Students interested in business should be aware that a high-quality liberal arts education provides excellent preparation for the business world. For those students who wish to incorporate into their academic program some specific preparation for a career in business, Wabash offers the Business Minor, a collection of courses selected for their relevance to business. These courses consist of the following:
- Economics 101 – Principles of Economics (1 credit, offered every semester)
- Economics 251 – The Economic Approach with Microsoft Excel (1/2 credit, offered fall semester)
- Economics 262 – Financial Institutions and Markets (1 credit, offered Spring semester, NOTE: ECO262 does not count toward Economics major) (Economics 361 – Corporate Finance or Economics 362 – Money and Banking can substitute)
- Accounting 201 – Financial Accounting (1 credit, offered Fall semester)
- Accounting 202 – Managerial Accounting (1 credit, offered Spring semester) (Accounting 301 can susbstitute)
- English 411 – Business and Technical Writing (1 credit, offered Spring semester, juniors and seniors only) (English 410 - or English 302 can substitute)
- Rhetoric 101 – Public Speaking 1 credit, offered every semester) NOTE: This course is required only for students graduating in 2013 or later)
- PHI 218 - Philosophhy of Commerce (1 credit, offered Spring semester)
- BUS 400 - Senior Capstone Reflective essay (non-credit, offered Fall semester)
Timing: Students should consider taking Economics 101 during the freshman or sophomore year, though this is not essential. Accounting should ideally be taken in the sophomore year in order to open up a wider array of internship possibilities and free up the junior year for overseas study opportunities. Should a course in the Business minor not be available, the student may petition the Business Committee to substitute a relevant course. However, students should be aware that any business courses other than the two accounting courses will not be recognized by the Registrar as counting toward graduation requirements.
In addition to the Business minor, Wabash offers other types of programs and services designed to support students interested in business, including internships and co-curricular programs. Students interested in business should contact both the Business Committee Chair, CIBE, and the Schroeder Career Center early in their college careers so that they may be included in mailings about special events and programs.