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        Minors in Business

        Whether you’re a business major looking to deepen your knowledge, or an Auburn University student majoring in a non-business program, our business minors can improve your job prospects, enhance your graduate school application, and expand your understanding of business. The Harbert College of Business offers ten different minors to suit your interests.  Explore our minor offerings below to find the best fit for you!
        • Accounting

          Are you interested in accounting and want to enhance your technical competency? The accounting minor is a great option for you! With two required courses and three electives, this minor can be tailored to complement your major. 

          Requirements
          Prerequisites
          You must meet all prerequisites for the required and elective courses listed below. Prerequisites will not be waived. Visit the AU Bulletin to see course descriptions and their respective prerequisites (abbreviated as “Pr”). 

          Required Courses

          • ACCT 3110: Intermediate Accounting I (must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better) (3 hours)
          • ACCT 3120: Intermediate Accounting II (3 hours)

           

          Elective Courses (Choose Three)

           

          Total Hours: 15 (must earn a minimum overall minor GPA of 2.0)

        • Business Analytics

          Business analytics drives decision making in today’s business world. With a minor in Business Analytics, you’ll gain an understanding of big data, how to manage it, and how it should inform business decisionsskills that will make you stand out to potential employers. 

          Requirements
          Prerequisites
          You must meet all prerequisites for the required courses listed below. Prerequisites will not be waived. Visit the AU Bulletin to see course descriptions and their respective prerequisites (abbreviated as “Pr”).

          Required Courses

           

          Total Hours: 15 (must earn a minimum overall minor GPA of 2.0)

        • Business

          Are you interested in supplementing your degree with a business minor? This 15-hour minor is designed to provide a solid foundation of core business principles to non-business majors. 

          Required Courses (12 hours)

          • ACCT 2810: Fundamentals of Accounting OR ACCT 2110: Principles of Financial Accounting
          • FINC 3810: Foundations of Business Finance OR FINC 3610: Principles of Business Finance
          • MNGT 3810: Foundations of Business Management OR MNGT 3100: Principles of Management
          • MKTG 3810: Foundations of Marketing OR MKTG 3310: Principles of Marketing


          Elective Courses (3 hours)


          Total Hours: 15 (must earn a minimum overall minor GPA of 2.0)

        • Business  - Study Abroad

          Are you interested in supplementing your degree with a business minor while experiencing new cultures? Then consider completing your minor in Business over the course of one semester while overseas!

          Learn more about upcoming study abroad opportunities

        • Business-Engineering Technology

          An interdisciplinary program with the College of Business and the College of Engineering, this minor prepares you for work in technology-intensive firms where new product development requires a combination of business and technical skills. This minor is offered to top students competitively selected from the College of Business and the College of Engineering.  Applicants should have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. 

          Note that this minor is overseen by the College of Engineering, not the College of Business. For more information please see the Business-Engineering Technology page.

          Requirements
          Prerequisites
          You must meet all prerequisites for the required courses listed below. Prerequisites will not be waived. Check out the links below to see course descriptions and their respective prerequisites (abbreviated as “Pr”).

          Required Courses

          • ENGR 3510: Introduction to Business and Engineering (3 hours)
          • ENGR 3520: Integrating Business and Engineering Theory with Practice (3 hours)
          • BUSI 3550: Cross-Functional Teamwork (1 hour)
          • BUSI 3560: Leadership (1 hour)
          • BUSI 5540: Entrepreneurship and Strategic Management of Technology and Innovation (4 hours)
          • ENGR 5550: Product/Process Design and Development I (1 hour)
          • ENGR 6550: Product/Process Design and Development (3 hours)

           

          Total Hours: 16 (must earn a minimum overall minor GPA of 2.0)

        • Entrepreneurship and Family Business

          The Entrepreneurship and Family Business Minor is a 15 hour program designed around the creation and management of an individual's own business as well as the fostering of an entrepreneurial mindset within a larger organization. It is perfect for students that plan to start their own business or work for a start-up, a franchise, or are interested in the purchase of an existing business. It can also be highly valuable for students that are interested in working for large, highly-innovative companies where an entrepreneurial attitude is expected and valued. 

          This minor is available to business and non-business majors.  All students, business and non-business, are required to meet all prerequisites.  Pre-requisites will not be waived. Please visit the AU Bulletin's Academic Programs and Curricula for Minor program policies, including which courses a student may take toward a minor. Courses taken to fulfill a University core curriculum requirement or a major requirement may not also be counted toward the minor. Students in the Auburn University Honors College may contract for honors credit in the minor courses.

