• Business & Society Series
  • Elective Experiential Programs


Courses in this series examine the broad societal arena in which business operates with particular attention to its political, economic and cultural environments, paying specific attention to the relationships businesses establish with government agencies, multilateral organizations, macroeconomic institutions, and nongovernmental organizations.

Drawing on the rich resources in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Business and Society courses bring students into close contact with major organizations and associations through onsite visits and guest lectures.

Courses are intentionally taught by faculty from various departments in the School of Business and to incorporate diverse perspectives through a variety of speakers, site visits, client meetings and/or service learning projects in Washington, DC. The course connects students with the rich resources of the nation’s capital by dividing course time between instruction on the GW campus and onsite learning in the field.

Students in past Business and Society courses have traveled onsite to the Federal Reserve Bank, U.S. House of Representatives, Federal Trade Commission, Red Cross, International Monetary Fund, and a variety of NGOs.


In addition to the Washington, DC-based Business and Society series, Global and Experiential Education also offers students the opportunity to enroll in elective coursework that takes place in the field across the United States. Students generally spend the first part of the course acquiring critical information on the course topic or client organization. Students receive a combination of formal classroom-based mentorship from a faculty member and facilitated field-based learning. Onsite travel for domestic programs occurs during winter or spring break, as well as during the summer sessions.

Review a description of a past course where students worked with the U.S. Cranberry Marketing Committee (CMC) and the summer 2015 course with Walt Disney World.


Florida “The Business of Baseball and Economics of Spring Training on Florida” [3 credits]Washington, DC “Business & Society: Crowdfunding for Development” [3 credits] Washington, DC “Business & Society: Strat” [3 credits] California: A Journey Through the Sharing Economy: Customer Experience Fieldwork in San Francisco [3 credits]