Business, Personal Finance and Statistics

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Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 quarters

Taught by

management science, statistics


High School Algebra required. 

Would you like to better understand the business world’s set of numbers? This program will provide the quantitative reasoning for the conduct and understanding of business and finance in today’s world. We will focus on contemporary business issues, as well as offer an introduction to personal finance and investing in the fall. The fall program also includes four credits of basic undergraduate statistics, which can serve as a foundation for further work in advanced social sciences including graduate programs (e.g., an MBA or MPA) requiring statistics.  During winter quarter we will continue the examination of business issues while emphasizing the study of basic economics and management science--which is the study of the quantitative tools used to optimize business processes.

Over both quarters we will examine the financial and economic challenges faced by smaller businesses, entrepreneurs and individuals, and what it takes to be effective in our current economic environment. There will be workshops, lectures, films, guest speakers and student-led sessions. Readings from daily newspapers such as the  Wall Street Journal , magazines such as the  Money  and  Kiplinger's, and texts such as That Used to Be Us by Thomas Friedman will increase student familiarity with current business topics and help students develop the skills to organize and analyze business, economic and financial information. Strategies for effectively presenting quantitative information will also be covered. 

Program Details

Fields of Study

business and management

Preparatory For

business, social work, non-profit organizations and government. 


Fall Open Winter Open

Location and Schedule

Final Schedule and Room Assignment

Campus Location


Time Offered


Advertised Schedule

First winter class meeting: Monday, January 8 at 9:30am (Sem II E3109)

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online


2017-10-23This program has been extended into winter quarter; the description has been updated.