Business Law

Understanding business law is essential in today's economy regardless of the business discipline. With a minor in business law, you will add value to your major by gaining insight into highly relevant legal principles and business cases. Area of focus may include forming a business and protecting that business from liability; preventing and detecting corporate crime and fraud; developing strategic relationships with regulatory authorities; applying intellectual property rights; and understanding the global legal environment in which businesses operate. The business law minor encourages you to tailor your focus around your major and interests.

Business Law Minor Requirements

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Business Law Minor for Business Students (3 courses, 9 credits)

Choose three (3) of the following courses in addition to completing BLE 214, Principles of Business Law:

Prerequisites:

BLE-214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the formation, strategic use, and financial implications of alternative forms of business organization, namely partnerships, corporations,trusts, subchapter corporations, and the new limited liability hybrids.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

One of the greatest threats to business is the potential for litigation. Lawsuits can seriously hurt profits and even lead to bankruptcy. Even when businesses win in court, they still lose, what with the cost of the legal defense and the possibility of adverse publicity and decreased consumer confidence. Managers need to know how to avoid the potential for litigation and be aware of the areas of their business that provide the greatest risks to their enterprise. This course covers common ways in which businesses can protect themselves from common lawsuits ranging from product defects to environmental and worker safety to employee discrimination and harassment. Students will learn how to establish systems that will put their companies ahead legally.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Surveys the global legal environment of business. Emphasizes case analysis of topics such as: sovereignty, extraterritoriality, treaties, international contracts, arbitration, and the European Union. Explores the managerial and economic significance of these topics.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Presents an in-depth study of corporate crime and financial fraud. Examines accounting devices and schemes employed to defraud stakeholders, failure of industry watchdogs, and the regulatory and legislative environment. Topics include: corporate governance, corporate finance, corporate compliance programs, ethical misconduct by outside legal, accounting,investment and banking professionals, Sarbanes Oxley Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,Organizational Sentencing guidelines, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering,conspiracy, securities violations, qui tam litigation(whistleblowers)and financial accounting crimes.

Prerequisites:

BLE-214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Government can be a vital ally to business, as much as it can be a roadblock. Government sets the minimum standards for how society expects companies to deal with customers and each other. Businesses that do not recognize why government needs to be an integral part of their decision-making as opposed to an afterthought-- are doomed to fail. This course teaches students how to get government on their side.

Prerequisites:

BLE-214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

As a growing number of firms choose to produce goods abroad, piracy, counterfeiting, and other acts that dilute their brands are becoming increasingly common. This course focuses on the legal and practical tools that entrepreneurs, start-ups, and existing business can use to protect their intellectual property (IP). It offers best practices on the strategic use of copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secrets to enhance corporate value in different industries and regions. The course provides a legal foundation in IP and demonstrates how to apply that knowledge to business through case analysis.

Business Law Minor for College of Arts & Sciences Students (5 courses, 15 credits)

Choose three (3) of the following courses in addition to completing ENT 101: Business Foundations and BLE 214: Principles of Business Law:

Prerequisites:

BLE-214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the formation, strategic use, and financial implications of alternative forms of business organization, namely partnerships, corporations,trusts, subchapter corporations, and the new limited liability hybrids.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

One of the greatest threats to business is the potential for litigation. Lawsuits can seriously hurt profits and even lead to bankruptcy. Even when businesses win in court, they still lose, what with the cost of the legal defense and the possibility of adverse publicity and decreased consumer confidence. Managers need to know how to avoid the potential for litigation and be aware of the areas of their business that provide the greatest risks to their enterprise. This course covers common ways in which businesses can protect themselves from common lawsuits ranging from product defects to environmental and worker safety to employee discrimination and harassment. Students will learn how to establish systems that will put their companies ahead legally.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Surveys the global legal environment of business. Emphasizes case analysis of topics such as: sovereignty, extraterritoriality, treaties, international contracts, arbitration, and the European Union. Explores the managerial and economic significance of these topics.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Presents an in-depth study of corporate crime and financial fraud. Examines accounting devices and schemes employed to defraud stakeholders, failure of industry watchdogs, and the regulatory and legislative environment. Topics include: corporate governance, corporate finance, corporate compliance programs, ethical misconduct by outside legal, accounting,investment and banking professionals, Sarbanes Oxley Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,Organizational Sentencing guidelines, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering,conspiracy, securities violations, qui tam litigation(whistleblowers)and financial accounting crimes.

Prerequisites:

BLE-214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Government can be a vital ally to business, as much as it can be a roadblock. Government sets the minimum standards for how society expects companies to deal with customers and each other. Businesses that do not recognize why government needs to be an integral part of their decision-making as opposed to an afterthought-- are doomed to fail. This course teaches students how to get government on their side.

Prerequisites:

BLE-214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

As a growing number of firms choose to produce goods abroad, piracy, counterfeiting, and other acts that dilute their brands are becoming increasingly common. This course focuses on the legal and practical tools that entrepreneurs, start-ups, and existing business can use to protect their intellectual property (IP). It offers best practices on the strategic use of copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secrets to enhance corporate value in different industries and regions. The course provides a legal foundation in IP and demonstrates how to apply that knowledge to business through case analysis.

Business Law Undergraduate Courses

Business Law Undergraduate Courses

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the field of business law. Provides an overview of the organization and operation of the American legal system, court system and legal procedure. Examines selected business law topics such as contracts, torts, criminal law,agency, and business organizations. Attention is given to the ways in which business law manifests important social and ethical precepts.

