Courses of Instruction
The Brennan School of Business provides ethics-centered management education for students who are either entering business professions or continuing their professional development. The curriculum provides students with an enduring foundation in business and leadership skills as well as an understanding of the best in current business practices resonant with the university’s core values of Caritas et Veritas.
Core Values of the Brennan School of Business:
- Ethical business behavior
- Compassionate leadership
- Global perspective
- Entrepreneurial mindset
The Brennan School of Business was created to fulfill the mission of Dominican University by providing value-centered intellectual development and professional preparation in the business disciplines for motivated students. The purpose of the business program, like that of the university, is to foster the personal, social, and professional development of its students through excellent teaching, careful mentoring, and rigorous programs of study.
Taught by a faculty of well-prepared academicians and distinguished practitioners, the curriculum takes a broad interdisciplinary approach to business education. The undergraduate program enables students to choose from among four business majors and three separate concentrations. The programs offered by the Brennan School of Business all reflect the university’s commitment to liberal arts and professional learning. The business school is dedicated to providing students with academic instruction that is not only grounded in liberal arts education but also distinguished by its rigor and challenge. The Brennan School of Business supports the university’s goal of graduating intellectually curious and engaged students who will carry with them an enthusiasm for lifelong learning as cultural traditions and the professional environment constantly change and evolve.
Academic Goals and Outcomes
The business curricula provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and to develop the tools for managing companies and organizations in an ethical manner with consideration for all stakeholders.
Goal 1: Students will appreciate the ethical foundation of effective long-run business decisions and promote social responsibility and ethical leadership in managerial decision making.
- Objective: Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of fundamental approaches to moral reasoning, including knowledge of contemporary ethical issues in global settings.
- Objective: Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of the role and appropriateness of social responsibility within the business environment.
Goal 2: Students will communicate effectively in written and verbal formats.
- Objective: Successful students will effectively prepare and deliver class presentations.
- Objective: Successful students will demonstrate an ability to write analytical papers.
Goal 3: Students will utilize technology and electronic learning to address business applications.
- Objective: Successful students will demonstrate competency in the use of and/or ability to develop software packages that focus on business applications.
- Objective: Successful students will demonstrate competency in applying models to systematically collect, store, and disseminate information.
Goal 4: Students will utilize quantitative and analytical methods as well as critical-thinking skills in business applications.
- Objective: Successful students will demonstrate competency in developing a hypothesis (thesis, topic) and in effectively researching information that will lead to appropriate conclusions.
- Objective: Successful students will demonstrate the ability to interpret graphical and empirical data, utilize software to analyze data, and/or develop various system solutions that focus on business applications.
Goal 5: Students will utilize a global perspective in the evaluation of contemporary business issues.
- Objective: Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of the economic, financial, managerial, and/or technological implications of a firm operating internationally and/or domestically.
- Objective: Successful students will demonstrate an understanding of the role of small businesses, entrepreneurs, and technology in the economy and the potential problems they may experience.
Many business courses have prerequisites. These prerequisites are waived only in exceptional circumstances and only with the consent of the department chair or the dean of the Brennan School of Business
Accelerated MBA Program
Qualified students may be able to complete the bachelor’s degree and the Master of Business Administration degree in a total of five calendar years. During the undergraduate program, the equivalent of the six MBA foundation courses may be taken. Students are encouraged to apply to the Accelerated MBA program before the end of their junior year. After students complete 90 hours of course work, their application will be evaluated by the Admissions Committee. Accepted students may enroll in two MBA courses during their senior year, one course each semester, and credit will be given toward the undergraduate degree. The remaining ten graduate business courses may be taken upon completion of the undergraduate degree.
For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Enrollment at (708) 524-6571.
Commitment to Ethics and Integrity
Since its founding, the Brennan School of Business has insured that all its academic programs provide students with an understanding of the concepts and theories of ethical decision making as well as numerous opportunities to practice and apply those concepts during their study. This is done through a variety of curricular and co-curricular programs, ranging from case study analyses and service learning courses to student-sponsored lectures and off-campus volunteer programs. The first endowed chair in the Brennan School of Business was designated by its donors to be the Christopher Chair in Business Ethics. This chair has enabled the business program to place an ever-increasing focus on ethical business practices, through annual lectures, workshops, and other faculty and student initiatives that ensure that ethics are taught and practiced in every part of the curriculum.
Realizing that students who matriculate in the Brennan School of Business must conduct themselves in accordance with the highest standards of academic integrity during their course of study, the Brennan School of Business follows the university academic integrity policies .
Courses of Instruction