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MIAGE Course Descriptions - Elective Courses

Six elective courses required (minimum 18 credits) 

Students may take no more than nine credits (3 courses) from any one department. This list is not exhaustive, and course offerings change from year to year. For a complete list of current courses, click here.

ACCTG 5140 International Accounting Integrates International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) into a financial accounting course and leverages comparisons between US GAAP and IFRS to enhance the development of a "critical thinking" approach to financial accounting and reporting.  Enhances student understanding of the links between the underlying transactions, the application of reporting standards for those transactions, and the financial reports obtained.  Provides basic understanding of IFRS.

ACCTG 5210 Managerial Accounting I Focuses on the use of accounting information for management decision-making. Emphasizes concepts related to cost behavior, cost measurement, cost accumulation, and cost allocation. Emphasizes the use of various performance measurement methods to evaluate operational and management performance.

ANTH 6121 Cultures of Africa Cultures and societies of Africa, with emphasis less on national political issues than on immediate, daily concerns of most Africans (e.g., making a living, family life, settling disputes, etc.)

ANTH 6126 Mediterranean Cultures Examines contemporary life in the Mediterranean region with an emphasis on communication and flow of goods, people, and ideas across the Mediterranean Sea.  Uses an anthropological perspective informed by history. Analyzes such issues as kinship and family, politics, ethnicity, labor migration, and religious beliefs in Mediterranean cultures.

ANTH 6151 Peoples of the Pacific  Theories of settlement, distinctive features of island cultures, social and political organization and stratification, and integrative mechanisms such as trading, feasting, warfare, and marriage alliance.

COMM 6300 Mass Communication Law First Amendment origin and interpretations. Rights, regulation, and responsibilities of media. Case studies.

COMM 6610 IT and Global Conflict Examines the impact new information and communication technologies (GPS, Internet, blogging, videogames, and more) are having on various forms of global conflict.  State-level warfare, terrorism, peaceful resistance and protest, the emergence of new forms of conflict such as "cyberterror" and "softwar," and international relations in the Information Age.

ECON 6420 China and the Global Economy Discusses the economic interactions between China and the modern world system over the past two centuries and evaluates future trends.

ECON 6460 Latin American Economic History and Development Historic and contemporary economic problems in Latin America from conquest to present dependency, independence, and integration into the world economy. Emphasizes new forms of dependency in the macro economy and on contemporary domestic social problems.

ECON 6560 Gender and Economic Development in the Third World The impact of economic development on the gender division of labor and gender-based control over resources in the Third World. Case studies of rural transformation and agricultural development, rural-urban migration, urbanization and industrialization, economic crisis and population growth. Examines policies and political struggles aimed at overthrowing gender bias in development processes.

ENTP 5775 Intrapreneurship: Using Entrepreneurship Strategies in Large Firms Students organized into small teams that have the responsibility for leading the market entry for an established company into a new marketplace. Must work within the cultural, structural, operational, and organizational constraints of their assigned companies to create and launch the strategic plan to bring a new product to market in a new market. Teams evaluated on their creation and delivery of their plans to executive leadership team of their assigned companies.

ENTP 6850 Profiles in Entrepreneurship Guest entrepreneurs come from many industries and diverse backgrounds to share their personal stories insights, struggles and advice. Students have the opportunity to interact with the entrepreneurs and explore topics important to them. Goal of the course is for students to understand the skills needed to master the entrepreneurial mindset.

ENTP 6860Lassonde Venture An unparalleled opportunity to apply knowledge and expertise to the commerical development of University technologies. Lectures and topics include venture capital and new venture finance, market research and due diligence, intellectual property and patent protection, technology transfer issues, as well as guest lectures from prominent business leaders and local entrepreneurs.

FCS 6450 Nonprofit Community Organizations Covers the role of community nonprofit organizations in society, especially their function in community building and engaging citizen participation. Offers a broad intellectual foundation and applied approach to the guiding theories and philosophy of nonprofit practice and community development. Examines different models of community-based nonprofits. Explores relevant issues of public service, funding, evaluation, theories of change, public policy, social capital, and civic engagement.

