Business for Non-Majors

School of Management

This special set of courses is intended for students who are interested in an introduction to various aspects of business. Developed specifically for non-business majors, these courses provide valuable exposure to business principles, including management, financial analysis, and marketing techniques. These courses may not be taken by SMG students for credit, nor can they be used by Boston University students toward a Business Administration minor. There are no prerequisites for courses in the Business for Non-Business Majors series.

Introduction to Business

SMG SM 101

A broad introduction to the nature and activities of business enterprises within the United States' economic and political framework. Course content introduces economic systems, essential elements of business organization, production, human resource management, marketing, finance, and risk management. Key objectives of the course are development of business vocabulary and a fundamental understanding of how businesses make money. This course is intended for non-business majors. It may not be taken by SMG students for credit, nor can it be used by Boston University students toward the Business Administration minor. Non-SMG students may register for this course directly via the Student Link. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 21-June 25)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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Finance for Non-Management Students

SMG SM 104

Read, understand, and analyze financial statements, such as income statements and balance sheets. Covers techniques of internal financial analysis such as breakeven, budgeting, financial forecasting, and tools to aid in decision making. Introduction to the time value of money and capital budgeting using discounted cash flow analysis. Intended for non-business majors. This course may not be taken by SMG students for credit, nor can it be used by Boston University students toward the Business Administration minor. Non-SMG students may register for this course directly via the Student Link. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 25)

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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Introduction to Marketing

SMG SM 105

How is it that some products succeed and some fail? In many instances, the difference is in their marketing strategy. This class examines key areas of marketing including product development, advertising, promotions, pricing, and retailer decisions. Uses a combination of in-class exercises, real world examples, cases, lecture, and discussion. This course is intended for non-business majors. It may not be taken by SMG students for credit, nor can it be used by Boston University students toward the Business Administration minor. Non-SMG students may register for this course directly via the Student Link. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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