Business Track

With an economy driven by industries such as financial services, consulting, technology, higher education, and visitor services, Boston boasts a thriving business community with strong national and international ties.

The Business track is divided into courses for non-business majors and courses for business majors. You'll explore principles of management, marketing, business, and economics, and finish with an internship in one of Boston's many financial, law, business, or marketing firms.

Summer 1: The Academic Phase

You'll spend your first six weeks of the Summer Study Internship Program taking two 4-credit courses chosen from offerings designed for both non-business majors and business majors.

Choose Two:

Non-Business Majors

  • CAS EC 101 Introductory Microeconomic Analysis

    The first semester of a standard two-semester sequence for those considering further work in management or economics. Coverage includes economics of households, business firms, and markets; consumer behavior and the demand for commodities; production, costs, and the supply of commodities; price determination; competition and monopoly; efficiency of resource allocation; governmental regulation; income distribution; and poverty. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area(s): Social Inquiry I, Critical Thinking. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 LEC T, W, R 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Idson
    SA1 DIS T 9:00 AM-10:00 AM Idson
    SA2 LEC M, T, W 2:00 PM-4:30 PM Huynh
    SA2 DIS T 1:00 PM-2:00 PM Huynh
  • CAS EC 102 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis

    The second semester of a standard two-semester sequence for those considering further work in management or economics. National economic performance; the problems of recession, unemployment, and inflation; money creation; government spending and taxation; economic policies for full employment and price stability; and international trade and payments. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Social Inquiry I. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 LEC T, W, R 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Switala
    SA1 DIS W 9:00 AM-10:00 AM Switala
    SA2 LEC T, W, R 6:00 PM-8:30 PM Xu
    SA2 DIS W 5:00 PM-6:00 PM Xu
  • COM CM 211 Professional Presentation

    Students learn the essentials of effective presentation, from preparation, audience analysis, and content development to critical thinking when presenting. Students will incorporate theories and skills of effective communication in a variety of contexts (e.g., common business and social settings). This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Oral and/or Signed Communication. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND T, R 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Downes
  • COM CM 217 Introduction to Advertising

    Explores the history, nature, function, practice, and social and economic aspects of advertising; ethical responsibilities, psychological appeals, marketing, media, research, product analysis, creative strategies, and agency operation. Students prepare a comprehensive advertising plan including a marketing strategy and speculative advertising campaign. (Formerly CM317. Students cannot take CM217 for credit if they have already taken CM317.) 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Cakebread
  • COM CM 313 Corporate Communication

    Prereq: (COM CM 215 or COM CM 301). Explores the trends and issues affecting corporations, crisis management, public affairs communication, consumer affairs, employee relations, environmental problems, and issues of multinationals. Uses case studies. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Quigley
  • MET MG 202 Personal Financial Planning

    The development of personal investment strategies using money and credit. Securities and portfolio management, budgeting, insurance, taxes, retirement programs, and estate planning. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Mendlinger
  • QST AC 221 Financial Accounting

    Prereq: (QST SM 131) and (CAS MA 120 or CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 123, previous or concurrent). Basic concepts underlying financial statements and accounting procedures used in preparing statements of financial position, income statements, and statements of cash flow. Stresses the interpretation, analysis, and evaluation of published financial statements. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND T, W, R 1:00 PM-3:30 PM Hagigi
  • QST IS 223 Introduction to Information Systems

    Provides students with an understanding of the important role that information and information technology play in supporting the effective operation and management of business. Elaborates on the themes of "place to space" and the implications for business of the digital enterprise. Focuses on learning IS concepts in the context of application to real business problems. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W 5:30 PM-9:00 PM Chen
    SA2 IND T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Zhu
  • QST LA 245 Introduction to Law

    Prereq: (QST SM 131) or sophomore standing. Provides a broad overview of the American judicial system and fundamental legal issues. Examines dispute resolution, torts, contracts, criminal law, business organizations, employment law, intellectual property, and international law. The goal is to understand not only the basic rules of law but also the underlying social policies and ethical dilemmas. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND T, R 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Powers
    SA2 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Chang
  • QST SM 101 Introduction to Management

    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 Questrom students for credit nor can it be used by Boston University students toward the Business Administration minor. Non-Questrom students may register for this course directly via the Student Link. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Allen
  • QST SM 104 Finance for Non-Management Students

    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 Questrom students for credit nor can it be used by Boston University students toward the Business Administration minor. Non-Questrom students may register for this course directly via the Student Link. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W, R 1:30 PM-4:00 PM Asadoorian
  • QST SM 105 Introduction to Marketing

    How is it that some products succeed and some fail? In many instances, the difference is in their marketing strategy. 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 Questrom students for credit nor can it be used by Boston University students toward the Business Administration minor. Non-Questrom students may register for this course directly via the Student Link. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Utter
  • QST SM 131 Business, Society, and Ethics

