Minors

Earning a minor in business = major life advantage

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why NOT business minor?

No matter your true passion, there is a business side to every occupation — that is how the world works. As you are investing in your education and your future, we want you to think about the advantages that skills such as entrepreneurial thinking and business innovation can bring to your sphere of expertise — and how business fundamentals are an important part of any career, whether with a global corporation, expanding startup or local family business.

It's such a practical, flexible and attainable feather for your cap and a boost to your skill set — we're here wondering if anyone can supply a single reason why they should NOT pursue a business minor. Come on, we're waiting...

Requirements and How to Apply

Before applying for a minor, please read the requirement information below.

For any questions regarding College of Business minors, please contact COB Advising: 541-737-3716.

In order to declare any of the College of Business minors, all of the following must be true at the time of application:

  • Have earned a C- or better in any completed College of Business minor courses (OSU and transfer).
    • If a grade below C- exists in a minor course, student must be enrolled to retake course at the time of application. The initial grade received, however, is used in the GPA for evaluation purposes.
  • Have an AIM GPA of at least 2.50 (if three or more minor course grades have been earned)
  • Be in good standing with OSU (2.0 cumulative and last term GPA)
  • Complete all required courses and credits for the declared minor with a C- or better (cannot S/U)
  • Have a 2.5 College of Business Minor GPA
  • Complete over 50% of the minor credits from OSU.
  • 50% or more of the minor credits cannot also be part of another business program being pursued

NOTE: Students wanting to pursue an OSU MBA later should ideally declare the business minor.

The following terminology will be used regarding all College of Business minors:

  • All-Inclusive Minor (AIM) GPA = average of all grades (OSU and transfer) earned for minor courses
  • College of Business Minor GPA = average of all the OSU grades earned for minor courses
  • Review the course and credit requirements for each minor
  • Submit a completed Minor Declaration Application Form electronically.
  • Watch OSU email for results of the eligibility evaluation of minor application. You will be notified whether or not they are eligible to declare. Schedule for notifications is typically every two weeks, except summer.

Apply for the Minor

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The business minor give you an understanding of the fundamentals of business essential to any career and any industry.  You'll learn the language of business as well as understand and communicate financial information, organizational behavior, marketing and operations.

If earning your MBA is a part of your future career plan, then ideally you should declare the business minor. You'll have all the foundational business coursework to smoothly enter the OSU MBA program.

The minor requires 31 credits of coursework, covering topics such as entrepreneurship, accounting for decision-makers, financial management, sustainable operations and legalities of business. Explore these business disciplines in more detail in our undergraduate academic programs section.

31 Total Credits Required (minimum)
Course # Title Prerequisites Credits Available Online?
BA 260 Intro to Entrepreneurship SOPH 4 Yes
BA 315 Accounting for Decision Making SOPH 4 Yes
BA 360 Intro to Financial Management SOPH, ECON 201, BA 215 or BA 213 4 Yes
BA 390 Marketing SOPH, ECON 201 4 Yes
BA 314 Sustainable Business Operations JR, MTH 111 4 Yes
BA 330 Legal Environment of Business SOPH 4 Yes
BA 351 Managing Organizations JR 4 Yes
ECON 201 Intro to Microeconomics SOPH, MTH 111 4 Yes

The entrepreneurship minor teaches you to recognize business opportunities, equips you with skills to secure funding, and provides insight on how to manage the commercialization of the business opportunity. Fundamental business classes are combined with those designed to specifically address the challenges of launching a new venture or an idea within an existing organization. With an innovative curriculum taught by dedicated professors, the entrepreneurship minor provides a fundamental stepping-stone on the road to identifying and commercializing business opportunities in any type of organization.

With 27 credits of coursework, covering topics such as new venture financing, iterate and go-to-market skills, and technology and innovation management, the entrepreneurship minor also includes an array of electives in business, engineering or science. You'll learn to recognize — and develop — opportunities in business and then act on them in an entrepreneurial way.

Explore the entrepreneurship discipline in more detail on its undergraduate program page, and review the complete list of the required minor course offerings.

