Focus Enterprise RAP Fall 2014

Undeclared and interested in a career in business or a related field?

Focus RAPs are a great choice for students entering UMass without a declared major. 

Focus Enterprise is specifically for students who are interested in a major and/or career in business or a related field.

When you join this RAP you will...

  • Enroll in OASIS, a unique 1-credit seminar designed to help you explore a wide range of majors at UMass, with an emphasis on those that could prepare you for a career in business.  
  • Have access to courses that are required in order to apply to numerous business related majors.
  • Engage with an academic advisor to identify your interests, strengths, and values as you pursue your academic and/or career goals.  
  • Share your living-and-learning experience with students who have similar interests. 


Specific Course Information

"Introduction to Resource Economics" (Res Econ 102)

Knowledge of economics is essential to anyone who wants to have a better understanding of the world in which we live.

Economics is, however, a broad discipline. In this course we focus on one branch of economics---microeconomics. In microeconomics:

  • We study the formation of markets and prices.
  • We examine how economic decisions are made by consumers and producers.
  • We seek to understand how economic markets work. What do they do well? What do they do poorly? What can be done to correct market failures?

We will study microeconomic theories and models, and examine some of the shortcomings and weaknesses of economic markets.

This base of knowledge will bring us to a discussion of economic policy in which we will use economic concepts to examine some of the problems facing today's society; for example,

  • How much government regulation of business is "best"? and
  • How much should we spend on pollution control?

This course bears the Social and Behavioral Science designation of the General Education Program. It aims to help students to become proficient in the theories and methods of the social sciences, and to develop critical thinking skills as they apply theories and methods to concrete social situations, and to demonstrate these proficiencies and critical thinking skills in writing.

OASIS First-Year Seminar

Through the OASIS seminar you will have an opportunity to learn about the many academic paths to a career in business or a related field.  You will explore an array of majors, minors, certificate programs and internship opportunities.   

This one-credit seminar is taught by your academic advisor from the Undergraduate Advising office.  

The OASIS seminar helps you to identify and refine your personal approaches to learning in a college setting, so you can make efficient use of your study time and get better results.  You will also be introduced to the wealth of resources on campus that can assist you with academic, social, and personal issues.  

Focus Enterprise students who achieve a high GPA (exact TBD) during their first semester will be invited to an Isenberg sponsored event designed to encourage their continued hard work and support an application to Isenberg School of Management.


Be sure to visit the How to Join page on this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this fantastic program! 

Focus Enterprise is NOT for students who were admitted to Isenberg School of Management.



Fall 2014

ALL students in the Focus Enterprise RAP will enroll in the following classes:

"OASIS First-Year Seminar" - UNIV 125 (1 credit)


"College Writing"- English 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits


One of the 4-credit Gen Ed classes listed below:

"Introduction to Macro Economics" - Economics 104 (Gen Ed SB) 


"Intro to Resource Economics" - Resource Economics 102 (Gen Ed SB)

  • Advisors will guide students to the appropriate math class based on score on the Math Placement Test

* Holding a spot in a RAP guarantees you enrollment in ONE of the associated Gen Ed classes.  Registration into the specific classes takes place during NSO and classes are filled on a first come, first served basis.

Spring 2015

  • No required RAP classes.

  • Small sections of Gen Ed classes will be offered in each residence area.


Students will live together in Thoreau Hall in Southwest area of campus.

Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

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