Business Field Studies (BFS): CFS 395-1 & CFS 395-2

Class Type: 4 Credits*

Academic Focus: Workplace culture and contemporary issues in business

What you need to know:

  • Open to Juniors and Seniors. Sophomores with 22 credits may apply, but priority is given to upperclassmen
  • Offered every quarter including Summer
  • BFS (395-1 & 2) is taught together as one 3 hour class on Mondays typically on the Evanston campus. These classes total 4 units of credit (read more about how CFS credit works)
  • Students typically intern Tuesday-Friday with the internship time commitment typically being 24-36+ hours per week (read more about how CFS credit works)
  • Classes may have mandatory field trips that require students’ absence from their internship
  • You are advised to keep your Monday schedule open to accommodate potential changes in class time and other class obligations such as field trips
  • You should not take other classes while participating in this CFS concentration. Students participating for 4 units of credit are expected to dedicate their quarter exclusively to their CFS class and internship.
  • This class will count one credit toward Weinberg Distribution Requirement for Area III: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course Description:

Business Field Studies examines the organizational and cultural forms of work and the modern business workplace. Businesses from Wall Street to Silicon Valley have developed different corporate cultures. Understanding key issues and aspects of these cultures will help students find where they can thrive and give them the tools to negotiate issues they will face in their own workplace. Both courses focus on the internship experience, though in different ways.  Business Workplace Culture stresses analysis of the internship and offers practical tools to navigate the modern business landscape. Contemporary Issues in Business explores a range of topics, including the historical rise of the corporation, its evolving role in society, and the search for meaning in the workplace, all through the lens of theoretical and practical materials including current events, news, and media.

2017-2018 Instructor: Nina Wieda

Types of Internships that relate to the Business Field Studies classes:

For orientation, internship run, and midterm meeting dates, as well as other program obligations, please see the Important Program Dates page

*Please note: BFS can be taken for 2, 3 or 4 units of credit in the Summer ONLY.  Please see the Summer with CFS page for more information