What We Teach

Undergraduate Courses

BUS3 10      Discovering Business
BUS3 12      Managing My Life
BUS3 80      Legal Environment of Business 
BUS3 150    Fundamentals of Human Resource Management 
BUS3 151    Labor Relations
BUS3 152    Human Resources and Analytics
BUS3 153    Management of Diversity
BUS3 154    Workforce Planning, Staffing, and Training 
BUS3 155    Performance Management and Development 
BUS3 157    Legal Issues in Human Resource Management
BUS3 158    Compensation and Reward Systems
BUS3 159    Senior Seminar in Human Resource Management
BUS3 160    Fundamentals of Management and Organizational  Behavior 
BUS3 161A  Applied Organizational Behavior 
BUS3 161B  Organization Theory 
BUS3 165    Analysis and Design of Teams
BUS3 169    Honors Seminar 
BUS3 169B  Honors Practicum 
BUS3 166    Business, Government, and Society
BUS3 180D  Business Strategy Case Competition 
BUS3 186    Professional and Business Ethics
BUS3 189    Strategic Management 

Graduate Courses

BUS 202      Managing in the Global Economy
BUS 210      Developing and Managing People
BUS 250      Law and Ethics
BUS 252      Managing Organizational Change
BUS 253      Negotiation and Conflict Management
BUS 255      Diversity in the Workplace
BUS 262A   Global Leadership and Innovation
BUS 262B   Global Leadership Development 
BUS 265      Silicon Valley Experience 
BUS 268      Managing Across Cultures
BUS 282A   Management and Organizational Behavior (MBT Program)
BUS 290      Strategic Thinking
BUS 297D   Teams that Work 
BUS 297D   Management of Human Assets 
BUS 297D   Non-profit/Social Enterprise Design and Management
BUS 297D   Human Resource Analytics

Undergraduate Courses

BUS3 10 Discovering Business
Simulates setting up a small business to explore the many facets of an enterprise (marketing, accounting, finance, management, information systems, etc.). Through self-assessment and readings, directs students toward career paths that best reflect their personal aptitudes and interests.

BUS3 12 Managing My Life
An interdisciplinary course in personal development that introduces basic concepts and practical skills for improving and enhancing life during college and beyond. The course includes how to succeed in college, manage one’s finances, plan one’s career, manage stress, and increase overall happiness and well-being.

BUS3 80 Legal Environment of Business 
Understand the judicial system and dispute resolution with emphasis on the role of law in purchasing, contracting and administering a business as it impacts the firm’s constituencies and society as a whole. 

BUS3 150 Fundamentals of Human Resource Management 
Theories, concepts and processes of human resource management; specific topics include EEO, employee motivation, job analysis and work design, strategic human resource planning, recruitment and selection, talent assessment and development, performance management, compensation and benefits, OSH, and employee rights and discipline. 

BUS3 151 Labor Relations
Private sector union-management relations; labor history, basic labor economics. Legislative, judicial, administrative issues in collective bargaining; contract negotiations, grievance procedures, dispute resolution. Overview of public sector collective bargaining and comparative labor relations. Current trends, including labor-management cooperation.

BUS3 152 Human Resources and Analytics
Examines how Human Resource (HR) professionals can use data analytics to inform HR decisions. Includes descriptive, predictive, and prescriptive analytics. Concepts are applied using software tools such as Qualtrics, SPSS, Excel, and Tableau. 

BUS3 153 Management of Diversity
Cross-cultural differences in effective HR management; organizational culture, cross-cultural communication, opportunity structures, organizational change; legal compliance and planning models such as Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action; conflict resolution strategies; dealing with internal and external compliance agencies.

BUS 154 Workforce Planning, Staffing, and Training 
Examines basic concepts, strategies and current issues in recruitment, talent acquisition, selection and training. Involves use of computer tools to analyze impacts of legal compliance, diversity, technology, outsourcing, restructuring and downsizing on effective management of human resources. 

BUS3 155 Performance Management and Development 
Assessment and performance management of individuals, groups and organizations in a rapidly changing environment. Explores need for change management skills such as organizational development, career development and coaching to assess and improve the talent base of organizations. Project required. 

BUS3 157 Legal Issues in Human Resource Management
Legal aspects of the employment relationship, including employment at will; contract, privacy, public policy, and whistleblower exceptions; EEO and affirmative action; prohibitions against discrimination and harassment; arbitration, trade secrets and non-competition agreements; occupational safety/health; compensation, benefit and family leave laws. Project required.

