Minors

Stairs and Students3Students from colleges other than Business Administration may want to augment the coursework from their degree program with a minor in a business-related area.  The minor consists of at least 18 semester hours, but not more than 30 semester hours, in subjects available in the College of Business Administration. Students electing a minor may use the courses completed in their general education requirements as part of the required hours in a minor.  For example, the minors in business count ECN 142 and 143 in the general education requirement and not in the 30 semester hour maximum in the College.  

 Note: Students in the College of Business may choose economics as a minor but may not select any of the other minors in business.

 The approved business minors are shown below. The minor program must have the approval of an undergraduate advisor, Room 102, Business Administration Building, (256) 824-6024.

 




 

Business Administration

Students may minor in business to facilitate career goals that require a broad knowledge of the functional areas of business. A  Business Administration minor may by useful to students who are majoring in fields other than business and who are considering starting a business after graduation or  have aspirations of moving into management in their chosen career. The business administration minor includes the following courses:

Course Number Title Semester Hours
ECN 142 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 hrs.
ECN 143 Principles of Microeconomics 3 hrs.
ACC 211 Financial Accounting 3 hrs.
MSC 287* Business Statistics 3 hrs.
FIN 375 Financial Institutions 3 hrs.
MGT 301 Managing Organization 3 hrs.
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3 hrs.
Total Hours Required   21 hrs.

 * Students taking SOC 303, PY 300, MA 385, ISE 390 or equivalent introductory statistics should substitute a 300 or 400 level business elective.

 

Economics

An understanding of economics is important in a broad range of professions. In addition, a minor in economics is excellent preparation for graduate school.

Students can minor in economics by taking 18 hours of economics courses. Twelve specific hours are required and the remaining six are electives. A total of twelve hours must be at the 300 level or above. Students in the College of Business Administration may obtain a minor in economics. ECN 142 and ECN 143 may be counted in both the General Education Requirement (GER) and in the economics minor. Furthermore, the Upper Division General Education Requirement economics course may be counted in the economics minor. However, any course that is utilized in the 21 hours for a business major may not be used in the Economics minor.

Course Number Title Semester Hours
ECN 142  Principles of Macroeconomics 3 hrs.
ECN 143  Principles of Microeconomics 3 hrs.
ECN 340  Macroeconomic Analysis 3 hrs.
ECN 345  Microeconomic Analysis 3 hrs.
  2 Electives selected from the following courses: 6 hrs.
ECN 352  Money & Banking  
ECN 406 Sports Economics  
ECN 411 Economics Information Technology  
ECN 454 International Economics & Finance  
ECN 470 Seminar in Economics  
ECN 475 Economics of Labor Markets & Human Resources  
ECN 480 Introduction to Econometrics  
ECN 499 Agent Based Computational Economics  
Total Hours Required   18 hrs.

 Economics as a Second Area of Study

Students majoring in elementary education may choose economics as their second area of study. The area of study requires 18 hours of economics and finance courses and the prior approval of the Chair of the Department of Economics, Accounting, and Finance.

 

Entrepreneurship

Students who have an interest in becoming entrepreneurs or participating in the launch of a new product or service can minor in entrepreneurship by taking 18 hours of courses from the management, marketing, and finance departments.  The course's aim is to help students to develop the research skills to identify entrepreneurial opportunities for small business startups, to develop the ability to integrate knowledge from the various business disciplines as they apply to small business management, to develop an understanding of financial decision making as it applies to entrepreneurial ventures, and to develop the ability to critically analyze competitive strategy.  The entrepreneurship minor includes the following courses:

Course Number Title Semester Hours
MGT 101 Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3 hrs.
MGT 405 New Venture Strategies 3 hrs.
FIN 410 Financial Issues in Entrepreneurship 3 hrs.
MKT 414 Marketing Emerging Technologies 3 hrs.
MKT 440 Small Business Counseling 3 hrs.
MKT 465 New Venture Challenge 3 hrs.
Total Hours Required   18 hrs.

 

 

Human Resource Management

A Minor in Human Resource Management will help students understand how to effectively manage people in a variety of settings.

Human Resource professionals manage an organization's people. Their responsibilities include recruiting and selecting workers, employee training and development, managing relationships with employees and unions, as well as administering wages, salaries and benefits.

A minor within this field can help facilitate a career in Human Resource Management in a wide range of organizations, including federal and local government, major defense and aerospace firms, manufacturing firms, retail and service organizations. Human resource managers are employed by all sizes of organizations from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies.

In addition to facilitating a career within this field, a minor in Human Resource Management can greatly help students majoring in professional fields such as Psychology, Sociology, Nursing, Education, and Engineering. The expertise learned will benefit students by allowing them to acquire the supervisory skills needed to effectively manage employees.

Students can minor in human resource management by taking 18 semester hours of human resource management courses. Fifteen specific hours are required, along with one 400 level elective.

Course Number Title Semester Hours
MGT 301 Managing Organizations 3 hrs.
MGT 361* Organizational Behavior 3 hrs.
MGT 363 Human Resource & Labor Relations Management 3 hrs.
MGT 460 Employee Staffing & Development 3 hrs.
MGT 462 Employment Law for Managers 3 hrs.
  Elective selected from the following courses: 3 hrs.
MGT 404 Negotiation Techniques  
MGT 410 Leadership, Personal Development, & Organizations  
MGT 461 Strategic Compensation Management  
ECN 475 Economics of Labor Markets & Human Resources  
Total Hours Required   18 hrs.

