January 2009 trip to Dubai and the UAEOne of eleven College Park Scholars programs, the Business, Society and Economy (BSE) program brings together undergraduate students from a variety of disciplines who share an interest in business. Each entering class of approximately seventy-five students takes courses together during the freshman and sophomore years. The majority of freshman in the BSE program reside in Cambridge Hall.

The BSE program offers a unique set of opportunities for talented students who desire to engage in innovative curricular and co-curricular learning experiences including global immersion experiences, teambuilding activities, leadership training, simulations, assessments, and community service activities.

For the past school year the BSE program offered students once in a lifetime opportunities including meeting Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, the most powerful central banker in the world; meeting managers from Southwest Airlines, the most successful low-fare, high frequency air carrier; attending a lecture delivered by one of only nine Americans who have summited both K2 and Everest; visiting Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, the world's wealthiest sovereign fund; touring Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s multi-billion dollar investment to create the world’s first zero-carbon city that will set the global blueprint for sustainable development; and visiting Dubai, a city that has become a principal financial center, a major hub of global trade and a prime tourist destination.

The BSE program is the perfect complement to any major and is appropriate for those who have an interest in learning about business. BSE is a four-semester living and learning program that utilizes the colloquium as a fundamental part of the curriculum. Through weekly colloquia and a supporting curriculum, students gain a broad understanding of business, society and the economy. Prominent faculty, business leaders and other experts meet with students. Participants use their final semester to complete a business-related project, internship, or community service program. The capstone project enables the students to apply all they have learned in BSE to real world business situations.

Students are readily exposed to community service initiatives such as College Park Scholars service day and the annual Charity Softball Tournament. BSE aims to not only educate students and prepare them for the ever-changing business world, but to also inspire pro-activeness and involvement on campus.

Student Testimonials: See what BSE students say about the program