George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Business Foundations

Mason has the only business school in the region with an entire academic unit—Business Foundations—dedicated to bringing students in business and other disciplines the core knowledge, insights, and skills in demand in today's job market.

Faculty within the Business Foundations Area teach undergraduate courses that engage students with a range of contemporary business contexts and provide a foundation for academic success in business major courses and in the professional work environment.

Courses provide context and skills in the following areas

  • How to succeed in college
  • The role of business and its impact on society
  • Career development skills
  • Professionalism and preparation for the workplace
  • The global environment of business
  • The legal environment of business

Business Foundations courses encompass a wide range of topics that support learning in the concentration courses. These topics include:

  • Historical and social context of business
  • Current events and trends in business
  • Business communication and rhetorical awareness
  • Ethical challenges in business
  • Global political economy
  • Strategic change in organizations
  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Stakeholder management
  • Organizational culture
  • Career development and readiness
  • Negotiation and persuasion
  • Teamwork skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Managing one’s personal brand and online presence
  • Conflict management
  • Emotional and social intelligence
  • Diversity in the workplace
  • Business Law
  • Regulatory environment of business
  • Application of business and legal concepts to real world issues