Minors & More
A little bit of business can take you a long way.
Yes, follow your passion. Focus on what you love, from Drama to Environmental Studies to mass spectrometry. But then, make yourself stand out by adding a working knowledge of marketing and budgeting, or accounting and finance, or information systems, or global business.
Even if you work for a non-profit, your expertise will pay off, especially as you move up in the ranks and start to take on supervisory and strategic leadership tasks.
Business Management Minor
The minor consists of five courses. Three are required:
|BUS 111||Principles of Marketing|
|BUS 112||Introduction to Financial Accounting|
|BUS 302||Organizational Behavior|
To complete the minor, students must take two electives, drawn from any 200-level or higher BUS courses, taken on campus or at a study-abroad partner.
The interdisciplinary Marketing (MKT) minor prepares students from all majors for future employment or further study in the rapidly growing field of marketing, including digital marketing. The minor consists of three core courses and two electives.
Marketing is far more than just selling or advertising. More fundamentally, marketing consists of careful analysis of consumer needs, wants, and preferences, and the development of products and services aligned with what potential customers want. Marketing skills include research, creativity, and communication.
Accounting and Finance Minor
The Accounting and Finance (ACF) minor prepares students from all majors for future employment or further study in these in-demand fields. The minor consists of four core courses and four electives.
Because of overlapping requirements, Economics majors can complete the ACF minor with five course beyond those required for the Econ major.
Business Management majors can earn a specialization, rather than a minor, in Accounting and Finance. This requires four courses beyond those required for the Business Management major, but it entails the same kind of academic work as the minor.
Global Business Concentration
The interdisciplinary Global Business Concentration is part of the International Studies program, but it is open to all majors. Students must complete seven courses, study abroad for a semester (preferred) or in an approved short-term abroad program, and complete a research paper in the area of concentration (often in conjunction with required coursework).
Information Systems Minor
The Information Systems minor is the interdisciplinary study of the ways in which computer technology can foster organizational excellence. Drawing from both Business Management and Computer Science, the Information Systems minor builds on the foundations of an education in the liberal arts by stressing strong analytical skills, the facility to find imaginative solutions to difficult problems, and the application of ethical principles. Students who complete the Information Systems minor will understand and be able to write and orally communicate about technology to a body of professionals and non-professionals alike.
The minor is especially suited to students majoring in Business Management who would like to acquire an in-depth understanding of technology, and to students majoring in Computer Science who wish to acquire business skills essential to a productive career. The minor is open to students from all majors offered at Washington College.