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Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (AP) – Business and Society

Location: S773 Ross Building, Tel.: 416-736-2100, ext. 77805
Program Coordinator: M. Peacock
Affiliated Faculty: J.J. McMurtry, Social Science;  M. Peacock, Social Science; D. Reed, Social Science; R. Wellen, Social Science; K. Birch, Social Science

The Business and Society (BUSO) program is an interdisciplinary liberal arts degree program which provides students with the tools needed to study the relationship between business, the economy and society. The program, which offers an Honours BA and a BA degree, is the only one of its kind in North America. The program is not a business program in the traditional sense and it does not therefore equip students with the skills for working in particular sectors of business; rather it provides historical, social scientific and ethical perspectives on the role of business in the world and analyses alternative models of business to those associated with traditional private enterprise.

The core courses provide students with basic analytical tools to study business and society. In addition to the core, both Honours BA and BA students will choose courses from two of the following ten streams:

  • business ethics and corporate social responsibility
  • the environment
  • the firm
  • the global economy
  • labour
  • law and governance
  • the macro-economy
  • the media and communication
  • professions, occupations and social change
  • the social economy