Requirements

Please note: The Business, Ethics, and Society minor is available only to students in the classes of 2022 and 2023. The program is currently being reviewed for future classes. 

There are five elements of the minor in Business, Ethics, and Society:

Foundations

Students take introductory courses in accounting, economics, and values, together with an offering that introduces them to the basic terminology, functions, and operations of a business

Accounting

BES students must take one class in accounting that provides a general introduction to the field. Students can fulfill this requirement with successful completion of one of the courses listed below.

  • ACCT 181 – Financial Accounting
  • another class in accounting, subject to BES Advisor approval

Economics

BES students must take one class in economics that provides a general introduction to the field. Students can fulfill this requirement with successful completion of one of the following courses:

  • ECON 110 – Principles of Economics (counts toward economics major)
  • another class in economics, subject to BES advisor approval

Ethics

BES students must take one class addressing ethical or political theory. Students can fulfill this requirement with successful completion of one of the courses listed below.

  • PHIL 204 – Ethics
  • RELS 143 – Social Ethics
  • RELS 141 – Contemporary Christian Morality
  • POLS 101 – Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 265 – Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 249 – Environmental Ethics
  • PHIL 247 – Environmental Political Philosophy
  • another class in ethical or political theory, subject to BES Advisor approval

Business Fundamentals

BES students must complete one offering that introduces them to the basic terminology, functions, and operations of a business. For students in the classes of 2022 and 2023, there are two ways to fulfill this requirement: (1) via the Business Fundamentals Lab, a 1/2 credit course offered through CIS, or (2) via the Fullbridge Program, a co-curricular (no credit) offering available through the Ciocca Center. Financial aid is available for the latter.

Information about fulfilling the fundamentals requirement for the classes of 2024 and beyond will be provided when it is available.

Capitalism in Context

Capitalism in Context serves as an anchor for the BES minor. While the details vary by professor and by discipline, all offerings explore how the meaning and practice of "capitalism" can vary from context to context — it has meant different things and mattered in different ways depending on the time, the society, the philosophy, the religion, and even the art that shaped its practice. All offerings also address values, contemporary issues, and the role of business. 

Two Electives 

Subject to certain constraints, students may choose almost any course offered at the College that will support their exploration of an approved project.

Students in the classes of 2022 and 2023 must take two electives that will help them prepare for their capstone cases. The electives must meet several criteria. Absent advisor approval of an exception:

  • Electives must be 200-level or above.
  • One must be outside of the social sciences and one must have an ethics or social justice emphasis; these two conditions may be fulfilled by the same course.
  • Students can fulfill this requirement with successful completion of two of the courses listed below, among others, subject to advisor approval.

NOTE: Students may not count more than a total of two courses from their major toward the six courses required for the minor, and economics and accounting majors may not use economics or accounting courses as electives at all. Students are responsible for identifying and fulfilling any prerequisites required by the courses listed. 

Students may propose any course offered by the College as an elective in their BES curriculum (with Advisor and Instructor consent), but the following list identifies some popular options:

  • ACCT 275    Corporation Finance
  • ANTH 251    Informal Economies    
  • CIS  208       Entrepreneurship
  • CIS               Social Entrepreneurship
  • CIS               Writing about Data and Policy
  • ECON 114   Social Welfare and Public Policy
  • ECON 210   Economics of European Union
  • ECON 215   African Economies
  • ECON 221   Economic Development of Modern China
  • ECON 222   Health Economics
  • ECON 229   Economics of Sports
  • ECON 230   Financial Markets and Institutions
  • HIST             African Economic History
  • HIST 212     History of Capitalism: U.S. in the World
  • PHIL 302     Corporate Moral Agency
  • POLS 220   Capitalism in Crisis
  • POLS 257    Politics of Development
  • POLS 275    International Political Economy
  • POLS 287    Humanitarianism
  • POLS 315    Feminist Political Theory
  • PSYC 238    Judgment and Decision-Making
  • PSYC 399    Psychology of Economic Behavior
  • RELS 280     Liberation Theology            
  • RELS 299    Theology of Freedom
  • SOC  287    Travel and Tourism
  • SOC  361    Leadership and Social Change
  • VAHI 205    Global Commerce in 15th Century Italy     

Information about fulfilling the electives requirement for the classes of 2024 and beyond will be provided when it is available.

Internship

BES students may choose between a semester academic internship program (Academic Internship ProgramWashington Semester, and New York Semester) or a qualifying internship arranged through the Center for Career Development. In each case, the student must secure BES advisor approval before commencing the internship.

Learn more about the internship.

Capstone Seminar 

BES students will conclude their minors with the Capstone Seminar, meeting once a week to develop and then present their case studies. The students will thus bring their BES studies to a close with a series of debates in which they draw on their internship experiences and their coursework to explore the realistic possibility of ethical action in concrete, real-world scenarios.

Learn more about the capstone seminar.