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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 core courses and choose a minimum of two additional electives. Course descriptions can be found on the course catalog. 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 add a business minor?

Gies Business offers the business minor to all UIUC students. There is no separate admission application. 

To declare the business minor, you must complete a minor declaration form.

Business Minor Information Sessions

Current undergraduate students can meet with our business minor academic advisor who will answer any coursework selection or other advising-related questions. These are quick, 15-minute sessions. Starting on August 19, you can drop in during the timeframe below using this Zoom link.

Thursdays from 2-4 pm
No advising on September 16 

In-person appointments can be requested by emailing busminor@business.illinois.edu

Gies News and Events

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Bertram helping build a bridge for the next generation

Jim Bertram joined Gies as an instructor of finance this fall after spending 32 years in investment banking, working for major firms like Salomon Brothers, Deutsche Bank, Banc of America Securities, and William Blair. He will be teaching Investment Banking (FIN 463) this fall and succeeding Rob Metzger as the director of the Investment Banking Academy in January.

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Torelli: From civil engineer to Gies department head

Carlos Torelli will apply his engineering mindset and marketing expertise to his new role as head of the Department of Business Administration at Gies. “We have a responsibility to give back in academia at a certain point in our careers. I returned to Gies because I knew they would value my skills and my background and give me the opportunity to make an impact."