In addition to the required core course in Global Economies and Markets, there are numerous elective opportunities for students to develop a deeper global awareness and mindset. These range from courses on strategy at the intersection of Eastern and Western business cultures to those on how business plays a role in the creation of opportunity and growth in emerging economies.
Examples of Globally Focused Courses at Darden
Global Financial Markets
This course emphasizes the development of technical skills that enable students to improve their understanding of global financial markets including the key drivers of movements in currency, interest rates, and other financial markets around the world, as well as the important institutions and players that affect those markets.
Markets in Human Hope
This course explores audacious innovations in business and markets as viable tools in promoting human development and transforming societies. Students will create products, services, business methods, financial instruments, and/or market-based systems that address the socioeconomic and structural challenges faced by the underserved and disadvantaged. The course consists of one-on-one consultations, field work and class sessions.
Management, Economic Growth and Society
This course is targeted at students who want to work outside of the United States in highly globalized industries or in positions where they will be responsible for the evaluation of investment opportunities across a diverse set of countries. The course explores the relationship between firms that operate internationally and economic development and focuses on the pursuit of continued economic development as the fundamental force driving change in the international business environment.
Strategic Thinking: Integrating East and West
As economies and businesses become more global, companies worldwide will increasingly need to examine their economic practices and beliefs. The purpose of this seminar is to help participants develop a deep understanding of the strategic concepts and business models underlying foreign (in this case, Chinese) business; use this understanding to think broadly about global enterprise and future enterprise development; and develop a globally integrative perspective that enables them to conduct business in any part of the world.