Minor in Business for Non-Business Majors

Contact busminor@business.illinois.edu to address academic and admission questions.

The Business Minor is designed for students earning Undergraduate degrees in colleges other than the College of Business. The Business Minor provides course work through which Non-Business students can obtain skills and learn tools used in business. Business Minor students will learn the theories, techniques and concepts of Accounting, Finance, Management and Marketing. The Business Minor provides an academic background that will be useful for Non-Business students who wish to pursue a business career. The Business Minor is not available to College of Business students and Technology and Management Minor students. The Business Minor is not to be considered as preparation for transfer into the College of Business to earn an Undergraduate Business degree.

Admission into the Business Minor Program is very competitive and is based upon both the Cumulative GPA of the prerequisite courses and the Overall/Total Cumulative GPA of the pool of applicants. Grade exceptions will be made only for the prerequisite courses fulfilled by Advanced Placement credits, Dual Degree credits, Advanced Level credits and International Baccalaureate credits.  Students are admitted by application into the Business Minor Program. Admission Applications are accepted in 350 Wohlers Hall, January 1st - 31st.

Admission Requirements:

  1. Applicants must complete at least 36 credits by the end of the fall semester to become eligible for admission from the January Application Period.
  2. Applicants must complete all four Prerequisite courses by the end of the fall semester to become eligible for admission from the January Application Period. Please refer to the Business Minor Program’s website for additional admission and academic information as well as the approved on-campus substitutionary Prerequisite courses.

Prerequisite Courses Requirement

CS 105Intro Computing: Non-Tech3
ECON 102Microeconomic Principles3
MATH 234Calculus for Business I4
STAT 100Statistics3

All applicants must have Academic Good Standing status (2.00 Cumulative GPA or higher). In addition, a Cumulative 2.50 GPA or higher is required from the four Prerequisite courses. Application is made by submitting the Statement of Intent to Pursue a Campus-Approved Minor form into 350 Wohlers Hall. Admission Applications will be reviewed by the College of Business in February and all applicants will be notified of a decision by mid-February. Planning to earn the Business Minor does not offer special registration privileges.

Only those students officially admitted into the Business Minor Program by the College of Business may earn the Business Minor.

Business Minor students should enroll into Summer Session and Winter Term Business Minor courses to better ensure their completions of the Business Minor before their graduations.

Core Courses Requirement

ACCY 200Fundamentals of Accounting (Enrollment is permitted only to Business Minor students.)3
BADM 310Mgmt and Organizational Beh3
BADM 320Principles of Marketing3
FIN 221Corporate Finance (Prerequisite is the ACCY 200 course.)3

Note: ACCY 200, BADM 310, BADM 320, FIN 221 and the two Elective courses must be earned from the Urbana-Champaign campus. No exceptions will be made for study abroad and transfer courses to fulfill the minor’s course requirements.

All six Business Minor courses must be completed with letter grades.

Elective Courses Requirement

Business Minor students may select only two of the following Elective courses to fulfill the minor's course requirements.

BADM 300The Legal Environment of Bus3
BADM 314Leading Negotiations3
BADM 340Ethical Dilemmas of Business3
BADM 350IT for Networked Organizations3
BADM 375Business Process Management3
BADM 380International Business3