Required Core Courses for Business Students

Any student majoring in Accounting, Business Management, Digital Media Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, or International Business must complete the Tabor School of Business Core, comprised of 61 credit hours in fundamental business principles.

Tabor School of Business Core Requirements (61)
BU100. Business Creation (3)
BU111. Team Dynamics (1)
EC100. Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
EC110. Principles of Microeconomics (3)
MA130. Elementary Probability and Statistics with Spreadsheets (3)
MA131. Elementary Probability and Statistics Lab (1)
IS120. Spreadsheet & Database Applications (3)
BU230. Business Conversations (3)
BU250. Written Business Communication (3)
BU260. Business Law (3)
ET260. Designing Your Life (1)
IS240. Foundations of Information Systems (3)
AC230. Introduction to Financial Statements (3)
AC240. Principles of Managerial Accounting (3)
FI340. Introduction to Financial Management (3)
MK200. Principles of Marketing (3)
MG300. People and Performance (3)
FI300. Personal Finance (1)
MG370. Operations Management (3)
BU330. International Business (3)
PH215. Business Ethics (3)
BU450. Business Strategy (4)

To view detailed course descriptions, visit the department pages.

BU Course Descriptions

BU100. Business Creation Designed to provide students with a basic understanding of business, this course stresses personal and professional development and is built around the introduction and integration of the various business functions. Concepts such as teams, leadership, ethics, professionalism, and communications are explored through a team-designed written business plan and professional presentation. This course must be co-horted with BU111, Team Dynamics. (3 credits)
BU111. Team Dynamics A hands-on course designed to prepare students for the world of teams. Focus is to develop students' understanding of team dynamics including team development, member roles, leadership, norm development, role of conflict and diversity in teams, delegation of authority, and team management, This course must be co-horted with BU100, Business Creation. (1 credit)
BU230. Business Conversations Students will practice the skills necessary for interpersonal and group communications in a business setting. This includes the use of communication technologies for presentation and meetings. Fulfills the University Studies Oral Communication Studies requirement. (3 credits)
BU250. Written Business Communication Students will prepare clear, concise, thorough, fact-based content and deliver it through the appropriate method and message for an intended audience. This includes preparing summaries and analysis of current events and typical business and employment situations. Methods include reports, letters, e-mail and social media. (3 credits)
BU260. Business Law This course is the study of the legal environment for business, and gives particular emphasis to topics such as contracts, liability, agencies, partnerships, corporations, property, bankruptcy, sales and negotiable instruments. Pre-requisite: Sophomore standing. (3 credits)
BU325. Not-for-profit Leadership & Governance The student will explore what it means to be a leader, how certain leadership models lend themselves particularly well to not-for-profits and how leadership can be cultivated in oneself and in others. This course will also examine what it means to be a leader in the current non-profit environment locally as well as globally. Students will learn about the differences between a board of directors and an advisory board as well as how each of these groups supports the mission of the organization. Students will learn how to organize a board of directors, evaluate a board of directors, develop board policies, and direct an effective board meeting. Students will translate theory into practice through a partnership with a local nonprofit. Students will develop and conduct a training session for not-for-profit leaders, a governing board or an advisory board. (3 credits)
BU330. International Business Problems and possibilities of doing business in an international context: Possible forms of foreign business involvement, the international monetary system and foreign exchange markets; multinational firm strategies related to finance, marketing, personnel and production; the impact of cultural and political differences on the business environment. Pre-requisites: Junior standing, AC230, EC100. (3 credits)
BU450. Business Strategy A capstone course that develops, analyzes, and discusses both strategies used by management in daily operations and policies for the integration of major business activities. The course answers the questions all businesses should continually ask: Where are we now? Where do we want to be? How do we get there? Includes case studies, computerized simulation and experiential learning. Pre-requisites: Senior standing, FI340, MG300, MG370, MK200. (3 credits)

EC Course Descriptions

EC100. Principles of Macroeconomics

Basic economic concepts and their application to problems of broad public policy, such as inflation, unemployment and international economic relations. The special role of the government in the economy through taxation, expenditures, monetary policy and regulation. Economic growth, development and different economic systems. A general education course. Pre-requisite: University mathematics competency. (3 credits)

EC110. Principles of Microeconomics

Analysis of demand theory, costs, supply and prices in various market structures, including resource markets. Nature of market failures, externalities, and public goods. (3 credits)

EC120. Principles of Economics

Designed to give students an introduction the core concepts of economics with an emphasis on real-world examples and current events. Learning to analyze problems and make decisions is a major theme throughout the course. The course will look at how markets work and don't work, how businesses and consumers make decisions, and issues such as inflation and unemployment with their possible causes and cures. The roles of the government and the Federal Reserve in the economy will be examined as well. What students learn in this course will help them to make more informed decisions in their roles as voters, consumers, workers and citizens. Cannot be taken for credit in any Tabor School major. Pre-requisite: University mathematics competency. (3 credits)

FI Course Descriptions

FI300. Personal Finance This course is designed to provide students with the basic knowledge of how to successfully handle their personal finances at all stages of their life. This course covers financial planning, managing money and credit, insurance issues, investing topics, retirement and estate planning and dealing with financial life events. Open to all majors. Pre-requisite: Junior standing. (1 credit)
FI340. Introduction to Financial Management An introduction to the terms and concepts involved in financial management. This is a managerial decision-oriented course involving team and individual processes. Financial analysis, forecasting and planning, break-even analysis, sources of financing, analysis of capital project opportunities as well as short-term asset management, cash budgeting and credit policy, valuation. Pre-requisites: AC240, EC100 or EC110. (3 credits)
FI354. International Trade and Finance

Principles of international trade, exchange rates and balance of payments adjustments. Methods of financing international trade. The international financial institutions that aid the flow of funds. Working capital considerations and capital budgeting problems of the multinational corporation. Pre-requisites: Junior standing, EC100, EC110, FI340. (3 credits)

FI365. Corporate Finance Analysis of financial problems of business enterprises and formulation of financial policies with emphasis on concepts such as Economic Value Added and Market Value Added. Short-term investment and financing decisions. Financial Statement Analysis. Development of long-term investment theory and financing decision making with emphasis on the valuation process. Financing choices and cost of capital, capital budgeting and dividend policy. Pre-requisites: FI340 or consent of instructor. (3 credits)
FI452. Security Analysis and Portfolio Management Advanced evaluation of securities, determinants of their value, methods of combining securities in the construction of investment portfolios. Portfolio theory strategies. Extensive project analysis of an industry and company stock. Pre-requisite: FI340. (3 credits)