The study of business is a liberal arts activity. The Business minor allows students to focus a course of study and co-curricular experiences on the different practices, skills, and issues involved in business careers. The minor should prove interesting to students who plan careers in both the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors. It consists of courses that emphasize skills in oral and written communication and quantitative analysis, courses in financial markets and accounting, a co-curricular practicum or case study, and a reflective paper that ties practical experience to the academic work of the minor and forms the basis of the minor portion of oral comprehensive exams.
The Economics courses—Principles (ECO-101 Princ of Economics) and a course in finance (either ECO-262 Financial Markets and Institutions, ECO-361 Corporate Finance, or ECO-362 Money and Banking) provide useful analytical models and an introduction to the ways in which the important institutions of modern capitalism address human needs. The English and Rhetoric courses provide students with skills in written and oral communication that are necessary for navigating the demands of today's business environment.
The Philosophy course asks students to think more deeply about the role of commerce, markets, wealth, social and economic rights, and labor in society. The recommended co-curricular and vocational experiences complement and reinforce the curricular component of the minor. The capstone essay requires students to reflect on how they will fulfill the goals of the Wabash College mission statement.
The Business minor is administered by the Business Minor Committee. Only courses equivalent to the ones that constitute the Wabash business minor and are approved by the department chair can be transferred to Wabash. Upon declaring the minor students will submit a plan of courses and co-curricular experiences along with a one-page rationale, which must be approved by the Business Minor Committee. At the end of each year, the committee will review all declared minors’ progress. Students interested in the minor should contact a member of the committee.