Babson College will be open this fall. Details available in Babson Together, our return to campus plan


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.




ASM3300: Strategic Problem Solving This is the required advanced management course, which builds upon and requires students to apply the content of SME (Managerial Accounting, Technology and Operations Management, Marketing, IT Management, Finance and Micro-economics). The course develops skills in critical and integrative thinking with a focus on strategic problem solving. After introducing foundational concepts and frameworks of strategic management, the course will introduce issue-based problem solving. The latter part of the course requires students to work in teams and practice problem solving by identifying, analyzing, and proposing solutions to a strategic problem faced by a company of their choice. Students concentrating in strategic management are urged to take this course in the fall of their junior year. Prerequisites: SME (except SME2041)

4.00 credits



CVA2004: India: World Religions, Ideologies, and Society 4 Intermediate Liberal Arts This portion of Babsons BRIC experience is a four-credit intermediate liberal arts course. The guiding framework for this course will be an historical, cultural and political study of the major religious traditions and political ideologies that have informed and distinguished the key periods of Indian history up to today. A dramatic fact about India is that the Hindu, Buddhist, Jain and Sikh religions all had their genesis there and they all still inflect everyday 21st century Indian life. Islam arrived as part of a foreign conquest, yet today India has the second largest Muslim population in the world. India has also been a critical place of refuge for endangered religious communities including people of the Zoroastrian (Parsi) and Bahai traditions. Although different from religions in many ways, political economic ideologies are also belief systems with revered symbols and rituals. Indian nationalism and its distinctive style of secularism and 21st century globalism are the pivotal modern ideologies that we will explore. BRIC India is based in New Delhi, the capital of India, and formerly the capital of both the Mughal Empire and British Raj. We will use three different learning methods to accomplish the goals of this course. One will be scholarly reading and discussion, with guest speakers, films, and other classroom activities. A second will be experiential and mini ethnographic work in the field. This will include guided site visits to such places as the Taj Mahal, and participant observation of religious rituals at various places of worship. The third method will be learning from social activists and taking small social actions ourselves. We will do this in encounters with people working to emancipate child laborers and trafficked women, people working to preserve endangered traditional crafts while employing rural women, and people providing children of extreme poverty a superlative education. By the end of the course you will have basic literacy in five world religions and a nuanced understanding of the diversity within each tradition in a 21st century urban Indian context. You will also have new tools of cultural investigation that can be applied to any cultural scenario you encounter in the future. Prerequisites: RHT and AHS

4.00 credits



ENV4610 Art and Ecology in the Anthropocene 4 credit advanced liberal arts This trans-disciplinary course is co-taught by an artist and an ecologist and will focus on integrating visual art practices and scientific methodologies as a means of observing, understanding, interpreting, and creatively responding to human driven disturbances and the restoration of nature. We will use art and science and the intersections between these disciplines to investigate the environment through: water, soils and clay, the movement of plants, and landscape ecology. Students will learn a range of contemporary artists whose work is dependent on and responsive to the natural environment. Students will also explore scientific processes for healthy ecological function and human-driven disturbance. Students will be challenged to visualize their scientific observations and creative responses through drawing, graphing, 2 D mixed media, mapping/modeling, and sculpture. It is understood that students will likely be entering the studio art practice at a beginning level, therefore prior art experience is not required. Pre-reqs: 2 intermediate liberal arts electives

4.00 credits



FME1000 Foundation of Management & Entrepreneurship, Revised (2 semesters) (Foundation Mgmt) This full-year, introductory course exposes students to key entrepreneurship, marketing, business management and organizational behavior concepts. Central to the course is a "learn by doing approach in which students teams develop and implement an actual business that the College funds. Profits generated by the business activity are used to support a charitable project that the students also coordinate. Through these activities students will have a personal opportunity to explore the challenges and complexities of creating social as well as economic value. In the organizational behavior stream of this section of FME, students will explore their personal entrepreneurial leadership capabilities and how to work with and through others and effectively participate in their business organizations. This section of FME will meet Babsons undergraduate requirements for a semester long course in organizational behavior. Prerequisites: NONE This course is typically offered in the following semesters: Fall

4.00 credits



FME1001 Foundation Management & Entrepreneurship (2 semesters) This full-year, introductory course exposes students to key management and information systems principles, vocabulary, and techniques. Central to the course is a "learn by doing" approach and sensitivity toward social responsibility and ethical behavior. Students organize into groups of 30 and are responsible for developing and implementing an actual business that the College funds. Profits generated by the business activity are used to support a charitable project that the students must coordinate as well. Students are introduced to the central concepts of finance, accounting, management, operations, and human resource management. In addition, they learn how information systems are used to manage and control business organizations and how to use productivity tools such as spreadsheet and database programs to manage business organizations more effectively. Prerequisite: FME1000 and ACC1000 (may be taken concurrently) This course is typically offered in the following semester: Spring

