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    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: How Business Works

    UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College: How Business Works


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Online
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: July
    • Session Length: Two Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: Business/Entrepreneurship
    • Sub-Categories: Business
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
    • Minimum Cost: $1,500 - $2,999
    • Career Clusters: Business Management and Administration
    • Credit Awarded: Yes
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    Learn about Summer 2023 Pre-College opportunities at UMass Amherst. Our residential and online pre-college programs are designed to give you a preview of the UMass student experience, including college-level academics and being part of a learning community of high school students from all across the U.S. and the world. Our programs feature faculty-led courses, state-of-the-art facilities, and the #1 campus dining in the U.S., as ranked by the Princeton Review.


    Have you ever wondered how business works? How businesses make decisions ranging from what new markets to enter, to how big should a new factory be? What the different activities are that happen inside a company (e.g., management, marketing, accounting, finance), and how they are coordinated in order to be successful?

    This course provides the framework for all future business courses. It is a broad-based introductory course designed to give you exploratory experiences in all aspects of business. It will acquaint you with the dynamic business world of the 21st century. Economics, management, globalization, marketing, finance, accounting, operations, and careers in business will be included, with a special unit on entrepreneurship and start-ups.

    The use of technology and its impact on business will also be stressed, with a focus on how to foster innovation. We will combine online meetings in real time with team-based activities and individual exploration culminating in a final team project.

    You will:

    • Consider the ethical and social responsibility issues involved in the current business environment
    • Evaluate the global economy and its impact on U.S. economy
    • Identify and define the functions of and challenges facing management
    • Describe the responsibilities and significance of human resource management
    • Explain the basic accounting process
    • Describe the United States’ financial and investment systems and their role in business


    Schedule: Live, synchronous sessions will meet Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 1:00-3:00pm (EDT). Plus asynchronous work as assigned. 


    Online courses will be delivered through live meetings and will include offline assignment and projects. Courses meet synchronously 3 - 5 times per week primarily using Zoom, but may use other communication tools. Courses will be managed through UMass Amherst's Moodle or Blackboard platforms. 

    Cost and Session Information

    Dates: July 10 - 21, 2023
    Two-Week Online Intensives: $1,748

    *Program fees listed above include tuition and registration.
    *All programs require submission of $35 application fee.