FP MD 6502 International Public Health Issues Current issues in international health relevant to public health and primary care providers.  Problems in economics, technology transfer, child survival, primary health care, maternal health, and ethics presented in an international context.

FINAN 6020 Financial Management Financial analysis, planning, working-capital management, financial math, valuation, and capital budgeting.

FINAN 6360 Investments and Portfolio Management
 Examines stocks, bonds, derivatives, and financial markets.  Analytic treatment of portfolio selection and measurement of investment performance.

GEOG 5320 Geography of Terrorism and Homeland Security Examines the geographical dimensions of terrorism and homeland security. Examines the geographic factors that contribute to creating active regions of terrorism, insurgent states and terrorist target areas. Within the homeland security context, examines U.S. policy on homeland security, especially with regard to the use of geospatial technologies (geographic information systems, satellite imagery, global positioning systems) for event mitigation, response and recovery. Issues of surveillance and access to public geospatial information relative to individual freedoms in a cross-national context.

GEOG 6140 Methods in Geographic Information Systems Explores the practice of using a geographic information system (GIS) to support geographic inquiry and decision making. Technical knowledge of the common tasks that a geographic analyst faces in applying a GIS to a variety of spatial problems. Lab sections use a leading commercial GIS to complete a series of real-world projects.

LAW 7010 Mediation/Advanced Negotiation The theory and practice of negotiation and alternative dispute resolution ("A.D.R."). Covers the major forms of A.D.R., including negotiation, mediation, binding and non-binding arbitration, early neutral evaluation, and mini-trials. Substantial focus on developing the skills of negotiation and mediation through mock experiences.

LAW 7050 Business Organizations Introduction to law of business organizations, including general and limited partnerships, limited liability companies, closely held corporations and public corporations, with special consideration of the problems associated with the relationship of the firm to the individuals and groups of which it is composed or with which it has dealings.

LAW 7052 International Business Transactions Planning for the U.S. enterprise going abroad. Focus on non-tax considerations in doing business abroad. Topics include: forms of organization, distributorships, dispute resolution alternatives, antitrust considerations, export controls, antibribery rules, protection against expropriation, financing export transactions, and the licensing of patents, trademarks and know how. Limited attention given to tax treaties and the U.S. federal income tax rules for international operations.

LAW 7625 Middle Eastern Law Offers an overview of Islamic and Middle Eastern law. Provides an occasion for students to participate in the elaboration of a Casebook in the field. Covers the major legal subjects in the discipline with a focus on the modern period. In addition to a historical survey of sources and periods of ME law, topics include judicial review, constitutional law, obligations, commercial law, family law, human rights and criminal law.

LAW 7789 Global Perspectives on Counter-Terrorism An in-depth look at counterterrorism in the United States, Israel, Spain, Russia and India. Examines the competing conceptions and definitions of terrorism at the national and international level and the institutions and processes designed to execute the Global War on Terrorism. Includes the study of the balance between national security interests and civil liberties found in the following topical areas: relevant Supreme Court decisions in the surveyed nations, legislative provisions in response to acts of terrorism, operational counter-terrorism considerations (including targeted killing), intelligence gathering (including interrogations), policy recommendations, the use of military tribunals or civil courts in trying suspected terrorists, the emerging law regarding enemy combatants and their detention, and the arguable need for new self-defense doctrines at the global level.

LAW 7800 Corporate Citizenship and Human Rights (seminar) Course description not available.

LAW 7800 Global Justice (seminar) Course description not available.

LAW 7880 Non-Profit Organizations Law Introduces students to the fundamental corporate, tax, charitable trust and business principles associated with not-for-profit organizations. Focuses on the theoretical and the practical aspects of these organizations.

LAW 7910 International Law History and character of international law, the United Nations, the sources of international law, states in international law, international organizations, and the law of treaties. Examines issues such as international human rights law, the peaceful settlement of disputes, and the use of force. Surveys the different `schools' of international law and the very different approaches they adopt towards the nature, history and future of international law.

