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.
Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Fall 2017 | IDP 155 Entrepreneurship I: Introduction to Innovation
Hilyer 320 | September 7 - October 19 | Thursdays, 7—10 p.m.
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 Business Model Canvas tool to develop clear value propositions for each defined customer segment. Students work in teams to complete weekly homework assignments and a final presentation. The course meets for the first-half of the semester. Graded S/U only; 1 credit. *Registration through the Registrar required.
Fall 2017 | IDP 156 Entrepreneurship II: Entrepreneurship in Action
Hilyer 320 | October 26 - December 14 | Thursdays, 7—10 p.m.
Utilizing a case-study approach, students learn details about business and organization finance economics. Students further explore the process of planning, testing and developing ideas, projects, businesses and organizations. Cases include those developed by teams in Introduction to Innovation 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. The course meets for the second-half of the semester. Graded S/U only; 1 credit. *Registration through the Registrar required.
Fall 2017 | GFX 100 Introduction to Global Financial Institutions
McConnell 103 | September 7 - October 26 | Thursdays, noon—12:50 p.m.
This first half-semester course meets on Thursdays. 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. Graded S/U only; 1 credit. *Lunch provided; registration through the Registrar required.
Spring 2018 | 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.