Prerequisites:

GPA of 3.3 or above required.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces the field of business law. Provides an overview of the organization and operation of the American legal system, court system and legal procedure. Examines selected business law topics such as contracts, torts, criminal law, agency, and business organizations. Attention is given to the ways in which business law manifests important social and ethical precepts.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Business ethics is applied ethics. Explores the roles and responsibilities of business in a global society. Teaches models of ethical decision-making that incorporate multiple points of view, including diverse cultural worldviews and legal perspectives. Addresses factors that contribute to and constrain ethical behavior in and by organizations. Students apply concepts to current business problems, such as anti-trust, accounting fraud, deceptive advertising, and environmental dumping.

Prerequisites:

GPA of 3.3 or above required.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Business ethics is applied ethics. Explores the roles and responsibilities of business in a global society. Teaches models of ethical decision-making that incorporate multiple points of view, including diverse cultural worldviews and legal perspectives. Addresses factors that contribute to and constrain ethical behavior in and by organizations. Students apply concepts to current business problems, such as anti-trust, accounting fraud, deceptive advertising, and environmental dumping.

Prerequisites:

Junior standing or above needed.

Credits:

1.00

Description:

Teaches students all they have to know about purchasing a residence, starting with finding a home to financing, inspections, documents, and final ownership conveyance.

Prerequisites:

BLE-214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Examines the formation, strategic use, and financial implications of alternative forms of business organization, namely partnerships, corporations,trusts, subchapter corporations, and the new limited liability hybrids.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

One of the greatest threats to business is the potential for litigation. Lawsuits can seriously hurt profits and even lead to bankruptcy. Even when businesses win in court, they still lose, what with the cost of the legal defense and the possibility of adverse publicity and decreased consumer confidence. Managers need to know how to avoid the potential for litigation and be aware of the areas of their business that provide the greatest risks to their enterprise. This course covers common ways in which businesses can protect themselves from common lawsuits ranging from product defects to environmental and worker safety to employee discrimination and harassment. Students will learn how to establish systems that will put their companies ahead legally.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Surveys the global legal environment of business. Emphasizes case analysis of topics such as: sovereignty, extraterritoriality, treaties, international contracts, arbitration, and the European Union. Explores the managerial and economic significance of these topics.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Introduces students to the concepts and principles of real estate. Enables students to understand the key components of each major real estate asset class including: residential, retail,commercial, industrial, hospitality,and properties. Students learn the range of professional players in the industry and what roles they play. Teaches basic elements of a Development Pro-forma Budget;Operating Pro-forma Budget;Sources and Uses Statement; and financial schedules. Utilizes textbook, case work,web based data sources,selected readings and field trips. Emphasizes practical application of the concepts taught, the use of current examples from the industry, and today's marketplace.

Prerequisites:

BLE 214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

This class builds on BLE-318 and explores the process of responding to the public procurement process, large shopping malls, the hospitality industry and office and retail mixed use projects. We also explore the phases of the real estate development process by investigating, Zoning and Variances, Project Review Committees, Community Benefit Packages, Historic Preservation issues and Environmental issues. Students will understand the complete development process and the role of all the stakeholders from this class. No changes to 318 summary.

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Presents an in-depth study of corporate crime and financial fraud. Examines accounting devices and schemes employed to defraud stakeholders, failure of industry watchdogs, and the regulatory and legislative environment. Topics include: corporate governance, corporate finance, corporate compliance programs, ethical misconduct by outside legal, accounting,investment and banking professionals, Sarbanes Oxley Act, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act,Organizational Sentencing guidelines, mail fraud, wire fraud, money laundering,conspiracy, securities violations, qui tam litigation(whistleblowers)and financial accounting crimes.

Prerequisites:

BLE-214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Government can be a vital ally to business, as much as it can be a roadblock. Government sets the minimum standards for how society expects companies to deal with customers and each other. Businesses that do not recognize why government needs to be an integral part of their decision-making as opposed to an afterthought-- are doomed to fail. This course teaches students how to get government on their side.

Prerequisites:

BLE-214

Credits:

3.00

Description:

As a growing number of firms choose to produce goods abroad, piracy, counterfeiting, and other acts that dilute their brands are becoming increasingly common. This course focuses on the legal and practical tools that entrepreneurs, start-ups, and existing business can use to protect their intellectual property (IP). It offers best practices on the strategic use of copyright, patent, trademark, and trade secrets to enhance corporate value in different industries and regions. The course provides a legal foundation in IP and demonstrates how to apply that knowledge to business through case analysis.

Prerequisites:

BLE-215, PHIL-119, PHIL-120, PHIL-123 or PHIL-127

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Surveys business ethics as they transcend the diverse perspectives of global business. Explores current global ethics standards and values, ethical challenges, controversies, convergence and trends. Students explore famous global business cases through films, websites and independent research. Emphasizes identification and resolution of global business ethical issues within the context of ethical decision-making and sustainability. Analyzes corporate social responsibility ; hence, transforming global business ethics through business.

Prerequisites:

Approval of Dept Chair or Dean

Credits:

3.00

Description:

Involves a student initiated written proposal to a willing and appropriate full-time faculty member for a directed study project. Normally this is for three credits and completed during one semester. Prior to registration, the faculty member and student must concur on a written proposal, which includes a reading list and description of requirements for grading of the final project.