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Overview of the Minor

The Business Program is designed to be accessible to any Brandeis undergraduate and to serve students with a broad range of interests. It welcomes all students who wish to augment their liberal arts education with a brief but sophisticated overview of business issues. Economics majors may complete this program, but students in the International Business Program (IB) may not. Students who entered Brandeis before fall 2003 may elect to complete either the IB or the BUS program; for other students, this program replaces the IB. Satisfactory completion of BUS is noted on the student's permanent record and transcript.

Requirements for the Minor

A. Two core courses in economics and in business: ECON 2a and BUS 10a (formerly ECON 37b). B. One core course in accounting and statistics: BUS 4a or BUS 6a. Students who take a statistics course in another department (e.g., ECON 83a, PSYC 51a, MATH 36a, b, or another statistics course approved by the program advising head) should take BUS 6a. Students who do not take any statistics course should take BUS 4a.

C. One course providing an alternative perspective on business: Any cross-listed course (e.g., not BUS), except for ECON courses.

D. Two electives: One should be a BUS course (except BUS 89a or BUS 98a) and the other can be any BUS or cross-listed course, including ECON courses (but not including statistics courses).

E. No course with a final grade below C can count toward fulfilling the requirements for the minor in business.

Special Notes Relating to Undergraduates

No more than two courses may be double-counted for another major or minor. Upon approval of the program advising head, more advanced BUS courses in the International Business School or courses taken during a Brandeis-approved study abroad may be used as substitutes for BUS electives in the program. Students may elect to specialize in various fields, such as globalization and business, finance, entrepreneurship, business and society, and business and government. The program advising head will advise on appropriate courses for specialization. This specialization does not appear on the student's transcript.

Students interested in taking a BUS internship for credit should consult the description and enrollment information for BUS 89a (below) or the website for business internships: Normally BUS 92a (independent academic internship) is not offered; BUS (or ECON) students who wish to do internship courses should enroll in BUS 89a. BUS 89a is a 4-credit course and can satisfy the second category of BUS electives under D. (above). Most BUS 89a students do their internships in the same semester they enroll for the classes (usually spring), but internships can also be done during a prior academic semester or summer. Searching the University’s main website for “internships” will lead to information on availability of courses, guidelines, and requirements.


BUS 4a Introduction to Accounting and Statistics [ ss ]

BUS 6a Financial Accounting [ ss ]

BUS 10a Functions of the Capitalist Enterprise [ ss ]

BUS 30a Entrepreneurship and Innovation [ ss ]

BUS 40a Business and the Internet [ ss ]

BUS 60a Business Marketing Strategy [ ss ]

BUS 70a Business in the Global Economy [ ss ]

BUS 75a Issues in Business and Management [ ss ]

BUS 89a Work in the Global Business Environment: Internship and Seminar

BUS 98a Independent Study

Core Courses

BUS 4a Introduction to Accounting and Statistics]

BUS 6a Financial Accounting

BUS 10a Functions of the Capitalist Enterprise

ECON 2a Introduction to Economics

Elective Courses

BUS 30a Entrepreneurship and Innovation

BUS 40a Business and the Internet

BUS 70a Business in the Global Economy

BUS 75a Issues in Business and Management

BUS 89a Work in the Global Business Environment: Internship and Seminar

BUS 98a Independent Study

Cross-Listed Courses

ECON 8b The Global Economy

ECON 57a Environmental Economics

ECON 71a Introduction to Finance

ECON 74b Law and Economics

ECON 76b Labor Economics

ECON 77a Introduction to Regulation and Public Policy

ECON 80a Microeconomic Theory

ECON 135a Industrial Organization

ECON 161a International Finance

ECON 171a Financial Economics

ECON 172b Money and Banking

ECON 174a Corporate Finance

ECON 177b Economic Regulation and Deregulation

Alternative perspectives on business (refer to requirement item C):

AAAS 126b Political Economy of the Third World

AMST 188b Justice Brandeis and Progressive Jurisprudence

AMST 189a Legal Foundations of American Capitalism

ANTH 163b Production, Consumption, and Exchange

COSI 33b Internet and Society

HIST 160b American Legal History II

HS 104b American Health Care

HS 110a Wealth and Poverty

JOUR 103b Advertising and the Media

LGLS 129b Law,x Technology, and Innovation

PHIL 13b The Idea of the Market: Economic Philosophies

POL 166b Seminar: Issues in International Political Economy

POL 172b Introduction to International Political Economy

PSYC 150b Organizational Behavior

SOC 107a Global Apartheid and Global Social Movements

SOC 117a Sociology of Work


Benjamin Gomes-Casseres, Chair (Economics; International Business School)

Brenda Anderson (International Business School)

Edward Bayone (International Business School)

Alfonso Canella (International Business School)

F. Trenery Dolbear (Economics; International Business School)

Richard Keith (International Business School)

Charles Reed (International Business School)

Xin Wang (Economics; International Business School)

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