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Academic Bulletin Business Minor - 2014-15

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Minor in Business


The Business minor is founded on the premise that a liberal arts education is an effective foundation for a career in business. The courses in the minor are packaged, in most cases, with a co-curricular experience to help our students prepare for careers in all aspects of business, including non-profit management, arts administration, as well as more standard private sector careers in finance and management.

The minor consists of courses which 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 the practical experience to the academic work of the minor and forms the basis of the minor portion of oral comprehensive exams.

Requirements for the Minor

Students are required to take the following 7.5 courses:

Students are required to take the following 7.5 credits:

  • ECO 101
  • RHE 101
  • ENG 411 or ENG 410
  • ACC 201
  • ACC 202 or ACC 301
  • ECO 251 (1/2)
  • ECO 262 or ECO 361 or ECO 362
  • PHI 219 — Philosophy of Commerce (currently the philosophy of commerce is one of several special topics in PHI 219)
  • BUS 400 (Senior Capstone Project, non-credit bearing)

Additional courses may be added to the list of available courses with the approval of the Business Minor Committee. It should be noted that ECO 262 does not count toward the Economics major.

Capstone Paper

Upon declaring the minor at the end of their sophomore year, 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. In the fall of their senior year, students will submit a reflective essay which ties together their co-curricular and vocational experiences with their academic work. In the unlikely event that the Business minor has had no relevant co-curricular or vocational experiences, the Business Minor Committee will assign to the student an appropriate case study upon which to base his essay. This essay will be read by two members of the Business Minor Committee. The course plan and the reflective essay will form the basis for the oral comprehensive exam. 

Suggested Co-curricular experience

Students will be strongly encouraged to participate in one or more of these significant co-curricular experiences: LABB (Liberal Arts Bridge to Business), the Marketing, Finance, and Health Care Immersion programs, or at least one 8-week internship, or a comparable experiential learning activity. Students also will be strongly encouraged to participate in other co-curricular experiences, such as the New York Fall Break and the San Francisco Comps Week trips, and to attend talks given by alumni. 

Business Minor Committee

The committee will be a faculty committee, appointed by the Dean of the College. The committee will consist of two members of the Economics Department and one faculty member from outside the Economics Department. At the end of each year the committee will review all declared minors’ progress.