Below are a few examples, but we urge you to talk to your major/departmental advisor and explore available courses in SPIRE. Remember not to constrain yourself to classes within your major.
LABOR 204 - Labor and the Global Economy: Learn about globalization and its impact on workers in the U.S. and internationally, focusing on the impacts of recent trends in economic and political globalization on workers.
ECON 394FI - Finance and Society: Apply knowledge you've gained about basic economic theory to a historical and contextual study of the myriad ways in which finance and society have interacted over recent centuries.
RESECCON 162 - The Consumer in Our Society: Learn about the role consumers play including their decision-making and market and non-market consumption activities.
RESECON 324 - Small Business Finance: Theory and application of Entrepreneurial Finance and basic financial management for a small firm. Emphasis on writing and presenting a complete business plan, in addition to examining topics such as financial statements, profitability and break-even analysis, working capital, capital budgeting, and forecasting.
SOCIOL 103 - Social Problems: America's major social problems--past and present--are examined. These include crime, mental health, drug addiction, family tensions and inequalities based on race, gender, ethnicity and social class.
SOCIOL 386 - Complex Organizations: The significance of large, complex organizations like schools, hospitals, businesses, religions and government. How such organizations identify goals and achieve them. How such organizations change over time and why.
SUSTCOMM 125 - Global Cities & Global Issues: By examining cities within a global context, students should recognize that any challenge can also be viewed as an opportunity for implementing positive change. As such, we examine global cities in order to ask a central question: what does it mean to be an active and engaged citizen living in any city, town, or village?
JOURNAL 335 - Principals of Public Relations: This course addresses the principles and practices of public relations and strategic communication in the public, private, for-profit and non-profit arenas.
Depending on your main area of interest, your academic pathway will shift. To explore this field, you can take courses that will provide you with knowledge and skills in:
- Critical and creative thinking
- Problem solving
- Effective communication skills
- Quantitative skills