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Harvey Kapnick Center for Business Institutions


Type of Program: Minor
Educational Purpose/Goal: Business Institutions is the minor for all Northwestern undergraduates who want to learn about the world of business and the institutions that make it go.
Program Structure: The minor in Business Institutions requires the successful completion with a grade of C- or above of 11 courses: 4 prerequisite courses in mathematics, statistics, and economics; 4 business tools courses; 1 writing and speaking course; and 2 social science and humanities electives.
Target Audience: All Northwestern undergraduates, all schools, all majors, all years.
Participation/Entrance Requirements:  Open to all Undergraduate students
Sample Classes:
  • campusCATALYST (cC) is a great program that is open to all Northwestern undergraduates.  It combines experiential learning with an academic class called BUS_INST 394 “Lessons in Nonprofit Management,” which is taught by a leader in the local non-profit community.
  • Marketing Management – This course offers students an introduction to basic principles and applications of marketing management.
  • Accounting – The focus of this class will be on the understanding, the interpretation and the use of financial information presented in financial statements of companies.
  • Corporate Finance – Effects of time and uncertainty on valuation and decision-making. Discounting techniques, stock and bond valuation, capital budgeting, firm valuation, capital asset pricing model, financial options.
  • Leadership in Organizations – Social science tools for solving organizational problems and influencing individuals, groups and organizations. Competitive decision-making, reward system design, team building, strategic negotiation, political dynamics corporate culture and strategic organizational design.
Special Features: campusCatalyst, co-curricular events
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