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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.

BGS 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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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, sustainability, and international business. BGS gives students the opportunity to major and minor in International Business and to gain a minor or a certificate in Business and Public Policy.

International Business

The BGS Department offers two undergraduate majors in International Business and two undergraduate minors. The minors are available to undergraduate students from all over the campus. Learn More

Texas Business Public Policy Minor & Certificate Program

The BGS Department offers a Business & Public Policy minor to undergraduate students who will graduate under the 2020-2022 catalog, and an officially recognized certificate in Business & Public Policy to students who will graduate under earlier catalogs. These are available to all undergraduate students at UT. 

The BPP Minor is open to all UT undergraduate students who plan to graduate under the 2020-2022 and later Undergraduate AcademicCatalog. Learn More

The BPP Certificate is for all UT undergraduate students who plan to graduate under the 2018-2020 and earlier Undergraduate Academic Catalog. 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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Ethics Unwrapped offers diverse and engaging video series for instructors and students on behavioral ethics, values, and ethical leadership.  #EducateYourself

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.