sociology, tourism, and history, as researchers are beginning to discover its many complexities and layers. The University of Bath hosts a Center for Death Studies that features Steve Jobs memorials on its website but does not list marketing or consumption as one of its research orientations. However, with the exception of the topics of bereavement and death rituals, very little work has been conducted to date that explores the complex intersection of death and consumption. This lack of in-depth study is difficult to explain from both a consumption and a marketing perspective; every consumer dies and the marketing of death is a billion dollar industry with several layers and services.


Purpose and Topics

This special issue seeks to add and expand on the quickly growing interest in death consumption, specifically to facilitate novel theoretical insights.  For example, Podoshen et al. (2014) provide theoretical reflections on dystopian, death-oriented consumption and Stone (2009) discusses how absent death becomes present in the world of tourism. O’Donohoe and Turley (2005), Bonsu and Belk (2003) and Podoshen and Hunt (2009) are further examples of conceptualizing the relationship between consumption and death and related distressing events.

Possible research topics include but are not limited to:

  • material goods and death
  • assisted suicide
  • green burials
  • disposition of a loved one’s possessions
  • death and social media
  • the meaning of death in consumption
  • dark tourism
  • violent consumption
  • consuming the abject
  • death consumption and “taboo”
  • the marketing of memorialization
  • consumption rituals and death



Consumption, Markets and Culture uses Scholar One for manuscript submission.  Papers submitted to the special issue will be directed to the guest editors via the online site http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/gcmc

Authors should follow CMC guidelines for format and especially for references, found at: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/gcmc20#.Va5WTRNVim0 Authors should engage with and cite relevant CMC papers where appropriate.

Specific questions should be relayed directly to the guest editors

Susan Dobscha,                                                                        Jeffrey Podoshen

SDOBSCHA@bentley.edu                                        jeffrey.podoshen@fandm.edu



Bonsu, Samuel K., and Russell W. Belk. 2003. Do not go cheaply into that good night: Death-Ritual consumption in Asante, Ghana.   Journal of Consumer Research 30 (1): 41-55.

Dobscha, Susan, Jenna Drenten, Kent Drummond, Terrence Gabel, Christopher Hackley, Sidney Levy, Jeffrey Podoshen, Dennis Rook, Katherin Sredl, Rungpaka Amy  Tiwaskul and Ekant Veer. 2012. Death and all his friends: The role of identity, ritual, and disposition in the consumption of death. In Zeynep Gurhan-Canli, Cele Otnes, & Rhu Zhu (Eds.), Advances in Consumer Research Volume 40 Duluth:  Association for Consumer Research. 1098-1099.

Dobscha, Susan 2015.  Death in a consumer culture.  Oxford:  Routledge

Levy, Sidney 2015. Olio and integraphy as method and the consumption of death.  Consumption, Markets & Culture, 18(2): 133-154.

O’Donohoe, Stephanie. and Darach Turley. 2005. To death do us part? Consumption and the negotiation of relationships following a bereavement. Advances in Consumer Research 32: 625-626.

Podoshen, Jeffrey S. and James M. Hunt. 2009. Animosity, collective memory and equity restoration: Consumer reactions to the Holocaust. Consumption, Markets and Culture, 12 (4): 301-327.

Podoshen Jeffrey S., Vivek Venkatesh and Zheng Jin. 2014. Theoretical reflections on dystopian consumer culture: Black metal. Marketing Theory 14 (2): 207-227.

Stone, Phillip R. 2009. Making absent death present. In Richard Sharpley & Phillip R. Stone (Eds.), The darker side of travel: The theory and practice of dark tourism, Tonawanda: Channel View, 23-38.



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Visiting Assistant Professor or Teaching Scholar

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