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Undergraduate Minor in
Business

Courses

As a student in this 19-credit minor, you will first study the fundamentals of business, including accounting, marketing, management, and economics. Penn State World Campus then allows you to customize your minor by incorporating higher-level course work most appropriate to your career aspirations.

A grade of "C" or better is required in all courses that you take to fulfill requirements for the minor.

Prescribed Courses (10 credits)

  • 4
    credits

    Introduction to the role of accounting numbers in the process of managing a business and in investor decision-making.

    • Prerequisite

      MATH 21 or 1.5 units of high school algebra

  • 3
    credits

    Study of fundamental principles and processes available to the understanding of management.

    • Prerequisite

      (ENGL 015 or ENGL 030) and (ECON 102 or ECON 104) and (MATH 021 or higher or satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination)

  • 3
    credits

    Focuses on customer behavior, product, channels of distribution, promotion, and pricing with emphasis on a culturally diverse environment.

    • Prerequisite

      ENGL 015 or ENGL 030; ECON 102 or ECON 104; MATH 021 or higher or satisfactory score on the mathematics placement examination.

Additional Courses and Related Areas (3 credits)

    • 3
      credits

      Methods of economic analysis and their use; price determination; theory of the firm; distribution.

    • or:
      3
      credits

      National income measurement; aggregate economic models; money and income; policy problems.

Supporting Courses (select 6 credits)

To earn the minor, you must take 6 credits of 400-level Supporting Courses.

  • You must take at least 3 credits from the following list of courses:
    ACCTG, BA, EBF, ECON, ENTR, FIN, HPA, IB, LHR, MIS, MGMT, MKTG, SCM, or STAT
  • For the remaining 3 credits, you may choose 3 credits from the original list of courses, or select 3 credits from the following list of courses:
  • 3
    credits

    Theories and strategies important for conceptualizing, developing, and managing conflict negotiation, mediation, and third-party intervention.

  • 3
    credits

    Principles of administration as they relate to a police organization and policy development.

  • 3
    credits

    Preparing and editing reports and presentations common to business, industry, and government.

    • Prerequisite

      ENGL 202A, ENGL 202B, ENGL 202C, ENGL 202D

  • 3
    credits

    Fundamentals of program development and administration of human service programs in community settings; emphasis given to program content, strategies, and the overall planning process.

    • Prerequisite

      HDFS 311

  • 3
    credits

    Introduction to emerging issues, technology forecasting and analysis; overview of emerging issues and leading technologies in IST and how they impact information systems, users, the IT labor force and society.

  • 3
    credits

    Introductory course on integration of information technology into different venues, including the planning, development, and implementation of the integration.

  • 3
    credits

    Legal environment of information technology, constitutional/political issues, intellectual property, management, e-commerce, privacy, access, computer contracting, cyberspace regulation.

    • Prerequisite

      IST 301 or SRA 231

  • 3
    credits

    Survey of theory and research with respect to attitudes, morale, and motivation of employees and management.

    • Prerequisite

      PSYCH 100; PSYCH 200 or STAT 200

  • 3
    credits

    Review of research and application of behavior principles in the areas of management and supervision.

    • Prerequisite

      PSYCH 100; PSYCH 281 or 3 credits MGMT; fifth-semester standing or permission of instructor

  • 3
    credits

    Work and occupational life in modern society; work in the past, present, and future.

  • 3
    credits

    The role of gender in shaping contemporary North American patterns of employment, occupational roles, and statuses.

  • 3
    credits

    Law and Society studies the social origins of law and legal systems, occupational careers, and decision-making of legal officials.

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