Beyond Ready CQ Curriculum

Assessing Your Baseline Cultural Intelligence

When students enter the Farmer School, you will take the CQ Pro online self-assessment of your cultural assessment, administered by the Cultural Intelligence Center,  to set a baseline for your growth in the Farmer School of Business. Each student will receive a full assessment report that details your score on each of the four key dimensions and related sub-dimensions. You also see how they compare (low, moderate, high) to worldwide norms. We will re-assess your CQ in your final semester to capture the development of your CQ skills while at Miami.  

Planning to Develop Your Cultural Intelligence | BUS 106

In BUS 106, first-year students will participate in class activities to understand the concepts in the CQ report and how the data can be used in your personal development. You will create a personal plan for developing your CQ through participation in curricular, co-curricular, and extra-curricular activities at Miami University.

Diversity and Work Skills | BUS 101

You will also take a module on diversity in BUS 101 within the First-Year Integrated Core. Here the focus will be on both identity and cognitive diversity and psychological safety with an application to team effectiveness and collaboration. 

“The marketing and business leaders of today and tomorrow must necessarily have as a fundamental aptitude an understanding of the cultural diversity that defines consumers’ and colleagues’ priorities around the world,” Forbes community director Jenny Rooney explained. “Culturally intelligent leaders must guide culturally intelligent teams to drive not just brand but business growth. This curriculum will help the leaders of tomorrow and the most effective marketers collaborate in a diverse global business environment.”Students will focus on cognitive diversity using the HBDI assessment of thinking preferences. Here you will discover your core thinking preferences, understand when and how to stretch to non-preferred thinking styles when the situation requires it, and know your cognitive tendencies under stress so as to evolve into a Whole-Brain leader. 

Given the course’s focus on building effective collaboration skills, students will also learn about Google’s Project Aristotle’s five dimensions of team effectiveness. These five dimensions include Psychological Safety, Dependability, Structure and Clarity, Meaning, and Impact. These concepts will be applied using the Center for Business Leadership’s Farmer Team Initiative.

You will put all of these skill development tools into practice when you work in a “Diverse By Design” team to take on the FYIC Client Challenge at the end of the semester. And you better have your collaboration skills down - it’s your team against 125 others.

FSB Diversity Requirement

FSB Students must complete at least one course that provides an understanding of business diversity perspectives. The approved list of courses includes courses from all divisions and may overlap with Foundation courses, Thematic Sequence, major, or electives.

Global Readiness Certificate

FSB students may also elect to take the FSB’s Global Readiness Certificate through Miami University’s Global Initiatives program to build their Cultural Intelligence. The certificate allows students to take specific courses within their Miami plan and participate in various other activities designed to allow students to:

  • Acquire interdisciplinary global knowledge
  • Gain intercultural competencies
  • Develop culturally sensitive mindsets necessary to live, work and interact with diverse individuals in our local and global communities

FSB Global Studies

FSB students can choose from a variety of study abroad and internship programs in locations around the world duringspring, fall, summer and winter terms. Students can choose to study for an entire semester in London, Barcelona, Budapest and Maastrict or complete a semester-long internship in Australia and the Pacific Rim. 

“This program is perfectly designed to teach the new skills needed to be successful in the complex business world, and it represents the new way to teach and learn the necessary skills to be a great business leader. It’s good for the students as well as for all the business executives who are already working out there,” PDC Brands CEO Alex Tosolini said. “The program is so rich and relevant that it should be at the core of every business class.”You can also course semester-long programs in both summer and winter terms in locations as varied as Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean, and Canada in the summer with shorter programs over winter term in Asia, Australia, Latin America and Europe.

Business in the Global Market Certificate Program

The Business in the Global Market Certificate Program is designed to complement any business major in the Farmer School of Business. Previously the China Business Certificate Program, Business in the Global Market allows students to expand their global knowledge and focus on an entire region.

Upon enrolling in the Business in the Global Market certificate program, you will select one of four regional concentrations: Africa and the Middle East, Asia and Oceania, Central and South America, or Europe. As you move through the curriculum, you will engage in language practice, cultural engagement, an overseas experience, and business coursework, all related to your selected concentration. 

Farmer School of Business Study Abroad Scholarships

The Farmer School of Business has been fortunate to have generous donors to support study abroad opportunities for FSB students. Scholarship award amounts vary, and may reach up to $3000. Eligible students may apply for both needs-based and merit-based scholarships. Funding for study-abroad may also be available through Miami’s Global Initiatives program.

KICKGLASS Skills Micro-Credentials

KICKGLASS Skills Credentials will focus on developing open-minded leaders, of all identity intersectionalities, who enter the workforce with the tools to mitigate individual and structural bias and the empathy to include and unite. The micro-credentials will develop Cultural Intelligence and Inclusion skills organized around the four CQ Dimensions to a variety of stakeholders. KICKGLASS Skills Credentials will leverage the Farmer School of Business’s decades of experience with delivering high quality experiential learning opportunities to students and external participants. The Center for KICKGLASS Change will offer a variety of in-person and technologically-enabled remote micro-credentials that will be available to all Miami students, faculty and staff in Oxford, as study-away and as study-abroad. KICKGLASS Skills Credentials may also be embedded into curricular courses at Miami University. They will also be extended outside the university for executive education and alumni learning.

#WeAreTheChangeMiami Movement

Given the current momentum for addressing, understanding, and combatting the injustices of today including, but not limited to, systemic racism, police brutality, identity denial, and more, it is imperative now, more than ever, that Miami students be the change needed to foster the better world of tomorrow. It was this very truth that gave way to the #WeAreTheChangeMiami Movement. FSB #WeAreTheChangeMiami Movement aims to: (i) provide Black individuals, fellow underrepresented minorities, their respective allies, and more, opportunities to be recognized, valued, and (ii) develop the necessary skills and insight to contribute to the ongoing struggle against the injustices towards the Black community and other minority communities. At its core, the Movement seeks to be and instill change through fellowship, the provision of resources and opportunities, and the continual pursuit of excellence through a series waves and action items each rooted in a particular impact and problem. If involvement in this Movement interests you, please view the #WeAreTheChangeMiami Infographic for more information on how to get involved.

Measuring Beyond Ready CQ

FSB students will retake the CQ self-assessment during their senior capstone course to measure all four key dimensions of CQ as they move in the workforce. With your BEYOND READY CQ score, you can demonstrate to potential employers that you have the skills required to succeed in the diverse and global business environment that awaits you after the Farmer School of Business.

For More Information:

Please contact Dr. Gillian Oakenfull, Farmer School of Business Faculty Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Professor of Marketing at