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BBA: BL 488

BL 488: Business and the Public Policy Process

The Ross School of Business, in conjunction with The Washington Campus, offers a three-credit BBA course in Washington, D.C. in early May. Students admitted to the course are designated as "Carson Scholars."

  • Carson Scholars Information Session - for Junior BBAs and BBA Minors interested in the May 2022 session:​
  • Tuesday, October 7th, 2021 from 4:00pm - 5:00pm
  • Email if you are interested in attending.  It will be held through Zoom.
  • Frequently Asked Questions - in addition to the details listed below, read our Frequently Asked Questions for more information about the Washington Campus program.
  • 2022 Applications are open.  Follow this link to complete the application. 

The Washington Campus is a consortium of business schools at seventeen prominent U.S. universities, including the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. Organized in 1978 by L. William Seidman (Michigan MBA, '49) and other visionary academic and business leaders, the Campus was founded on the principle that understanding how government works is indispensable knowledge for all business leaders.

The Washington Campus course "Business and the Public Policy" is designed to provide students with the frameworks, concepts, and tools needed to incorporate the public policy dimension into managerial decision making and strategic planning. The course focuses on Congress and the legislative process, the structure of the federal courts, the impact of judicial decision making on business, the federal regulatory process, the organization of the White House, the role of lobbyists and interest groups, and the role of the media in the public policy process. 

  1. Dates & Location:  The course will have 6 on-campus class sessions during the Winter B semester before heading to Washington D.C. in early May. While in Washington, D.C., students will participate in an intensive, one-week course held at The Washington Campus and other unique locations around D.C.  Due to the pandemic, this may change.  If we are unable to travel, we will still engage, remotely, with The Washington Campus during the 1st week of May.
  2. Cost:  In 2005, David Carson (Michigan BBA, '55) established a fund at the Ross School of Business that covers the Washington Campus fee. Forbes magazine named Mr. Carson, the now-retired CEO of People's Savings Bank in Bridgeport, Connecticut, as one of the 500 "most powerful people" in corporate America. Students admitted to the course are designated as "Carson Scholars."   
    • Carson Scholar students are still responsible for a Ross cours fee of $600, which covers five nights at a Washington, DC hotel and other administrative costs. The Ross fee of $600 will be directly charged to a Carson Scholar's Winter tuition bill. Carson Scholars are also responsible for arranging their own transportation to Washington and for their meals during the program.
  3. Faculty:  The faculty director is Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Early Career Programs, Norm Bishara.  
    • Lecturers in the course include current and former government officials - for example, members of Congress, senior White House and Congressional staff, regulatory and cabinet agency executives, journalists, business executives, political professionals, and representatives of advocacy organizations. The course includes site visits to various government buildings, such as the Federal Reserve.
  4. Registration Information:

    Admission decisions are announced before the Thanksgiving break. Admitted students add the class when registering for Winter Term courses. (This course is included in the 18-credit-hour limit for the Winter term).  Students not admitted to the course will be placed on a waitlist.  

    • Applications for the 2022 session are due: Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021. 

For more information:  Be sure to read our page of Frequently Asked Questions about the Washington Campus program, and view the agenda from the May 2019 session. If you have additional questions, please contact