* PY 402 may be used as a substitute for MGT 361

 

International Business

Students may minor in international business to facilitate careers in international trade that involve business firms, international organizations, or the U.S. government. Students interested in specializing in international trade should consider the B.A. in Foreign Languages and International Trade (FLIT) which includes a composite major offered by the College of Liberal Arts in the Department of Foreign Languages in cooperation with the College of Business Administration. For additional information on the FLIT degree program, see the section of this catalog for the Foreign Languages Department. For the international business minor, students may fulfill the foreign language requirement by taking 12 semester hours in one or more foreign languages.

Course Number Title Semester Hours
ECN 142 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 hrs.
ECN 143 Principles of Microeconomics 3 hrs.
ACC 211 Financial Accounting 3 hrs.
ACC 212 Management Accounting 3 hrs.
MSC 287* Business Statistics 3 hrs.
FIN 375 Financial Institutions 3 hrs.
MGT 301 Managing Organizations 3 hrs.
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3 hrs.
MGT 450 International Business 3 hrs.
ECN 454 International Economics 3 hrs.
FIN 454 International Finance 3 hrs.
Minimum of 12 hrs. of a foreign language 12 hrs.
Total Hours Required   45 hrs.

* Students can substitute any introductory statistics course such as ST 281, SOC 303,  or PY 300

 

Management & Leadership

Students planning for careers that require management and leadership skills may consider a minor in Management and Leadership. The Management and Leadership minor is a campus-wide undergraduate minor. The minor includes required courses from the field of management, and potential elective courses from communications, psychology, sociology, nursing, and political science. The management & leadership minor includes the following courses:

Course Number Title Semester Hours
MGT 301 Managing Organizations 3 hrs.
MGT 361 Organizational Behavior 3 hrs.
MGT 363 Human Resource & Labor Relations 3 hrs.
MGT 462 Employment Law for Managers 3 hrs.
  2 Electives selected from the following courses: 6 hrs.
CM 313 Business & Professional Communication  
MGT 410 Leadership, Professional Development, & Organizations  
MGT 450 International Business  
MGT 460 Employee Staffing & Development  
MGT 461 Strategic Compensation Management  
MGT 470 Special Topics in Management  
NUR 406 Leadership & Management in Nursing  
PSC 304 American Presidency  
PY-SOC 375 Social Psychology  
PY-ISE 402 Industrial & Organizational Psychology  
SOC 455 Sociology of Work & Occupations  
SOC 439 Complex Organizations in Industrial Society  
Total Hours Required   18 hrs.

 

Marketing

Many students with majors from the College of Liberal Arts minor in marketing to prepare themselves for careers in advertising, public relations, marketing management, international marketing, marketing on the internet, and supply chain management. Science and Engineering students with an interest in new product development, marketing high technology products, international marketing, and supply chain management also minor in marketing. A minor in marketing is also a good option for non-business majors who plan to start their own business or work in the family business.  The marketing minor consists of the following courses:

Course Number Title Semester Hours
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3 hrs.
  6 Electives from the following courses: 18 hrs.
MKT 315 Sales Management & Professional Selling  
MKT 325 Legal & Ethical Issues of Marketing on the Internet  
MKT 332 Buyer Behavior  
MKT 342 Promotional Strategy  
MKT 343 Marketing Research Design  
MKT 405 New Venture Strategies  
MSC 410 Transportation & Logistics  
MKT 414 Marketing Emerging Technologies  
MKT 415 International Marketing  
MKT 420 Services Marketing  
MKT 470 Marketing in an Electronic Environment  
MKT 475 Advanced Marketing Seminar  
MKT 480 Marketing Management  
MKT 490 Special Projects  
Total Hours Required   21 hrs.

Students outside of the College of Business are encouraged to take ECN 142 (Principles of Macroeconomics) and ECN 143 (Principles of Microeconomics) in their social science general education requirements.

 

Pre-Law Business

The work of successful lawyers is increasingly associated with the rendering of opinions and counsel on business matters such as banking, insurance, real estate titles, business contracts, etc. Corporations employ many lawyers full time for their contract and other legal work, and the young lawyer who has a degree in business will be at a distinct advantage in obtaining and doing such work.

Each law school determines its own requirements, such as admission criteria, number and type of semester hours required for entrance, etc. Students planning to enter a law school should be in communication with that school shortly after entering college to insure the program they take will meet all requirements of the law school the student plans to attend. The pre-law business minor includes the following courses:

Course Number Title Semester Hours
ECN 142 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 hrs.
ECN 143 Principles of Microeconomics 3 hrs.
ACC 211 Financial Accounting 3 hrs.
ACC 212 Management Accounting 3 hrs.
BLS 211 Legal Environment of Business 3 hrs.
BLS 411 Business Law for Accountants 3 hrs.
MSC 287 Business Statistics I 3 hrs.
FIN 301 Principles of Finance 3 hrs.
MGT 301 Managing Organizations 3 hrs.
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3 hrs.
Total Hours Required   30 hrs.

 

Pre-MBA

Students who are majoring in fields other than business but  are planning to enter a MBA program upon graduation should consider the pre-MBA minor.  Depending upon the MBA school selected, a student may be able to shorten the required MBA coursework by 18 graduate hours, depending upon the undergraduate coursework. An undergraduate advisor for the College can assist students in preparing a pre-MBA minor.

Course Number Title Semester Hours
ECN 142 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 hrs.
ECN 143 Principles of Microeconomics 3 hrs.
ACC 211 Financial Accounting 3 hrs.
ACC 212 Management Accounting 3 hrs.
BLS 211 Legal Environment of Business 3 hrs.
MSC 287 Business Statistics I 3 hrs.
MSC 288 Business Statistics II 3 hrs.
FIN 301 Principles of Finance 3 hrs.
MGT 301 Managing Organizations 3 hrs.
MKT 301 Principles of Marketing 3 hrs.
MSC 385 Operations Analysis 3 hrs.
Total Hours Required   33 hrs.