"The Social Research area at the Busch School was established on the conviction, following Michael Novak, that business practice in a free society stands on a "three-legged stool" of economic freedom, political freedom, and moral restraint" - Michael Pakaluk

The interdisciplinary Social Research area brings together scholars in philosophy, sociology, theology, entrepreneurship, economics, political science, and related disciplines, whose lines of inquiry concern the philosophical, cultural, and ethical dimensions of markets and the institutions of free enterprise.

The Social Research area is also home to scholarship in Catholic social thought, as well as integrative works engaging fundamental questions of social and economic order, including the role of law and natural law.

Great scholarship and the virtues of the intellectual life arise from a fundamental curiosity about the world and about human persons, rather than from tools or methods - the latter in service of the former.

Curriculum

Students may choose from the following specializations:

  • Business & Public Policy

    Business & Public Policy is one of two specializations, along with Business & Society, offered by our interdisciplinary faculty group with expertise in economics, political science, philosophy, and related disciplines. Courses, which engage contemporary debates and cutting-edge research, explore the moral foundations of the free society and the market and non-market conditions for human flourishing. The specialization begins with a sequence of coursework in Foundations of Economic Thought, and is rounded out with signature courses on Game Theory & Strategic Thinking and Public Policy & Federal Budgets. Elective courses are available in Advanced Topics in Economic Thought and other complementary areas. 

    The Business & Public Policy specialization is an invigorating stand-alone program, but also may be paired with any of the other specializations. It is especially suitable for students interested in law, policy, research, journalism, communications, public service, health care, and entrepreneurship. As a more theoretical program, it is also an excellent choice for students interested in minoring outside the business school, or interested in a double major with one of our 12 other schools.

    Specialization courses include:

    • SRES 260: Game Theory & Strategic Thinking
    • SRES 325: Public Policy & Fiscal Budgets
    • MGT 340: Spirit of Enterprise
    • Elective*
  • Business & Society

    Business & Society is one of two specializations, along with Business & Public Policy, offered by our interdisciplinary faculty group with expertise in economics, political science, philosophy, and related disciplines. Courses, which engage contemporary debates and cutting-edge research, explore the moral foundations of the free society and the market and non-market conditions for human flourishing. The specialization begins with a sequence of coursework in Foundations of Economic Thought, and is rounded out with signature courses on Family & Society and Catholic Social Thought & Political Economy. Elective courses are available in Advanced Topics in Economic Thought and other complementary areas. 

    The Business & Society specialization is an invigorating stand-alone program, but also may be paired with any of the other specializations. It is especially suitable for students interested in law, policy, research, journalism, communications, public service, health care, and entrepreneurship. As a more theoretical program, it is also an excellent choice for students interested in minoring outside the business school, or interested in a double major with one of our 12 other schools.

    Specialization courses include:

    • SRES 251: Family & Society
    • SRES 315: CST & Political Economy
    • SRES 350: Education & Religion
    • Elective*
  • University Requirements

    Students must also complete the core university requirements, specific to their major, in order to complete their degree. Business students are required to complete courses which include: philosophy, theology, humanities, literature, writing and composition, and free electives.

    See complete degree requirements, including business and liberal arts requirements.

  • Featured Research

    Featured here is the latest research done by our Social Research professors in engaging fundamental questions of social and economic order, including the role of law and natural law.

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  • Public and Media Appearances

    The Social Research area is home to scholarship in Catholic social thought. Find the recent media and public appearances of our Social Research professors. 

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  • Announcements

    Read the latest news about the Social Research Area in the Busch School. Read about the newest faculty members and the work they are doing. 

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