Synopsis of Coursework

I never considered myself a language person, so I chose a program that required me to reach an advanced level—and now I want to add another language, too. A few years ago, that would’ve scared me. But now, I use that as a metric to encourage myself that I’m growing. The best, most rewarding, classes are the ones that some time ago you never would have considered taking. My freshman year I took a film class and spent evenings in media lab analyzing Soviet silent films, simply because it was an option. Right now, I’m in a special topics class in the physics laboratory because I was interested in the mechanics of sound waves and room acoustics. Next semester I want to take a class in Russian literature, just because I can, and that opportunity could teach me incredibly insightful things about myself and the world. Don’t take classes that are easy or familiar. Don’t apologize if your interests change, because that means that you’re changing, too, and that’s more than okay.

In my opinion, often the most qualified perspectives are ones from the outside. Many of my favorite professors majored in something other than their current field of expertise during their undergraduate career. When you sit down at a table, you don’t want to be identical to the person sitting next to you. The most invaluable skills that you possess are not things that can be taught to you in a textbook, rather they are things that are cultivated and developed over time and through a variety of experiences—your perspectives, your creativity, your problem-solving, your ability to analyze your surroundings, and the lens with which you view the world and the people in it. Make yourself irreplaceable. Make yourself incomparable. Don’t take classes because you have to, take classes because you get to. If others think that your academic interests are strange, then good—that means you’re getting somewhere. That means you’re challenging yourself in ways that aren’t conventional. That means when you sit down at a table, you won’t be the same as the person sitting next to you.

Freshman Year

Managerial Accounting

Incremental analysis, cost-value-profit analysis, capital budgeting, variance analysis,

Finance

Time value of money, discounted cash flow models, stock options, futures, portfolio strategy, venture capital, start-up financing

Proficiency in French

Continued practice of oral French skills

Computer Information Systems

Various computer softwares and their practical applications in the business world

Behavioral and Mental Disorders

Survey of behavioral and mental disorders as outlined by the diagnostic and statistical manual (DSM), history of psychological treatment theories, brief overview of psychiatric practices, anti-psychotic drugs, stimulants, selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

Financial Accounting

Statements of cash flows, depreciation, cost of goods sold, inventory cost methods, FIFO, LIFO, asset allocation, amortization, long-term assets, payroll and deductions, stock splits,

Film and Media Studies

Soviet silent films of the 1920s, abstract filmmaking, analysis of mise-en-scène and other components of expression through film

Journalism, Media, and Society

Media responsibilities in the twenty-first century, journalism ethics, media globalization, challenges to the ideal public sphere, baseline/fluctuation effects,

Sociology

Durkheim, modern social stratification, social deviance, looking-glass self, conflict theory, symbolic interactionism, personal troubles of the milieu vs. public issues of the social structure, structural functionalism, symbolic interactionism, social mobility,

Statistics for Business

Sampling methods, hypothesis testing, probabilities, combinations, permutations, sampling bias

Sophomore Year

Globalization and Business

Globally integrated enterprises, dilemmas of international trade, unintended consequences of fair trade, Thucydides Trap, CAGE framework, multinational competitive strategies, non-market strategies, international labor practices, forces of globalization and localization, ethical dilemmas in value chains, case studies of Russian equity markets

Data Analytics

Access databases, query design, SQL code design, data visualization, Power BI, database management

Operations Management

Theories of supply chain management, capacity planning, theory of constraints, linear programming, inventory management, demand forecasting, total quality management (TQM), Lean Six Sigma, synergistic impacts of supply chain competencies on other functional areas

Physics of Musical Acoustics & Acoustics Laboratory

Perception of sound, formants, diffraction, energy transfer, sinusoidal behavior, mechanics of longitudinal and transverse waves, vibrations, impedance matching, resonances.

French Communication and Culture

Development of interpersonal, and interpretive, and presentational skills through collaboration with native French speakers.

Principles of Management

Organizational structure, leadership theory, group management, conflict resolution, group psychology, personnel administration, performance appraisal, collective bargaining, productivity, communication management

Business Law

Formation of contracts, legal capacity, joint obligation, consideration, assignments, delegation, statute of frauds, contract law, voidable contracts, discharge, legal ethics, corporate social responsibility, environmental law, superfund, product liability, consumer protection law, torts, legal agency, promissory estoppel, authority, jurisdiction

Reading and Written French Expression

Continued practice of reading French texts, grammatical constructions, verb tenses like le futur proche, le subjonctif, l’imparfait, etc.

Professional Communication

Professional communication standards and practices in business contexts

Statistics for Economics

R statistical software, hypothesis testing, one-way and two-way analysis of variance (ANOVA), Tukey’s HSD

Survey of Personality

Personality theories in psychology

Rhetoric

Survey of rhetoric beginning with the sophists of Ancient Greece