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Business Minor

Business MinorWhatever your chosen field, chances are that you'll be working in some type of business, agency or practice, responsible for budgets, working with clients or customers, managing employees and marketing your services. If your career dreams involve running your own show, it's important that you leave school with a set of skills to help you translate your passion into a sustainable career that offers you financial as well as professional rewards.

Drawing on the School of Business Administration's deep connections to the Portland-area business community, courses that apply to the business minor are taught by working professionals who emphasize real world application of business. No theory. Just the day-to-day basics, including:

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  • How to balance the books
  • How to take control of your own finances
  • How to write a marketing plan 
  • What to look for when you're hiring a new employee 
  • Tips for working on a small team and in a large organization
  • Knowing when you need an accountant or a lawyer
  • Where and when to advertise
  • Understanding financial documents, from rental agreements to loan papers

The Curriculum: 28 Credits, 7 Courses

Declare Business Minor at Portland State University School of Business in Oregon

The Business Minor is structured so students can easily complete the entire minor in three terms if they choose by taking two to three 4-credit classes per term. Classes in the Business Minor are open to all PSU students and the 300-level courses also count towards the Design Thinking, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship Cluster.

Business majors may not use any of these classes, with the exception of BA 101 and FIN 218, as business credit.

Suggested Sequence:

  1. BA 101
  2. FIN 218
  3. BA 326
  4. BA 316*
  5. BA 336
  6. BA306
  7. BA346

BA 101 - Introduction to Business (4)
The initial course in both the major and the minor, BA 101 uses a functional approach to introduce students to the basic foundations of business: finance, management, accounting and marketing. (offered every term)

FIN 218 - Personal Finance (4)
The newest addition to the Business Minor series, FIN 218 topics include investments, budgets, real estate ownership, financial institutions, consumers’ credit, social security, stock market, mutual funds, and estate planning from the individual’s point of view. (offered every term)

BA 306 - Working with Money for Business Minors (4)
Essential topics in accounting and finance for business minors. Reading and interpreting income statements and balance sheets, especially for small businesses. Forecasting to determine financing requirements. The use of techniques in time value of money to determine present values, loan payments, etc. Sources of business financing. Co-requisite: BA 101. (offered Fall & Spring)

BA 316* - Working with Customers for Business Minors (4)
Essential topics in marketing for business minors. Students will be introduced to the basic concepts of marketing and customer satisfaction. Students will explore primary considerations of the market environment and marketing practices including price, promotion, distribution and product in an applied setting. Co-requisite or Pre-requisite: BA 101. *Waived for Communications and Graphic Design students pursuing both a Business Minor and an Advertising Management Minor. (offered Winter & Spring)

BA 326 - Working with People for Business Minors (4)
Essential topics in management and business communications. Focuses on the management of business organizations in an applied setting. Key topics include motivating and leading individuals and groups, working effectively in teams and conflict management. In addition, students will learn to collect, organize and present information in a business setting. Co-requisite or Pre-requisite: BA 101. (offered Fall & Winter)

BA 336 - Working with Information for Business Minors (4)
This course develops the ability to use quantitative and qualitative information in support of analysis, decision-making, and communication. Key areas of focus include interpretation of everyday statistics, effective thinking skills, and examples of applications in the workplace. This course is a survey course. Co-requisite or Pre-requisite: BA 101. (offered Winter & Spring)

BA 346 - Working as an Entrepreneur for Business Minors (4)
This is the capstone course in the business minor. This course will provide the student an opportunity to link previous coursework in the development of business plans and organizations, with specific emphasis on the challenges of small emerging organizations. This course will be a project-based course that will provide the students with a toolbox of applied skills. Pre-requisite: BA 101, this course is recommended to be taken last. (offered Winter & Spring only, this course should be taken last)

Contact Information

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