This course introduces first-year students in business and professional programs and related fields to success strategies for self-leadership and college-level scholarship, including career planning, problem solving, critical thinking, professionalism, cultural competence, working within teams, and basic business literacy, as well helping students gain institutional knowledge of the College. Students create a comprehensive personal leadership plan, including academic, financial, and career/transfer components. Business students are required to enroll in BUSL 101 within the first twelve credits.
Business Leadership Courses
BUSL 101 - Navigating Leadership and Business Professions
BUSL 125 - Customer Service Leadership
This course covers the major components of customer service, including techniques to provide information and effectively resolve customer issues through various communication methods. Students will learn to use customer service as a competitive advantage by understanding the customers’ perspectives and identifying ways to meet or exceed their needs and expectations.
BUSL 101, which may be taken concurrently, or ENTR 101
BUSL 180 - Building Teams & Managing People
In this course, students will learn how to build a team, improve teamwork through collaboration, and sustain a high performing team through continuous learning and improvement. Students will evaluate external and internal factors that affect team performance. Students will also learn best practices for aligning individual and team goals, establishing team member roles, building team structures, and managing team conflict and resolution.
BUSL 190 - Experiential Learning in Business
In this one-credit course, students participate in a supervised "real-world" learning experience, such as an internship, study abroad, or business simulation, where they learn and apply business concepts. The course combines formal class time with the learning experience to prepare students to challenge themselves with new opportunities, reflect upon their experiences, and engage in self-leadership practices.
BUSL 195 - Experiential Learning in Business
In this three-credit course, students participate in a supervised "real-world" learning experience, such as an internship, study abroad, business simulation, or research experience, where business concepts and skills are taught and applied. The course combines formal class time with the learning experience to prepare students to challenge themselves with new opportunities, reflect upon their experiences, engage in self-leadership practices, and perform project management tasks.
BUSL 215 - Organizational Leadership
Applying advanced leadership principles and strategies, students work individually and in teams to make decisions when designing, growing, or changing organizations and organizational culture. The course focuses on leadership approaches to organizational elements such as culture, mission, reporting structure, multiculturalism/diversity, technology, and people management.
BUSL 240 - Ethics and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Business
Students learn the role of ethics in business decision making, use ethical reasoning to anticipate issues in business and apply strategies to mitigate them. Students will also apply the ethics of diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) in business, identifying the opportunities and challenges of diversity hiring and inclusive strategies, and delving into corporate culture and its social responsibility for promoting diversity, equity and inclusion.