Business, Ethics and Society

Business, Ethics, and Society: Self-Designed Minor 

Business is one of the dominant institutions in contemporary society, and the Holy Cross minor in Business, Ethics, and Society (BES) lets you explore that institution through an interdisciplinary lens. Building from a foundation in economics, accounting, and values, the BES minor will guide you through coursework in a broad range of disciplines to address central questions about the role of business in a just, flourishing, and sustainable society.  

New Program Announcement

We're excited to announce that the College has approved a new program in Ethics, Society, and the Institution of Business. This program is open to all students at the College who wish to pursue an academic exploration of the problematic ways that the institution of business interacts with our environment, our society, and ourselves. The website is under construction, but students interested in applying for the program should contact Pr. Kendy Hess (Philosophy), Pr. Karen Teitel (Accounting), or the site for the earlier program.


This is not the traditional business minor offered at other schools. The Holy Cross minor in Business, Ethics, and Society goes beyond practical preparation, introducing you to the historical, social, and political aspects of the institution of business and offering it up for your critique. 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 business 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 as the context in which most businesses operate, 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 in business.
  • 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.

Business, Ethics, and Society News

Holy Cross students attend the 16th annual Women in Business Conference in the Hogan Campus Center
NBA’s Kate Jhaveri ’95 Talks Leadership, Careers at 16th Annual Women in Business Conference
The conference featured energizing speakers, breakout discussions and live networking opportunities hosted virtually and on campus
Ja-Na? Duane works with students in Stein Hall in 2018.
Entrepreneurship and Innovation Program Teaches Ethical Leadership
When Ja-Naé Duane introduces entrepreneurship to students at the College of the Holy Cross, she doesn’t start by talking about business ideas, product development or marketing strategy. Rather, she tells students: “Pick a problem.”
Christina Casey '22
Holy Cross Student Summer: Christina Casey ’22
Christina Casey ’22 Summer Plans: Intern, LA Sparks Hometown: Sherman Oaks, CA Major: Political Science Summer Plans I am working in the Corporate Partnerships Department at the Los Angeles Sparks, three-time WNBA champions. As a Corporate Partnerships Intern, my primary …