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Business, Ethics, and Society

Business, Ethics, and Society: Self-Designed Minor 

Explore the institution of business through an interdisciplinary lens. Building from a foundation in economics, accounting, and values, the minor in Business, Ethics, and Society will guide you through coursework in a broad range of social science and humanities disciplines to address central questions about the role of business in a just and flourishing society.  

Business is one of the dominant institutions in contemporary society. Regardless of whether you will participate in business or simply live in a society deeply shaped by it, the interdisciplinary minor in Business, Ethics, and Society will help you gain a deeper understanding of what it is, what it does, and what it could – and should – become. 

Program Highlights

You will:  
  • Acquire basic business literacy and relevant practical skills, and a basic understanding of economic concepts and economic decision-making.
  • Develop an interdisciplinary perspective on capitalism, understanding it not simply as an economic arrangement but also as a force that shapes political institutions and human relations.
  • Practice integrating ethical reasoning and concerns into discussions about business principles and business practices.
  • Learn how your liberal arts education relates to the world of business, and how to explain that to others. 
  • Lay the foundation for the habits of ethical reflection and reasoning necessary for ethical leadership.
  • Prepare to act as ethical participants in the institution of business, if you choose to pursue that path.
  • Prepare to act as critically engaged citizens of a society in which business touches everything we do.

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