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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.
|Minor||Students Eligible||Benefits of Minor|
|Business MinorRequirements||Non-Business Only||1. Understand basic business foundations2. Prepare for graduate study in business|
|General Business Studies MinorRequirements||Non-Business Only||1. Appreciate business studies2. More broad-based and less quantitative than other business minors|
|AccountingRequirements||Business or Non-Business||1. Understand basic business foundations2. Understand financial statements and the accountant's role in the management of a company|
|Corporate Social Responsibility MinorRequirements||Business or Non-Business||1. 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|
|EconomicsRequirements||Business or Non-Business||1. Understand basic business foundations2. Learn how the impact of economics affects public and personal issues|
|Entertainment Law and BusinessRequirements||Business Only||1. 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|
|EntrepreneurshipRequirements||Business or Non-Business||1. Understand basic business foundations2. Learn how to create or manage a successful entrepreneurial business|
|Digital Marketing MinorRequirementsAll students must complete declaration form and meet with Dr. Michael Smith to declare or rescind this minor||Business Only||1. 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|
|FinanceRequirements||Business or Non-Business||1. 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 ManagementRequirements||Business or Non-Business||1. 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. Eric Keuffel: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Human Resource for Legal StudiesRequirements||Legal Studies Majors Only||1. 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 & EntrepreneurshipRequirements||Business Only||1. Integrate the drive of entrepreneurial thinking with the enabling role of information technology|
|Legal StudiesRequirements||Business Only||1. 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 ManagersRequirements||Human Resource Management Majors Only||1. 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|
All students must complete declaration form and meet with the senior program specialist in Speakman Hall 210 to declare
|Business or Non-Business||1. Develop basic business and technology foundations2. Learn how to integrate technology in the context of your major|
|MarketingRequirements||Business Only||1. Expand career options through a general knowledge of marketing principles2. Specialize in an area of marketing|
|StatisticsRequirements||Business or Non-Business||1. Enhance career opportunities with the ability to analyze data2. Ideal for all business majors including Actuarial Science, Finance, Human Resources, marketing, and MIS|
Certificate Students Eligible Benefits of Minor Asian business & SocietyDeclare this certificate Business or Non-Business Develop international business, area studies, cultural understanding, and language skills through interdisciplinary study Business Basics Non-Matriculated Only Explore basic business foundation coursesCourses will apply toward BBA degree if matriculate Business Plus Non-Matriculated Only Countinue to explore business foundation coursesCourses will apply toward BBA degree if matriculate EntrepreneurshipAll eligible students must complete declaration form and meet with an advisor in Speakman Hall 101 to declare Students of Communications & Theater, Engineering, Science & Technology Develop entrepreneurial career paths for students across the university Latin American Studies and Spanish for BusinessDeclare This Certificate Business or Non-Business Develop international business, area studies, cultural understanding, and language skills through interdisciplinary study LeadershipRequirements
All students must complete declaration form and meet with an advisor in Speakman Hall 101 to declare
Business Develops 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-Business Learn 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 People FirstDeclare this certificate on your graduation application
*Beginning Fall 2012, we are replacing this option with the new Fox Leadership Certificate
Business Enhance management skills with people-oriented perspective
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