Integral to the Center’s educational outreach are two majors dedicated to the study of free enterprise: the Bachelor of Science in Political Economy and the Bachelor of Science in Business and Free Enterprise. Political Economy examines the ways in which politics, law and economics work together to support a full-functioning free enterprise system. The Business and Free Enterprise major emphasizes both economic analysis and political science, helping majors understand business transactions from a broader, social perspective.
Introduction to the Philosophy of Business
Many people have preconceived notions of what free enterprise means and what role business plays in our social order. This class challenges many preconceived notions of free enterprise by examining the relationship between individuals and the state and that between individuals and society. The course uses economic analysis to examine the role markets play in coordinating individual economic activity and creating widespread gains from trade. The course shows how business is inherently socially beneficial.
Advanced Philosophy of Business and Market Based Management
This course conducts an in depth examination of the institutional structure necessary for a flourishing social order. The course examines market behavior and applies economics to understanding the economy as an informational feedback mechanism allowing social cooperation and entrepreneurial activity. The course also discusses how societies provide quality assurance in the absence of government regulation. This requires the student to apply basic economic theory, particularly supply and demand and opportunity-cost analysis, and to apply the understanding of social science to business management.
Teaching High School Economics Seminar
The Teaching High School Economics workshop, sponsored by the Center for Free Enterprise, was held on Monday, April 24, 2017. High school teachers from 5 surrounding counties came to hear CFE Fellows (Dr. Bias, Dr. Connors) explain how “Gains from Trade & Exchange” and “Property Rights, Markets & Resource Exhaustion” can be taught in the classroom. A materials overview and Q&A rounded out a great evening. CFE looks forward to hosting a high school teacher workshop each year to assist teachers as they educate students to more fully understand the benefits of a free market economy.
Summer Scholarship Program in Entrepreneurship
2017 Rising High School Juniors and Seniors in Central Florida: Your business idea could win you a CENTER FOR FREE ENTERPRISE Scholarship worth $750*, $500* or $250* and have a valuable opportunity to showcase your business ideas and entrepreneurship before a Panel of Experts at the Barney Barnett School of Business & Free Enterprise.