    Required of all Questrom first-year students. Explores the ethical problems facing global management. Through identification and discussion of the substantive disciplines relevant to business, students uncover a complicated analysis necessary to make appropriate decisions and highlight their interdependencies. Stresses written and oral communication skills and logical reasoning as an ingredient for sound analysis and rational business planning. This course fulfills a single unit in the following BU Hub area: Ethical Reasoning. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Nichols
    SA1 F 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Nichols
    SA2 IND M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Nichols
    SA2 F 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Nichols
    SA3 IND T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Nichols
    SA3 F 9:00 AM-12:00 PM Nichols
  • SHA HF 100 Introduction to the Hospitality Industry

    This introductory course is open to all BU students and is the prerequisite for School of Hospitality courses. Students gain an historical perspective and identify current events and trends in lodging, restaurants, and event management. The course provides an overview of the global hospitality/tourism industry, including the critical elements of managing services. The Boston market, multimedia assignments, and team-based projects are integrated into the learning environment. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Historical Consciousness, Digital/Multimedia Expression, Teamwork/Collaboration. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W 1:30 PM-5:00 PM Oshins

Business Majors

  • CAS EC 341 Monetary and Banking Institutions

    Survey of commercial and central banking institutions. Examination of macro relations between financial organizations and principal objectives of stabilization policy. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND T, W, R 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Constantino
  • CAS EC 356 Economics of the Labor Market

    Application of current theories of labor supply and demand, wages, education and experience, immigration, labor efficiency, discrimination, and unemployment. Appraisal of the effects of government policies on labor markets. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, T, W 10:00 AM-12:30 PM Dey
  • CAS EC 403 Game Theory

    Prereq: (CAS MA 121 or CAS MA 123 or CAS MA 127). Models of decision-making in which the choices of different individuals interact: basic equilibrium notions in normal form games, including signaling games and repeated games. Applications include auctions, foreign policy, takeover bids, entry deterrence, cooperation and conflict, financial markets, and public goods. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, T, W 6:00 PM-8:30 PM Huynh
  • COM CM 215 Principles and Practices of Public Relations

    An introduction to the field of public relations: its theoretical origins, scope, and principles. Discussion focuses on researching problems, setting objectives, identifying audiences, designing messages, choosing communication channels, and evaluating results for all types of organizations. Ethical decision making, on-line communication, and career opportunities are also analyzed case studies in the field. The format is a combination of informal lecture and small-group discussion, case analysis, and guest lecture. (Formerly CM301. Students cannot take CM215 for credit if they have already taken CM301.) 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Downes
  • COM CM 313 Corporate Communication

    Prereq: (COM CM 215 or COM CM 301). Explores the trends and issues affecting corporations, crisis management, public affairs communication, consumer affairs, employee relations, environmental problems, and issues of multinationals. Uses case studies. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Quigley
  • COM CM 522 Managing Corporate Crises and Issues

    Prereq: (COM CM 215 or COM CM 301). Grad Prereq: (COM CM 701). Review and diagnosis of major crises and issues affecting corporations. Case discussions of five types of crises: technological, confrontational, malevolence, management failure, and management control. Examines appropriate management actions and communications before, during, and after a crisis. Reviews issues management: monitoring, analysis, strategy determination, and implementation. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Shanler
  • MET MG 472 Financial Concepts

    Emphasizes issues of accounting, finance, and economics that are important in most management contexts. Introduction to tools of financial analysis and the problems of financial management including cash, profitability, and capital budgeting. Various sources of corporate funds are considered, including short-, intermediate-, and long-term arrangements. Stresses understanding financial statements, planning and control, cost and benefit evaluation, cash flow analysis, and capital budgeting. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND T, R 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Noorian
  • QST FE 442 Money, Financial Markets, and Economic Activity

    Prereq: (QST FE 323). Required for Finance concentrators. The financial system and its functions. The role of money and the importance of interest rates in determining economic activity; determinants of level of interest rates. Operation of central banks; the goals and instruments of monetary policy. The roles, activities, and risk management of financial institutions. Instruments traded in money and capital markets, and their valuation. Role of derivative securities; systemic risk and other contemporary issues in the financial system. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND T, R 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Horsfall
  • QST FE 445 Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management

    Prereq: (QST FE 323). Required for Finance concentrators. Introduction to the investment management process. Defining investment objectives and constraints. Introduction to Modern Portfolio Theory, CAPM, APT, Efficient Markets, and stock and bond valuation models. Immunizing interest-rate risk. Active vs. passive investment strategies, fundamental vs. technical analysis, trading practices, and performance evaluation. Introduction to the role of futures and options in hedging and speculation. Students are expected to become familiar with current events in the financial news. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    ELP IND ARR -
    SA1 IND T, R 2:00 PM-5:30 PM Liu
  • QST FE 449 Corporate Financial Management

    Prereq: (QST FE 323). Required for Finance concentrators. Covers the financial manager's role in obtaining and allocating funds. Includes topics such as cash budgeting, working capital analysis, dividend policy, capital investment analysis, and debt policy as well as their associated risks. Valuation of companies, mergers and acquisitions, and bankruptcy are covered. The course requires using financial models and spreadsheets. Applications are made to current events and everyday business finance problems. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Staff
  • QST FE 469 Real Estate Finance

