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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. 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, you must complete a minor declaration form.

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 prerequisite. 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

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.

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.

A minimum number of off-campus transfer courses will be permitted to fulfill the minor core and elective course requirements. Students should use the Transferology Program to confirm the off-campus course's transferability to fulfill the minor's core and elective requirements. You may confirm with the business minor program if an off-campus course will fulfill the minor's core and elective requirements. 

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Three Gies faculty honored with GBAA awards

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