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Undergraduate Course Offerings


Read more about the Social Impact Core at the Undergraduate College.

Click here to learn about the learning objectives and unifying threads of the Social Impact Core Curriculum.

Business & Its Publics
(SOIM-UG.01254 credits)

This required course introduces freshmen undergraduate students to the many interconnections between business, society, markets, politics, culture, and life. Through a series of lectures featuring a broad range of visitors, complemented by small group discussion with senior Stern faculty and intensive writing sessions, students develop and express their own perspectives on the meaning of business and its role in society while hearing, seeing, and questioning key people in business and the institutions that surround it. Speakers at plenary lectures span the range of executives, entrepreneurs, artists, politicians, activists, regulators, and writer.

Law, Business & Society
(SOIM-UG.00064 credits)

This course challenges undergraduate students to think deeply about legal systems and the continual evolution of business practice and business law. This process is multidimensional and involves social, political, ethical, and technological factors. In the course, students examine how key areas of business law influence the structure of societal and business relationships, while honing their analytical, communication, and writing skills.

Professional Responsibility & Leadership
(SOIM-UG.00122 credits)

This capstone undergraduate course fosters the development of professional judgment in business. Students consider how to behave in challenging professional situations, balancing self-interests and those of the firm within the larger context of society, ethics, and law. The course builds on content discussed throughout the social impact core while introducing new themes pertinent to students about to enter the workforce, including the economic and ethical aspects of acting as a business professional, and several approaches, to leadership.


Entertainment Law

MULT-UB.0048, 1.5 credits

This course will prepare you to analyze a wide variety of entertainment law issues. Major topics include contracts, torts (defamation and privacy), and intellectual property. This course will also focus on the relationships between various parties in the entertainment field (the artist, manager, agent, etc.), the protection of intellectual property interests, and various aspects of the recording industry (e.g. contract and royalties).

Entrepreneurship & Law In Practice

MULT-UB.0086, 1.5 credits

This course is designed around two games: the law game and the entrepreneurship game. The entrepreneurship game focuses on the legal and financial issues an entrepreneur considers in starting a business (teams follow the life-cycle of a business they create – it is our hope that some students may go on to create companies started in the game!) the law game simulate a civil trial from inception to end. Students draft pleadings, gather facts, perform depositions of witnesses, and prepare the final case – facing off in front of a judge.

Experiential Learning Seminar

MULTI-UB.0103, 2 credits

This course is an experiential learning seminar involving project-based collaboration among students, faculty, and nonprofit organizations in New York City. Its two objectives are: 1) to provide students with an occasion to put the lessons learned in NYU Stern’s Social Impact Core Curriculum into practice as consultants, and 2) to produce project outcomes that have meaning and value for participating nonprofit organizations. In this seminar, students reflect on these lessons in light of the experiences they have collaborating on projects in nonprofit organizations.

Real Estate Transactions

MULT-UB.0051, 3 credits

This course examines the legal issues arising in each phase of commercial real estate transaction from the acquisition through the disposition of the property, including all aspects of real estate development and real estate financing. The main topics covered will include property acquisition; entity selection and structure; tax considerations; construction and permanent financing; development; mortgage securitization; leasing; workouts and other exit strategies; as well as current legal issues. This course will prepare the student to become sensitive to the wide variety of legal issues and topics encountered in commercial real estate transactions from the perspective of a business professional.

Law Through the Lens of Film

MULT-UB.0023.01, 4 credits

The layman often perceives the law as a mysterious abstraction – something one hears about on a news report about the Supreme Court or in relation to criminal law, something one hopes to avoid just by not having any traffic violations. This course aims to develop a more educated perception of the law so that it becomes less intimidating. The objective is to equip students with a basic level of savvy and analytical ability in relation to law. To do this, students will watch films over the course of the semester and learn to spot legal issues in a variety of scenarios, from personal life to business transactions. Discussions will include how such issues can impact the individuals and entities involved, how they can be resolved, what the larger ramifications are for society, and what examples exist in historical and contemporary case law.

Stern International Volunteers Seminar: Ghana

SOIM-UB.2000.01, 3 credits

This seminar is a reflective, discussion-based course designed to enrich students’ experiences while in Ghana. This course will seek that objective in several different ways: by identifying the root causes of poverty from a global perspective; considering a variety of concepts and practices relevant to the protection of human rights, property rights, and environmental concerns; gaining a greater understanding of the history, culture, and economics of Ghana; and participating in a service trip to Accra, Ghana. The course will culminate in a 10-day service trip to Ghana in May 2014, during which students will directly experience their responsibilities and opportunities to make a social impact.



Public Policy and Management, Joint Stern-Wagner

In today’s global society, the interdependencies of the market, community, and state sectors have created a need for individuals who possess a deep understanding of both the public and private spheres. This interdisciplinary minor enables students to:

• Study sector-specific convergence,divergence, and challenges in management practices
• Examine political influences on local, domestic, and international policy
• Explore sustainability issues within the sectors
• Understand the nuances of effective leadership

Social Entrepreneurship, Joint Stern-Wagner

Social entrepreneurs are transforming the business and societal landscape by applying business discipline and principles to confront some of the world’s most intractable problems. Whether it’s ensuring clean water, addressing illiteracy, preventing human rights abuses, bringing economic development initiatives to poor communities, or providing access to health care, social entrepreneurs are at the forefront offering sustainable, business based solutions to meet these and other critical challenges.

Students take a carefully chosen selection of Wagner and Stern course options that explore the concept of students as “changemakers.”