BUS3 158 Compensation and Reward Systems
Theories and practices of compensation and benefits; strategies to establish and administer equitable pay structures; job analysis, and evaluation, salary surveys, pay and motivation, skill-based pay systems, long-term and short-term performance plans, merit increase, bonus, stock options, profit-sharing, executive compensation and computer tools in compensation. 

BUS3 159 Senior Seminar in Human Resource Management
Extension and integration of student knowledge, skills and abilities in strategic HRM; critical analysis of current HRM issues; exploration of HR career options; analysis of existing organizations to develop methods of improving HRM decision-making in a real-world setting. 

BUS3 160 Fundamentals of Management and Organizational  Behavior 
Provides a foundation for major topics in management and organizational behavior by surveying theories and practices relating to managerial roles, organizational cultures, fundamental strategic issues, planning, team building, communication, motivation, leadership, decision-making, control, structure and change.  Recognize perceptual biases and understand how they affect decision-making and interpersonal processes through assigned readings and in-class activities.

BUS3 161A Applied Organizational Behavior 
Focuses on high-level application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of group dynamics, interpersonal communication, motivation, leadership, perception and attitudes, individual power and politics, conflict and stress management. In-depth emphasis on key theories plus interpersonal managerial skills. 

BUS3 161B Organization Theory 
Managing organization-wide structural and cultural changes leading to designs that enhance organizational effectiveness. Change issues of managing growth, resistance, intervention phases, crisis management, intergroup conflict/power are combined with design issues of balancing innovation and predictability, decentralization and centralization. 

BUS3 165 Analysis and Design of Teams
Team formation, team structures, team communication, team dynamics, team performance, and team management challenges prevalent in organizations. Study of team types from a broad selection of business functions and industry contexts.

BUS3 169 Honors Seminar 
This course will introduce some of the seminal theories in management and related fields. The seminar will provide a variety of views on organizations, organizational life and the way organizations function. The course will be cross-disciplinary, drawing on readings about organizations from a variety of sources and disciplines. Students will be required to apply theoretical concepts to their own work, field study, or internship experiences. 

BUS3 169B Honors Practicum
Second semester of a two-semester honors program sequence. Student teams collaborate on a project sponsored by a company or other organization, under the supervision of the sponsor and the instructor. Teams present their final report to the sponsor. 

BUS3 166 Business, Government, and Society 
Analysis of the American business system in terms of socio-economic and political constraints imposed upon business organizations by external, physical, legal, political, social and economic environments. Special reference to ethical issues in business, corporate social responsibility, profit maximization and countervailing powers in a pluralistic society. 

BUS3 180D Business Strategy Case Competition
The course uses simulation to help build awareness of the relationship between operational decisions and market outcomes, and build strategic thinking skills. The course involves participation in the International Collegiate Business Strategy Competition. Students work in teams making resource allocation decisions for a virtual firm over 20 quarters. They will compete with team mates from other universities in the US and abroad. Admission GPA requirement and pre-course competition results. 

BUS3 186 Professional and Business Ethics
Extension and integration of student knowledge, skills and abilities in strategic HRM; critical analysis of current HRM issues; exploration of HR career options; analysis of existing organizations to develop methods of improving HRM decision-making in a real-world setting. 

BUS3 189 Strategic Management 
Integrative capstone seminar analyzing interrelationships of managerial decisions/actions within and between the firm and its environment. Applies multi-disciplinary techniques to diagnose and recommend actions appropriate to specific company situations, using case methods. 

Graduate Courses

BUS 202 Managing in the Global Economy
This course investigates the world economy, including how markets, institutions and organizations vary from country to country, and how global competition, climate change, digital and emerging economics, and shifting from manufacturing to a service economy affect management practice. 

BUS 210 Developing and Managing People
Based on the philosophy that increased self-awareness and effective self-management leads to more effective management of others, uses experientially focused, integrating models, principles, and activities

BUS 250 Law and Ethics
Course focuses on both law and ethics in the business environment, how individuals and organizations approach law and ethics, as well as the ethical, legal and social consequences of disregarding law and ethics in favor of other objectives. 

BUS 252  Managing Organizational Change
The focus will be upon applied organizational change by covering organizational behavior from a normative, policy-oriented perspective. The perspective will be one of viewing the person (student) as an actual or potential change agent; a consultant (internal or external), innovative personnel specialist, or middle or top level manager.

