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What can I expect as a student minoring in business at Gies?

As a student minoring in business, you can expect to gain foundational business knowledge from one of the world’s top business schools. You will complete four required online courses and choose a minimum of two additional electives. This broad exposure to the innovative curriculum at Gies will help you develop a strong foundation and prepare you to bring a business mindset to your future career, regardless of your major. The Gies business minor will set you apart.

Career Opportunities

A business minor makes a major impact. It tells future employers that you know how a company works and that you have developed additional skills and perspective, all of which give you an advantage in a competitive job market.

Who can be a business minor?

Gies Business offers the business minor to all University of Illinois undergraduates on the Urbana-Champaign campus. There is no separate admission application.

To declare the business minor, students must submit their Statement of Intent to Pursue a Campus-Approved Minor to the Office of Undergraduate Affairs in room 1055 at the Business Instructional Facility (BIF). 

Core Courses Requirement

Students must successfully complete the prerequisites listed for select business minor core courses. All business minor courses must be completed with letter grades.

  • ACCY 200 – Fundamentals of Accounting (3 hours); Alternatively, the ACCY 201 and ACCY 202 course sequence will also fulfill the Fundamentals of Accounting core requirement
  • BADM 310 - Management and Organizational Behavior (3 hours)
  • BADM 320 - Principles of Marketing (3 hours)
  • FIN 221 - Corporate Finance (3 hours); ECON 102 or ECON 103 is a prerequisite


Elective Courses Requirement

Business minor students must select only two of the listed elective courses to fulfill the minor's course requirements. Students must successfully complete an elective course’s prerequisites. If students have not completed the prerequisites, their enrollment in that specific business minor course will be canceled by Gies College of Business.

  • BADM 300 The Legal Environment of Bus (3 hours)
  • BADM 311 Leading Individuals and Teams (3 hours); BADM 310 is a prerequisite.
  • BADM 312 Designing and Managing Organizations (3 hours); BADM 310 is a prerequisite.
  • BADM 313 Strategic Human Resource Management (3 hours); BADM 310 is a prerequisite.
  • BADM 314 Leading Negotiations (3 hours)
  • BADM 323 Marketing Communications (3 hours); BADM 320 is a prerequisite.
  • BADM 326 Pricing Policies (3 hours); BADM 320 is a prerequisite.
  • BADM 340 Ethical Dilemmas of Business (3 hours)
  • BADM 350 IT for Networked Organizations (3 hours)
  • BADM 375 Operations Management (3 hours)
  • BADM 380 International Business (3 hours)
  • BADM 381 Multinational Management (3 hours)
  • FIN 230 Introduction to Insurance (3 hours)

Business Minor Program Enrollment Policy for the 2019-2020 Academic Year

The business minor program is designed to be completed within three academic years. Business minor and prospective business minor students must enroll in the online sections of all business minor courses when online sections are offered.

 For the Fall 2019 semester, the following courses will offer online sections:

  • ACCY 200
  • FIN 221

For Spring 2020 semester, the following courses will offer online sections:

  • ACCY 200
  • BADM 310
  • BADM 320
  • FIN 221

The following courses will offer online sections during both the Summer 2019 term and the Winter 2019-2020 term:

  • BADM 300
  • BADM 310
  • BADM 320
  • BADM 350
  • BADM 375
  • BADM 380

During the 2019-2020 academic year, online sections will each have an enrollment limit of 300 students (enrollment limits may increase in future years). Because these limits could negatively impact the likelihood of successful enrollment in the two spring-semester BADM core courses, students should consider taking BADM 310 and BADM 320 during either the Summer 2019 term or the Winter 2019-2020 Term.

Please note that not every business minor course will be offered every semester or term. Students must select judiciously and enroll in the business minor courses when they are offered throughout any academic year. 

A select number of Fall 2019 semester and Spring 2020 semester business minor elective courses will be offered as in-classroom enrollment options to business minor students and prospective business minor students. The enrollment instructions are noted in the semester's class schedule course’s Section Detail & Information in Course Explorer.

Courses taken through a University of Illinois study abroad program will fulfill the business minor core and elective course requirements. These requirements are fulfilled only if the course taken exactly matches course articulations of the Gies Business course. For example, the study abroad exact equivalent course to our campus’s BADM 380 course is an acceptable business minor elective course. Study abroad BADM 3- - and BADM 4- - courses will not fulfill the minor’s core and elective course requirements. In addition, minor core and elective course requirements are not fulfilled with study abroad courses in finance, information systems, operations management, management, marketing, or supply chain management.

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