Business Courses with an Interfaith Focus
University of St. Thomas
Leadership, Religions, and the Workplace
Religious diversity is a striking characteristic of contemporary life, including in the professional sphere. This course aims to help students develop knowledge, skills, and values for professional leadership in our religiously diverse world — whether in business, engineering, law, healthcare, social work, education, government service, or another professional field. In this course, students will widen religious literacy well beyond the Christian tradition, foster practical leadership skills, and expose students to a range of professional scenarios where interreligious issues generate challenge and opportunity. Drawing on the fields of spirituality, leadership development, interreligious dialogue, and comparative theology, this course prepares students to contribute to human flourishing in a more just society through successful and satisfying professional lives in which they are engaged with their own and others’ religious identities, commitments, and practices.
Professors Dominic Longo & Teresa Rothausen
Interfaith Leadership & Literacy for Business
This class introduces students to ideas and skills of leadership and literacy regarding different ways people orient around religion and how they intersect with areas of business. Colleagues, clients, and communities often respond and decide from within faith or worldview commitments. Global events, including business trends, are often layered with religious strata. Business leaders therefore need basic religious literacy; ideally, they also have skills for interfaith leadership in a multireligious world. Students will learn the fundamentals of major traditions, practice the skills of interfaith leadership, interview a business leader, and plan a campus interfaith event, as well as reflect on their own orientation towards religion. Case studies will be drawn from management, entrepreneurship, diversity initiatives, “workplace spirituality,” and international finance, among others. A semester-long reading of Eboo Patel’s Interfaith Leadership: A Primer (Beacon 2016) will provide a backbone of sustained conversation.
Professor Julie Byrne
Business Courses with Integrated Interfaith Objectives
Human Resources Management and Business
This course provides a rigorous and comprehensive approach to understanding the management of human resources and ethics in a framework of current workplace trends, practices, and environment. Emphasis is placed on practical, theoretical, and ethical management principles as well as examples and methods for promoting good practices. The course seeks an understanding of the day-to-day legal, ethical, and moral forces impacting employees in a global economy where practices and cultural norms differ from our own. Situational case studies, analysis, and problem-solving approaches for enhancing commitment to sound practices are highlighted.
Professor Montressa Washington
Globalization has transformed the way we view the world. This course will look at both the political and economic implications of globalization. This undergraduate survey course will expose students to all elements of international business. Students will be able to describe trends in global business, describe how different environments influence global business strategies, and understand how business practices differ in the global context. This course will also assess the enormous challenges the EU and the world face with Brexit, banking crises, the rise of nationalism, and the re-emergence of protectionism.
Professor Erin McLaughlin