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

The Business Minor goes with any major: seven classes, all the essentials, no admission requirements

Top skills employers look for are teamwork, communication, self-management, critical-thinking and organization. Learn these and other essential business skills from industry professionals by pairing an academic major with a Business Minor. Develop the toolkit necessary to gain a competitive edge in the job market and advance toward any career.

The 28-credit Business Minor provides students with a critical understanding of contemporary business concepts along with the technical and interpersonal skills required to succeed. By minoring in business, students build the qualifications necessary to manage teams and lead projects, while sharpening their organizational and problem-solving skills. Gain experience in collaborative environments and develop expertise fundamental to advancing a meaningful career. 

Why a Business Minor?

  • Workplace Skills. The Business Minor emphasizes practical skills that employers value. Students learn to work with budgets, write effective business documents, develop marketing plans, analyze data, and work with useful business technologies and tools. They also learn how to establish a professional presence by fostering clear and confident communication skills.
  • Make Connections. Drawing on our deep connections to Portland, courses in the Business Minor are taught by industry professionals with first-hand business experience. Instructors offer constructive insight, applied experiences and career guidance that goes far beyond what can be learned from a textbook. Students in the program also have access to resources within The School of Business, including advisors for career counseling, business student clubs for interest areas, internship opportunities and networking events.
  • Take Control. The Business Minor complements all non-business majors at PSU and can be completed in one year. All courses are offered every term, with day time, evening, hybrid and fully online sections available each year. In addition, students can double-dip to fulfill University Studies cluster requirements while also obtaining credits toward completion of the minor.

Business Minor Highlights

  • Available to all non-business majors
  • Focused on practical, marketable skills
  • 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

What Can I Do With a Business Minor?

The Business Minor is designed to help elevate your career in any field or profession. Business components can be found in all disciplines, including arts and culture, science, health care, academia and technology, to list a few. The Business Minor teaches skills that will help you make a difference and have a bigger impact including:

  • Understand the language of business
  • Take control of your finances
  • Balance the books
  • Market products and services effectively
  • Succeed in managing and leading teams
  • Interpret, analyze, and present business data
  • Start and succeed in your own business

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 Fall 2019 Catalog:

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 introduce 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. Recommended 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. Recommended 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. Recommended 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. Recommended 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. Recommended 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.