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Courses Offered
Business, Organizations and Society

A list of regularly offered courses follows. The indication of when a course will be offered is based on the best projection of the department and can be subject to change.

Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement. 


200. Strategies for Organizing. (S)

Introduces students to the changing roles and relationships of business, organizations and society. Coupling theories of business strategy with a variety of critical perspectives, this course aims to provide students with a rich multidisciplinary framework for understanding deeply, thinking creatively, and acting effectively in our dynamic, competitive environment. Emphasizing the interplay between theory and practice, each section of BOS 200 may offer students a distinctive field experience or special project.    Podoshen,Schneper, Stinchfield, Kurland, McCaffrey, Merryman

224. Accounting for Decision Making. (S)

Accounting concepts, standards and procedures involved in income determination and asset, liability and owners’ equity measurement and reporting. Emphasis on the role of accounting information in investment decisions. Corequisite: BOS 200.   Glazer,Vanden Berg

250. Quantitative Methods. (S)

Gives students the tools necessary to engage in research as well as the ability to read and understand the research done by others. Includes an exploration of the scientific method, theory construction, hypothesis development and statistical tests used to evaluate them. Focus is on issues in the social sciences, particularly business organizations. Not open to students who have taken ECO 210.                                                                                                                                               Papakroni, Barbro,

315. Organizational Behavior. (S)

Multidisciplinary study of the formal organization. Topics include concepts and theories related to how individuals, groups and structural attributes influence the performance of organizations. Prerequisite: BOS 200.  Merryman

316. Human Resources Management. (S)

Traditional areas and responsibilities of personnel/human resources management. Compliance with federal regulation of the workplace; planning, selection and staffing; training and development; performance appraisal; compensation; labor history; and labor relations. Prerequisite: BOS 315.                                                                                                                                          Staff

324. Analysis and Control Systems. (S)

Exploration of current costing systems and the role of costs in performance measurement, budgeting and managerial decision-making. Examination of cost behavior and the use of cost analysis tools. Extensive use of cases in discussion of cost management topics including target costing and pricing decisions in decentralized operations, outsourcing, activity-based costing and budgeting, flexible manufacturing and environmental and quality costs. Prerequisite: BOS 224.              Glazer, VandenBerg

325. Financial Reporting and Analysis. (S)

This course explores the use of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) in financial reports and how well those principles reflect the underlying economic reality of an organization. Students will also gain experience analyzing actual financial reports and other publicly available information in order to assess an organization’s earnings, financial position and cash flows. Prerequisites: BOS 224 and 360.                                                                                                                                           Glazer

332. Law, Ethics and Society. (S)

Explores the nature of individual obligation and professional accountability in our complex, commercial society. We will begin by examining the minimal social expectations embodied in legal doctrines and principles. We will then turn to explore our broader social responsibilities by drawing upon the norms and values necessary for a vibrant civil society. The aim is to gain a richer understanding of how to lead morally satisfying and civically engaged professional lives.                          Churchville, Nesteruk

335. Business and the Natural Environment. (S)

Widespread concern for a cleaner environment and sustainable practices has put new demands on business. Exploration of philosophical, theoretical, strategic and policy issues facing organizations in relation to the natural environment. Same as ENV 335.         Kurland

341. Marketing. (S)

Integrated, analytical approach to macro- and micro-marketing and marketing management. Problems and case studies are used to analyze marketing opportunities, strategic planning of profit and not-for-profit organizations in accordance with a societal marketing concept. Open to juniors and seniors only. Prerequisite: BOS 200 and BOS 250.          Barbro, Podoshen

345. Consumer Psychology. (S)

This course looks to explore answers to the question of “Why We Buy?”. Students will attempt to identify what makes consumers, emotionally and cognitively, act in the way that they do. This course integrates material, theory and perspectives from the fields of Marketing, Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology and Statistics in an effort to give the student a holistic examination of consumer behavior in the 21st century.                                                                                                                                     Podoshen

350. International Business. (S)

Students in this course will learn about the history of international business, investigate the political and economic institutions that structure the global economy, and explore the impact of international environments on firm-level decisions. Same as IST 350.          McCaffrey

360. Finance. (S)

Theoretical concepts and analytical techniques of corporate finance. Topics include management of working capital, capital budgeting and cost of capital and capital structure planning. Open to juniors and seniors only. Prerequisites: BOS 224, BOS 250 and ECO 100.                                                                                                                      Kopchak, Papakroni

361. Securities Analysis. (S)

Formulation of investment policies for individuals, firms and institutions; analysis of securities; operation of the securities markets. Prerequisite: BOS 360.                                                                               Papakroni, Kopchak

363. Portfolio Management. (S)

Students responsible for the Student-Managed Investment Fund, 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. Prerequisites: BOS 361 and permission of the instructor.                                                                                                                      Kopchak

391. Directed Readings.

Exploration of a specific topic in organization studies through readings chosen and directed by a member of the Department of Business, Organizations, and Society faculty. Permission of chairperson is required.               Staff

370 – 379, 470 – 479. Topics in Business, Organizations, and Society. (S)

Study of specific aspects of business and other types of organizations. Topics are changed from year to year. Permission of instructor usually required.                                                                                                                  Staff

480. Issues Facing Organizations in the 21st Century. (S)

This course is the “capstone” experience for majors. Various course sections use a different multi-disciplinary “theme.” All sections require that students undertake a semester long project as the culmination of their academic program. Projects may be individual or group based. Contemporary issues are used to create discussion and debate. Permission to enroll is determined by the student’s adviser and the instructor.                                                                                                                             Staff

490. Independent Study. (S)

Independent study directed by the Business, Organizations, and Society staff. Permission of chairperson

Topics courses EXPECTED to be offered in 2014 – 2015

Business in Russia.