HBX CORe: The language of business


Perhaps you’re a college engineering major, hoping to land a job in Silicon Valley. A philosophy major, looking to work in a non-profit after you graduate. A recent law school grad preparing for your first job at a corporate law firm. Or an art historian with a dream of someday opening an art gallery.

If you are any of these things, CORe (Credential of Readiness) may be for you. CORe is our primer on the fundamentals of business thinking. It’s designed to introduce you to the language of business, which is really just another way of saying that it begins with the assumption that the concept of “business” may be as unfamiliar to you as a foreign tongue.

We thought long and hard about what to include in CORe. In the end, we concluded that the most essential things you need to know to get started in your career—whether it be at a big company, a tiny start-up, or a nonprofit—can be bundled into three distinct courses: Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. What this means is, CORe is a package deal. When you sign up for CORe, you are signing up for the entire package.

One more thing: CORe comes to you straight from Harvard Business School faculty. It’s not outsourced. We have created the content, we are delivering the teaching, and we have designed the platform. This is us, our thinking, our philosophy of learning, our approach to business education, digitally reimagined for those of you just getting started in the world of business.

Welcome to fluency.