This course is designed to explore what it means to be a person of faith and how that relates to how one should live, particularly in business. Students will look at this core question from the standpoint of three different religious traditions: Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. As we look at each faith tradition, we will be asking a series of questions connected to core themes of the course. These themes include: Personal Identity and Authenticity (How does faith speak to who I am and what it means to be me?); Work/Life Balance (What does faith say about my approach to work and how does this relate to my life at home?); Leadership and Decision Making (To what extent does faith influence my vision of leadership and how I make decisions?); Corporate Mission (To what extent is it appropriate for religion to influence company mission and culture?); and Specific Directives and Prohibitions (What kinds of business behaviors and activities are specifically ruled out or required by a faith tradition?)


Academic course objectives:


         Help students think about the connections between faith, religious belief, and what it means to be a good person and a responsible manager

         Examine different religious traditions, particularly aspects of those traditions that relate to ethics and responsible conduct in business

         Discuss a range of challenges (and dilemmas) that arise from being a person of faith and operating in a business context

         Explore issues of faith and business in a seminar setting with a group of like-minded peers


Students will be evaluated on classroom contributions, response papers, term paper, and a presentation in class.