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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.


Fall

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.


JTerm

IDP 116 Introduction to Human Centered Design*

January 6-10 | 9 a.m. — 4 p.m.

Introduction to human-centered design emphasizes hands-on, collaborative design driven by qualitative research. Students will develop a critical lens on design and explore the implications of design in shaping the world around us. Students will explore what it means to re-frame challenges as opportunities, ask essential questions, and communicate ideas through new means of storytelling. *This course is offered by the Design Thinking Initiative.

IDP 132: Designing Your Path

Section 03: Mikic 

January Mondays | 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Whether you are just starting your Smith journey, embarking on or returning from an immersive experience abroad,  weaving together your interests through a Concentration or self-designed major, or wrestling with how to talk about  what a Smith education has prepared you to do in the world, this is the class for you. In conversation with your  peers, you will design a path - or multiple possible paths - that integrates your academic and co-curricular interests  and experiences in a way that is personally meaningful and also consequential to the world beyond yourself. Our work will engage you in testing out different integrative paths of your own design, learning how to tell your story to  different audiences. Most importantly, you will develop the  capacity to articulate connections between your work in and outside of the classroom, and to explain how what you  are doing at Smith is preparing you to fully engage with the world beyond. 1 credit seminar;  S/U only. Instructor Permission required (enrollment limited to 15)

(Note: Sections 01 (Bacal) and 02 (Norton) are limited to EVX Concentrators and Design Immersion Fellows - only section 03 (Mikic) is open to all students)

IDP 155 Entrepreneurship I: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

January 13-17 | 9 a.m. — Noon

Students will begin a journey towards developing an entrepreneurial mindset gaining immediate experience with entrepreneurial innovation by generating ideas and solutions using the Idea Napkin. Students will be introduced to circular economy and design, analyze cases about real entrepreneurs, and explore challenges, obstacles and ethical decision making. This is a fast paced, team-based course with daily homework assignments and a final team presentation. Enrollment in IDP 116 is encouraged but not required. 1 credit; S/U only. *Registration through the Registrar required.

IDP 156 Entrepreneurship II: Entrepreneurship in Action

January 21-24 | 9 a.m. — Noon

Building on IDP 155, students will continue developing an entrepreneurial mindset exploring the process of planning, testing and iterating on their unique ideas, and learning the innovative Lean Launch methodology including mapping their ideas using the Business Model Canvas and the Value Proposition Canvas. Students will be exposed to the Failure Spectrum and analyze cases about failure. Students work in teams to complete daily homework assignments and a final presentation. Enrollment in IDP 116 and IDP 155 is encouraged but not required. 1 credit; S/U only. *Registration through the Registrar required.


Spring

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.

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