Business & Marianist Values

This integrated living-learning community includes classes and community activities that will help students negotiate the ethical and environmental landscape in which modern business is conducted. All students in this ILLC are entitled to enroll in small sections of the two economics principles classes and to participate in field trips and community activities with other students who care keenly about the interactions of business, ethics and environmental sustainability.

While only egregious ethical lapses and environmental abuses make headlines, every economic institution - global corporations, governments, markets, NGOs, small businesses - makes value-laden judgments in the course of providing private and public goods and services. Whether an organization pursues profit or some other objective, it competes for scarce resources and generates waste - exploiting the earth as a source and a sink. The American economist Wesley Clair Mitchell once argued that the only reason, the only excuse, for studying economics is to make the world a better place. This ILLC is dedicated to understanding how the private and public sectors can be complementary, both working to enhance the human habitat.

Students: Open to all students

ILLC Coordinator: Barbara Heroy John

ILLC Faculty: Barbara Heroy John

Residence: Stuart Complex

Shared courses: ECO 203 (Principles of Microeconomics) during the fall semester and ECO 204 (Principles of Macroeconomics) during the spring semester, with a possible common course in the sophomore year.

Community Activities:

  • Special introductions to School of Business Administration (SBA) facilities such as the Davis Center for Portfolio Management, the Hanley Group Derivatives Trading Center, and the Professional Sales Center
  • Meetings with SBA student leaders from Flyer Enterprises, Flyer Investments, Flyer Forex Fund, professional business fraternities and honoraria, and business majors student organizations
  • Reserved seating at relevant campus speakers and programs (e.g., University leadership development workshops and lectures, Business As a Calling Symposium, and events sponsored by the Center for the Integration of Faith and Work) and group discussion following the programs
  • Team and community building activities, as well as social events throughout the academic year
  • Group service projects and professional development programs with our professional partners - TargetCorporation and Community Blood Center/Community Tissue Services
  • Meals and networking opportunities with faculty, alumni, the Marianists, and business professionals in the local community
  • Career preparation workshops with the SBA's Career Services liaison
  • A mentoring relationship with a sophomore or junior Business and Marianist Values member
  • Group study sessions, and academic planning and success workshops