Curricular Pathways to Study Business at Brown University


There are several pathways to study business at Brown University.

Each pathways allow students to take full advantage of the open curriculum.

New this year, students may also pursue a Certificate in Entrepreneurship.

BEO | The CV Starr Program in Business, Enterpreneurship & Organizations

BEO offers three tracks or areas of study: 1) Business Economics, 2) Organizational Studies and 3) Entrepreneurship & Technology Managment

ECONOMICS | Business Economics Track

SOCIOLOGY | Organizational Studies Track

ENGINEERING | Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Studies Track

The Certificate in Entrepreneurship

Business Economics Track

2 Business Economic Pathways

BEO BUSE* (15 courses)

ECON BUSE (12 courses)

Both tracks offer curricula designed to provide a student with strong quantitative skills. Both tracks provide exposure to micro- and macro-economic theory and require students to specialize with economics courses geared toward preparing a student for post graduate work in finance and banking.

The BEO BUSE track differs by providing extra curricula organizational theories - how people and organizations work - as well as two project-based, hands-on learning courses.

Organizational Studies Track

2 Organizational Studies Pathways

BEO ORGS* (15 courses)

Sociology S/OS (10 courses)

Both tracks provide a solid foundation in sociological theory and methods, coupled with a focused expertise in sociological research on work, management, leadership, and entrepreneurship, spanning the business, non-profit, and government sectors.

The BEO ORGS track differs by providing curricula in economic theory as well as two project-based, hands-on learning courses.

Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Studies Track


5 technical subspecialties (16 courses)

As with all BEO tracks, Entrepreneurship and Technology Management Track (ETCM) is built upon a curricula in economic and organizational theories and practices. This technology-based track requires a higher level of mathematics and the BEO Foundation courses along with a five-course specialization in one of the five engineering areas.

The closest pre-approved curricular pathway to teh BEO ETCM track would be an AB in Engineering.

* After 2023 the BEO Concentration will no longer be offered.


The Entrepreneurship Certificate

The goal of the certificate program is to equip students with an understanding of the fundamental building blocks of the entrepreneurial process. These building blocks are:

  1. Understanding and validating an unmet need.
  2. Developing a value proposition that addresses an unmet need.
  3. Designing a sustainability model that allows the value proposition to be delivered repeatedly at scale.

To earn the certificate in entrepreneurship, a student must complete a five course sequence including:

  • Two Core Courses (ENGN 0090 and ENGN 1010)
  • Two Elective Courses
  • One Practicum Experiential Course (ENGN 1931T)
BEO Capstones

The senior year BEO Capstone is designed to bring the concepts of quantiative and qualitative theory into applied practice. BEO students work in small peer groups on projects for sponsoring organizations that target real world problems. Sponsoring organizations range from small start-ups, governmental agencies, social or educational institutions, to corporations and NGOs.

Questions about BEO or the Certificate in Entrepreneurship?

contact: sheila_haggerty@brown.edu

Questions about the Certificate in Entrepreneurship?

contact: jonas_clark@brown.edu

Created By
Sheila Haggerty


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