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2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

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HUHC 021 A-Z - Special Topics Seminar

Semester Hours: 1-4

Fall, Spring

Special Topic Seminars are specialized courses offered to students of Hofstra University Honors College . Each seminar is proposed, designed, and led by a member of the Hofstra faculty. Multiple seminars are offered each semester on a wide variety of topics. The purpose of the seminars is to provide HUHC students and faculty an opportunity to explore subject matter and topics that do not typically present themselves in regular departmental offerings.

Current Special Topics


Professor Andrew Spieler, Finance

MW 11:20-12:45PM

CRN: 22768


Truth is stranger than fiction. The stories behind many business and finance films and books are both entertaining and instructive. The headlines blare of fraud at Enron and WorldCom but do not discuss the important role of capital markets in improving individual and global welfare. Surprisingly, movies (and often originally a book) like “Moneyball” while entertaining, discusses the core concepts of valuation albeit in a baseball setting (and best actor nomination for Brad Pitt). These and other stories contribute to our collective understanding that finance is not about greed (but there is some!). Still, helping individuals, investors, and collectively nations improve their standard of living and quality of life. Students will understand that raising capital is necessary to fund new and critical technologies and start new ventures. Markets develop to more efficiently allocate capital and channel resources ultimately to its highest value use. This course provides an entertaining but important lens to view the important role of finance in modern times.

 (The Finance Department’s chair has indicated this course may be counted as a departmental elective toward the completion of the requirements for Finance majors or minors.)


Freakonomics (Levitt and Dubner)

Moneyball (Michael Lewis)

Liar’s Poker (Michael Lewis)

The Millionaire Next Door (Stanley and Danko)

Fooled by Randomness (Nasim Taleb)

The Savvy Investor’s Guide to Building Wealth Through Traditional Investments (Baker, Nofsinger, and Spieler)



The Big Short

Barbarians at the Gate

The Smartest Guys in the Room

The Corporation

Trading Places

Wall Street

The Producers (Broadway show)


Professor Anil Mathur, Marketing and International Business

MW 9:40 – 11:05AM                                                                            

CRN: 24126

Advanced Techniques in Behavioral Research: Human behavior is complex and multifaceted. Understanding human behavior is of importance to social scientists, public policymakers, and businesses. This course uses advanced research technologies to gain insights into multiple aspects of human behavior. Specifically, the course will focus on advanced tools such as eye-tracking, facial analysis, voice analysis, and text analysis. Theories underlying measurements using these advanced technologies will be discussed and their practical applications in various disciplines. The seminar will also have a lab component during which students will get hands-on experience using these technologies to understand human behavior better. Lab exercises will be conducted in the state-of-the-art Behavioral Research Laboratory in the School of Business. Students will design a research study, collect primary data, and write a report based on advanced technologies to understand some aspect of human behavior.

(The chair of the MARKETING DEPARTMENT has indicated this course may be counted as a departmental elective toward completing the requirements for Marketing majors or minors.)

Prerequisite(s)/Course Notes:
Special Topic Seminars are open to Honors College students in good standing and, with the permission of the instructor and the HUHC Deans’ Office, to other students who meet HUHC entrance criteria. May be repeated for credit when topics vary. Not for liberal arts credit.

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