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Business Minor

Designed to give non-business majors an edge — gain an understanding of the basics of business and add uniqueness to your OHIO major

The minor is designed to provide Ohio University students who pursue majors other than business an understanding of the language and basic concepts of business — and the application of these concepts.

No matter your major, the knowledge and skills you’ll gain through the business minor will be valuable. Having an understanding of the foundational concepts of business that come by completing the minor in business will help you in your job search and in your ability to be successful throughout your career. 

Typical students who pursue OHIO's business minor are majoring in communication, retail merchandising and fashion product development, industrial technology and management, or sport management, to name a few.

Courses in Business Minor

  • ACCT 1005 - Accounting for Business Activities
    This course is designed to be an introduction to accounting principles, terminology, and concepts for non-business majors. It will expose students to accounting processes, procedures and analytical tools. Accounting is the language of business and students need a basic understanding to communicate in the business world.
  • FIN 3000 - Introduction to Corporate Finance
    Introduces the student to the basic principles of short-term and long-term corporate financial management.
  • MGT 2000 - Introduction to Management
    Understanding of and practice in solving problems facing managers and administrators using concepts and principles from behavioral sciences and other applicable disciplines.
  • MIS 2021 - Business Information Systems Nonmajor
    Addresses issues that arise in dealing with management information as a business resource. As an introduction to the field of management information systems, topics covered deal with computer technologies, information development, and impact of information systems on business organizations at a variety of levels, from personal information systems to organization information architectures. Major attention is given to the implications of information systems for achieving competitive advantage.
  • MKT 2020 - Marketing Principles
    Provides a broad understanding of marketing activities, decisions, and terms with an emphasis on the practices and problems of marketing managers and the analysis of the marketing environment.




  • The business minor is offered by the College of Business (COB) at Ohio University.
  • The minor's program code is ORBSAD
  • The business minor is earned after completing 15 hours of course work

Admission Information

  • Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements
  • Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements
  • External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements


Complete course information is available in the Undergraduate Catalog. This includes Repeat/Retake Information, Grades, Requisites, Warnings, and more. Review the catalog and talk with your academic advisor — or an advisor in the Allen Student Advising Center — as you consider this minor.


  • ACCT 1005 - Accounting for Business Activities; Credit Hours: 3
  • FIN 3000 - Introduction to Corporate Finance; Credit Hours: 3
  • MGT 2000 - Introduction to Management; Credit Hours: 3
  • MIS 2021 - Business Information Systems Nonmajor; Credit Hours: 3
  • MKT 2020 - Marketing Principles; Credit Hours: 3


  • Logistically, this minor can be completed in two semesters. It is dependent, of course, on your major's  courses, advice from your advisor, and credits you've already earned at OHIO.
  • Courses for the business minor can be taken during the same semester (except ACCT 1005 and FIN 3000 because ACCT is a requisite to FIN).
  • All five courses in this business minor have online options. In fact, ACCT 1005 and MIS 2021 are online only.

The business minor is available to all Ohio University undergraduate students. To declare this minor, go to your college student service office and ask for a declaration of major/minor form. Use the Request More Information button for help locating your college student service office.