Ethics and Business Law (BLAW)

Opus College of Business 
Department of Ethics and Business Law 
Pattit (chair), Buckeye, Elm, Garrison, Kunkel, Marsnik, Michaelson, Monge, Schlag, Skirry, Swink, Thompson 

Ethics and law play an increasingly prominent role in the workplace and in the global marketplace. Legal rules and regulations have proliferated at all levels of the organization, and successful managers must understand how to integrate legal considerations into their business planning and operations. Business leaders also need to be able to recognize the ethical dimensions of decisions and choose well in difficult situations. Our ethics and business law courses acquaint students with the tools of ethical decision-making and with the foundations of the legal environment of business, both domestic and international to enhance ethical thinking and problem solving. 

The Department of Ethics and Business Law offers a law and compliance conentration for undergraduate business majors. Students in this concentration explore the legal system and the ways in which legal rules and processes affect business decisions. Students also engage in legal reasoning, advocacy and the legal analysis of commercial transactions. 

The concentration is structured to ensure that students receive both a solid grounding needed for the B.A. in business administration and an additional focus on the legal environment for business.  

Concentration in Legal Studies in Business

Business Core Courses:

  • BUSN 100: Business for the Common Good (2 credits)  

  • ENTR 100: Introduction to Entrepreneurship & Innovation (2 credits)  
  • ACCT 100: Principles of Accounting I (4 credits)  
  • BUSN 200: Business Learning Through Service (0 credit)  
  • ACCT 200: Principles of Accounting II (2 credits)  
  • OPMT 300: Operations & Supply Chain Management (2 credits)  
  • FINC 310: Core Financial Management (2 credits)  
  • MKTG 200: Introduction to Marketing (2 credits)  
  • MGMT 200: Working Skillfully in Organizations (2 credits)  
  • BLAW 300: Law for Business Leaders (2 credits)  
  • BETH 300: Ethical Principles in Business (2 credits)  

Note: The required core business courses (BUSN 100, ENTR 100, ACCT 100, ACCT 200, BUSN 200, FINC 310, OPMT 300, MKTG 200, MGMT 200, BETH 300, BLAW 300) must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students who have not had an equivalent course must complete these courses by the end of their first semester, junior year. 

Elective Courses in Business Core:

  • Ten credits from undergraduate courses with designations ACCT / BETH / BLAW / ENTR / FINC / MGMT /MKTG / OPMT / REAL. These credits may be taken in courses within the department of the student’s business concentration. Transfer credits with these designations must be at the 300 level or above. 

Concentration Course:

  • BETH 320 Role of Business in Society (4 credits) 
  • BLAW 320 Compliance in Business Organizations (4 credits) 
  • BLAW 401 Legal Research, Advocacy, and Dispute Resolution (4 credits)  
  • BUSN 202 Microsoft Excel Applications for Business (0 credits) or CISC 200 Introduction to Computer Technology & Business Applications (4 credits) 

Plus twelve credits from the following:

  • BLAW 304 Real Estate Law (4 credits) 
  • BLAW 310 Law for Business Leaders II (2 credits) 
  • BLAW 311 Advanced Business Law for Accounting (2 credits) 
  • BLAW 313 Essentials of Intellectual Property Law (2 credits) 
  • BLAW 314 Employment Law (2 credits)  
  • BLAW 321 Law for Entrepreneurs and Innovators (4 credits) 
  • BLAW 322 Law for International Business  (4 credits) 
  • BLAW 323 Health Care Law and Ethics (4 credits) 
  • BLAW 351 Environmental Law (4 credits) 
  • BLAW 352 Gender Issues and the Law (4 credits)  
  • BLAW 353 Employment & Labor Law (4 credits)  
  • BLAW 354 Marketing Law (4 credits) 

Allied requirements:

  • ECON 251 Principles of Macroeconomics (4 credits)
  • ECON 252 Principles of Microeconomics (4 credits)
  • STAT 220 Statistics I (4 credits)

Note: STAT 220 should be completed by the end of the sophomore year. Transfer students who have not had an equivalent course must complete this course by the end of their first semester, junior year. 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • MATH 101 Finite Mathematics (4 credits)
  • MATH 109 Calculus with Review II (4 credits)
  • MATH 111 Calculus for Business and Social Science (4 credits)
  • MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits)

Note: The math requirement must be completed by the end of the sophomore year. 

Plus four credits from the following:

  • COJO 100 Public Speaking (4 credits)
  • COJO 105 Communication in the Workplace (4 credits)
  • COJO 370 Intercultural Communication (4 credits)
  • ENGL 211 or above (4 credits)
Course Number Title Credits
BETH  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
BETH  269 Research 2 OR 4
BETH  295 Topics 2
BETH  296 Topics 2
BETH  300 Ethical Principles in Business 2
BETH  301 Business Ethics 4
BETH  320 The Role of Business in Soc 4
BETH  389 Research 2 OR 4
BETH  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
Course Number Title Credits
BLAW  243 Individual Study 2 OR 4
BLAW  269 Research 2 OR 4
BLAW  295 Topics 2
BLAW  296 Topics 2
BLAW  300 Law for Business Leaders I 2
BLAW  301 Legal Environment of Business 4
BLAW  302 Business Law for Accounting 4
BLAW  303 International Business Law 4
BLAW  304 Real Estate Law 4
BLAW  310 Law for Business Leaders II 2
BLAW  311 Adv. Bus Law for Accounting 2
BLAW  313 Essentials of IP Law 2
BLAW  314 Employment Law 2
BLAW  320 Compliance in Business Orgs 4
BLAW  321 Law for ENTR and Innovators 4
BLAW  322 Law for International Business 4
BLAW  323 Health Care Law & Ethics 4
BLAW  332 Law for International Business 4
BLAW  351 Environmental Law 4
BLAW  352 Gender Issues and the Law 4
BLAW  353 Employment & Labor Law 4
BLAW  354 Marketing Law 4
BLAW  389 Research 2 OR 4
BLAW  393 Individual Study 2 OR 4
BLAW  401 Legal Rsch/Advoc/Disp Resol 4
BLAW  490 Topics 4
BLAW  491 Research 2 TO 4
BLAW  495 Individual Study 2 OR 4
BLAW  496 Individual Study 2
BLAW  497 Individual Study 4
BLAW  498 Individual Study 4