Minors in School of Business

Minors in School of Business

Minors offered in the School of Business are designed to provide enhanced study in a particular subject area in business (such as accounting). Minors are open to all majors and require completion of 12-credits. While minors may not be a requirement for graduation, it is highly recommended that students complete a minor to acquire knowledge in a complementary area, and to improve their internship and job prospects.  In some cases, minors can also be used to receive advanced standing in graduate programs. Students also have the option to develop a custom minor consistent with their personal interests and career goals. Interested students must consult with their academic advisor before choosing a minor. For non-business students, business minors provide a valuable understanding of business concepts and training in critical skills (such as analytics, team work, problem solving) for the professional world.

Guidelines for minors:

  • A student may not combine a major and minor in the same or similar functional area (e.g., Finance major and Finance minor; Management major and Human Resource Management minor).
  • A student may not use the same course for credit in both the major and minor areas.
  • A student may only use the same course for credit in the free elective and minor areas if his/her major does not require a minor. If a student’s major requires a minor, that student cannot use the same course for the free elective and minor areas.
  • Certain courses in the minor may have prerequisite courses that need to be completed.
  • Courses taken to fulfill requirements in the Hallmarks Core cannot also be applied towards the minor. To have a Hallmarks Core course count towards the minor, students must take an additional course in that requirement category to fulfill the Hallmarks Core requirement (for example, students would need to take a second course in the American Diversity [ADIV] category if they wanted ADIV-202 to count towards the minor).

Business Minors for Business Students & Non-Business Students

The Accounting minor permits students to enrich their knowledge of the “language of business”.  No matter what profession a graduate enters, the ability to read and comprehend historical and prospective financial information will be essential. Students will be provided with an in-depth understanding of generally accepted accounting principles through intermediate accounting courses, an exposure to federal taxation and a choice of accounting electives for more intensive study.

Courses  
Required*  
ACCT 203 Intermediate Accounting I
ACCT 204 Intermediate Accounting II
ACCT 309
Federal Taxes I
Select one of the following:
ACCT 303 Accounting: Theory and Practice
ACCT 316 Cost Accounting I
ACCT 409 Auditing
ACCT 412 Advanced Accounting
*Students from non-business majors must take ACCT-101 as one of the four courses

The minor provides students with an overview of the issues and problems facing healthcare and the healthcare industry, including legal, ethical, economic, and business perspectives.  In addition, students have the opportunity to learn about and use innovative business tools and approaches to address these issues and problems.

Courses  
HSCI 313 Issues in Community Health (Fall)
HSCI 301 Health, Law & Ethics (Spring)
ISEM 305 Healthcare Economics & Policy (Fall)
BUS 300 Business Tools for Healthcare (Spring)

Custom Minor provides student an opportunity to create their own minor based on their professional interests. It must be developed in consultation with the academic advisor and  must include a proposal demonstrating an informed decision justifying the choice of minor in advancing academic and career goals.

The entrepreneurship minor allows students to evaluate their skills, talents, and potential role in the entrepreneurial ecosystem; Students will apply concepts that cover all major elements of venture creation.

For Kanbar Students

Courses  
Required*  
MGMT 111 Essentials of Entrepreneurship
MGMT 411 Venture Creation
MKTG 302 Product Development & Innovation
Select one of the following:
MGMT 315 Communication, Negotiation, Creative Economy
MKTG 305 Contemporary Brand Management
MKTG 310 Integrated Marketing Communication
DECG 480 Interdisciplinary Integrative Project
*It is recommended that MGMT-411 be taken as the last course in the minor.

For Non-Kanbar Students

Courses  
MGMT 111 Essentials of Entrepreneurship
DECF 102 Finding & Shaping Opportunity
MKTG 302 Product Development and Innovation
MGMT 411* Venture Creation
*It is recommended that MGMT-411 be taken as the last course in the minor.

The Fashion Merchandising and Management minor provides students with an overview of the fashion industry by exposing them to the fashion value chain which includes design concepts, product development, production, merchandising and marketing.

Courses  
Required*  
FASM 101 Global Fashion Insight
MKTG 217 Retailing Strategy & Structure
MKTG 328 Merchandise Buying Operations
Select one of the following:
MKTG 301 Contemporary Brand Management
FASH 304 Visual Merchandising
FASH 470 Global Fashion Value Chain
FASM 360 The Business of Licensing

Finance plays a crucial role in all profit and nonprofit organizations. The minor provides students with knowledge of the global financial markets, financial institutions, financial instruments, and valuable financial tools that can be used to analyze the financial viability of all decisions.