4.00 credits



HSS2004: Megacities: Globalization and the many spaces of Delhi This portion of Babson's BRIC course will be a three-credit intermediate liberal arts experience. The goal of this course is to analyze the idea of the megacity in the 21st century. The United Nations has described megacities as cities with a population over 10 million. Most megacities are in Asia and are hubs of global power. Using Delhi, Gurgaon, and Noida as our examples we will analyze the unique features of Indian cities and how the very different processes of urbanization and globalization impact businesses in India. We will look at both the histories and current conditions of these three cities to understand how globalization, economic development/urban primacy, rural-urban connections, income inequalities, caste, communalism, and environmental concerns impact urban space and influence Indias role in the global economy. Prerequisite: Admission in to the BRIC program

4.00 credits



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

1.00 credits



MFE3508: International Consulting Experience 4 credits The International Consulting Experience takes the consulting experience global by providing 3-4 students teams the opportunity to work on project assignments with international corporate sponsors. The program begins with pre-departure sessions focused on consulting methodology and intercultural competencies during the fall semester. Travel to the company site will take place over the winter break at which time students will develop the engagement contract and begin on-site primary research. Project work will be completed over the spring semester ending with the team presenting their findings and recommendations to their sponsor company in a written report and an oral presentation. Students must apply for this course through the Glavin Office.

4.00 credits



MFE3534 FManagement Consulting Field Experience (General Credit) The Management Consulting Field Experience (MCFE) course provides an excellent opportunity for students to apply principles that they learn in the classroom to real-world consulting projects. The students gain practical experience by solving actual business situations. Students also develop key skills in negotiation, group dynamics, organization, and planning. Previous projects include financial advisory, corporate finance, investment management, marketing, data analytics, and business strategy. Teams of three to five undergraduate students work as a consulting group for a sponsor company. The students meet with the managers of the company, analyze the problem, and explore possible solutions. The project concludes with a formal report and a presentation to the sponsor company comprising the group's recommendations. Prerequisite: SME and Permission of Experiential Learning Programs Associate Director

4.00 credits



The sophomore management experience MAC and TOM module (SME) integrates two subject streams: Technology and Operations Management (3 credits) and Managerial Accounting (3 credits). This module focuses on the internal organization and processes required for entrepreneurial leaders and managers to successfully test and execute business strategies. To be effective, entrepreneurs and managers must design operations, model the expected performance of operational designs, make decisions that strategically manage costs, and take actions that achieve desired results in an ethical manner. The two streams in this module will help build the skills you need to become ethical entrepreneurial leaders and managers. You will experience how the design of operations impacts measured performance, and how modeling expected results before action is taken leads to improved operational decisions. SME will also provide learning experiences that demonstrate the interconnections between the streams. ***Students may not take SME2000 and SME2010 concurrently*** SME2001 Managerial Accounting 3 credit intermediate management The Managerial Accounting stream in SME builds on knowledge acquired in Financial Accounting but shifts the focus to providing entrepreneurs and managers with relevant information that supports decision making and performance measurement. The stream introduces the language of managerial accounting and teaches students to perform basic management accounting analyses (e.g., costing of cost objects, cost behavior, differential analysis, and performance measurement). The stream requires students to use the results of their analysis to evaluate the design of operations, to make strategic decisions, and to propose action. Issues covered include selecting a profitable mix of products and services, analyzing profits and costs during product development, budgeting for operations, analyzing whether to outsource or insource activities, and managing performance through measurement systems. Throughout the semester we will explore interconnections between management accounting analyses and operational actions. SME2002 Managing Operations 3 credit intermediate management Managing operations is vital to every type of organization, for it is only through effective and efficient utilization of resources that an organization can be successful in the long run. This is especially true today, when we see that significant competitive advantages accrue to those firms that manage their operations effectively. We define operations in the broadest sense, not confining the focus within a set of walls but defining the scope to the thoughts and activities necessary to supply goods and services from their conception to their consumption. This course introduces you to the operational challenges that entrepreneurs and managers face and provides a set of tools to aid you in designing, evaluating and managing business processes to meet your organizations objectives. Throughout the semester we will explore interconnections between operational actions and management accounting analyses. PREREQUISITES: ACC1000 and FME1001 or (MOB1000 and MOB1010)

