Academics
Curriculum

Business

The Business department aims to equip students with planning and financial skills that will be relevant for  success in the 21st Century. 
Through electives in investments, entrepreneurship, and personal finance, students will learn about credit scores, health insurance, stock trades and writing a business plan. We encourage students to set goals for their future, make smart money decisions, and consider the responsibilities and ethical issues related to business and finance.

Essential Outcomes

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  • BUSINESS FRAMEWORKS

    Students will be able to evaluate the impacts of economics, finance and markets on their own life and global environments. (Grad at Grad: Excellence in Education, Participation within Inclusive Community)
    Students will:
    1. Define and explain critical terminology for major business categories
    2. Analyze and synthesize the structure and interconnectedness of the basic economic, financial and market frameworks
  • COLLABORATION

    Students will be able to Demonstrate the importance of collaboration in business through teamwork and projects. (Grad at Grad: Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Participation within Inclusive Community)
    Students will:
    1. Generate business proposals derived from individual and group analysis
    2. Demonstrate how collaboration contributes to a successful business environment
    3. Integrate effective written and oral communication individually and as groups
  • TECHNOLOGY

    Students will be able to Understand the benefit and use of technology in the current business environment. (Grad at Grad: Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Participation within Inclusive Community)
    Students will:
    1. Create collaborative documents primarily through Google tools
    2. Analyze economic, financial and marketing systems with business specific electronic technology
  • ETHICS

    Students will be able to Evaluate the impact of ethical business practices. (Grad at Grad: Faith in the Presence of God, Concern for the Poor and Social Justice, Excellence in Education, Respect for All Persons, Participation within Inclusive Community)
    Students will:
    1. Explain the role of government, private enterprise and the individual as they affect the common good of societies
    2. Examine the impact of ethical and unethical business practices

Faculty

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  • Devon Brady

    BA in Economics, University of Arizona
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Course Offerings

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  • Entrepreneurship CP

    This class is heavily oriented toward project-based learning and covers a little bit of everything: generating entreprenurial ideas, testing the market, writing a business plan, basic accountingt, securing funding, and more! Along the way, students will test and develop their own business ideas and practice some hands-on skills in the Signum Fidei Cafe. The class emphasizes Lean Startup techniques for creating businesses that can pivot and adapt to an ever-changing world. Students will be expected to take responsibility for their projects and pursue their work with initiative and rigor.
  • Investments CP

    Throughout this course students will learn about typical investment options, the associated risk and reward, and the pros and cons of each type of investment. Students in this class will also learn how economic trends may influence certain investment types. Students will participate in simulated investing games and learn how to research possible investment options to determine investment selections that are best based on risk tolerance and current financial setting. Projects include designated investment portfolios for different situations and using fundamental analysis techniques to do an in-depth analysis of a publically-traded company
  • Personal Finance CP

    This course is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge they will need to make wise financial decisions throughout their lives. They will learn about different types of loans - student loans, mortgages, car loans and credit cards - and learn how to calculate interest and to build healthy credit scores. They will learn about investing and saving for retirement and other financial goals, as well as how to choose bank accounts and write checks. Students will explore different career options and practice writing resumes and cover letters to apply for jobs. They'll learn to interpret pay stubs, W-2's, W-4's, and simple tax returns. They'll learn about different types of insurance and how to decide what coverage is appropriate. The course encourages students to reflect on what they want from life and to draw connections between money management and their own goals and values.