The BA and the Honours BA programs in Business and Society (BUSO) provide the opportunity to study the impact of business on society and society on business. Students who enrol in Business and Society will undertake this study through a multi-disciplinary approach, using texts from philosophy, history, economics, geography, sociology and political science. The program combines courses that provide the analytical tools necessary to study and research business and society with courses that focus on the political, social, and cultural context of business.
Beyond choosing to study Business & Society, you’ve got the option to customize how you study. You can choose the length and depth of specialization within your degree — whether it’s a three-year bachelor’s or more intensive four-year honours bachelor’s program. Then you get to select two of six possible streams to specialize in. Whatever path you envision, you’ll have choices to accommodate you along the way.
Not sure which courses you need to enrol in to complete the requirements for your degree? The checklists below are intended as guides to help you select which courses you need to take.
Choose the checklist for the year you began your study. These checklists do not provide official confirmation of your eligibility to graduate. To find out which courses you have already completed toward your degree, use the Degree Progress Report. For more help, contact your academic advisor.
Requirements for All Students
The core of the program consists of four courses:
- Introduction to Business and Society
- Intermediate Business and Society
Within the core courses, capitalist business practices are critically examined, and a variety of responses and alternatives to these impacts are explored. The program core achieves this through four general areas of analysis:
- Modern economic history
- Ethics and normative philosophy
- Social scientific analysis
Select Two Specialized Streams
In the streams, students specialize in the relations between and impact of business on an aspect of the social world.
Students must choose two of the following areas of specialization:
All BUSO students must complete any 3.0 credits statistics course. SC/MATH 1532 3.0 is the recommended stats course for BUSO students. Check course descriptions carefully for course credit exclusions to avoid duplicating course work. Below is a list of alternative STATS courses:
- SC/MATH 1131 3.0
- AP/ECON 2500 3.0
- HH/PSYC 2020 3.0
- HH/PSYC 2021 6.0
- SC/MATH 2560 3.0
- SC/BIOL 2060 3.0
- AP/GEOG 2420 3.0
- SC/KINE 2050 3.0
- AP/POLS/SOCI 3300 6.0
- AP/ADMS 2310 3.0
- In core and stream courses, students are strongly recommended to take courses in ascending level. i.e., 1000-level before 2000-level courses, 2000-level before 3000-level courses, etc.
- Prerequisites for courses must be met. Check course descriptions carefully for prerequisite requirements.
- Any course substitution requires the prior approval of the Program Coordinator.
- Students may not ‘double count’ the same course for credit in both a stream and in the program core.
- General Education courses [9 credits courses] count as 6.0 credits towards core/stream requirement; 3.0 credits towards electives.
- Students who are starting the Business & Society Program in September 2021 should enrol in either Section A or Section B of SOSC 1340 9.0 Introduction to Business & Society. Please do not enrol in SOSC 1340 6.0 Section M, which we are reserving for new admissions in Winter 2022. Completing SOSC 1340 9.0 Section A or Section B will fulfil the core requirement in BUSO Program but it will not count as a general education course for majors in Business & Society.