Business Courses


MW 3:00-4:15PM

This course revolves around five principal themes:        

1. Introduction to the subject matter of Economics and to the nature and characteristics of the American economy.

2. Analysis of the forces that govern the determination of the aggregate level of economic activity.

3. Analysis of the American banking system and its role in affecting the level of economic activity.


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VSB 2004-H01 Financial Accounting

Robert West 
MW 4:30-5:45 PM

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VSB 4002-H01: Strategic Think & Implem

Pankaj C. Patel 
TR 2:30-3:45PM 

This course covers the strategic management process from the point of view of top corporate executives. Therefore, it examines the corporation as a whole as well as its relationships with the environment, competitors, customers, and providers of critical resources. This course is designed to (1) provide you with an understanding of the strategic management process, (2) acquaint you with the process of critical thinking, and (3) provide you with opportunities to argue for the correctness of your own interpretation of issues facing U.S. corporations. The objectives require the integration of skills learned in functional areas such as finance, accounting, marketing, and organizational behavior. Your mastery of two types of learning will assist you in this course as you act the role of top managers. The first type of learning consists of conceptual tools derived from theoretical models. More comprehensive treatments of the tools will be covered in higher level courses. Because the coverage of these tools is limited, every student will be required to utilize the ones that we do study in a variety of analytical circumstances. It will not be possible to pass the course without demonstrating a mastery of these tools. The second type of learning is critical thinking. For many students, this is new and is much more difficult. Critical thinking entails (1) examining the assumptions upon which our conclusions depend, (2) looking at the evidence for these assumptions, and (3) exploring other plausible alternative assumptions.


You will learn through lectures, class discussions, readings in the text (11 Chapters), case studies (10 Harvard Business School studies), the novel “What I Didn’t Learn in Business School: How Strategy Works in the Real World,” and the book “Algorithms to Live by: The Computer Science of Human Decisions. Written assignments, examination, and your participation in a study group, this course simulates the choices facing top managers as they conceive and operate a major corporation, or redirect one of its lines of business.


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