Course Descriptions

Course Descriptions

Entrepreneurship Courses

Required Courses

This Entrepreneurial Mindset course is for every student looking to develop a creative, ingenious attitude to succeed in any environment and is not only for students looking to start or run their own business. In this course students will develop the Cognitive, Emotional and Behavioral understanding of the entrepreneurial mindset. The entrepreneurial mindset refers to the ability to develop, recognize and pursue creative and innovative ideas in a well thought out manner, and to solve problems with an open and flexible attitude.  Students will learn experientially the role and importance of empathy, human centered
introspection and self-awareness along with the ability to act rapidly, creatively and with multiple strategies in dynamic environments under both certain and uncertain conditions.

3 hours; 3 credits. Pre- or co-requisite: none; No ZICK; No ZKTP.

This course explores how opportunities for creating new value in new ways are identified. The different pathways to opportunity (i.e., recognition, discovery, and creation) are examined as a function of the interaction between the individual and the environment. Students will develop an inventory of potential opportunities and then identify the one most worth pursuing based on a combination of characteristics of the individual and the opportunity. With the chosen opportunity in mind, students will develop a user-driven value proposition that articulates how they intend to create value, which they will present at the end of the course. 

3 hours; 3 credits. Pre- or co-requisites: MGT 3950; No ZICK; No ZKTP.    

In this design-focused course, creative theories will be translated into practical applications as students find and design solutions to real world problems. In doing so, this course will expose students to a variety of prototyping technologies; however, no prior technical knowledge is required. By emphasizing human-centric design practices and a “maker mindset,” students will learn how to validate an idea by creating, testing, refining, and presenting a physical prototype that has value to their target audience. The course utilizes an “active learning,” interdisciplinary approach in which students will engage in a combination of instructor-led and self-guided work both inside and outside of the classroom.

3 hours; 3 credits. Pre-requisites: MGT 3950 and MGT 3951; No ZICK; No ZKTP   

This capstone course takes an experiential approach to entrepreneurship by challenging students to engage in research-based problem-solving in order to create a solution to a real-world problem. Students will chronicle their experience from idea development to execution and then present the results of their entrepreneurial journey at the end of the course.  

3 hours; 3 credits. Registration for MGT 5985 is open only to students with senior status and who have completed all course. Pre-requisites: MGT 3950, MGT 3951, MGT 4952.

Electives

The purpose of this course is to take students through the process of initiating a business venture from the conceptualization phase to launch. The course will provide an overview of issues such as ideation, business modeling, customer discovery, and more. Each student will be required to produce a detailed idea for a business and learn how to build a venture in the marketplace for that idea.  Students will present work throughout the semester to the class for feedback and improvement. 

3 hours; 3 credits Pre-requisites: None; No ZICK; No ZKTP; Not open to students who completed MGT 3960 prior to Fall 2020  

The majority of businesses throughout the world are family owned. This course offers students an opportunity to explore and understand all aspects of a family firm, including family and business dynamics, emotions, conflict management, and communication strategies. Best practices will be discussed, as well as ways to establish governance structures for business continuity and growth. Students will understand the family, ownership, and business systems; have an opportunity to assess a family firm; and provide recommendations for the family and the firm. Students who are involved in their own family firm, or work for one, or wish to become a consultant or investor, and/or would like to have their own business someday, will benefit from this course.  

3 hours; 3 credits. Pre-requisites: None; No ZICK; No ZKTP; Not open to students who completed MGT 4962.

This course is an experiential deep dive into the lifeblood of any business activity — communication. The importance of communication is magnified in an entrepreneurial setting.  Entrepreneurs need a higher command of communication in general and of selling and negotiation in particular. Entrepreneurs need not only to sell products and services but must be able to illustrate the value of their dreams, their ventures, their company culture, and more. Great ideas are of little value if you can’t persuade someone else of their worth and get their support.  This course offers the students opportunities not only to learn, but to apply the necessary mindset, tools and strategies for communicating in selling and negotiation.  This is done through role-plays, presentations, in-class working sessions, and a marketplace negotiation.  

3 hours; 3 credits. Pre-requisites: None; No ZICK; No ZKTP; Not open to students who completed MGT 4968..

This course will explore the reasons individuals become entrepreneurs; how their gender and/or gender identification and expression, ethnicity, family culture, place of birth, and geographic location influence their entrepreneurial journey; the aspects that hinder and/or thrive an entrepreneurial mindset; and the overall reasons for pursuing an entrepreneurial life. Students will develop a sensitivity to the diverse entrepreneurial population worldwide, and learn the necessary skills to succeed in multicultural environments.  

