Significant Business Experiences (SBEs)
As a Byrum School student, you’ll have plenty of opportunities for relevant, meaningful, and significant business experiences (or SBEs) through three semester-long courses that build upon what you’ve learned for truly integrated learning.
Additional SBEs are woven throughout key business courses to so that you can explore specific areas of interest, like entrepreneurship, investments, logistics, advertising, or sales.
Each SBE becomes increasingly complex, enabling you to study and practice the concepts, theories, tools, methods, and knowledge you’ve acquired.
You will complete a 27-credit common core of experiential business education consisting of these nine-credit classes team-taught by Byrum School faculty.
BUS 109: Business Plan Competition
This first-year experience will provide you with a hands-on introduction to business in which you’ll draw upon specific theories, tools, methods, and knowledge. Working as part of a team, you’ll develop a business concept, document your business plan including needed start-up funds, and pitch your idea to local executives. If selected for funding, your team will run your own campus business, receiving both course credit and the profits. You’ll also get experience planning and managing diverse business operations. Learn more about this course.
BUS 209: Quantitative Analysis of Business
In this second-year course, you’ll work directly with local business leaders and executives to complete a substantial data analysis project utilizing management, marketing, and statistical methods. You’ll analyze issues and solve problems through quantitative approaches, building critical thinking and analytical skills needed to tackle contemporary business challenges. At the end of the semester, you will present your findings to your client, including members of their leadership team. Organizations with whom our students have worked include:
- Boy Scouts of America
- Community Health Network
- Indiana Osteopathic Association
- Indianapolis Public Schools Center for Inquiry
- Murat Shrine
- National Junior Tennis League
BUS 309: Comprehensive Analysis of Business
The final core course includes a comprehensive analysis of merger and acquisition opportunities for a global corporation. You will draw from your knowledge of finance, business law, and strategic planning concepts, theories and tools. You’ll gain awareness and understanding about financial scenarios, developing an ability to assess and solve problems that require a strategic approach for interacting with and among competing organizations. Your work will culminate in a strategic plan that identifies acquisition targets and a presentation to your client. Recent partners include Cummins, Eli Lilly, and Danaher Corporation.