    Prereq: (QST FE 323). Provides an introduction to and an understanding of real estate finance. Draws together and considers major functional areas including: structuring, ownership, finance, taxation, property valuation, and analysis. The course provides a framework for decision making in the real estate investment and finance fields. The course is specifically designed to offer students interested in real estate careers a foundation upon which to build. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND T, R 2:00 PM-5:30 PM Munsell
  • QST IS 479 Innovating with Information Technology

    Prereq: (QST IS 223). Surveys the organizational implementation, uses, and impacts of advanced information technology including decision support systems, management support systems, and expert systems. Includes a group project to design and develop a decision support system. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Allen
  • QST LA 245 Introduction to Law

    Prereq: (QST SM 131) or sophomore standing. Provides a broad overview of the American judicial system and fundamental legal issues. Examines dispute resolution, torts, contracts, criminal law, business organizations, employment law, intellectual property, and international law. The goal is to understand not only the basic rules of law but also the underlying social policies and ethical dilemmas. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND T, R 6:00 PM-9:30 PM Powers
    SA2 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Chang
  • QST MK 468 Advanced Marketing Strategy

    Prereq: (QST MK 323). Provides the insights and skills necessary to formulate and implement sound marketing strategies and marketing plans. Includes lectures, case analysis, guest speakers, and a strategic marketing management simulation where students take the role of brand manager. The simulation allows students to make decisions and see results on key topics such as segmentation, positioning, managing a brand portfolio, integrated marketing communications, and marketing channels. Other key topics explored in the course include strategic planning, customer decision making, product life cycle, market response, competitive behavior, new product development, and product line management. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W 5:30 PM-9:00 PM Hibbard
  • QST MK 469 Communications and Digital Media Strategies

    Prereq: (QST MK 323). Marketing communication strategy has moved beyond advertising to include interactive marketing, sales promotions, direct marketing, public relations, and more. This course focuses on developing a marketing communication strategy that integrates these tools for more efficient and effective communication. Topics include the establishment of objectives based on a situation analysis, developing subsequent messages, creative and media strategies, effectiveness testing, and client/agency relationships. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND T, R 8:30 AM-12:00 PM Utter
  • QST SI 422 Strategy, Innovation, and Global Competition

    Prereq: (QST FE 323, QST MK 323, QST OM 323, & QST QM 323). Provides students with a powerful set of tools which prepares them to analyze, formulate, and implement business firm strategy with the aim of attaining sustainable competitive advantage. Adopts the perspective of the general manager, challenging student knowledge in each functional area in the effort to create integrative strategies that serve the needs of shareholders, as well as other stakeholders inside and outside the company. The course includes conceptual readings, which elucidate the fundamental concepts and frameworks of strategic management, as well as case analyses, which enable students to apply their knowledge to real-world situations and managerial decisions. This course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Global Citizenship and Intercultural Literacy, Writing-intensive Course, Creativity/Innovation. 4 cr.

    Section Type Days Times Instructor
    SA1 IND M, W 9:00 AM-12:30 PM Goldberg
    SA2 IND M, W 1:00 PM-4:30 PM Cosway

Summer 2: The Internship Phase

For the second six weeks of the program, you'll be placed as an intern in a Boston-area organization or business that matches your interests and experience. You should expect to work five days a week for a minimum of 35 hours. Most internships are unpaid.

Business Internship Opportunities

Internship placement sites in past years have included local and regional businesses and start-up enterprises, in areas such as finance and accounting, marketing and business development, and human resources.

Internship Placement

  • Internship placement for 35 hours a week
  • Internship matches are based on your interests, abilities, and experience
  • All internship sites are accessible by public transportation
  • Visit our Placement Process page for additional information

Summer Study Internship Course

The Summer Study Internship Program's 2-credit Internship Course meets on Friday mornings throughout Summer 1 and two evenings in Summer 2. The course explores links between your academic track and your on-site professional experience, and provides support and guidance as you prepare for your placement.

Meet a Business Student

Student: Fatima Ismail

Courses: Introduction to Business; Introduction to Marketing

Internship Site: IMEX Cargo

On the Job: I was lucky to have multiple projects which allowed me to integrate computer programming into a real work environment. One project allowed the front office to input customer data and transactions into Excel without duplication. Another focused on Search Engine Optimization to track sources of website traffic and allow major search engines to effectively crawl the links in the website with limited errors through the use of site maps and Webmaster Tools. It was exciting to write meaningful programs.

Perspectives: The program is a great opportunity to study at a prestigious school while gaining work experience. My internship provided me with professional knowledge and a new perspective on everyday business practices. It was refreshing to see how academic habits can translate into professional work.

Contact Us

Boston University Summer Term
Summer Study Internship Program
755 Commonwealth Ave, Rm 105
Boston, MA 02215

Phone: 617-353-0556
Fax: 617-353-5532
Email: ssip@bu.edu