Business, Minor

Program Code: BSBUC_UMNR

Program Description

The Business minor is a strong complement to virtually any major. Courses prescribed for the minor are taught by Penn State faculty providing courses to the B.S. in Business and the A.S. in Business Administration. It provides students with the opportunity to develop and apply skills appropriate to the business contexts of their chosen majors. Students pursuing the Business minor must complete 13 credits of prescribed coursework and six credits of additional coursework. A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor. The prescribed thirteen credits of coursework presents students with a critical foundation of core business disciplines: accounting, management, marketing, and either macro- or micro-economics. The six credits of additional coursework must be taken at the 400-level.

The additional coursework enables students to expand on the core foundation in one of two ways. They may choose to solidify their business knowledge base by exploring six credits of 400-level business courses in the following disciplines:

  • Accounting
  • Business Administration
  • Business Law
  • Energy Business and Finance
  • Economics
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Financial Services
  • Health Policy and Administration
  • International Business
  • Labor Studies and Employment Relations
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Risk Management
  • Supply Chain Management
  • Statistics

Alternately, students can augment three credits of 400-level coursework in one of the above listed business disciplines with three credits of 400-level work from an approved list of specific business-related course in disciplines such as:

  • Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Corporate Communication
  • Communications
  • Criminal Justice
  • Engineering
  • English
  • Human Development and Family Studies
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Information Sciences and Technology
  • Kinesiology
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Recreation, Park and Tourism Management
  • Sociology
  •  

What is Business?

Business is a professionally-oriented program providing a broad education and solid grounding of business knowledge. The Business minor complements any major and provides a broad education and introduction to business knowledge. With opportunities to learn about business disciplines, including accounting, management, marketing, and economics, students will gain skills and the tools to apply in any setting.

You Might Like This Program If...

You want to add business skills to strengthen your career options. You are not a business major, but are interested in working in a business setting. You enjoy courses in economics, accounting or other business disciplines. You are a collaborator, analytical thinker and effective communicator.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 19

Requirements for the Minor

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
MGMT 301Basic Management Concepts3
MKTG 301Principles of Marketing3
Additional Courses
Additional Courses: Require a grade of C or better
ECON 102Introductory Microeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course3
or ECON 104 Introductory Macroeconomic Analysis and Policy Keystone/General Education Course
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 3-6 credits at the 400 level from ACCTG, BA, BLAW, EBF, ECON, ENTR, FIN, FINSV, HPA, IB, LER, MIS, MGMT, MKTG, RM, SCM, or STAT3-6
Select 0-3 credits at the 400-level from the following:0-3
Conflict Resolution and Negotiation Keystone/General Education Course
Organizational Communication Theory and Research Keystone/General Education Course
Communication and Information Technology II
Internal Communication
Seminar in Corporate Communication
Advertising Creative Strategies
Client/Agency Relations
Public Relations Media and Methods
Police Administration
Law and Society
Advanced Business Writing
Writing for the Web
New Venture Creation
Project Planning, Implementation, and Evaluation in the Human Services
Family Development in an Economic Context
HDFS 425
Development and Administration of Human Services Programs
History of Work in America
Financial Management in Hospitality Operations
New Trends and System Selection in Hospitality Information Technology
Hospitality Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Emerging Issues and Technologies
Fundamentals of Systems and Enterprise Integration
New Venture Creation
The Information Environment
Legal and Regulatory Environment of Information Science and Technology
Database Management and Administration
KINES 438
Programming for Business and Agencies
PHIL 406
Globalization and Its Implications
Principles of Measurement
Program Evaluation
Social Psychology of Interpersonal/Intergroup Relationships
Selection and Assessment in Organizations
Work Attitudes and Motivation
Leadership in Work Settings
Marketing of Recreation Services
Commercial Recreation Management
Recreation and Park Management
Work and Occupations
Gender, Occupations, and Professions

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.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

Beaver

Talha Harcar
Professor of Marketing
100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
724-773-3892
tdh13@psu.edu

Brandywine

Christine Olear
Assistant Teaching Professor, Accounting
207F Main
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1451
cmo16@psu.edu