          Requirements

          Required Courses (6 hours):

          Approved Elective Courses (minimum 9 hours*):

          Total Hours: Minimum 15 (Must earn a minimum minor GPA of 2.00)

          *MATH and BIOL courses must be at least 3 hrs each. Partial credit cannot be split between major and minor courses.

        • Finance

          With a finance minor, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of finance and its applications in the business world. Because this minor is made up entirely of electives, you have the opportunity to focus your interest in finance to a specific concentration or opt for a varied range of courses. Choose from corporate finance, investments, financial institution management, real estate, insurance finance, and multinational finance.

          Requirements
          Prerequisites
          You must meet all prerequisites for the electives you choose. Prerequisites will not be waived. Visit the AU Bulletin to see course descriptions and their respective prerequisites (abbreviated as “Pr”).

          FINC 3610 (or FINC 3617 for students in the AU Honors College) is REQUIRED.  It may count toward the 15 required minor hours for non-business majors only.  It cannot count toward the 15 required minor hours for Business majors since it is counting toward college core for Business majors. 

          Elective Courses (Choose Five)

          Total Hours: 15 (must earn a minimum overall minor GPA of 2.0)

        • Honors Business

          Reserved for non-business students in the University Honors College. The honors business minor consists of 15 hours of coursework designed to teach core business principles to non-business majors.

          Requirements

          Honors-Level Courses
          Four of the five courses you take as part of this minor must be honors-level courses.  With the exception of ACCT 2810 for students completing this minor in the *Business Abroad program, 'Foundations' courses are not allowed for this minor. 

          Required Courses (12 hours)

          Elective Courses (3 hours)


          *Students completing this minor in the Harbert College of Business summer abroad program will satisfy the Accounting requirement with ACCT 2817: Honors Fundamentals of Accounting.

        • Information Systems Management

          With an information systems management minor, you’ll learn the foundations of telecommunication, business computer applications, database management, and analysis design of a business system—key knowledge to have in today’s information-rich society.

          Requirements
          Prerequisites
          You must meet all prerequisites for the electives you choose. Prerequisites will not be waived. Visit the AU Bulletin to see course descriptions and their respective prerequisites (abbreviated as “Pr”).

          Elective Courses (Choose Five)

          • ISMN 3070: Business System Logic and Modeling
          • ISMN 3830: Database Management Systems
          • ISMN 4090: Digital Business Design
          • ISMN 4850: Competitive Strategies Through Information
          • ISMN 5040: Advanced Business Data Communications
          • ISMN 5290: Advanced Business Application Development
          • ISMN 5370: Project Management
          • ISMN 5620: Business Applications with Open Source Software
          • ISMN 5650: Application Development with Emerging Technologies
          • ISMN 5680: Advanced Data Base Administration and Development
          • ISMN 5690: Knowledge Management and Organizational Learning
          • ISMN 5720: Electronic Commerce
          • ISMN 5730: Security and Information Assurance
          • ISMN 5740: Information Risk Analysis
          • ISMN 5750: Information Technology Auditing
          • ISMN 5870: Business Intelligence Applications
          • ISMN 5960: Special Problems

           

          Total Hours: 15 (must earn a minimum overall minor GPA of 2.0)

        • International Business

          The international business minor is the perfect complement for students wishing to live and work abroad. It provides students with a better understanding of international economics, international marketing and multinational finance. Additionally, students may choose to explore additional coursework in management, marketing, supply chain management or finance.

          Requirements
          Prerequisites
          Courses required for this minor have several pre-requisites.  As such, non-business students will be required to take a larger number of classes to meet the requirements for this minor.  You must meet all prerequisites for the electives you choose. Prerequisites will not be waived. Check out the links below to see course descriptions and their respective prerequisites (abbreviated as “Pr”).

          Required Courses

           

          Elective Courses (Choose Two)

           

          Total Hours: 15 (must earn a minimum overall minor GPA of 2.0)

        • Marketing

          With a marketing minor, you’ll learn the foundations of marketing theory and practice. Because this minor is made up entirely of electives, you have the opportunity to explore your particular interests in the field, deepening your knowledge in areas that excite you the most. See the options available to you through the course list below.

