We’ve just hit a big milestone for the minor in Business, Ethics & Society (BES), and unlike much else that’s going on in the world, it’s good news! So I’m interrupting your summer to tell you about it.
As you probably know, BES isn’t a traditional business minor. While it certainly includes plenty of practical components, it’s about much more than learning how to “do business” or how to get a job in business. BES is about what it means to do business, and what it might look like to do it well — for each of us individuals, and for all of us together. To be able to develop your own ideas about that, you have to know things about business, and about society, and about doing well. What does it look like, and what does it take, for each of us and all of us to “do well”? To flourish? And what can business contribute? It’s a demanding course of study and a selective process, but I am delighted to announce that we have just admitted our first students.
I am proud to introduce our first cohort, from the Class of 2022! Read on to see a list of names and projects.
- Christina Casey ’22: Political Science major
BES minor project: female leadership in the workplace
- Paige Davis ’22: Economics major
BES minor project: what defines an ethical corporation
- Michaela Faris ’22: Psychology major
BES minor project: balancing corporate profit and employee wellbeing
- Michaela Halloran ’22: Psychology major
BES minor project: utilizing the tools of capitalism for the common good
- Jacqueline McCarthy ’22: English major
BES minor project: economic policy in the global capitalist economy
- Meg O’Melveney ’22: Accounting major
BES minor project: the economics of corporate social responsibility
- Molly Skoglund ’22: Economics major
BES minor project: immoral business decisions
- David Sullivan ’22: Political Science and Education double major
BES minor project: TBD
I hope this little peek inside the program encourages some of you to pursue your interest in a BES minor. As I said, it’s challenging, but look at the cool stuff you can do! But for those of you with a slightly different interest in business, you might want to look into the Business Certificate Programs offered by the Ciocca Center. Our Director of Certificate Programs, Professor David Chu, would be happy to discuss them with you.
In any event, that’s what our first cohort looks like. Reach out and congratulate them!
Advisor, Minor in Business, Ethics, and Society
Brake-Smith Associate Professor in Social Philosophy and Ethics
College of the Holy Cross