About the Program
The Business major is a liberal arts program that takes an integrated, multifaceted, interdisciplinary, and critical approach to the study and practice of business. The major is based on a set of introductory courses that provide foundational skills, a set of more advanced courses that extend those skills, and electives that span the wide range of disciplines, perspectives, and applications. The program emphasizes teamwork, critical analysis, oral, and written communication skills. Drew Business majors graduate prepared to work in diverse contexts from for profit business to non-profit, government and non-government organizations in both domestic and international settings with others from different cultures and disciplinary perspectives
- Co-Directors of Business Studies: Christopher Andrews (Sociology), Alex de Voogt (Marketing and Psychology)
- Professors: Darrell Cole (Comparative Religion/Philosophy), Phil Mundo (Political Science and Environmental Studies and Sustainability), Jennifer Olmsted (Economics and Middle East Studies), Jonathan Reader (Sociology and Public Health), Maliha Safri (Economics)
- Associate Professors: Christopher Andrews (Sociology), Miao Chi (Economics), Allan Dawson (Anthropology), Bernard Smith (Economics), Alex de Voogt (Marketing and Psychology)
- Assistant Professors: Rachelle Belinga (Business), Raphaele Chappe (Economics), Yuliya Grinberg (Marketing), Steven Firestone (Finance), Oleg Ivanets (Economics), Gerard Pinto (Finance)
The Social Entrepreneurship Semester
The Social Entrepreneurship Semester, offered in the spring, provides students with the opportunity to study the concept of social entrepreneurship through both an experiential and an interdisciplinary lens. The course meets twice a week, primarily in New York City, and involves guest speakers, field trips to both non and for-profit organizations with a social mission, skills workshops, and a hands-on group project with a non-profit. The field trips include visits to arts institutions, cooperatives, rights as well as international development and relief organizations, religious institutions, research and policy institutes and foundations, among others. The skills workshops may tackle such diverse topics as how to design a mission statement, fundraising strategies, project implementation, cost benefit analysis, and steps for building an advocacy campaign. The main philosophical question tackled in the course is an examination of whether and how non-profits are feeling pressure to become more entrepreneurial while at the same time for-profit firms are feeling pressure to behave more socially responsibly. Students who participate in the program must enroll in two 4 credit courses: BST/ECON/PSCI 287 and 387.
The Wall Street Semester
The Wall Street Semester, offered in the spring, gives students a thorough introduction to financial markets and institutions. Students spend two days per week in New York City, attending presentations and discussions by prominent executives, government officials, institutional shareholders, economists, and other members of the financial community, and participating in a course offered by the program director, a member of the Drew faculty. This eight-credit program focuses on the operation of the financial sector located in the Wall Street area and considers the impact of Wall Street on the U.S. economy at all levels (local, state, national, and global). It offers students a solid background in the relationship of Wall Street to the rest of the economy, centering on finance but also including macroeconomic, historical, and ethical dimensions. Two semesters of introductory economics are prerequisites for participation in the Wall Street Semester, which is open to students majoring in any discipline.