ENVST 5800 Environmental and Sustainability Studies in Costa Rica Participants will study the impacts of ancient framing methods, food production, tourism, and land conservation on Costa Rica’s environment.

ENTP 6800 Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (Spring Break abroad in various locations) Focuses on the emergence and effectiveness of various market-based approaches to addressing poverty and culminates in an 8-day trip, where the issues discussed in class will be confronted in reality.

PADMN 6965 Cuba: Community, Complexity, and Change Examines the complex intersection of the past and present in relation to current political, economic, social, and environmental changes in Cuba. In-class and in-country activities to analyze various historical and contemporary perspectives regarding Cuba and the Cuban Revolution. Special emphasis given to grassroots changes occurring at the community level through various old and new social actors. Designed to give students a unique and interdisciplinary introduction to Cuba’s history, political system, socio-economic conditions and composition, and environmental policies. Students develop capacity to critically assess and appreciate the contemporary complexity of Cuba in its various political, economic, social, and environmental aspects.     

SW 6622 Exploring Social and Political Culture in Ghana Participants (1) develop a deeper understanding of the impact social, political, economic, and cultural factors have on the well-being of Ghanaians, (2) acquire knowledge and skills essential to developing and maintaining cooperative relationships and partnerships with existing social and human service organizations in Ghana, and (3) engage in small group activities designed to immerse participants in various aspects of the local community. A rich, unique, and exciting opportunity to further examine, understand, and appreciate the Ghanaian population, as well as the institutions and policies contributing to their social, political, and economic well-being.

MGT 5510 Principles of Human Resource Management A survey course that examines the functions of human-resource management and their strategic integration through policy formation. Topics include employee involvement, quality of work life, unionization, recruitment, selection, placement, promotion, performance, appraisal, compensation and benefits, work-system design, and job enrichment, training and development, and strategic human resource planning.

MGT 5600 Business Ethics Focuses on the following: A) the demands from stakeholders on firms. B) appropriate business responses and management approaches for dealing with social, political, environmental, technological, and global issues and stakeholders. C) ethical issues and their influence on management decision-making, behavior, politics, and practices. D) business' legitimacy as an institution in a global and diverse society, addressed from business and societal perspectives. E) social, ethical, public, and global issues considered from a strategic perspective F) how to be a knowledgeable and effective contributors to groups and organizations G) insight into the multi-faceted nature of ethical behavior in business, exploring the conflicts that arise from self-interest, power, incurred obligations, competition, and fair return, diversity, stating the truth, rights of individuals, and rights of management. H) consciousness for management's responsibility in the resolution of key problems facing society, such as ecology, racial discrimination, urban blight, financing education, efficiency in government and international relations. I) personal guidelines on how to handle ethical conflicts.

MGT 5810 Managing Diversity in Organizations Managing diversity as a competitive advantage in business.  Examines how the complexities of the primary dimensions of diversity, gender, race, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, and disabilities operate within an organizational framework. A variety of discussions, facilitations, exercises, and cases analyses help students gain an understanding of what it means to manage diversity on a systemic level. Specific attention given to enhancing public speaking and writing skills.

MGT 6500 Managerial Negotiation Examines processes and techniques of negotiating in organizational settings. Develop negotiation skills through extensive case analyses, role-playing, and simulations. Negotiations examined in class include negotiating between individuals, buyers and sellers, bosses and subordinates, departments and groups, and large collectivities such as labor and management.

MID E 5644/POLS 5440 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict  Addresses one of the crucial issues of our age: the cultural pluralism embedded in most civil societies, integrative impulses, and the forces of disintegration - nationalism and ethnicity.

MID E 6107 Model Arab League On a national level, Model Arab League is a student leadership development program administered by the National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations (NCUSAR).   Participants learn about the politics and history of the Arab world and the arts of diplomacy and public speech.  Serves as a venue for students to immerse themselves in an in-depth exploration of the politics and policy of the Middle East region while researching and preparing for Regional and National Competition.

