The center is home to several curricular courses: three interdepartmental courses designed to guide students through the process of ideation to value creation and ultimately to venture launch; and two financial education courses that introduce students to the structure and operation of U.S. and world corporations and financial institutions.
GFX 100 Introduction to Global Financial Institutions
Seelye 301 | September 10 - November 5 | Tuesdays, 2:45 — 4:00 p.m.
Smith faculty, alumnae industry professionals and scholars in the field provide an overview of the financial system and the role of financial institutions in the global economy; domestic and international regulation; domestic and international banking. Meets for eight-weeks; 1 credit; S/U only. *Registration through the Registrar required.
IDP 155 Entrepreneurship I: Introduction to Innovation
January 13-17 | 9 a.m. — Noon
Students learn about and gain immediate experience with entrepreneurial innovation by generating ideas, projects and business or organization “startups” using the Lean Launch methodology. This is a fast-paced, hands-on course using the latest tools to develop clear value propositions and well-defined customer segment. Students work in teams to complete daily homework assignments and a final presentation. 1 credit; S/U only. *Registration through the Registrar required.
IDP 156 Entrepreneurship II: Entrepreneurship in Action
January 21-24 | 9 a.m. — Noon
Utilizing a case-study approach, students explore the process of planning, testing and iterating ideas, projects, businesses and organizations. Cases include those developed by teams in IDP 155 as well as cases provided by the instructor; enrollment in IDP 155 is encouraged but not required. Students work in teams to complete daily homework assignments and a final presentation. 1 credit; S/U only. *Registration through the Registrar required.
ACC 223 Financial Accounting
M/W, 2:40—4 p.m.
The course, while using traditional accounting techniques and methodology, focuses on the needs of external users of financial information. The emphasis is on learning how to read, interpret and analyze financial information as a tool to guide investment decisions. Concepts rather than procedures are stressed and class time will be largely devoted to problem solutions and case discussions. A basic knowledge of arithmetic and a familiarity with a spreadsheet program is suggested. 4 credits; registration through the Registrar required. *No more than four credits in accounting may be counted toward the degree.
Online Course: Financing Life
In Smith's first-ever online course, beloved economics professor Randall Bartlett demystifies finance—from the time value of money to the child care credit—in plain English. With this self-directed sequence of videos and activities, you'll gain a clear understanding of how concepts like inflation, compound interest and marginal tax rate fit into the "big picture" of your financial life. Personal finance doesn't have to be overwhelming! A strong foundation in financial literacy empowers you to ask the right questions so you can act more purposefully as you continue to live your life.