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Business Minor Goes with any Major

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"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

Whatever your chosen field, chances are 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 help you to translate your passion into a sustainable career that offers you financial as well as professional success. The 28-credit Business Minor offered through The School of Business provides students with fundamental business skills that are essential in any career field. The program includes personal and organizational planning skills that build a solid foundation for career success.

Seven Classes, All the Essentials, No Admission Requirements

Drawing on the school's deep connections to the Portland area business community, courses are taught by working professionals who emphasize applied learning and business operations in the real world. 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.

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

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.

Please note that 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 2nd Term 3rd Term


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, 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 time value of money to determine present values, loan payments and sources of business financing. Co-requisite or Pre-requisite: BA 101. (Offered fall & spring)

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 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)

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 fall & winter)

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 winter & spring)

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.