February 7, 2012

New Business Minor to Serve Entire Campus

Broyhill Fountain
In the fall, a new improved undergraduate business minor will be available to all non-business students. The new minor curriculum has been designed to better suit the needs of students wanting to minor in business, with courses created specifically for them.

The new minor is the product of almost two years of work. In the spring of 2010, then Interim Associate Dean David Rosenbaum assembled a group of faculty from several programs across the university that required various business courses in their curriculum. The purpose of the group was to discuss a minor that was tailored to the needs of all non-business students.

“The College of Business Administration is committed to making business education more relevant to all students,” Rosenbaum said. “With that in mind, the committee was formed to discuss the business minor for students across a variety of majors.”

As part of a strategic planning process in CBA, an undergraduate task force took the work of Rosenbaum’s committee to the next level and worked with faculty and administration to develop the perfect program. The new minor was proposed to the faculty in the spring of 2011. Each academic department then developed a unique course to be part of the minor. After earning approval from the Academic Planning Committee and faculty, the coursework was sent to the University Curriculum Committee.

Dr. Kathy Farrell, senior associate dean, said the minor will provide an advantage for CBA as well.

“The business minor was revised primarily to serve non-business students. However, it will also be beneficial for CBA, because faculty will now be able to focus on the existing CBA curriculum to better serve students majoring in business,” she said.

The new minor requires students to take 18 credit hours and is open to students from all colleges across campus. It is composed of six courses developed specifically for students minoring in business in the areas of accounting, business law, economics, finance, marketing and management.

“All students will benefit from an understanding of business in both their personal and professional lives,” Farrell said. “A basic understanding of accounting, finance, economics, marketing and management concepts will help enable individuals to make better and more informed business decisions throughout their life.”