Principles of Business and Finance

This course will introduce students to the fundamental structure of the American economy, the complexities of the global economy, and the principles, practices, and strategies associated with starting, managing, or simply working for a business.

Through a combination of lessons and projects, students will trace a trajectory of their potential role in the American economy as consumers, laborers, and executives. With lessons on everything from marketing to writing formal business correspondence, from the basic structures and legal definitions of business to the operations and importance of financial institutions, students will emerge from this course with a thorough introductory understanding of the business world.

Students will perform research, conduct interviews, and write papers on various topics designed to enrich their understanding of the American business environment. They will also navigate an interactive and creative project that spans the length of the course and asks students to engage their learning, imaginations and individual career motivation with the course material.

The course begins with an exploration of the structure of businesses and the roles and responsibilities of those who seek to lead and manage these enterprises. From this baseline, students are introduced to topics of particular relevance in our emerging global business environment including: the technology that fuels business success, the strength of free market economies, the cyclical nature of the economy and business, hard asset and financial management, and the personal skills necessary to become a member of the business community.


  • Understand the components of establishing a business.
  • Explore the issues of investment capital, legal and ethical issues, and budgeting.
  • Learn about the people side of business: human resources, group dynamics, leadership.
  • Acquire information on business communications.
  • Explore their role in the business world and how to present themselves successfully.


Students should have access to spreadsheet and Microsoft Word software. PowerPoint or other presentation software would also be helpful to allow them to learn how to give presentations through this medium.

State: National, California, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Washington
Grade Level: 9, 10, 11, 12
Category: Business Management & Administration
Course Length: Semester