3 hours; 3 credits. Pre- or co-requisites: None; No ZICK; No ZKTP; Not open to students who completed MGT 4961 (formerly MGT 4862).

This course will explore the various ways a business can raise funds for an entrepreneurial venture. The funding sources discussed will be diverse ranging from angel investors to venture capitalists to non-profits to debt financing. The course will identify how these funding sources differ, what the risks and rewards are, and how the nature of the venture affects the funding source. Though quantitative concepts such as forecasting and valuations will be discussed, the class will mainly emphasize the qualitative issues to consider when raising funds. 

 

3 hours; 3 credits. Pre-requisites: FIN 3000; No ZICK; No ZKTP.   

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the ways in which individuals manage new ventures. Each student will build on their learning from MGT 3950 and apply the theoretical and practical knowledge of new venture management to a venture idea of their choosing. Concepts covered in this class include, but are not limited to, setting up the venture, communicating the opportunity, establishing and managing a company culture, managing people, financing and resources, hiring, training, and leading in a changing environment. 

3 hours; 3 credits. Pre-requisites: MGT 3950; No ZICK; No ZKTP; Not open to students who completed MGT 3960 Entrepreneurship Management prior to Fall 2020.

This course provides students with a foundation to understand the role, contribution, and potential implications of technology and innovation in any organizational context. The course is relevant for students starting and managing a technology business as well as for students with an interest in taking a strategic approach to the development of technology and innovation in general. The course will provide a mix of theoretical and practical knowledge about the role of technology in entrepreneurship or any form of venture more generally. With a focus on current technologies, the course emphasizes experiential learning, develops students’ understanding of emerging issues, challenges, and opportunities of technology, and makes use of this knowledge strategically for innovation in an organizational context. At the end of this course, students will have gained a strong general understanding of current technologies allowing them to manage innovation and technology in a strategic manner to support key components of a business or any organization at a managerial level.  

 

3 hours; 3 credits. Pre-requisites: MGT 3951; No ZICK; No ZKTP.

This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the ways in which individuals pursue opportunities to catalyze social change and/or address pressing, unmet social and/or environmental needs. To achieve this end, students will develop their own “Theories of Change,” that will articulate how they intend to transform patterns of thought, behavior, social relationships, institutions, and/or social structures to generate beneficial outcomes for communities, organizations, and/or the environment.  

 

3 hours; 3 credits. Pre-requisites: MGT 3950; No ZICK; No ZKTP.

Social Innovation Courses

MSPIA electives

The course identifies the nature of ethical problems faced by citizens and those entrusted with the public interest. It explores alternative forms of ethical analysis. Students will have the opportunity to apply these analytic frames to specific problems related to public policy.

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150.

The principles and problems of delivering urban services and the design of alternative service delivery systems are introduced in this class. The particular focus is on how well government serves the public, what kind of information is needed to answer questions about the effectiveness, efficiency, equity, and quality of services, and how to make service delivery more responsive to the public. 

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisites: ENG 2150.    

This course introduces the major concepts behind the public regulation of urban land use. The course examines how market forces and the public sector shape every aspect of urban development, through policies, plans, regulations, and investment. It considers the tension between the market and government regulation. Students will learn how to analyze a community’s land use structure and assess its strengths and weaknesses in order to develop policies that improve public welfare.

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150   

Examines the housing and community development system and its problems, including neighborhood change. Also, traces the evolution of government programs and policy-making with a focus on New York City. Housing needs, homelessness and community reinvestment issues are considered. Case studies of housing revitalization and neighborhood redevelopment accompany course readings and lectures.  

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150.

An analysis of ongoing and current public policies and programs that affect the greening of cities. The focus is on the historical evolution of land uses in New York City and the environmental sustainability of its neighborhoods and economy. 

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150.  

This course examines the history and politics of American school reform. Students will consider the competing purposes often ascribed to public schools and study educational policies at local, state, and federal levels. Particular attention will be paid to urban education and issues of race and class.  

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150.

WSAS electives

Introduction to Environmental Science” This course is a descriptive introduction to those aspects of natural science that relate to current problems of environmental deterioration. It examines how scientific principles and methods may be used to conserve and extend mineral resources, to recycle materials in short supply, and to safely dispose of waste products.

3.0 Lecture hours; 2.0 Lab. hours; 4.0 Credits. Prerequisite: A one-semester college natural science course with laboratory. 

Global Ecology” This course focuses on the study of environmental problems that are international in scope. Topics include world carrying capacity, population growth and policies of developed and developing nation-states, world food production and famine, and pollution of the global commons (e.g., ozone depletion, greenhouse effect). The purpose of the laboratory is to give students hands-on experience in system modeling and the application of computer-simulation of world modeling.  

