Curriculum

Earn the knowledge and experience to thrive in any industry.

As part of our innovative approach to teaching business, you won’t need to finalize your major until you make it through your third year in the program.

Your Kelley Compass classes, the Integrated Core (I-Core), and the Global Foundations Core will enable you to develop a comprehensive knowledge base in each essential division of business. You will identify and nurture your most authentic business self while gaining real-world experience. After moving through this three-year experience, you’ll feel confident that the major you choose will take you wherever you want to go.

You can think of these three courses as the DNA of the Kelley curriculum.

You’ll take one class per year during your first three years: Kelley Compass 1, 2, and 3. What you learn from each will drive your major decision-making during your time in the program.

Kelley Compass 1 encourages you to delve into understanding yourself. You will learn to identify and present yourself to others through:

  • Reviewing interest and personality inventories and reflecting on your values and priorities
  • Story mining and skill discovery
  • Building social media and brand strategies
  • Creating a comprehensive and market-ready personal-branding deliverable

You will discover possible career matches by:

  • Researching Kelley School majors and considering the academic paths available at Kelley and IUB
  • Interviewing professionals and analyzing corporate culture
  • Identifying concepts of success and setting effective goals
  • Building your professional network

Kelley Compass 2 immerses you into the world of teamwork and team development. You will learn to:

  • Explore and report the benefits of diversity in the workplace
  • Collaborate with teammates to solve a real-world diversity challenge
  • Construct competitive resumes and cover letters
  • Research companies to find your fit and develop relevant and meaningful questions to ask professionals
  • Strengthen your professionalism and expand your professional portfolio
  • Practice and polish your networking and interviewing skills
  • Create effective teams that leverage individual diversity
  • Construct strategies for recognizing and resolving conflict
  • Articulate useful feedback to peers

Kelley Compass 3 teaches leadership through Emotional Intelligence and real-world, practical application. You will:

  • Learn self-awareness, self-management, empathy, and relationship management theory and technique
  • Flex leadership style to maximize your influence with different personality types
  • Lead among peers--without title, status, or position
  • Plan, propose, carry-out, and reflect-on a substantial project that impacts others
  • Trace, measure, and evaluate influence
  • Develop the leadership skills necessary to succeed in I-Core

During your second year, the Global Foundations Core classes will give you strategies to analyze and interpret the economic, social, political, legal, cultural, and technological influences that drive the global economy.

You’ll also learn how to evaluate a region or nation for business investment or expansion. You’ll determine the factors—such as infrastructure, climate, region, and politics—that may or may not support certain types of business.

You have the option of taking one Global Foundations Core course that ends with embedded overseas travel opportunities to illustrate what you learned in the first part of the class.  

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The Integrated Core (I-Core) is a block of four classes that will bridge together everything you’ve learned inside and outside the classroom during your first two years at Kelley. Specifically, this block of four classes looks at the important relationships among finance, marketing, operations, and leadership.

In addition to your I-Core block courses, you’ll simultaneously enroll in your final talent management class, Kelley Compass 3: The Business Professional. 

Throughout the semester, you will go through several real-time experiences that challenge you to solve cross-functional business problems while developing your professional and leadership skills. The final I-Core case—what we like to call the Kelley "rite of passage"—is an extensive and intense team project in which students demonstrate all they have learned. Students are required to pass each I-Core course and Compass 3 with a minimum grade of C.

Students are required to pass each I-Core course and Compass 3 with a minimum grade of C.

My Kelley classes equipped me with the skills to lead, and helped me earn four internship offers from Big Four accounting firms by the end of my freshman year.Landon Davidson, BS'17, marketing and business analytics, incoming business advisor at EY