Required Courses for Clark Scholars

CLK 183 Clark Scholar Seminar I (1-1-0)

In this course, students will develop a personal model for leadership. The class will provide an exposure to key leadership traits and different leadership styles and will provide leadership case studies. The course considers the influence of gender, race, and ethnicity in leadership models. Students will be required to develop and present their own personal leadership philosophy at the conclusion of the course.

CLK 184 Clark Scholar Seminar II (1-1-0)

An introduction to ethics, this course places special emphasis on the responsibilities of leaders. Attention will be given to criteria for choosing between conflicting ethical theories, moral disagreement, the justification of moral judgments, and the application of ethical standards to practical decision-making and ethical questions that arise in everyday life.

BT 181 Seminar in Business (1-1-0)

This course will broadly address the issue of how management decisions are made in a corporate business environment. The focus will be on understanding the tools, people and processes that are used in large public companies to make major decisions. Students will explore this in the context of the major decisions made by senior management, as opposed to day-to-day decision-making. As a survey course it will only highlight the theory and detailed mechanics of complex decision-making. The focus will be to discuss the issues faced by executives in solving complex problems that require their attention and review the methods used by business executives to handle uncertainty, mitigate risk and create outcomes that address the needs of the business. Throughout the course students will examine the decision-making process from the perspective of different departments; marketing, sales, corporate planning, production, financing, etc. While many of the planning, financial and analytical tools are common, their application within different departments can and will vary. The course will consist of two components: 1. Lectures and reading on decision-making tools, methods and procedures. 2. Business case discussion on the application of decision-making tools to timely issues faced by leading corporations.

In addition to these seminars, each Clark Scholar will take two additional three-credit courses in accounting, business or finance. Courses will be selected under the advisement of the program coordinator based on student interest and the relevant academic program requirements and electives.