Business and the Liberal Arts, Minor

Program Code: BUSLA_UMNR

Program Description

This minor offers fundamental courses in business, the opportunity for more advanced business courses, and Liberal Arts coursework emphasizing entreprenuership, ethics, and a range of perspectives on business.

What is Business and the Liberal Arts?

This minor offers fundamental courses in business, the opportunity for more advanced business courses, and Liberal Arts coursework emphasizing entrepreneurship, ethics, and a range of perspectives on business. All students take a course on Business and the Liberal Arts co-taught by alumni, along with a course on Leadership, and have a reasonable degree of flexibility in remaining courses.

You Might Like This Program If...

You want to mix business courses with Liberal Arts courses to acquire core knowledge and quantitative skills that are invaluable assets for success in the business professions. Companies will favor liberal arts majors with a business minor because you have the business expertise through your minor, but there’s an added bonus: your major likely provided you with communication skills, worldly knowledge, cultural awareness, or expertise in government/politics—all things beneficial for an organization.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 25

Requirements for the Minor

Students pursuing the Minor in Business and the Liberal Arts are encouraged to use ENGL 202D to satisfy their English 202 requirement. ECON 102 is a required prerequisite for some of the business courses.

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ACCTG 211Financial and Managerial Accounting for Decision Making4
BA 301Finance3
LA 202Innovation and Entrepreneurship in the Liberal Arts3
PHIL 119Ethical Leadership Keystone/General Education Course3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Supply Chains
Supply Chain Management
or MKTG 221
Principles of Marketing
Management and Organization
Survey of Management
Basic Management Concepts
Legal Environment of Business
Social, Legal, and Ethical Environment of Business
Media Programming Strategies
Advertising Campaigns
Public Relations Campaigns
Entrepreneurship in the Information Age
International Business Operations
Undergraduate Field Experience or Practicum
LER 100
LER 201
New Venture Creation
Invention Commercialization
Marketing Techniques for Electronic Commerce
Public Relations and Marketing
Consumer Behavior
Marketing Research
Select 6 credits of the following:6
Interpersonal Communication Theory and Research Keystone/General Education Course
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Keystone/General Education Course
Nonverbal Communication
Studies in Public Address
Communication Ethics
Group Communication Theory and Research
Organizational Communication Theory and Research Keystone/General Education Course
Organizational Communication Theory and Research Keystone/General Education Course
Intercultural Communication Theory and Research
Law and Society
History and Function of Criminal Justice Components
Law and Society
Decision Making and Strategy in Economics
Economics of Labor Markets
Labor Economics and Labor Markets: Theory, Evidence, and Policy
Environmental Economics
Advanced International Trade Theory and Policy
International Finance and Open Economy Macroeconomics
Managerial Economics
Economics of Law and Regulation
Economics of the Corporation
Health Economics
ECON 463
Growth and Development
Advanced Business Writing
Business and Literature
French for Professional Purposes
German Business Communication
Advanced German Business Communications
The Emergence of Modern America
America Between the Wars
Recent American History
American Environmental History
History of Work in America
The Making and Emergence of Modern India
Modern Japan Since 1800
China in Revolution
Level Four Japanese A
Level Four Japanese B
LER 400
LER 401
Employment Compensation
Employee Benefits
LER 426
LER 434
LER 437
LER 444
LER 458Y
LER 460
LER 464
LER 465
PHIL 406
Seminar in Ethical Theory
Medical and Health Care Ethics
International Political Economy
The Bureaucratic State
Political Parties and Interest Groups
Globalization and Its Implications
Government and the Economy
Politics of Affirmative Action
Civil Liberties and Due Process
Selection and Assessment in Organizations
Work Attitudes and Motivation
Leadership in Work Settings
World Population Diversity
Spanish for Business and International Trade
Work-Life Practices and Policies

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university's academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.


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Liberal Arts Academic Advising
Use the Liberal Arts Meet the Academic Advisers web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

Career Paths

The business minor offers you an excellent opportunity to complement your major program of study and expand your employment and career opportunities upon graduation. Common majors with this minor include Recreation Tourism Management, majors in the College of Communications, Liberal Arts majors such as Economics and Labor Employment Relations.


  • Financial Analysts
  • Human Resources Managers
  • Personal Financial Advisors
  • Management Analysts
  • Banking
  • Education
  • Accounting
  • Finance
  • Marketing


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202 Pond Lab
University Park, PA 16802