Special Courses in Business

T BUS 160 A Non-Mathematical Introduction to the Theory of Games (3)
An introduction to game theory in non-mathematical and non-technical terms. The seminar includes a hands-on component in that students play well-known games that game theorists have developed, and compare their strategies to the predictions of game theorists. Topics include optimal bidding strategies in auctions, and alternative voting schemes. Topics also include some practical applications of game theoretic models, such as why one should never sell a good used car, and why the popularity of new restaurants can change rapidly. Open to Honors College students only.

B BUS 200 Selected Topics in Business (1-3)
This course is devoted to selected topics in business, strategic management, career management, and/or organizational behavior. This course may be repeated for up to 6 credits when topic varies. Course does not yield liberal arts and sciences credit. Not open to freshmen. Prerequisite(s): A PSY 101, A SOC 115, or 3 credits of economics. S/U graded.

B BUS 250 Business in Society (3)
This course examines economic value systems and structures and their impact on society. Business fundamentals are examined particularly as they relate to the development of American cultural values. The course will also analyze the relationship between literature, philosophy, sociology, psychology and successful business practices. Does not yield credit toward the Accounting or Business Administration majors. Prerequisite(s): A ANT 108, or A PSY 101, or A SOC 115.

B BUS 300 Accounting and Communications (1)
Theory, principles, and practices of effective written communications: correspondence, formal and informal reports, business memos, and letters. This course provides individual assessment with regard to how students might improve their written communications skills to meet the standards required by the accounting profession. Prerequisite(s): junior standing in the accounting major. Offered fall semester only.

B BUS 400 Introduction to Entrepreneurship (3)
This introductory course considers the antecedents and consequences of entrepreneurship. The tools you develop in this course will help you understand how and why a new venture is launched and how to make that effort successful. The class will also provide you with exposure to basic entrepreneurial and business skills in a format that encourages dialogue, develops critical thinking skills, and promotes self-awareness and personal development. You will also learn about the impact of entrepreneurship on the economy and society. By the end of the course, you will be able to critically evaluate opportunities, marshal resources, and understand how to manage a new venture. This is not a course consisting solely of the "nuts and bolts" of how to start your own business. You will also leave this course with a more thorough understanding of some of the key institutions supporting entrepreneurship and specific government initiatives/programs to stimulate entrepreneurial activity. You will also be knowledgeable about the salient issue of technology commercialization at universities, federal labs, and firms, especially the entrepreneurial dimensions of such activities. A key component of this course is spirited, informed class discussion. The quality of the course depends, to a large extent, on your input. If you are prepared to challenge the instructor and your classmates, the class will be a rewarding and enriching learning experience. To facilitate class discussion, short quizzes (in lieu of formal exams) will be given each week on the reading assignments. Prerequisite(s): B FIN 300 and B MKT 310. Offered spring semester only.

B BUS 494 Multi-Cultural Work Environments (1)
This is an independent study course that is open to international students whose internships will be in a country other than that of their citizenship or prior work experience. The goal is to promote an understanding of the cultural assumptions we bring to the work environment and the effects of cultural differences on organizational interactions and productivity. Students may register for the course after obtaining an internship offer and completing the application for the course. International students will obtain and process work authorization forms with the International Students Office. Final grade is dependent on completion of a 10 page paper describing the internship and its relationship to the student's academic study. Can be repeated for credit up to 3 credits. Prerequisite(s): completion of at least 75 credits with a 3.25 cum GPA and a major in the School of Business. S/U graded.

B BUS 495 Independent Study in Business I (1–3)
Individual study plan in a selected area as approved by the instructor and the dean in conference with the student. Written and oral progress reports required. Prerequisite(s): open only to qualified students who have senior status in the School of Business. May not be repeated for credit. May not be used in the concentration. An application must be filed through the Office of Student Services, BB 201. S/U graded.

B BUS 496 Independent Study in Business II (1–3)
Advanced or expanded individual study plan in a selected area as approved by the instructor and the dean in conference with the student. Written and oral progress reports required. Prerequisite(s): B BUS 495. Open only to qualified students who have senior status in the School of Business. May not be repeated for credit. May not be used in the concentration. An application must be filed with the Office of Student Services. BB 201. S/U graded.

B BUS 497 Internship in Business I (1-3)
Internships involving off-campus participation in the work of an agency, institution, or corporate body other than the University, with collateral academic study. Prerequisite(s): contingent on the approval of a University at Albany School of Business full-time instructor willing to supervise the study and evaluate on-site reports of the student’s progress. Approval of the Undergraduate Affairs Committee also required. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.10. Open only to School of Business majors with a minimum of 75 completed degree credits who have completed the 300 level foundations courses. S/U graded.

B BUS 498 Internship in Business II (1-3)
Internships involving off-campus participation in the work of an agency, institution, or corporate body other than the University, with collateral academic study. Prerequisite(s): contingent on the approval of a University at Albany School of Business full-time instructor willing to supervise the study and evaluate on-site reports of the student’s progress. Approval of the Undergraduate Affairs Committee is also required. Minimum cumulative GPA requirement is 3.10. Open only to School of Business majors with a minimum of 75 completed degree credits. Internship experience must be different from that of B BUS 497. S/U graded.

B BUS 499 Honors Research and Thesis in Business (3)
An intensive reading, research and writing course in a functional area of business. The course culminates with a 40 page, double-spaced honors thesis written under the supervision of a faculty member. Students will also have to present their findings to the faculty and administration. Final written thesis due on the last day of classes. Prerequisite(s): open only to juniors and seniors who have been admitted to the School of Business, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50 and who have completed a total of at least 75 degree credits. See the Assistant Dean in BA 313A for more complete details and the application materials. Research must be conducted in the student's concentration or accounting. S/U graded.