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Business and Liberal Arts (BALA)

BALA Courses
All BALA courses stress critical thinking, effective writing and speaking, ethical decision making, and teamwork. Faculty are selected for their academic excellence and familiarity with the business world.
First-Level Courses

BALA 100 ~ Introductory Seminar   Students meet in small groups to explore the meaning of the terms liberal arts, work, and business, and the connections among these concepts.


Intermediate Courses

English 201W ~ Writing for Business   Intensive practice in writing effectively in a variety of business situations; drafting and revising documents in case-study settings, creating corporate internal communication pieces, and developing brochures and press releases.

BALA 103W ~ Critical Thinking in Business   This course is intended to introduce students to effective reasoning and give them the tools to apply such reasoning in the business context and throughout their lives. Students will learn how to critically evaluate information presented to them—to define issues, ask pertinent questions, challenge assumptions, recognize speaker objectives and motivations, analyze arguments, and evaluate evidence—and will apply this knowledge to real-world scenarios.

Accounting 100 ~ Financial and Managerial Accounting - Information for Decision Making  Teaches non-accountants to understand pertinent numerical information in personal, public, and corporate situations. Budgeting and financial reasoning.

BALA 165  ~  Oral Communication in the Workplace   Fundamentals of oral communication in business settings, including interpersonal communications, listening, informative briefings, public presentations, small and large group interaction, and interviewing.

BALA 200 ~ Introduction to Entrepreneurship - An introduction to the process of beginning a new enterprise; learning how to take an idea for a new or improved product or service and turn it into a business. Students will create a full-fledged business plan, suitable to be sent to possible investors and lenders. Emphasis will be placed on creating the plan, and then presenting that plan in an effort to convince investors of the viability of the business. Students will learn the thought processes and skills required to succeed when tackling the problems faced by the entrepreneur. 

Upper Level Courses

BALA 302W ~ Law and Ethics of Business   Law and ethics are not mutually exclusive terms. Students will learn to examine situations in the news from legal and ethical perspectives. As employees and future managers, they will be able to consider their own decisions from these vantage points. More important, they will become wary of easy answers to tough questions.

BALA 303 ~ Analytical Problem Solving and Decision Making in Business   Rational steps used in problem solving and analytical thinking in practical situations. Including case studies and management games, this course helps students to appreciate the role of intuition, creativity, and imagination in solving problems. Students learn strategy-formulation techniques culminating with a business strategy simulation competition.



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