The Professional Minor in Business Studies is designed for students seeking a liberal arts education with preparation for a career in some area of business. This preparation in both liberal arts and business will also assist students planning to advance their career opportunities by seeking an M.B.A. (Master of Business Administration) degree.
Requirements for the nine approved areas of emphasis are described here. Within these emphases, however, variations are possible to meet the programmatic needs of individual students.
If you, in consultation with your major adviser, feel that one of these minor emphases is appropriate for you, make an appointment to see the Assistant Dean, College of Business and Economics. A minimum GPA of 2.25 in the minoris required for graduation. Grades received for transfer courses that are counted in the minor will be included in determining the GPA in the minor.
Accounting deals with the management of assets and liabilities, costs and cost control, taxes and corporate/governmental planning. Graduates would probably not be eligible for employment as accountants in corporations. However, an emphasis in accounting would be useful for the Letters and Sciences major who seeks employment as a corporate trainee. Accounting is also especially useful if a graduate expects to seek employment in the area of public policy and planning.
In order to obtain the Professional Minor with an emphasis in accounting and in order to continue in the minor program, Letters and Sciences majors must obtain a minimum combined GPA of 2.5 in Accounting 210-341, 210-342, and 210-343. The prerequisite courses should be completed before enrolling in the required or elective courses. Additionally, students must complete 24 credits before enrolling in 210-244 Accounting Concepts.
This program is designed to prepare the student with a broad general legal background which can be utilized in general business, insurance, real estate, general corporate legal activities, the position of legal assistant with a law firm, or as a pre-law student.
A person with a professional minor in Business (Finance) is likely to work on the following types of jobs: loan officer with lending institutions such as commercial banks or savings and loans; real estate broker; stock broker; insurance agent; investment officer with an insurance company; office manager for a real estate development company.
The General Business minor was constructed to provide a variety of courses in the areas of accounting, finance, marketing and management and to provide the core courses which would allow the liberal arts graduate to study for an MBA.
The student may concentrate in one of the following three areas in the Management Emphasis: General, Human Resources, or Production.
The general emphasis will provide students with the supervisory and managerial knowledge and training required for first line supervisory positions in suchareas as: manufacturing, distribution, retailing, offices, government, or service organizations. Any student with an interest in supervision and the planning, organizing, and control of activities based on goals and objectives may be interested in this emphasis regardless of major. Students enrolled in the ROTC program should definitely investigate this emphasis area of the professional minor.
The human resource management emphasis will provide students with the specialized knowledge and training required in entry-level professional positions in Human Resource Departments of various types of organizations (e.g. business, industry, government, non-profit, etc.) This would include areas such as planning and employment, training and development, wage and salary administration, insurance pensions, accident prevention, labor problems, or collective bargaining. Students majoring in political science, psychology, communication, sociology, or similar areas may find this emphasis to be of interest.
The production emphasis will provide students with the specialized knowledge and training required in a variety of assignments in production departments (manufacturing, operations, etc.) of various types of organizations. These would include entry-level professional positions in such areas as: materials management, production scheduling and inventory control, work measurement and methods, facilities planning, materials handling, or quality control. Those students majoring in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics may find this emphasis to be of great interest. Also, any student who has completed the pre-engineering curriculum should investigate this emphasis area of the Professional Minor in Business Studies, regardless of major.
MKTG 260-321, 260-339, 260-349, 260-400, 260-410, 260-412, 260-432, 260-436, 260-442, 260-479, JOUR 164-321, MKTG 260-337 OR B ED 220-361, MKTG 260-361 OR ECON 230-431, MKTG 260-420 OR PSYC 840-355, MKTG 260-429 OR B ED 220-363, MKTG 260-350 OR JOUR 164-320 OR B ED 220-364, ART 110-382 OR ART 110-383
The Marketing Emphasis is designed to assist Letters and Sciences majors in preparing for careers in general marketing, advertising, purchasing, selling, retailing, marketing research, international marketing and industrial marketing. The student may concentrate in one of eight areas in the Marketing Emphasis.
The Office Systems minor is valuable for anyone planning a career in end-user computing. The courses studied prepare students to understand and work with computer systems and related technologies commonly used in the business world. This preparation will allow students to easily make transitions to advanced technologies in their future.