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The Course Catalog includes course descriptions of all courses offered by the Undergraduate School at Babson College. For descriptions of the courses offered in the current or upcoming semesters, please see the Course Listing.


 Undergraduate Course Catalog





CXD3500 Be the Change: Evaluating Social Impact 2 credit - general credit This course is designed to help students frame and evaluate a number of questions and topics within the realm of social change. In doing so, we will explore the methods of making change and those players that make it happen. We will identify tools to use in evaluating the potential, progress and impact of nonprofits and change by studying specific organizations and change makers throughout history. We will discuss moral and ethical questions that face non-profits, social enterprises and social entrepreneurs and explore motivation, approach and best practices as it applies to social change makers. These discussions will mold our evaluation and exploration of the skill set necessary to implement one's passion for social change into one's future. Prerequisite: RHT A & B, OEM & MCE & ASM3300 (ASM may be taken concurrently.)


IMH2512 Honors Seminar II - This Seminar will meet every other week beginning 1/21 Honors Seminar II is designed to guide Honors Program students through the writing process for their honors project proposal. In this seminar students will identify a research topic, develop a research question, learn how to do a scholarly literature search and use research in their writing, and write a final, polished version of the honors project proposal. The course will be run as a workshop so attendance at all sessions and adherence to all deadlines is essential. This course is required for all junior Honors Program students. Prerequisite: IMH2511, Instructor Permission



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FYS1300 First Year Seminar This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of skills necessary to be an engaged and participative member of the Babson community. This program will challenge students to critically examine important aspects of college student life (from exploring issues of ethics and diversity to the benefits of student organizations). In addition, this program will focus on many significant life skills such as effective communication and problem solving techniques. Students will earn one academic credit for their successful participation in this program. Participation in the First Year Seminar (FYS) is required for all Babson students.



This section of the Honors Seminar will meet every other week beginning on The first semester of the Honors Seminar is designed to accomplish three complementary goals. The seminar provides an opportunity for sophomore honors students to continue to build their community by meeting every other week to discuss an important issue from the perspectives of a number of different disciplines. These discussions will be led by various members of the Babson faculty and will include reference to some preliminary research done by students prior to the class. Secondly, the seminar will expose students to a wide variety of research methodologies and protocols in the contexts of these important issues, so students may become familiar with the processes they will undertake in completing their Honors Projects in their junior and senior years. Thirdly, students will meet a number of different members of the Babson faculty who may serve as important resources in future semesters. The Honors Seminar is a requirement for all students in the Honors Program, will be graded, and carries one credit for the semester. A second Honors Seminar semester must be taken in either the fall or spring of the student's junior year. Prerequisite: Permission by: Instructor Permission


SEN1303 Marketing Beauty and Fashion from an Ethical Standpoint (Senior Instructor: Brittany Lo) The course will focus on identifying marketing differentiation strategies in the luxury sector of the beauty and fashion industry. Questions we will consider are: Why are luxury brands’ marketing strategies the strongest? Why are people willing to pay such high prices for these brands? How do ethical business practices determine a brand’s success? The course will use the “Paradoxes of Luxury” framework to analyze real world cases, such as L’Oreal, Hermès, and Louis Vuitton. Course Schedule: Fridays: January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28 and March 7 (Showcase of all Senior-Led Seminars)


SEN1304 Mobile App Development (Senior Instructor: Alexander Deeb) In Mobile App Development, students will create an application on the Windows Phone platform using the C# programming language. During this process, students will learn programming fundamentals such as data types, conditional statements, and more. Finally, students will gain insight on how to present app ideas to developers. No previous programming knowledge is assumed or required, although basic knowledge of the Windows operating system is expected. Course Schedule: Fridays: January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28 and March 7 (Showcase of all Senior-Led Seminars)



SEN1301 Reel vs. Real: How Fictional Media Influences Reality (Senior Instructor: Celeste Campbell) This course will analyze movies, TV shows, and book excerpts that are fictional but marketed as "based on a true story." We will determine the facts behind each story and examine how our expectation that the media is based in reality affects our perceptions. We will explore the growth of this genre over the past 50 years, focusing on themes such as crime, politics, and romance; potential texts include Argo, Pocahontas, Law & Order, and Pride and Prejudice. This is a discussion-based class supplemented with short readings, articles, and viewings. Course Schedule: Fridays: January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28 and March 7 (Showcase of all Senior-Led Seminars)


CXD3510 Scholar in Action Experience 2 credit - general credit This two-credit course is designed to help individual students in the Bernon Scholar Program research, draft, and plan, execute, and evaluate a programmatic response to social or community need or concern for which the student is passionate. This course is accomplished in five parts: Exploration of issue, benchmarking and research of existing responses, planning of student's response, execution of that response and the student reflection on efficiency and effectiveness. Enrollment by Permission Only


SEN1305 Social Media Etiquette for Business Professionalism (Senior Instructor: Will Hallock) Due to the growing ability to connect with others via social media, individuals’ online behavior is becoming increasingly important in the professional setting. Whether during the job search or in everyday communication, social media etiquette is an essential skill for success. This course incorporates a combination of theory (through scholarly articles and publications) and application (through frequent class activities such as practice professional emails, social network profile assessments, and mock social media networking activities), with a heavier emphasis on the latter portion. Course Schedule: Friday, January 31 – Effective Email Communication Friday, February 7 – Using LinkedIn to Highlight Your Skillset Friday, February 14 – Developing Your Professional Brand on Twitter Friday, February 21 – Building Your Network on Facebook Friday, February 28 – Professional Presentation Strategy Friday, March 7 – Showcase of all Senior-Led Seminars


SEN1302 Sports Decisions through Analytics (Senior Instructor: Ryan Duff) Course Description: With the new prominence of sports analytics (i.e. Moneyball, Numbers Never Lie (ESPN), and Accuscore), sports have become much more than just winning and losing. Statistical analysis can predict whether a team will become a dominant force, as well as a profitable franchise. In this hands-on course we will explore and practice sports analytics through statistical programs and techniques that analyze player and team stats in order to determine the keys to building a cohesive team. We will also learn how team owners are able to make strategic decisions using key statistical analyses. Students do not need advanced math or statistical coursework or knowledge to enroll in this course. Course Schedule: Fridays: January 31, February 7, February 14, February 21, February 28 and March 7 (Showcase of all Senior-Led Seminars)