MID E 6880 Oil in the Middle East and Central Asia Course description not available. 

POLS 5625 International Ethics Approaches international ethics by examining how views of the 'ethical' impact the behaviors of international actors. Examines just war theory, humanitarian intervention, and certain case studies of genocide. Examines some emerging issues in international politics: torture, accountability, forgiveness, and apologies.

POLS 6480 International Relations of East Asia Examines historical and cultural overview of the international relations of East Asia; focuses primarily on the post-Cold War era.  Also examines the roles and policies of the major actors (China, Japan, and the U. S., etc.) and the patterns of conflict and cooperation concerning regional economic and security issues.

POLS 6680 Chinese Foreign Policy Sources, motivations, and strategies of contemporary Chinese foreign policy. Focuses on post-Mao era.

POLS 6750 Rise of Global Capitalism Explores the factors and conditions that lead countries to decide whether and how to promote the development of their industries and economies. Emphasis placed on the similar and different ways political forces influence the structure and process of industrial development in the countries studied.

PADMN 6550 Nonprofit and NGOs Examines the history, values, theories, and philosophies of the nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations. Differences and relationships among the nonprofit, public and private sectors.

PADMN 6965 Social Justice Leadership Course description not available.

PADMN 6965 National Security Policy Course description not available.

PADMN 6965/POLS 5965 Immigration and Refugee Policy Course description not available.

SOC 5540 Sociology of Religion Presents comparative and critical approaches to the understanding of religious institutions and practices. Analyzes religion and its impact upon societies, global-international events, and personal well-being. Emphasizes the diversity and nature of  "religious experience" in terms of different groups, classes and individuals. Surveys Western, Eastern, New Age, and Native American religions, as well as unaffiliated groups in terms of their defining beliefs and practices. Explores religion in terms of social processes and phenomena that include, socialization, social control, social identity, authority, power, law, political behavior, stratification, culture, social change, deviance, and gender. Contributes to an understanding of the functioning and diversity of religion important to making more discerning decisions regarding cultural, political, and moral issues often influenced by religion.

SOC 6674 Global Health Provides an overview of key concepts and principles of global health. Main focus is Asia. Factors that account for global health issues explored by an interdisciplinary approach. Students expected to focus on why the inequality of health and well-being exists in the globe, how the health and well-being of people in other countries impacts the lives of people elsewhere, and how to make a difference in shaping the world in the future.

SW 5535 Social Justice Advocacy Techniques and Skills Provides the tools for people to start engaging in the advocacy process. Designed to: inform a diverse audience of potential advocates about advocacy and its methods; build basic skills in advocacy; increase the use of available data to inform the advocacy process; give confidence to those embarking on advocacy efforts; encourage the democratic process by providing people with the skills to make their voices heard. Many different techniques and training used.

SW 6520 Issues in Women's Health An overview of key issues in the field of women's health. Conceptual skills to evaluate how social, cultural, and policy issues impact and are impacted by women's health issues.

STRAT 5700 Strategic Management Important theories in strategy and applications to real business situations through the extensive use of cases. Key frameworks and analytical tools that help managers allocate company resources and develop strategies to gain competitive advantages over rival firms. Topics include industry analysis, internal analysis, business level strategies, diversification, strategic alliances, and mergers and acquisitions.

STRAT 5771/ENTP 5771Business Model Innovation Establishes the links between entrepreneurship, innovation, and strategy by examining value creation, profit models, and competitive advantage. Covers the most common types of business models. Pushes students to develop new models so that they may launch ventures that compete with incumbent firms and maximize opportunities to create sustainable competitive advantages. Apply course concepts to students' new venture ideas and areas of interest. How to use business model innovation to reinvigorate established firms.

STRAT 6760 Profiles in Leadership Familiarizes students with contemporary trends and challenges of leading a growing business in today's economy. Lectures, readings, and frequent presentations by distinguished entrepreneurs and business leaders.

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Electives are an opportunity to tailor the MIAGE degree to your personal interests and goals.

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Last Updated: 9/11/20