27 Total Credits Required (minimum)
Course # Title Prerequisites Credits Available Online?

BA 260  or

BA 167 & BA 168

Intro to Entrepreneurship or

Launchpad I & II

SOPH

 

4

6

Yes

No

BA 315 Accounting for Decision Making SOPH 4 Yes
BA 363 Technology and Innovation Management BA 260, JR 4 Yes
BA 464 New Venture Financing BA 260, SR 4 Yes
ECON 201 * Introduction to Microeconomics * MTH111 recommended 4 Yes
Electives Complete 3-8 credits from: BA 362, BA 365, BA 367, BA 368, BA 458, BA 460, BA 468. Check with your advisorfor elective courses from major requirements that may be allowed to double-count Varies 3-8 Varies

* - AEC 250 (Intro to Environmental Economics) or ENGR 390 (Engineering Economy) may be used in place of ECON 201 if one of these is required in primary major.

If you are exploring the family business minor, then you probably already know that family businesses are a common and successful business model in Oregon. Our minor prepares you for leadership positions within a family firm.  It offers students the opportunity to develop their entrepreneurial talents while providing a solid foundation on the risks and challenges facing a family firm, including finances, legal issues, marketing and success planning.

You'll be a prepared family business leader, able to balance the well-being of the business, the family and individuals. You'll also learn to address the challenges and opportunities of business change and innovation as well as leadership succession.

Explore the family business discipline in more detail on its undergraduate program page and review the complete list of required course offerings for the minor.

The finance minor allows you to acquire specialized skills within a quantitative and applied business discipline, and many of our students pursue this because of their strong interest in working with numbers.

In 27 credits, the minor covers core finance and accounting subject areas while expanding to include coursework on topics such as portfolio management, international finance or risk management. You'll pursue either a general finance, corporate finance or investment specialization, giving yourself stand-out career skills within many business settings, including the corporation, the nonprofit or the startup.

Explore the finance discipline in more detail on its undergraduate program page.

27 Total Credits Required (minimum)

Core Finance Minor courses (15-16 credits)

Course # Title Prerequisites Credits Available Online?
BA 315 Accounting for Decision Making SOPH 4 Yes
BA 360 Intro to Finance BA 315, ECON 201, SOPH 4 Yes
ECON 201 or
AEC 250

Intro to Microeconomics or

Intro to Environmental Economics & Policy

MTH 111 recommended

4  or

3

Yes
MTH 241 or
MTH 251
Calculus for Mgmt & Soc Science
or
Differential Calculus

MTH 111 or ALEKS Score

MTH 112 or ALEKS Score

4 Yes

Select ONE Specialization (12 credits):

Corporate Finance Specialization      
FIN 342 Advanced Financial Management BA 360, JR 4 No
   Choose 2 courses:      
FIN 441 Financial Institutions BA 360, SR 4 No
FIN 442 Financial Statement Analysis FIN 342, SR 4 No
FIN 444 Financial Risk Management BA 341, SR 4 No
FIN 445 International Financial Management FIN 341, FIN 342, Any 400-level FIN course, SR 4 No
FIN 499 Selected Topics in Finance BA 360, SR 4 No
General Finance Specialization    
   Choose 1 course:      
FIN 341 Investments BA 360, JR 4 No
FIN 342 Advanced Financial Management BA 360, JR 4 No
   Choose 2 courses:      
FIN 440 Fixed Income Securities FIN 341, SR 4 No
FIN 441 Financial Institutions BA 360, SR 4 No
FIN 442 Financial Statement Analysis FIN 342, SR 4 No
FIN 443 Portfolio Management FIN 341, SR 4 No
FIN 444 Financial Risk Management FIN 341, SR 4 No
FIN 445 International Financial Management FIN 341, FIN 342, Any 400-level FIN course, SR 4 No
FIN 499 Selected Topics in Finance BA 360, SR 4 No
Investments Specialization      
FIN 341 Investments BA 360, JR 4 No
FIN 443 Portfolio Management FIN 341, SR 4 No
   Choose 1 course:      
FIN 440 Fixed Income Securities FIN 341, SR 4 No
FIN 442 Financial Statement Analysis FIN 342, SR 4 No
FIN 444 Financial Risk Management FIN 341, SR 4 No
FIN 445 International Financial Management FIN 341, FIN 342, Any 400-level FIN course, SR 4 No

The marketing minor provides you with marketing knowledge and leadership training. These flexible and creative skills open up a range of opportunities to you in so many career options, and you'll be ready for involvement in projects including advertising and communications, brand management, market research, sales, retail management, purchasing management and more.

