Business and Public Policy at The Washington Campus

As a Ross BBA student, you can get a close-up look at the interaction of business and government through a special three-credit course in Washington, D.C., in early May. David Carson (Michigan BBA, ’55) established a fund at Ross that covers the entire tuition for the course. Forbes magazine named Carson, the now-retired CEO of People’s Savings Bank in Bridgeport, Conn., as one of the 500 “most powerful people” in corporate America.

Students in the course are designated as Carson Scholars. Ross offers the course in conjunction with The Washington Campus, a consortium of business schools at 17 top U.S. universities. Organized in 1978 by L. William Seidman (Michigan MBA, ’49) and other visionary leaders, the campus advances the principle that business leaders must understand how government works.

The Washington Campus course — LHC 488: Business and the Public Policy Process — provides you with the frameworks, concepts, and tools needed to incorporate public policy 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.


Dates & Location 

The course is offered in Washington, D.C., and is scheduled for the week after Winter Term final examinations, so it does not conflict with summer internships. In the past, triple rooms have been reserved at a hotel within walking distance of the White House.


Cost

With David Carson's support, tuition is covered for the Washington Campus course. As a Carson Scholar, you are responsible for a Ross fee of $390 (which includes five nights at a hotel), transportation to and from Washington, and your meals during the program.


Faculty

The faculty director is Professor George Siedel, who received a Thurnau Professorship from the University of Michigan for contributions to undergraduate education. He has served as visiting professor at the Stanford and Harvard business schools and on the law faculty at Cambridge University. As a Fulbright Scholar, Siedel has held a distinguished chair in the humanities and social sciences. He represents Michigan Ross on The Washington Campus Board of Directors and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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.


Registration

Students must complete and submit an application form to enroll in the course. Selected students 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.) Admitted students must submit a form that includes parental consent for students who are not self-supporting. Students not admitted to the course will be placed on a wait list. Note that to obtain security clearance for days when the class meets with senior government officials, members of Congress and others in official government offices, the application form requires your Social Security number — or passport if you are a non-US citizen — and date of birth. For more information, contact carsonscholars@umich.edu, or (734) 763-7674.