6.00 credits



Marketing is involved with the task of ethically marketing products and services in a global environment. In order to survive in the contemporary business world, organizations have to continually bring new ideas and products/services to the market think creatively, act entrepreneurially and utilize analytical rigor. The Marketing stream of SME will examine how marketers can recognize and utilize changes in the political, economic, social, and technological environments to identify and target opportunities; how to develop and communicate value propositions; and how to develop successful marketing strategies. These strategies will emphasize market analysis and the Four Ps (product, pricing, place, and promotion). Students will also be introduced to the analytical tools and methods crucial to understanding the role of these variables in achieving marketing goals and reaching performance metrics. This stream will also explore issues associated with: social media, marketing research and marketing analytics, buying behavior, market segmentation, branding, retailing, value-based pricing, advertising, sales, and other marketing topics as they are applied to the management of marketing goods and services. Methods of instruction will include lecture, discussion, experiential (involvement) learning, integrative teaching, simulations, and case analysis. Methods of assessment will include: quizzes, presentations, exams and participation. The material and the various methods of instructions are guided by Babsons learning goals. The marketing stream of SME will primarily integrate with Managing Technology and Information Systems. There will be a joint social media related project and presentation *** Students may not take SME2000 and SME2010 concurrently*** MKT2011 Marketing 3 credit intermediate management The sophomore management experience MKT and IT module (SME) integrates two subject streams: Marketing (3 credits) and Managing Technology and Information Systems (3 credits). This module focuses on helping students develop an understanding of the marketplace and the role of informational data bases, marketing research and marketing analytics in adding this understanding. The two streams highlight the role of marketing and information technology interface in a variety of contexts to enhance the effectiveness of business strategies. Businesses are actively using social media, mobile and online to market their products and services. The two streams will jointly highlight the importance of these information technology advancements in enabling businesses (and marketers) to better serve their customers. SME will also provide learning experiences that demonstrate the interconnections between the streams. SME2012 Managing Information Technology and Systems 3 credit intermediate management Managing Information Technology and Systems (MITS), part of the second year management curriculum, is designed to introduce students to the foundational concepts in Information Technology and Systems (ITS) and their application in managing innovation, ITS infrastructure, and organizational partners (suppliers/customers) in the context of a medium/large business. The course will integrate primarily with Marketing and Operations using common/linked cases and joint exercises. The pre-requisites for the course is FME (Foundation of Management and Entrepreneurship). Prerequisite: FME1001 or (MOB1000 and MOB1010)

6.00 credits



SME2041 SME Integration The sophomore management experience includes a 1-credit integrated experience designed to bring together some of the concepts you have already been learning and applying in your management classes at Babson.

1.00 credits



SUS2600: Introduction to Sustainability (previous course number CVA2013) 4 credits This is the first course in a three college (Babson/Olin/Wellesley) Sustainability Certificate. This case-based course introduces students to the basic concepts and tools that business, engineering, and the liberal arts (science, social science, and the humanities) bring to a consideration of sustainability. It is team-taught by faculty members from multiple BOW institutions, with coursework integrated across the three approaches. Students from Wellesely, Olin, and Babson Colleges engage in hands-on challenges to develop the cross-disciplinary awareness and collaboration skills needed to approach environmental issues holistically. Course meetings will take place at Wellesley, Olin, and Babson Colleges Prerequisite: None

4.00 credits



SUS3600: Sustainability Synthesis 4 advanced liberal arts credits This project-based course helps students synthesize learning from the Introduction to Sustainability course and certificate electives by providing them with a chance to apply and integrate the concepts and tools of business, engineering, and the liberal arts (science, social science, and the humanities) to address sustainability. Students will work in multi-campus groups on a project with a client throughout the semester, along with common readings and discussions about taking place in class time. Course meetings will take place at Olin College. Prerequisites: Declared participation in the certificate program and completion of the Introduction to Sustainability plus at least two out of three elective courses for the program, or substantial equivalent background and instructor permission.

4.00 credits



SUS3601: Unintended Consequences: At the Interface of Business and the Environment 4 Advanced Liberal Arts credits The consequences of business decisions often have impacts far different from those that were initially anticipated. Increasingly business leaders, particularly entrepreneurs, are expected to be able to anticipate the consequences of such decisions on the social and natural environment. Systems thinking offers a useful framework for dealing with such complex challenges. Likewise, such consequences demand an interdisciplinary approach to their study. The focus of this course will be on building competency in the use of systems thinking in regard to the interface of business and the environment through in-depth and interdisciplinary, historical and contemporary case studies such as boom and bust in the industrial revolution of the United States, declining fisheries, the use of hydraulic fracturing to extract fossil fuels, carbon sequestration, damming of rivers and the growing impact of electrical vehicles. We will also examine efforts to mitigate the impact of business decisions on the environment and the political, economic and policy challenges such efforts present. SUS3601 will use a variety of learning methods throughout the course including historical resources, multi-media immersion, field projects and flipping the classroom. We hope to help students address such questions as: How can business leaders productively consider the long-term implications of their actions for a variety of stakeholders and what is their responsibility for doing so under unpredictable circumstances? How can the perspectives of science and social justice inform business leaders understanding of the long-term implications of their actions? What role can/should business leaders play in the remediation of societal and environmental degradation? Prerequisites: (FME1000 and FME1001) or (MOB1000 and MOB1010) and NST1

4.00 credits