The business curriculum, designed to meet the diversified needs of all students, develops students’
ability to identify, analyze and solve a range of basic and complex business issues.
Business Department Faculty:
Mr. Brian Carlson, Department Chair
Mr. Todd Drevitch
BUS 304 Introduction to Economics and Business Law
Designed for students who plan to study business in college, this course provides a basic understanding of Economic principles and theories, This class will also introduce students to the role Government plays in the economy and laws governing business formation and transactions.
Topics include Introduction to Economics, Global Trade, United States Economy, Business Cycles, Fiscal Policy, Monetary Policy, Government Regulatory agencies, World Trade Organization, Legal Contracts, International Law, and Consumer Law.
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
BUS 310 Personal Finance
Students will learn to manage personal finances and make intelligent, daily consumer decisions. Topics include budget preparation, saving and investing, insurance protection, income tax preparation, credit, and consumer and internet fraud protection laws.
Open to Grades: 10, 11, 12
BUS 311 Marketing and Advertising
This course will examine both traditional and online existing market strategies by identifying problems and opportunities, developing and modifying products, setting process, and studying buyer behavior. Students will also focus on analyzing and creating advertising materials, including branding, logo design, and advertising techniques.
Open to Grades: 11, 12
BUS 312 Accounting Principles
Accounting, “the language of business”, is a course designed to provide both the college-bound and business student with a text and computer-based study of accounting concepts. All students planning to major in business, finance, accounting, or management in college are strongly advised to take Accounting Principles. Topics include basic financial accounting procedures, the business cycle, fundamental managerial accounting concepts, and generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP); tools include accounting business simulations as well as current technology (Excel spreadsheet, Peachtree, or other software applications).
Open to Grades: 12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 or above in any Business Department or math class
BUS 501 Advanced Placement Macroeconomics
The AP course in macroeconomics offers students a thorough understanding of economic principles that apply to an economic system as a whole. With an emphasis on the study of national income and price-level determination, the course also develops students’ familiarity with economic performance measures, the financial sector, stabilization policies, economic growth, and international economics. Topics include scarcity and opportunity costs; supply and demand; business cycle; dynamics of unemployment, inflation, and economic growth; circular flow of income and products in four sectors (households, businesses, government, and international); gross domestic product; aggregate supply and demand curve models; money supply and money demand; multiple-deposit expansion and money creation; equilibrium in the money market; short run and long run Phillips curves; the role of productivity in raising real output and standard of living; the role of investment in human capital formation and physical capital accumulation, open economy, balance of payments; foreign exchange market role in currency appreciation or depreciation; and the effects of trade restrictions. All students taking the course are required to take the Advanced Placement Macroeconomics examination that is administered at the end of the school year.
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Honors Algebra II or 93 in Algebra II Accelerated and a placement test
BUS 502 Advanced Placement Microeconomics
The AP course in microeconomics provides students with a thorough understanding of the economic principles that apply to individual decision makers, both consumers and producers, within the larger economic system. The course primarily emphasizes the nature and functions of product markets and includes the study of factor markets and of the role of government in promoting greater efficiency and equity in the economy. Concepts covered include supply and demand; elasticity; tax incidence and deadweight loss; theory of consumer choice, production and cost; and firm behavior and market structure to include monopoly, oligopoly, monopolistic competition and perfect competition.
Also covered are factor markets, market failure, and the role of government, including public goods, antitrust policy,
and income distribution. All students taking the course are required to take the Advanced Placement Microeconomics
examination that is administered at the end of the school year.
Open to Grades: 11,12
Prerequisite: Final grade of 85 in Honors Algebra II or 93 in Algebra II Accelerated and a placement test.