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Business Minor

Designed to give non-business majors an edge — gain an understanding of the basics of business and add uniqueness to your OHIO major.

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The business minor is available to all non-COB Ohio University undergraduate students. To declare this minor, go to your college student service office and ask for a declaration of major/minor form.

The minor gives non-business students the chance to gain a deeper understanding of the language and basic concepts of business through a variety of courses and hands-on learning.

No matter your major, the knowledge and skills you’ll gain through the business minor will be valuable. You will learn the foundational concepts of business that will help you in your job search and in your ability to be successful throughout your career — no matter what that may be

Typical students who pursue OHIO's business minor are majoring in communication, retail merchandising and fashion product development, and industrial technology and management, to name a few.

Admission Information

  • Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements
  • Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements
  • External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements

Courses in Business Minor

The business minor is earned after completing 15 hours of course work. Complete course information is available in the Undergraduate Catalog. This includes Repeat/Retake Information, Grades, Requisites, Warnings, and more. Review the catalog and talk with your academic advisor as you consider this minor.

  • ACCT 1005 - Accounting for Business Activities (3 Credit Hours)
    This course is designed to be an introduction to accounting principles, terminology, and concepts for non-business majors. It will expose students to accounting processes, procedures and analytical tools. Accounting is the language of business and students need a basic understanding to communicate in the business world. Note: ACCT 1010 automatically replaces ACCT 1005 in this minor. If you're taking or have taken this class, it counts!
  • FIN 3000 - Introduction to Corporate Finance (3 Credit Hours)
    Introduces the student to the basic principles of short-term and long-term corporate financial management.
  • MGT 2000 - Introduction to Management (3 Credit Hours)
    Understanding of and practice in solving problems facing managers and administrators using concepts and principles from behavioral sciences and other applicable disciplines.
  • MIS 2021 - Business Information Systems Non-major (3 Credit Hours)
    Addresses issues that arise in dealing with management information as a business resource. As an introduction to the field of management information systems, topics covered deal with computer technologies, information development, and impact of information systems on business organizations at a variety of levels, from personal information systems to organization information architectures. Major attention is given to the implications of information systems for achieving competitive advantage.
  • MKT 2020 - Marketing Principles (3 Credit Hours)
    Provides a broad understanding of marketing activities, decisions, and terms with an emphasis on the practices and problems of marketing managers and the analysis of the marketing environment. 

Interested in Declaring the Business Minor?

The process is simple:


  1. Visit your college's student service office
  2. Ask for an "Application for Update of Academic Programs" form; it may also be referred to as the "declaration of major/minor form"
  3. You may need the program code for the business minor: ORBSAD
  4. You may need your advisor's ID and name. (Find your advisor through the My OHIO Success Network.)
  5. Return the completed form to your student service office.

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Three Notes from an Advisor

  • Logistically, this minor can be completed in two semesters. It is dependent, of course, on your major's  courses, advice from your advisor, and credits you've already earned at OHIO.
  • Courses for the business minor can be taken during the same semester (except ACCT 1005 and FIN 3000 because ACCT is a requisite to FIN).
  • All five courses in this business minor have online options. In fact, ACCT 1005 and MIS 2021 are online only.

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