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Business, Government and Society

McCombs School of Business McCombs School of Business

Overview

The Business, Government, & Society department focuses on research and teaching on the regulatory, political, legal and ethical environment of business. Today's global marketplace is more competitive, more transparent, more culturally and politically diverse, and more fluid than ever before. Future business leaders will need to be able to navigate the legal, ethical and cultural demands of government and society. The BGS department helps students cultivate the skills needed to successfully manage the dynamic business environment of the future.

GS faculty are experts in their respective fields and are regularly featured in a variety of publications. Learn more about our instructors, their work, and what their findings might mean in years to come.

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Partners in Business Ethics Symposium

The Department of Business, Government & Society at the McCombs School of Business invites you to the 8th Partners in Business Ethics Symposium on November 6-7, 2019This symposium is designed to promote business ethics in business and academia by bringing together business school deans, scholarly thought leaders in business ethics, and corporate leaders to share ideas, challenges, and best practices for preparing young professionals to lead with integrity in today's world.

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Our Programs

Undergraduate

Undergraduate

Understanding today's complicated external environment is a core skill for tomorrow's business leaders, and promoting that understanding is the BGS Department's mission. The programs in this department expose undergraduate students to courses in areas like public policy, regulation, ethics, law, business - government relations, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability, and give them the opportunity to enhance their degree with an official certificate in Business and Public Policy.

Texas Business & Public Policy Certificate Program

The University of Texas at Austin Business & Public Policy Certificate Program provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to have an officially recognized concentration in the study of business and public policy. Learn More

Washington Campus Program

If you have not already fulfilled your GOV 312L requirement, consider registering for a special section that involves and educational experience with the Washington Campus Program (WCP) in our nation's capital. Learn More

*The Washington Campus Program is only offered in the spring semester.

Graduate

Graduate

Understanding today's complicated external environment is a core skill for tomorrow's business leaders, and promoting that understanding is the BGS Department's mission. The concentrations in this department expose MBAs to courses in areas like public policy, regulation, ethics, law, business - government relations, corporate social responsibility, and sustainability.

Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

This MBA concentration in Ethics & Corporate Social Responsibility is intended for students interested in (i) positions within business firms that deal with CSR, ethics and sustainability, or (ii) the impact of ethics and CSR issues on strategy. The courses within this concentration are designed to provide students with the tools and knowledge they need to manage the ethical and social responsibility aspects of business in today's global economy. See Curriculum Requirements

Public and Governmental Affairs>

The MBA concentration in Public & Governmental Affairs is intended for students interested in (i) public and governmental affairs positions within business firms, or (ii) the impact of law and regulation on strategy. The coursework within this concentration will provide students with the tools and knowledge they need to manage the regulatory, political and legal environment of business better. See Curriculum Requirements

*For more information about these concentrations, please contact the MBA Program office.

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Speaker Series

The Government & Society/Bates Family Foundation Speaker Series is made possible by a generous gift by the Bates Family Foundation. See Events Calendar for upcoming events.

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Ethics Unwrapped offers diverse and engaging video series for instructors and students on behavioral ethics, values, and ethical leadership.  #EducateYourself