Program Manager: Saphia Najafee, 104 Uris;
The collaboration between the faculty of Arts and Sciences and Columbia Business School offers students access to the ideas and expertise of the faculty of a top-ranked professional school recognized for its excellence in graduate business education through a series of elective courses.
These courses, designed by Business School faculty specifically for undergraduates, build upon the strong liberal arts foundation of a Columbia undergraduate education. Students learn how finance is directly connected to the fundamental principles of economics; that marketing utilizes concepts from psychology; how management depends upon principles developed in psychology and sociology. Students can take advantage of the opportunity to enhance their experience in the classroom by participating in co-curricular activities including a Business School faculty lecture series, industry panels, informal mentoring/networking activities with MBA students and alumni, and opportunities to work on research with Business School faculty.
This curricular and co-curricular programming capitalizes on the Business School’s ability to connect academic theory with real-world practice, which provides students the opportunity to develop indispensable skills like leadership, an entrepreneurial mindset, and the ability to innovate.
To apply for the special concentration in business management, students must meet these three requirements:
- Sophomore or junior standing
- Have a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher
- Have received a B+ or better in at least one, but preferably two, of the following three pre-requisite
courses. Students who have completed only one prerequisite at the time of application must be currently enrolled in at least one other and acceptance is conditional on achieving a grade of B+ or higher in the second course.
- Application form
- Current class schedule, including a brief description of how all concentration requirements will be completed
- Official transcript
Benefits for Admitted Students
While students may complete the special concentration requirements without applying to the progam, the following benefits are available to students admitted through the application process:
- Guaranteed enrollment in popular undergraduate business courses (must reserve in advance through program manager)
- Access to special guest speaker presentations at the Business School, including one or more business leader or faculty presentations exclusively for admitted students
- Formal and informal networking opportunities with Business School students, faculty, and/or alumni
For a Special Concentration in Business Management
The business management special concentration is not a stand-alone concentration: it is intended to serve as a complement to the disciplinary specialization and methodological training inherent in a major. In addition to the requirements of the special concentration, students must complete a major or a full concentration.
The business management special concentration is not a stand-alone concentration: it is intended to serve as a complement to the disciplinary specialization and methodological training inherent in a major. In addition to the requirements of the special concentration, students must complete a major.
Students who matriculated at Columbia University in Fall 2012 and beyond must earn a minimum average GPA of 3.0 in the prerequisite, core, and elective courses. Students who matriculated before Fall 2012 must either adhere to above requirement or the previous requirement of B+ or better in at least two of the prerequisites and minimum average GPA of 3.0 in core and elective classes.
Students who do not meet course prerequisites or who do not receive a passing grade do not receive credit for that course towards the special concentration. All courses toward the special concentration must be taken for a letter grade. Only the prerequisites may be double-counted for other majors or concentrations. The core and elective courses can not be double counted. For more information about the special concentration in business management including the application process, please visit www.gsb.columbia.edu/undergraduate
The requirements for the special concentration are as follows:
- Prerequisites (3 courses)
- One of the following:
- ECON W1105 Principles of economics
- One of the following:
- One of the following:
- Core (3 courses)
- Electives (2 courses chosen from the following):
- ECON V3025 Financial economics
- ECON V3265 Economics of money and banking
- ECON BC3014 Entrepreneurship
- PSYC W2235 Thinking and decision making
- PSYC W2630 Social psychology
- PSYC W2640 Introduction to social cognition
- PSYC W2650 Introduction to cultural psychology
- SOCI W2240 Economy and society
- SOCI W3490 Mistake, misconduct, disaster: how orginizations fail
- SOCI W3670 Culture, Markets, & Consumption
- SOCI W3675 Organizing innovation
- SOCI G4032 Sociology of labor markets
- URBS V3550 Community building & economic development
- ECON W4505 International monetary theory and policy
- POLS V3615 Globalization and international politics
- PSYC BC1136 Social psychology
- PSYC BC1138 Social psychology
- PSYC BC2151 Organizational psychology
BUSI W3013x and y Financial Accounting 3 pts. Enables students to become informed users of financial information by understanding the language of accounting and financial reporting. Focuses on the three major financial statements that companies prepare for use of management and external parties-the balance sheet, the income statement and the statement of cash flows. Examines the underlying concepts that go into the preparation of these financial statements as well as specific accounting rules that apply when preparing financial statements. Also looks at approaches to analyze the financial strength and operations of an entity. Uses actual financial statements to understand how financial information is presented and to apply analysis techniques.
BUSI W3021x and y Marketing Management 3 pts. Designed to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental marketing concepts and their application by business and non-business organizations. The goal is to expose students to these concepts as they are used in a wide variety of settings, including consumer goods firms, manufacturing and service industries, and small and large businesses. The course gives an overview of marketing strategy issues, elements of a market (company, customers, and competition), as well as the fundamental elements of the marketing mix (product, price, placement/distribution, and promotion).
BUSI W3701y Strategy Formulation 3 pts. Provides an introduction to strategic management with two broad goals: to understand why some companies are financially much more successful than others; and to analyze how managers can devise a set of actions ("the strategy") and design processes that allow their company to obtain a financial advantage. Allows students to gain a better understanding of strategic issues and begin to master the analytic tools the strategists use, by studying the strategic decisions of companies in many different industries and countries, ranging from U.S. technology firms to a Swiss bank and a Chinese white-goods manufacturer. Topics include what companies can do to outperform their rivals; analysis of the competitive moves of rival firms relying heavily on game-theoretic concepts; when it makes sense for companies to diversify and globalize their business.
Days & Times/
|Spring 2013 :: BUSI W3701|
Th 4:10p - 7:00p
413 KENT HALL
|E. Reuben||60 / 59|
BUSI W3703x Leadership in Organizations 3 pts. Initially the emphasis is on understanding the challenges confronting leaders and developing skills to effectively deal with these obstacles. Beyond intelligence and technical know-how, what separates effective leaders from other team members is a set of social skills (e.g. impression management, self-awareness). This course identifies these critical leadership skills and provides ideas and tools for improving them. Then the course considers how social intelligence skills fit the needs of managers at different stages of their careers. In early stages, managers need to achieve a good person-job fit, find mentors and build an effective social network. At the mid-career stage, managers need to lead an effective unit with increasing complexity and responsibilities. Finally, the course examines challenges managers face at later career stages as they become partners, CFOs, CEOs, etc.