          Requirements
          Prerequisites
          You must meet all prerequisites for the electives you choose. Prerequisites will not be waived. Visit the AU Bulletin to see course descriptions and their respective prerequisites (abbreviated as “Pr”).

          Before starting your 15-hour Marketing minor, you must first earn a ‘C’ or better in MKTG 3310, MKTG 3317 (Honors students only), or MKTG 3810 (Non-business majors only).  Junior standing is required to take MKTG 3310, MKTG 3317, or MKTG 3810.   MKTG 3810 is recommended for non-business students who are pursuing the Marketing minor. 

          Elective Courses (Choose Five)

           

          Total Hours: 15 (must earn a minimum overall minor GPA of 2.0)

        • Professional Selling   THIS MINOR IS AVAILABLE TO BUSINESS MAJORS ONLY

          Required Courses (12 hours):*

           

          3 hours from the following:

          • MKTG 4430 Business-to-Business Marketing
          • MKTG 4500 Digital Marketing
            *MKTG 3310 or 3810 are prerequisites
        • Supply Chain Management

          With a supply chain management minor, you’ll learn the foundations of supply chain operations and develop strategies for continuous improvement, honing a valuable skill set that can be applied to any industry. A supply chain management minor complements any major!

          Requirements
          Prerequisites
          You must meet all prerequisites for the required courses and your chosen electives listed below. Prerequisites will not be waived. Visit the AU Bulletin to see course descriptions and their respective prerequisites (abbreviated as “Pr”).

          Courses completed to satisfy the school/college core curriculum or a major requirement (e.g. counting toward the GPA "in the major"). may not be used to fulfill a minor. Supporting coursework may be used in satisfying the requirements for a minor if a minor is not required by the student's academic major.

          Required Courses

          • *SCMN 2150: Operations: Management of Business Processes (previously listed as SCMN 3150)
          • SCMN 3710: Logistics: Management of Fulfillment Process
          • SCMN 3720: Transportation: Management of Product Flows
          • SCMN 3730: Purchasing: Supply Management and Searching


          Elective Courses (Choose Two)

          • SCMN 4620: Sustainable Supply Chain Management
          • SCMN 4730: Supply Chain Tools and Technologies
          • SCMN 4750: Enterprise Systems in Supply Chain Management
          • SCMN 4770: Supply Chain Operations Management
          • SCMN 4780: Transportation Strategy
          • SCMN 5500: Inventory and Warehouse Management
          • SCMN 5600: Supply Chain Planning 
          • SCMN 5710: Advanced Process Analysis 
          • BUSI 3250: International Business
          • BUAL 5600: Principles of Predictive Modeling 
          • BUAL 5610: Business Decisions with Predictive Modeling 
          • BUAL 5650: Enterprise Mngt of the Big Data Environment
          • INSY 3400:  Stochastic Operations Research
          • INSY 3410:  Deterministic Operations Research
          • INSY 3420:  Simulation
          • INSY 3700:  Operations Planning and Control
          • INSY 3800:  Manufacturing Systems I
          • ISMN 5370:  Project Management
          • MKTG 4370: Sales Management
          • MKTG 4430: Business to Business Marketing 


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          otal Hours: 17 (must earn a minimum overall minor GPA of 2.0)

          *Business majors who pursue this minor will exclude the SCMN 2150/3150 requirement resulting in a 15-hour minor.

        Auburn University Minor Policies

        Keep in mind the following policies when declaring a minor or choosing courses to count toward your minor.

        • Courses completed to satisfy a university core requirement (e.g. ECON 2020/2027), the school/college core curriculum, or a major requirement (e.g. counting toward the GPA “in the major”), may not be used to fulfill a minor. Supporting coursework may be used in satisfying the requirements for a minor if a minor is not required by the student’s academic major.
        • Students must earn a minimum overall grade average of 2.0 on all coursework in the minor.
        • No more than 6 minor hours can be completed at another institution.  Upper-level minor courses (3000-level or higher) cannot be completed at a 2-year institution. 

        Declare Your Minor

        Whether you’re a business major or non-business major, declaring your business minor is easy!

        • Declared business majors should email their advisor to declare a minor in business.
        • Pre-Business students can declare a minor in business as soon as the are eligible to declare their intended major. 
        • Non-business majors should use the Declare Minor Form.

        Declare Minor Form