Academic Departments

Academic Departments

Ethics & Business Law: Core Values in Practice

The Department of Ethics and Business Law strives to be a leading center for education and scholarly inquiry into contemporary issues of ethics, law, business and society. Our faculty are respected scholars dedicated to developing thoughtful business leaders with insight into their ethical values and legal responsibilities.

Navigating a Dynamic Legal Environment

Rules and regulations have proliferated at all levels of the organization, and successful managers need to understand when and how to integrate legal considerations into their business planning and operations. Each Opus College of Business student is required to take one course concerning the legal environment in which businesses operate.

Developing Ethical Instincts

Leaders are expected to be able to recognize the ethical dimensions of decisions and to choose well in difficult situations. Our courses acquaint students with tools of ethical decision-making and with typical ethical challenges, both domestic and international. Each Opus College of Business student is required to take at least one course on business ethics.

Concentrated Study

The department offers a Legal Studies in Business concentration for undergraduate business majors. This interdisciplinary law and business program is one of only a few such programs in the country. We also offer a variety of business law and ethics courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in order to provide additional, in depth content for those interested in specialized areas of business.

We welcome you to explore our programs, faculty and options for study. Feel free to contact us with questions or for further information.

Undergraduate Student Services & Advising: 651-962-5544
Graduate Student Life & Advising: 651-962-4200 (ask for an academic advisor)


Graduate Study Options

Legal Studies in Business courses are available to all graduate students in the Full-time UST MBA or Evening UST MBA, the Master of Business Communication, and the Executive UST MBA programs. Graduate courses are designed to provide graduate students with the grounding they need in the legal environment of business to be effective managers and leaders. They may choose to take additional elective courses to further expand their expertise.


"Many schools are jumping on the bandwagon of including ethics as part of a quality business education. At St. Thomas, ethics have been central for more than 30 years. In every class, we apply the skills we're learning to problems with various ethical implications. We're learning that business isn't always just about making money. This emphasis on ethics is not only better preparing me for a future career in today's world, but it makes my current educational experience more relevant to who I am."

Cristina Lien, UST MBA '05
Financial Analyst
General Mills


Ethics and the Opus College of Business

Business education is commonly aimed at the knowledge needed to perform effectively and efficiently in the business world. At the University of St. Thomas, we are committed to that objective and more: encouraging serious consideration and application of ethical values in business decision making.

Our goal in the Opus College of Business is to encourage moral development in the context of sound policies and practices. We affirm the legitimacy and centrality of moral values in economic decision making because without them, business relationships and strong communities are impossible.