Minor in Business for Non-Business Majors

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The Business Minor is designed for students earning Undergraduate degrees in colleges other than the Gies College of Business.  The Business Minor provides a fundamental academic preparation for Non-Business students who wish to pursue a business career.  The Business Minor provides coursework through which Non-Business students learn skills used in business.  Business Minor students will learn the theories, techniques and concepts of Accountancy, Finance, Management and Marketing.  The Business Minor is not available to Gies College of Business students and Technology and Management Minor students.  The Business Minor is not to be considered as preparation for transfer into the Gies 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 G.P.A. of the four Prerequisite Courses and the Overall/Total Cumulative G.P.A. of the pool of applicants.  Letter 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 and must submit the Statement of Intent to Pursue a Campus-Approved Minor to 330 Wohlers Hall.  Admission applications are accepted in 330 Wohlers Hall, January 1st through January 31st.  Admission applications will be reviewed by the Gies College of Business in February and all applicants will be notified of a decision at the end of February.

Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants must complete at least 36 credit hours prior to the January Application period to become eligible for admission review.
  • Applicants must complete all four Prerequisite Courses prior to the January Application period to become eligible for admission review.  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 G.P.A. or higher).  In addition, a Cumulative 2.50 G.P.A. or higher is required from the four Prerequisite Courses. 

Only those students admitted into the Business Minor Program by the Gies College of Business will earn the Business Minor.

Business Minor students should enroll in Summer Session and Winter Term Business Minor courses to ensure their completion of the Business Minor requirements 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 Finance3

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 must select only two of the listed Elective Courses to fulfill the minor's course requirements.

BADM 300The Legal Environment of Bus3
BADM 311Leading Individuals and Teams3
BADM 312Designing and Managing Orgs3
BADM 313Strategic Human Resource Management3
BADM 314Leading Negotiations3
BADM 323Marketing Communications3
BADM 326Pricing Policies3
BADM 340Ethical Dilemmas of Business3
BADM 350IT for Networked Organizations3
BADM 367Mgmt of Innov and Technology3
BADM 375Operations Management3
BADM 380International Business3
BADM 381Multinational Management3