LAMP Course Descriptions
LAMP students are unique, and the courses they take reflect that.
LAMP is a national exemplar for liberal arts education at its best. Every student in the program takes a set of courses from the IU College of Arts and Sciences and the IU Kelley School of Business, as well as these courses—which only LAMP students can take. See the full course list for the LAMP certificate requirements.
LAMP courses help students:
- Better understand the relationship between business and society.
- Improve critical thinking and analytical reasoning abilities.
- Draw on multiple perspectives and disciplinary traditions to analyze a given issue or problem.
- Improve written and oral communication skills.
- Develop and defend strong arguments.
- Analyze and interpret texts and data to find answers to important questions.
- Tolerate—and even embrace—ambiguity.
Courses Unique to LAMP
LAMP L216 is LAMP's sophomore-level topical seminar. The class enrolls no more than 25 LAMP students. It is primarily discussion-based, and explores a specific issue, question, or problem concerning the relationship between business and society, broadly defined. The course fulfills the IU College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) Intensive Writing requirement and counts toward the Hutton Honors College general honors certificate. Topics for L216 vary by instructor and year. Instructors come from both the IU Kelley School of Business and the College.
Recent examples of L216 topics include:
- Inequality and the American Dream
- Rationality and Cognition
- Black Markets: Supply and Demand
- East Asian Postwar Development
Students taking L216 must co-enroll in LAMP X215, an 8-week, 1-credit lab class that focuses on critical thinking and logical reasoning. Students learn to articulate and defend strong arguments—and to gather appropriate evidence in support of their theses. These skills are further enhanced in subsequent LAMP classes.
LAMP L316 is a junior-level, service-learning course that trains LAMP students to use quantitative methods and analytic skills to explore and solve business-related problems. Through classroom instruction, weekly labs, and a project for a real-world client, students develop their statistical skills, learn to be savvy consumers of statistics, and learn to assess and interpret statistical results. L316 satisfies the statistics/methods requirement for several majors in the IU College of Arts and Sciences.
L316 is a IU College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) Natural & Mathematical Sciences (CASE N&M) distribution course that fulfills the requirements of a degree from the College. Students must complete the following prerequisite courses before enrolling in L316:
- ECON E201 or ECON S201
- ECON E202 or ECON S202
- BUS-A200 (or both BUS A100 and BUS A201)
- BUS L201
- BUS K201 or CSCI A110
LAMP X298 is a unique career-development class. It is taken during the spring semester of a student's first year in LAMP. An exercise in self-exploration and professional analysis, X298 covers both personal and professional development. The course explores the professional and economic environment students enter after graduation, and helps students nurture their passions—and develop the strengths, aptitudes, and skills necessary to meet the challenges that await them. LAMP students leave this course with the resources to further investigate their interests and better manage their personal long-term career development.
LAMP L416 is LAMP's senior-level topical seminar. The class enrolls no more than 25 LAMP students. It is primarily discussion-based, and explores a specific issue, question, or problem concerning the relationship between business and society, broadly defined. The course fulfills the IU College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) Intensive Writing requirement and counts toward the Hutton Honors College general honors certificate. Topics for L416 vary by instructor and year. Instructors come from both the IU Kelley School of Business and the College.
Recent examples of L416 topics include:
- Perspectives on American Consumerism
- The Law of Entrepreneurship
- The Meat We Eat
- Work, Life, Law
LAMP X398 is an optional internship course available only to LAMP students. Advance approval from the director of LAMP is required. X398 provides an opportunity for students to receive credit for supervised, career-related work appropriate to LAMP. Students may earn a maximum of 3 credit hours for a single internship experience. It may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours. Students cannot receive credit both from LAMP and from another department or program for the same internship experience.
Summer internships must last 9 weeks at 30 hours per week. Fall and spring semester internships should be approximately 15 hours per week. The internships also must:
- Be supervised by a supervisor or team leader who weekly ascertains challenges, progress, etc.
- Have a meaningful learning component that is connected either to your field of interest or to your understanding of career fields.
- Offer substantive work relating to a relevant agency function or project.
- Lead to increased employability in your field of interest.
BUS X333 Managing Business Functions is offered through the IU Kelley School of Business for LAMP students only. Students will become familiar with the principles and theories that guide the way that companies are organized—and the processes by which they reorganize and change. Students first learn to describe what existing organizations do, and then to prescribe ways in which organizations can be designed to work more effectively.