BUS 253 Negotiation and Conflict Management
Introduces a theoretical framework and skill-building exercises/simulations for negotiating agreements in adversarial or competitive relationships. Explores conflict resolution methods applicable to commercial transactions, employee relations, union management negotiation and contract disputes, as well as international diplomacy. 

BUS 255 Diversity in the Workplace
Analysis of communication, leadership, motivation, group dynamics, decision-making, problem solving, training, change, conflict resolution and other behavioral concerns as they apply to the management of the multicultural workforce.

BUS 262A Global Leadership and Innovation
A focused approach to how global leadership fosters innovation and global change.  The course integrates business, industry, and ecosystem perspectives on leading innovation and change. Uses a variety of learning tools including analysis of case studies and the development of actionable consultative reports.  Participants learn how to foster innovation at all levels of the organization, in themselves, and in those they lead in global industries.

BUS 262B Global Leadership Development 
Development of leadership skills for personal self-awareness and organizational growth outcomes required in innovative global environments.  The course explores classic and contemporary models of leadership in a multi-domain context using evidence-based management approaches. Emphasizes the experiential nature of applying these skills in organizations to address the challenges in the innovative global workplace. Open to all students with graduate standing. Counts towards Advanced Global Leadership Certificate.

BUS 265 Silicon Valley Experience 
This course is designed to develop the “whole student” for success in the business world, including professionalism, ethics, case competitions, communications, networking, career success, and work/life balance. It includes lectures, speakers, panels, competitions, and other events providing students with an in-depth exposure to Silicon Valley.

BUS 268 Managing Across Cultures
A comprehensive foundation for understanding, managing, and successfully interacting in the multi-faceted, culturally-embedded contexts of multinational firms. Understanding major issues facing multinational corporations in the management of international operations including what fosters innovative environments; insights into cultural, historical and institutional factors; managing innovation across cultures; skills for working effectively in international multicultural teams.  Open to all students with graduate standing. Counts towards Advanced Global Leadership Certificate.

BUS 282A - Management and Organizational Behavior (MBT Program)
Familiarizes students with the challenges that arise for managers in organizational settings; surveys theories and practices relating to managerial roles, organizational cultures, strategy, planning, team building, communication, motivation, leadership, decision-making, control, structure, and change.

BUS 290 Strategic Thinking
Integrative focus on managing the total enterprise, including corporate and business-level strategy formation. Applies market and industry analysis, using qualitative and quantitative techniques, to position companies in their competitive environment. Students create a strategic plan for on-going or new organizations.  

BUS 297D Teams that Work
Organizations intensively use teams, both co-localized and geographically distributed (or virtual), to carry on knowledge intensive work that is critical to their success. However, teams often fail to live up to their full potential due to managerial and organizational issues. This course aims to provide a framework to an-alyze and interpret the variables and processes that affect team effectiveness. Students will understand the challenges faced by teams in traditional and new work scenarios and will learn how to design and manage ‘teams that work’. 

BUS 297D Management of Human Assets 
Knowledge based workers expect more autonomy, flexibility, new learning, and information. Managing these intellectual assets is challenging and requires a new way of approaching their expectations. This course focuses on strategies to manage the most valuable of assets that knowledge based organizations possess: the humans. You will learn about their importance, and how to attract, retain, compensate and manage their performance and development. The course also includes a component on international HRM.

BUS 297D Non-profit/Social Enterprise Design and Management
This course covers the full spectrum of requirements for designing, strategizing and managing nonprofit and social enterprises. These topics include identifying opportunities, generating revenue, managing volunteer and non-volunteer human resources, and obtaining nonprofit designation and additional certifications. We cover motivations for creating a nonprofit/social enterprise, benefits certification, and the unique challenges they present.

BUS 297D Human Resource Analytics
People analytics is a critical function within HR that highly values data-driven skillsets, as they are needed to help answer business decisions regarding growth, performance, learning and development, workforce planning, and more. The course objective is to provide hands-on experience in synthesizing, analyzing, and describing people data to inform crucial HR/People decisions. The course will be project-focused and will include topics like engaging with stakeholders, obtaining business requirements, analyzing data, and more. Tools used include Excel and Python for data manipulation. The course will also introduce Tableau for data visualization of outputs to “tell a story with data”. No prior knowledge of these software and tools are required, though it is recommended you have taken an introductory programming or coding course.