Courses  
Select four of the following:*
FIN 303 Intermediate Financial Management
FIN 318 International Finance and Development
FIN 321 Investments & Portfolio Management
FIN 322 Capital Market and Financial Institution
FNI 412 Financial Modeling
*Students from non-business majors must take FIN 301 as one of the four courses

The world in which business is being conducted is changing rapidly and is creating new challenges and opportunities for managers. The International Business minor is provided for students who want to strengthen their knowledge and understanding of global changes and their impact on business.

Courses  
MGMT 307 International Management
MKTG 324 International Marketing
FIN 318 International Finance and Development
ECON 401 International Economics

Management skills are necessary in both non-supervisory and supervisory positions. This group of courses helps students to develop vital professional and managerial skills, including communication, teamwork, conflict resolution, and leadership. Together with the knowledge-base learned in students’ major fields, this minor increases a student’s understanding of all types of organizations and jobs, and increases opportunities for entry-level and managerial positions.

Courses  
Select any four of the following:*
MGMT 310 People & Teams in Organizations
MGMT 320 Human Resource Practice & Tools
MGMT 307 International Management
MGMT 309 Systems Analysis
MGMT 315 Communication, Negotiations and Creative Economy
MGMT 111 Essentials of Entrepreneurship
MGMT 411 Venture Creation
*Students from non-business majors must take MGMT-301 as one of the four courses

The marketing of goods or services is the central focus of most profit and nonprofit organizations. Thus, regardless of a student’s major, a solid understanding and appreciation of the marketing discipline will enhance a student’s decision-making capabilities and make them better managers.

Courses  
Select four of the following:*
MKTG 207 Consumer in the Market Place
MKTG 305 Contemporary Brand Management
MKTG 310 Integrated Marketing Communication
MKTG 315 Marketing in a Digital Environment
MKTG 324 International Marketing
MKTG 391 Marketing Research
*Students from non-business majors must take MKTG-102 as one of four courses

For Business Majors

The Pre-M.B.A. minor for Business majors provides the opportunity to begin taking graduate-level business courses in the senior year, allowing students who have completed their Bachelor of Science Degree to complete a M.B.A degree in one year. This minor is for undergraduate business majors only. Students may only begin taking graduate courses in senior year with prior approval of MBA program director.

Courses  
Required*  
IMBA 627 Competitive Tech Intelligence
IMBA 628 Accounting for Management Decisions
Select two additional courses:
In consultation with upper-level advisor and MBA Program Director

For Non-Business Majors

The Pre-M.B.A. minor for Business majors provides students the opportunity to take two graduate level business courses in their senior year, as well as other courses that position them to complete the MBA in one year of full-time study following the completion of their bachelor’s degrees.

The Accounting (CPA) and Finance (CFA) MBA options are typically limited to students with undergraduate degrees in accounting or finance. It is highly recommended that students interested in these fields consult with their academic advisors and MBA program director prior to enrolling in classes.

Courses  
Required*  
iMBF 503 Foundations of Economic Analysis
iMBF 504 Introduction to Fin & Managerial Accounting
iMBF 505 Financial Management
iMBF 508 Stat Analysis for Business Decisions
iMBF 510 Operations Management
Select one of the following:
iMBA 627 Competitive Tech intelligence
iMBA 628 Accounting for Mgt Decision

The undergraduate minor in Sports Management provides students with an overview of foundational concepts within the sport, leisure, recreation, and health and wellness industry. The sport management minor curriculum, open to all undergraduate majors, provides a collegiate experience geared towards students interested in developing the knowledge and skillset needed to plan, execute, manage, and evaluate sport organizations, events, consumers and promotions.

Courses  
Required*
BUS 200 Introduction to Sports Business 
(new, Spring '23)
MKTG 3XX  Sports Marketing
(new, Fall '23)
PSYCH215 Sports Psychology
COM214 Sports Communication

Additional Business Minors for Non-Business Students

The proliferation of data is changing the way that businesses and organizations operate.  The Applied Business Analytics minor will help students develop the skills necessary to understand, predict, and act on both large and small amounts of data, improving decision-making in increasingly complex and interconnected business and organizational environments. The minor utilizes a problem-solving approach that combines the management of data with training in how to unlock the value buried in data and create new strategies and advancement opportunities using cutting-edge tools and techniques. Students emerge from the program poised to undertake analytics-focused roles and drive innovation and advancement through data.

Courses  
ABA 201 Introduction to Business Analytics
ABA-202 Statistical Data Analytics
ABA-3xx  Data Mining and Predictive Analytics
ABA-4xx Operations and Data Analytics

This minor is specifically designed for the non-business major. It provides students with marketable business skills that are useful to any professional person.

Courses  
Select four of the following:
ACCT 101 Financial Accounting
MKTG 102 Principles of Marketing
MGMT 301 Principles of Management
ECON 205 Macroeconomics
FIN 301 Financial Management