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, Communications Major

Seven Classes, All the Essentials, No Admission Requirements

The Business Minor is a 28 credit program that provides students with an understanding of business fundamentals and a toolkit of essential business skills that complement all fields of study. Courses are taught by working professionals with current expertise in an applied learning environment. Students utilize collaborative tools to develop communication, critical thinking, leadership, and organization skills.

Fuel Any Major. Employers today are looking for graduates with a critical understanding of contemporary business concepts along with both the technical and the interpersonal skills required to succeed. By adding real-world business opportunity analysis, personal financial management and communication skills students can translate their passions into a sustainable career.

Make Connections. Drawing on the school’s deep connections in the Portland community all courses are taught by industry professionals with relevant experience in a variety of environments. Students in the program have access to business school advisers for career counseling, business student clubs for interest areas, internship opportunities and networking events. 

Take Control. The 28 credit program complements all PSU majors and can be completed in one year. All courses are offered every term, with day time, evening and fully online sections available each year. The five 300-level courses also count towards the Design Thinking/Innovation/Entrepreneurship University Studies Cluster, allowing students to optimize class time and credit hours while advancing to their career of choice.

Now more than ever, graduates need to have a critical understanding of contemporary business concepts, market opportunity analysis, and decision-making frameworks, in addition to refined, practical skills in leadership, communication, and finance. Program learning objectives include:

  • Understand the language of business
  • Develop a strategy to take control of your own finances 
  • Learn how to balance the books 
  • Learn how to write an effective marketing plan 
  • Learn how to effectively work with people 
  • Know how to present and interpret analytical business information 
  • Determine what it will take for a new business opportunity to succeed

No Theory, Just the Fundamental essentials

 Graduate students work on a group project in the Karl Miller Center

Double Dip 

All five 300-level courses also count towards the Design Thinking/Innovation/Entrepreneurship University Studies Cluster, allowing students to optimize class time and credit hours while advancing to their career of choice.

Declare Now

*Business majors may not utilize any of these classes, with the exception of BA 101 and FIN 218 towards Business Major or University Studies credits.

The Curriculum: 28 credits, Seven Courses

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.

Download the Business Minor sequence sheet (PDF) for additional details about our pre-requisites, requirements, credits and suggested sequences. 

Suggested Sequence:

1st Term

BA 101
FIN 218

2nd Term

BA 316U
BA 326U

3rd Term 

BA 306U
BA 346U


BA101 - Introduction to Business and World Affairs (4)
The initial course in both the Business Minor and the Business Major, BA 101 uses the business planning process and a functional approach to introducing students to the basic foundations of business including finance, management, accounting, and marketing. (Offered every term)

FIN218 - 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, the stock market, mutual funds, and estate planning from the individual’s point of view. (Offered every term)

BA306U - Essentials of Finance (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 the time value of money to determine present values, loan payments and sources of business financing. Co-requisite or Pre-requisite: BA 101. (Offered every term)

BA316U - 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 the 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 every term)

BA326U - Essentials of Management (4)
Essential topics in management and business communications for Business Minors. Focuses on the management and operations 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 every term)

BA336U - Essentials of Information Technology (4)
Essential tools used in business information and analytics for Business Minors. 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. Co-requisite or Pre-requisite: BA 101. (Offered every term)

BA346U - Essentials of Entrepreneurship (4)
The capstone course in the Business Minor addresses the essential elements of establishing and operating a new business venture. The course provides 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. The project-based course provides students with a toolbox of applied skills. Pre-requisite: BA 101, this course is recommended to be taken last. (Offered every term — this course should be taken last)

For more information, visit the Business Minor FAQ page.