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Business Minor Goes with any Major

"My interests don’t stop with my major. I also wanted an avenue that would allow me the freedom to choose from a wider set of career paths once I graduate, and give my resume a louder voice. There are managers, owners, and executives in every field, and having the Business Minor on my resume puts me in a prime position to have one of those jobs right out of the gate."


- Jesse Tranfo, Communication Major

Jumpstart Your Career

The 28 credit Business Minor through the School of Business Administration (SBA) provides you with basic business skills that are essential for any career field. The recently revamped program offers you a solid preparation for later career success. Whatever your chosen field, chances are that you'll be working in some type of business, agency, or practice. If your career goals involve running your own show, it's important that you leave school with a set of skills that enable you to translate your passion into a sustainable career that offers you financial as well as professional success.

Seven Classes, All the Essentials, No Admission Requirements.

Drawing on the schools deep connections to the Portland area business community, courses are taught by working professionals who emphasize real world application of business. The seven course program complements all PSU majors and can be completed in one year. Now more than ever, it is essential you graduate with a critical understanding of contemporary business concepts and decision making frameworks, in addition to refined, practical skills in leadership, communication and finance. No theory, just the fundamental essentials.

  • Learn how to balance the books
  • Understand the essentials of management
  • Learn how to write a marketing plan
  • Know when you need an accountant or lawyer
  • Learn how to take control of your own finances
  • Understand where and when to advertise
  • Know how to interpret analytical business information

Double Dip

Declare Business Minor at Portland State University School of Business in OregonAll 300-level courses also count towards the Design Thinking/Innovation/Entrepreneurship Cluster, allowing you to make the most of your valuable time and money on tuition at PSU, and advance you to the career of your choice.

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

The Curriculum: 28 credits, Seven Courses

Easily complete the entire minor in 3 terms if you choose by taking two to three 4-credit classes per term. Classes are open to all PSU students.

Suggested Sequence:

BA 101 BA 326 BA 306
FIN 218 BA 316* BA 346
  BA 336  

BA 101 - Essentials of 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 - Essentials of Money (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* - Essentials of Marketing (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 - Essentials of Management (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 - Essentials of Information (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 - Essentials of Entrepreneurship (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 Fall, Winter & Spring only, this course should be taken last)

For more information, visit the Business Minor FAQ page.