Concentration Course Descriptions

Accounting and Financial Management Concentration

Auditing

This course is designed to provide students an in-depth understanding of the auditing process from a theoretical perspective.  Concepts are rooted in the Auditing section of the uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam. Topics covered in this course will also be reinforced through case analyses.

Business Regulation

This course is designed to provide students an in-depth understanding of issues related to business law, corporate structures, and individual and corporate taxation.  Concepts are rooted in the Regulation section of the uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam.

Financial Reporting

This course is designed to provide students an in-depth understanding of issues related to financial reporting with an emphasis on preparation and interpretation.  Concepts are rooted in the Financial section of the uniform Certified Public Accounting (CPA) exam. In addition, the course will explore techniques to detect financial fraud.

Leadership

Assessing and Developing Leadership Skills

This course explores the dynamics of the relationship between leaders and followers using both current leadership theory and widely used self-assessment tools.

Leading Innovation and Change

This course will examine the literature on change management and innovation. Students will develop an understanding of their roles as leaders who seek to create conditions within organizations to support and motivate adaptation, innovation and change.

Managing People in Organizations

Surveys selected topics related to the management of people in organizations, including personnel selection and training, motivation, leadership, team building, the organization of work hours and space.

Sustainability Management

Sustainable Business Models

This course explores sustainability models, reporting approaches and corporate structures.  These models and tools are utilized to create a sustainable platform that serves as a base for students to apply across the Sustainability concentration. Students will learn about the theory, analytical and applied approaches to drive the changes required to promote a sustainable economy. Mastery of the tenets of Natural Capitalism and Natural Step for Business provide students foundational knowledge for driving sustainability application and practice

Economics of Sustainability

This course explores the transformation necessary to create a sustainable economy using a triple-bottom-line perspective:  planet, people and profit. Students will learn about the organizational and structural changes required to promote a sustainable economy, focusing on the objectives of sustainable scale, just distribution and efficient allocation as well as public- and private-sector strategies to support the transition from carbon-based resources to renewables.

Applied Business Sustainability

In this course students apply the knowledge of sustainability models, systems and economics to a sustainability project they design. Students will apply the sustainability tools learned during the previous concentration courses and will synthesize all facets of sustainability into their sustainability project. Assessment will be based on students’ comprehension of the challenges presented by the project and their ability to evaluate effective options to drive sustainable gains. This course requires more independent work and may require fewer Wednesday night class sessions.

Self-designed

Choose three of any of the above courses. Note that some of these courses may be scheduled at the same time. Refer to the academic calendar to determine course time.