Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations

Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations (BEO), formerly Commerce, Organizations and Entrepreneurship (COE) is a multidisciplinary concentration that provides a rigorous and synergistic program in the study of commercial activity grounded in economics, sociology and engineering. BEO focuses on the formation, growth, and organization of new ventures, innovation in commercial applications, financial markets and the marketplace, and management and organizational theory. Concentrators seek to understand the basic principles, approaches and vocabulary relevant to the study of entrepreneurship from the disciplines of economics, organizational sociology and engineering. Building on this multidisciplinary base, students develop specialized expertise in one of the three disciplinary approaches, with special emphasis on critical reasoning and quantitative research methods. In senior year capstone projects, students apply and integrate multi-disciplinary learning by working in groups on real world projects, including the creation of new ventures.

The three tracks of the concentration are as follows:

  1. Business Economics
  2. Organizational Studies
  3. Entrepreneurship and Technology Management

Upon completion of all concentration requirements, students receive the Bachelor of Arts (A.B.) degree in Business, Entrepreneurship and Organizations.

The Curriculum

Business Economics Track

Foundation Requirements (foundation requirements must be completed before taking the capstone in fall of senior year)
ECON 0110Principles of Economics1
ECON 1110Intermediate Microeconomics1
SOC 1311Micro-Organizational Theory: Social Behavior in Organizations1
SOC 1315Macro-Organizational Theory: Organizations in Social Context1
ENGN 0020Transforming Society-Technology and Choices for the Future1
or ENGN 0030 Introduction to Engineering
ENGN 1010The Entrepreneurial Process: Innovation in Practice1
Math and Statistics Requirements
MATH 0090Introductory Calculus, Part I1
ECON 1620Introduction to Econometrics1
Track Requirements
ECON 0710Financial Accounting1
ECON 1210Intermediate Macroeconomics1
ECON 1710Investments I1
ECON 1720Corporate Finance1
One Data Methods-intensive course from the following list:1
Labor Economics
Health Economics
Research Methods for Economists
Economic Development
The Economic Analysis of Institutions
Econometrics I
Econometrics II
Financial Econometrics
Investments II
Data, Statistics, Finance
Finance, Regulation, and the Economy: Research
One 1000-level economics course, including a second data methods intensive course from the list above1
Capstone: one-semester required (must be taken fall of senior year) 11
BEO Capstone I: Business Economics Track
Total Credits15
1

Or an optional two-semester capstone from the BEO 1930 and 1940 series

Organizational Studies Track

Foundation Requirements (foundation requirements must be completed before taking the capstone in fall of senior year)
ECON 0110Principles of Economics1
ECON 1110Intermediate Microeconomics1
SOC 1311Micro-Organizational Theory: Social Behavior in Organizations1
SOC 1315Macro-Organizational Theory: Organizations in Social Context1
ENGN 0020Transforming Society-Technology and Choices for the Future1
or ENGN 0030 Introduction to Engineering
ENGN 1010The Entrepreneurial Process: Innovation in Practice1
Math and Statistics Requirements
MATH 0090Introductory Calculus, Part I1
SOC 1100Introductory Statistics for Social Research1
or APMA 0650 Essential Statistics
or ECON 1620 Introduction to Econometrics
Track Requirements
One Introduction to Research Methods course (selected from the following):1
Methods of Research in Organizations
Methods of Social Research
One Advanced Research Methods course (selected from the following): 1
Market and Social Surveys
Focus Groups for Market and Social Research
Context Research for Innovation
Market Research in Public and Private Sectors
Principles and Methods of Geographic Information Systems
Geographical Analysis of Society
Multivariate Statistical Methods II
Qualitative Methods
Advanced Quantitative Methods of Sociology Analysis
Event History Analysis
Ethnographic Research Methods
Research Methods for Economists
Econometrics I
Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods
Evaluating the Impact of Social Programs
Survey Research in Health Care
Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
One Advanced Organization Studies course (selected from the following): 1
Leadership in Organizations
Groups in Organizations
Human Needs and Social Services
Investing in Social Change
Theories of the Third Sector and Civil Society
Law, Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Complex Organizations and Health Policy
Sociology of Organizations Graduate Seminar
Psychology in Business and Economics
Nonprofit Organizations
Crisis Management
Managing and Leading in Public Affairs
Two Organization-Relevant Electives (selected from the following): 2
Any from the Advanced Research Methods or Advanced Organization-Studies lists; or
Law and Society
Aging and the Quality of Life
Sociology of Medicine
The Economic Foundations of Everyday Life
Sociology of the Legal Profession
American Advertising: History and Consequences
Financial Institutions
The History of American Education
Sociology of Education
Education, the Economy and School Reform
History of American School Reform
Policy Implementation in Education
American Higher Education in Historical Context
Land Use and Built Environment: An Entrepreneurial View
Business, Culture, and Globalization: An Ethnographic Perspective
The U.S. Health Care System: Case Studies in Financing, Delivery, Regulation and Public Health
Prosperity: The Ethics and Economics of Wealth Creation
Politics, Markets and States in Developing Countries
Market Liberalism: Origins, Principles and Contemporary Applications
Social Welfare Policy in the United States
Health Policy Challenges
Urban Revitalization: Lessons from the Providence Plan
Aging and Public Policy: The Impact of an Aging Society on Public and Private Sector Organizations
Social Entrepreneurship
Capstone: one-semester required (must be taken fall of senior year) 11
BEO Capstone I: Organizational Studies Track
Total Credits14
1

Or an optional two-semester capstone from the BEO 1930 and 1940 series

Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Track

Foundation Requirements (foundation requirements must be completed before taking the capstone in fall of senior year)
ECON 0110Principles of Economics1
ECON 1110Intermediate Microeconomics1
SOC 1311Micro-Organizational Theory: Social Behavior in Organizations1
SOC 1315Macro-Organizational Theory: Organizations in Social Context1
ENGN 0030Introduction to Engineering1
ENGN 1010The Entrepreneurial Process: Innovation in Practice1
Math and Statistics Requirements
MATH 0200Intermediate Calculus (Physics/Engineering)1
or APMA 0330 Methods of Applied Mathematics I, II
SOC 1100Introductory Statistics for Social Research1
or APMA 0650 Essential Statistics
or ECON 1620 Introduction to Econometrics
Track Requirements
One gateway course in Engineering or another physical science 11
Five courses that develop expertise in a technical subfield 1, 25
Capstone: two-semesters required (must be taken in fall and spring of senior year)2
BEO Capstone I: Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Track
BEO Capstone II: Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Track
Total Credits16
1

 For specific gateway and subfield courses, refer to the BEO website.

2

Technical subfields include Biotechnology/Biomaterials, Information Technology and Computer Engineering, Energy and the Environment, and others.