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Business Minor

Business Minor

The business minor is designed to provide the non-business student with an understanding of the essentials of business methods and practices. Students in communication, mass media, computer information systems and other areas find that the business minor helps them to understand the business content that they will face as they begin their careers.

Students must successfully complete a total of 21 hours as specified below.

Required Courses:

  • AC224 Financial Accounting
  • EC200 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EC201 Principles of Macroeconomics 
  • One of the following:
    • BU342 Organization and Management
    • BU345 Human Resources
    • BU346 Organizational Behavior
  • Six additional upper division hours from accounting, business, or economics
  • Three additional hours from accounting, business, or economics at the upper division or at the 200 level lower division

(EC200 and EC201 count as part of the university's general education program.)

Business Minor with Entrepreneurship Certificate

The Business Minor and the Entrepreneurship Certificate can be earned at the same time by using entrepreneurship courses as electives within the business minor. This combination will enable students who want to start their own venture, operate a family business or become a champion of change within a large corporate organization. The program exposes students to various business disciplines and how to create a detailed business plan for a start-up venture. Innovation and creativity are explored to understand how ideas can be brought to reality and commercialized. Students will also have the opportunity to launch their ventures in the capstone clinic class. The additional courses in accounting, economics, and management form a well-rounded business foundation to supplement entrepreneurship courses.

A grade of C or better must be earned in each course used to satisfy the requirements for the minor and for the Entrepreneurship Certificate. Half of the hours used to meet the requirements of the minor and of the Certificate must be earned at Washburn University.

Required Courses:

  • EC200 Principles of Microeconomics
  • EC201 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • AC224 Financial Accounting
  • BU260 Business Plan Development
  • BU343 Entrepreneurship, Innovation & Creativity
  • BU370 Entrepreneurship Clinic
  • One of the following:
    • BU342 Organization & Management
    • BU345 Human Resources Management
    • BU346 Organizational Behavior
  • One of the following:
    • BU101 Introduction to Business
    • BU115 Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurial Law
    • BU315 Legal Environment of Business

International Business Minor

Globalization and international business have become the norm in today’s world. Many businesses, large and small, are involved in international business either directly or indirectly. Because of this dramatic shift to globalism in the business world, a great demand for graduates with an academic background in international business has developed.

This background includes not only course work in business with an international flavor, but also courses dealing with the differences and similarities among people. You will obtain this knowledge by taking a course of study that includes a foreign language and understanding of different cultures in addition to business courses.

The international business minor has three components:

  • Required business and economics courses
  • Required language courses
  • Recommended international experience

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Economics Minor

The Minor in Economics can be earned by candidates for any bachelor’s degree offered by Washburn University.

The economics faculty has approved the following requirements for the optional minor:

  1. Economics 200 and 201
  2. Nine hours of economics courses numbered 300 or above
  3. An approved course in statistics

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