About Business, Society and the Economy

Business, Society and the Economy goes beyond the classroom to explore the worlds of commerce and economics, analyzing business models through team projects and simulations that challenge students to think in new ways about corporate impact and leadership.

Students develop a broad understanding of what a business is, how to run a business, and the vital role of business in society. Students are also introduced to communication principles critical for today's managerial leader and methods of innovative thinking, with a focus on creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration.

BSE is the perfect complement to any major and is for all who have an interest in learning about business.

Active Learning

BSE is a campus leader in implementing experiential learning classes and study abroad opportunities. Global immersion experiences provide opportunities for students to develop an international business perspective by studying the similarities and differences in business environments across countries. Past short-term education abroad experiences have included Australia, United Arab Emirates, and Southeast Asia.  

Students visit corporate leaders in Washington D.C. and have the opportunity to learn in corporate environments in New York, Silicon Valley, and abroad.

Colloquium and Lecture Topics

  • Seeing the Invisible: Ted Turner, Bill Gates, and Steve Jobs
  • Company Transformation
  • Building a Brand
  • Managing Risk

Curriculum Overview

The following table outlines a typical four-year curriculum, but individual schedules may vary. Details about courses and requirements can be found on the Business, Society and the Economy Citation Checklist.

View, print or download Business, Society and the Economy Citation Checklist

Freshman Fall   Freshman Spring  
Course Credits Course Credits
Scholars Colloquium 1 Scholars Colloquium 1
How Do Innovators Think 3 Intro to the Business Value Chain 3
3-4 Courses toward degree and major requirements 9-12 3-4 Courses toward degree and major requirements 9-12
Sophomore Fall   Sophomore Spring  
Course Credits Course Credits
Enterprise Communications 3 Scholars Practicum 1-3
4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-15 4-5 Courses toward degree and major requirements 12-15
Program Preference Form

Invited Students: Complete the Program Preference Form by February 12

Sponsoring College

R.H. Smith School of Business

Residence Hall

Cambridge Hall