BEO is an undergraduate concentration designed to educate students to be creative and flexible leaders in a number of careers. BEO is sponsored by the departments of Economics and Sociology and the School of Engineering and engages faculty and students in the study of commercial activity, technical and social entrepreneurship, innovation, and the organizations within which such activity occurs.
With over 200 undergraduate concentrators, BEO is one of the larger concentrations at Brown and offers students an academically rigorous and synergistic approach to teaching and learning about business, organizational theory, entrepreneurship, and technological innovation. BEO places specific emphasis on the formation, growth, and organization of new ventures, innovation in commercial applications, financial markets, and the marketplace, and management and organizational theory. Students learn the methodological approaches of economics, sociology, engineering, and entrepreneurship to study for-profit and nonprofit enterprises in the national and global economic context.
The BEO concentration requires that a student successfully complete 15-16 courses (out of 30 total undergraduate credits). The total number of courses a BEO student is required to complete depends on their year of graduation and which of the three tracks they choose to pursue: BEO Economics, BEO Organizational Studies, and BEO Entrepreneurship & Technology Management.