Please click on the electives listed below for a brief description.

Business & Its Publics

(SOIM-UG.0125 – 4 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.

​Organizational Communication and Its Social Context

(SOIM-UB 0065 - 4 units)

Students learn how organizations communicate with multiple types of audiences, focusing on the interconnections between business and society. The course uses the stakeholder model of the corporation to introduce the strategic implications of communication for modern organizations. Students focus on strategic and tactical aspects of corporate communication to study and practice the ways in which organizations communicate to their varied internal and external stakeholders. Assignments develop students’ abilities in speaking and writing to these varied audiences, both to inform and to persuade. The course emphasizes bridging theoretical fundamentals while stressing action learning, which includes applying communication strategy to: • oral and written business assignments, • presentation delivery techniques, • visual communication analysis and practice, and • team communication.

Law, Business & Society

(SOIM-UG.0006 – 4 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.0012 – 2 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.