33.0 Lecture hours; 2.0 Lab. hours; 4.0 Credits. Prerequisite: None.

This course focuses on the theory and practice of conserving biological diversity. Lecture, lab, and field activities involve defining and measuring biodiversity, understanding the importance of biodiversity and the anthropogenic mechanisms that result in species extinction, and exploring biological strategies for the conservation of biodiversity from genes to entire ecosystems. Students also examine how conservation biology is related to broader efforts for sustainable development, including asking under what conditions sustainability is a useful scientific concept.  

4.5 Credits, 6 Hours. Prerequisite: A one-semester college natural science course with laboratory.

The study and analysis of relations among ethnic groups in society from social-structural and social-psychological standpoints. Analysis of prejudice and discrimination and their consequences for both minority and majority group members. Theoretical, historical, and cross-cultural approaches. Examination of social action programs in the United States and other nations. This course is cross-listed as ANT 3125, BLS 3125, and HSP 3125. Students may receive credit for SOC 3125, ANT 3125, BLS 3125, or HSP 3125. These courses may not substitute for each other in the F grade replacement policy. 

 

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ANT 1001 OR SOC 1005, AND ENG 2100.   

Though a science, economics generates intense political, moral, and philosophical controversies. This course studies philosophical and moral questions raised by economic theories, including different accounts of rational choice, the major analyses of the concept of value, the relation between justice and market distributions, the concept of rights and the notion of property, and the moral claims of consumers, shareholders, and workers. 

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ECO 1001 OR 1002 and sophomore status.

The course provides a systematic introduction to the philosophical issues underlying environmental and ecological controversies. It will review classical positions on the nature of value and on the status of the human relationship to nature, land, wilderness, and other species. Topics will include such concerns as ozone depletion, global warming, and acid rain, as well as the relation between international justice, poverty, and its effect on the earth’s environment and animals. Non-western views as well as those of Native Americans, and the more recent Ecological Feminism, will be considered.  

 

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ENG 2150 or one course in the natural sciences or one course in philosophy or permission of the instructor.

This course examines how governmental institutions, political actors, and socio-political processes have both shaped and responded to immigration to the United States, with an emphasis on the post-1965 period. The course covers the politics and policies of immigrant admission to and deportation from the United States as well as the politics and policies related to the societal integration and exclusion of immigrants residing in the United States. This course may be used as an elective within the Political Science major and minor, or as an elective for the BA, BBA, and BS degrees.  

 

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: POL 1101.

This course examines the public policy process and policy outcomes in the urban context. Current social science approaches, including games and simulation, may be employed to elucidate the policy process (formulation, initiation, implementation, and evaluation). The policy areas examined are drawn from the following: urban crime and justice, welfare and equality, housing, education, transportation, and the federal role in urban policy. Case studies are drawn from a variety of urban areas.  

 

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: POL 1101, 2220, 2321, 2353, or 3323; ECO 2500; HIS 3472 or 3551; SOC 3051; or departmental permission.

Focusing on the development of U.S. social welfare policy, the course examines the U.S. system in cross-national perspective, addresses historical developments since 1900, and explores several contemporary challenges, including the underclass, the feminization of poverty, and welfare reform. This course is cross-listed as HIS 3005. Students may receive credit for either POL 3005 or HIS 3005, not both.  

 

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: One course in political science, history, or sociology; ENG 2100 or equivalent.

This course is a survey of urbanization in a global perspective and changes in settlement patterns as societies like the United States move into a postindustrial age. The course reviews the relationship between quality of life and types of settlement patterns in metropolitan areas as well as the increasing differentiation between types of cities at the present time.  

 

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ANT 1001 OR SOC 1005, AND ENG 2100.

This course examines individual and structural explanations for the generation and maintenance of inequality in the United States and the impact of stratification on the social mobility of groups and individuals. It looks as patterns of allocation of societal rewards according to class, race, and gender; the distribution of educational opportunities and cultural capital; and labor market segmentation by race, class, ethnicity, gender, and immigration status.  

 

PREREQUISITE: ANT 1001 or SOC 1005, and ENG 2100.

This course explores the origins, dynamics, and consequences of social movements as a particular from of particular form of collective behavior. It examines a wide range of topics, including the emergence of movements; recruitment and leadership; interactions of movements with the media, political elites, and the broader society; tactics; and the factors contributing to the success and failure of movements. Cases covered include the mobilization of racial and ethnic groups, women’s movements, environmental activism, and labor movements.  

 

3 hours; 3 credits. Prerequisite: ANT 1001 or SOC 1005, and ENG 2100.

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