DuBois

Laurie Breakey
Assistant Teaching Professor
171 Smeal Building
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-4800
lhp5@psu.edu

Fayette

William Gardner
Assistant Teaching Professor
2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
724-430-4245
wsg3@psu.edu

Greater Allegheny

Advising Office
Academic Affairs

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

Hazleton

Sherry Robinson
Associate Professor of Business
304 Pasco L. Schiavo Hall
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3559
skr12@psu.edu

Mont Alto

Hanafiah Harvey
Associate Professor of Economics
205 General Studies Building
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6027
hhh10@psu.edu

New Kensington

Rujirutana Mandhachitara
Associate Professor
3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6769
rum20@psu.edu

Schuylkill

Angela Brown
Program Coordinator, Business
200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6080
amb536@psu.edu

Scranton

James Wilkerson
Assistant Teaching Professor
Business Building 117
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2643
jmw831@psu.edu

Shenango

Georgia Macris
Assistant Teaching Professor, Program Coordinator, Internship Coordinator, and Baccalaureate Program Adviser
147 Shenango Avenue
309C Sharon Hall
Sharon, PA 16146
724-983-2942
gxm32@psu.edu

Wilkes-Barre

Theresa Clemente
Program Coordinator, Business
44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9293
tmc12@psu.edu

York

Ali Kara
Professor of Business Administration
206 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4189
axk19@psu.edu

Berks

Sudip Ghosh
Program Coordinator, Associate Professor
Gaige 324
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6346
BKBusiness@psu.edu

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

Career Paths

Adding valuable business skill will strengthen your academic program and assist you in meeting admissions requirements for masters in business programs.

Careers

A minor in business will complement your major and provide a well-rounded skill set that can be applied in business, education, industry, health care or non-profit settings.

Opportunities for Graduate Studies

Upon completion of minor in business, you will have completed business disciplinary courses that can assist you in transitioning to master's of business (MBA) programs.

Contact

Beaver

100 University Drive
Monaca, PA 15061
724-773-3892
tdh13@psu.edu

http://beaver.psu.edu/business-minor

Brandywine

207F Main
Media, PA 19063
610-892-1451
cmo16@psu.edu

http://brandywine.psu.edu/business-minor

DuBois

171 Smeal Building
DuBois, PA 15801
814-375-4800
lhp5@psu.edu

http://dubois.psu.edu/faculty-business

Fayette

2201 University Drive
Lemont Furnace, PA 15456
724-430-4245
wsg3@psu.edu

http://fayette.psu.edu/bachelor-science-business

Greater Allegheny

101 Frable Building
4000 University Drive
McKeesport, PA 15132
412-675-9140
GA-Academics@lists.psu.edu

http://greaterallegheny.psu.edu/minors

Hazleton

301 A Schiavo Hall
Hazleton, PA 18202
570-450-3533
skr12@psu.edu

http://hazleton.psu.edu/bachelor-science-business

Mont Alto

205 General Studies Building
Mont Alto, PA 17237
717-749-6027
hhh10@psu.edu

http://montalto.psu.edu/directory/baccalaureate-business-program

New Kensington

3550 Seventh Street Rd.
New Kensington, PA 15068
724-334-6769
rum20@psu.edu

Schuylkill

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6080
amb536@psu.edu

https://schuylkill.psu.edu/academics

Scranton

117 Business Building
Dunmore, PA 18512
570-963-2643
jmw831@psu.edu

http://worthingtonscranton.psu.edu/business-minor

Shenango

147 Shenango Avenue
309C Sharon Hall
Sharon, PA 16146
724-983-2942
gxm32@psu.edu

https://shenango.psu.edu/academics/majors-shenango/business

Wilkes-Barre

44 University Drive
Dallas, PA 18612
570-675-9293
tmc12@psu.edu

York

206 Grumbacher Building (GISTC)
York, PA 17403
717-771-4189
axk19@psu.edu

http://york.psu.edu/academics/baccalaureate/minors

Berks

EBC DIVISION
Gaige Building
Reading, PA 19610
610-396-6346
BKBusiness@psu.edu

World Campus

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
111 Old Main
University Park, PA 16802
570-385-6000
bsbic@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/business-minor/overview