Minors

Business Minors and Certificates

Does completing a minor or certificate (or even a second major) make sense for you? While many students complete a second major or multiple minors or certificates in an effort to impress potential employers (and get that job!), this strategy can backfire unless you can articulate why you pursued these multiple avenues. Without a clear rationale for your decision, you may appear indecisive – not a trait that employers are seeking in their new hires.

What steps should you take to decide if completing a second major, minor, or certificate is best for you? Your choice of major(s), minor(s) and/or certificates should enhance your qualifications to pursue your goals. Identifying your goals and the industry and/or career you eventually want to pursue will help you make the important decision about choosing your major, minor or certificate program.

Step One: Self Assessment

How can you decide your goals if you cannot identify your strengths, weaknesses, and values? Use University resources designed to help with this step:

Step Two: Research Potential Industries/Employers of Interest

  • Attend Student Professional Organization (SPO) meetings to meet other students with similar interests, faculty with industry knowledge, and professionals with experience in an industry of interest.
  • Use the strategies found on the CSPD site: Explore “What Can You Do With this Major?” on the Career Development web site.

Step Three: Identify Skills

Identify the skills employers are seeking – and choose your major/minor/certificate to enhance your skills, making YOU the most attractive job candidate.

  • Explore the Fox School majors in your Undergraduate Bulletin that corresponds with your matriculation date – use the bulletin archives if you started before the current year. (Your bulletin/catalog year is listed on your DARS document in OWLnet.)
  • Explore the Fox School minors and certificates listed below.

Step Four: Develop plan of study

  • Meet with your academic advisor to see how the credits required for the major(s), minor(s), and/or certificates will fit into your academic program.
  • Develop your academic plan of study to complete all of your program requirements by your expected graduation date.

Minors Available in Fox

The Fox School of Business and Management offers the following minors that allow undergraduate students to take selected business courses to better prepare themselves for their careers after graduation. Interested students should discuss with their home college advisors how the courses in the minor will fit into their overall degree plan.

MinorStudents EligibleBenefits of Minor
Business Minor
Requirements
Non-Business Only1. Understand basic business foundations2. Prepare for graduate study in business
General Business Studies Minor
Requirements
Non-Business Only1. Appreciate business studies2. More broad-based and less quantitative than other business minors
Accounting
Requirements
Business or Non-Business1. Understand basic business foundations2. Understand financial statements and the accountant's role in the management of a company
Business Analytics
Requirements
High performing Business Students with a GPA of 3.0 and above1. Understand how to unlock the value buried in corporate data and create new business opportunities using cutting-edge tools and techniques in predictive modeling, forecasting, association mining, cluster analysis, decision trees, unstructured “big” data, sentiment analysis, and experimental design.
Corporate Social Responsibility Minor
Requirements
Business or Non-Business1. Understand how to incorporate economics, the environment and social responsibility into corporate descision-making2. Put theory into practice with placement in a community organization practicing sustainability
Economics
Requirements
Business or Non-Business1. Understand basic business foundations2. Learn how the impact of economics affects public and personal issues3. It is recommend that non-business students declare this minor through the College of Liberal Arts.
Entertainment Law and Business
Requirements
Business Only1. Understand special legal issues confronting the entertainment industry from a business perspective2. Integrate appropriate knowledge and skills to progress into a management career in the entertainment sector
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Management
Requirements
Business or Non-Business1. Understand basic business foundations2. Learn how to create or manage a successful entrepreneurial business
Digital Marketing Minor
Requirements
All students must complete declaration form and meet with Dr. Michael Smith to declare or rescind this minor
Business Only1. Expand career options - Digital marketing is creating new and emerging multidisciplinary occupations2. Develop skills demanded in the market - expand the breadth and depth of exposure to digital applications
Finance
Requirements
Business or Non-Business1. Understand principles of finance and their application to financial issues faced by decision-makers2. helpful to students majoring in Account, marketing, real Estate, and Risk Management
Healthcare Management
Requirements
Business or Non-Business1. Develop value-added skills for students who aim to understand the structure, policy, finance and strategy/operations issues of healthcare organizations (applicable to business, pre-health, social science, science or liberal arts majors)2. Required courses cannot be taken concurrently so a minimum of 3 semesters is required to complete this minor3. Students interested in this minor should contact the Program Director: Dr. Stuart H. Fine, Director, Healthcare Management Programs, stuart.fine@temple.edu, (215) 204-8163
Human Resource for Legal Studies
Requirements
Legal Studies Majors Only1. Understand legal repercussions of employment and human resource issues2. Issues can include regulations regarding hiring and firing, injuries on business premises, labor and management relations
Information Technology Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Requirements
Business Only1. Integrate the drive of entrepreneurial thinking with the enabling role of information technology
International Business
Requirements
Business or Non-Business1. Understand basic business foundations 2. Embrace and professionally engage an increasingly International world without having to be fully proficient in a foreign language.
Legal Studies
Requirements
Business Only1. Identify and understand legal issues that impact business and personal decisions2. Develop skills sought in Law School: how to read cases and statutes, do legal research, and make and legal argument
Legal Studies for Human Resource Managers
Requirements
Human Resource Management Majors Only1. Prepare human resource professionals for the legal issues faced in the workplace2. Issues can include hiring, disciplining and terminating employees, training and coaching, restructuring, outsourcing, and employee benefits
MIS
Requirements


All students must complete declaration form and meet with the senior program specialist in Speakman Hall 210 to declare
Business or Non-Business1. Develop basic business and technology foundations2. Learn how to integrate technology in the context of your major
Marketing
Requirements
Business Only1. Expand career options through a general knowledge of marketing principles2. Specialize in an area of marketing
Statistics
Requirements
Business or Non-Business1. Enhance career opportunities with the ability to analyze data2. Ideal for all business majors including Actuarial Science, Finance, Human Resources, marketing, and MIS

Declare or Rescind any of these minors, except for Digital Marketing or MIS, by completing this form and contacting Fox Advising Center to meet with an academic advisor.


Certificates

CertificateStudents EligibleBenefits of Minor
Asian business & Society
Declare this certificate
Business or Non-BusinessDevelop international business, area studies, cultural understanding, and language skills through interdisciplinary study
Business BasicsNon-Matriculated OnlyExplore basic business foundation courses
Courses will apply toward BBA degree if matriculate
Business PlusNon-Matriculated OnlyCountinue to explore business foundation courses
Courses will apply toward BBA degree if matriculate
Entrepreneurship
All eligible students must complete declaration form and meet with an advisor in Speakman Hall 101 to declare
Students of Communications & Theater, Engineering, Science & TechnologyDevelop entrepreneurial career paths for students across the university
Latin American Studies and Spanish for Business
Declare This Certificate
Business or Non-BusinessDevelop international business, area studies, cultural understanding, and language skills through interdisciplinary study
Leadership
Requirements

All students must complete declaration form and meet with an advisor in Speakman Hall 101 to declare
BusinessDevelops enhanced interpersonal and technical competencies for conflict management, negotiation, organizational communication, and team leadership.
Management Information Systems (MIS)
All students must complete declaration form and meet with the senior program specialist in Speakman Hall 210 to declare
Non-BusinessLearn to identify, select, and evaluate technology solutions for business problems.
Become a knowledgeable user of IT and the person in an organization who can successfully interact with technology professionals

Contact Information:

Fox School of Business and Management Center for Undergraduate Advising
101 Speakman Hall
Temple University
Phone: 215.204.7672