The 28-credit marketing minor covers topics such as consumer behavior, integrated marketing communications, digital media, research methods and retail management. You'll learn the sequence: identifying customer needs, developing goods and services to satisfy those needs, communicating information about products, services or ideas to potential customers, and distributing to products customers. You open yourself to exciting and creative career opportunities.

Explore the marketing discipline in more detail on its undergraduate program page, and review the complete list of the minor required course offerings.

Students across many fields aspire to leadership positions within an organization. The undergraduate minor in organizational leadership provides an evidence-based exploration of organizational behavior, negotiations, team management, job design, evaluation and motivation of employees, human resource management, conflict management, employee stress and work-life balance.

Successful completion of the organizational leadership minor requires requires a C or better in the gateway course, BA 352. Remaining courses must be completed with a C- or better. In addition, the overall College of Business Minor GPA (OSU taken classes) must be 2.5 or higher, and at least 50% of the overall minor credits must be from OSU.

27 Total Credits Required (minimum)

Course # Title Prerequisites Credits Available Online?
COMM 111 or
COMM 114 or COMM 218
Public Speaking
Argument & Critical Discourse
Interpersonal Communication
  3 Yes
No
Yes
WR 222 or
WR 323 or
WR 327
English Composition
Technical Writing
WR 121 or 121H w/ C- or higher or minimum score of 1 in 'Exam for Waiver - WR 121'.  Sophomore standing for WR 327. 3 Yes
BA 352 Managing Individual & Team Performance COMM 111, 114 or 218
WR 222, 323 or 327
Junior standing
4 Yes
MGMT 446 Cross-Cultural Management BA 352 w/ C or better
Senior standing
4 No
MGMT 452 Leadership BA 352 w/ C or better
Senior standing
4 Yes
MGMT 453 Human Resource Management BA 352 w/ C or better
Junior standing
4 Yes
MGMT 455 Influence & Negotiation BA 352 w/ C or better
Senior standing
4 Yes
     Choose at least one of the following:      
BA 282 Crafting Your Career Blueprint Sophomore standing 1 No
BA 311 Business Communications Junior standing 1 Yes
BA 407 Seminar - Introduction to Mentoring & Coaching Junior standing 2 No
MGMT 364 Project Management BA 352 w/ C or better
Junior standing
4 Yes
PSY 496 Industrial & Organizational Psychology PSY 360 or 370
Junior standing
4 Yes

The professional sales minor is your clear path to professionally honed and practiced sales skills for success in a sales career, and more broadly, skills useful for building mutually beneficial professional relationships. The ability to sell — that is, the ability to effectively communicate the value of an idea, product, service, or person and to create win-win situations — is vital to success in a wide variety of positions and career options.

The 32-credit minor, which we developed with the OSU Sales Academy, teaches individual and team performance, influence and negotiation and other topics, while the academy is a live forum for practice and competitive events. Fun fact: many high level executives and organization leaders start their careers as salespeople and rise to the top of their professions by effectively using sales skills.

Find additional background information about the OSU Sales Academy.

Professional Sales Minor Required Courses

 

 

Are you interested?

Next Steps

Our advice is to talk with a College of Business academic advisor. They'll help evaluate your transcript and GPA to be sure that your grades and balance of credits at OSU align with general performance standards of a student in good standing.

Complete the minor declaration application form prior to this meeting — keeping in mind that approval process takes about two weeks. You may have also reviewed the prerequisites or perhaps consulted with your major advisor about how a business minor is attainable. Please explore the offerings, and get ready with your questions for that advising appointment.

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