College of Business
Undergraduate Business Program

Business Minor

Business MinorNo matter what major you choose at Butler, you'll likely need some basic business skills in order to be successful. Adding a business minor to your current major is a great way to be competitive in today's job market. To add a business minor, consult with your advisor.

Business Minor
The business minor introduces students to the language and tools of business through accounting, economics, information management and business statistics.  Students then choose courses to gain a deeper knowledge of business disciplines such as finance, operations management or marketing.  Students learn the practice of management, which every organization needs, from non-profits such as the Red Cross, hospitals, universities, schools, museums, to for-profit organizations in every industry.  This includes traditional businesses, as well as industries such as entertainment, sports, agriculture, science, health care and more.  (7 courses/21 credit hours)

Entrepreneurship and Innovation Minor
The Entrepreneurship and Innovation minor provides students with a fundamental understanding of the dynamic process of creating something unique and adding value by applying an innovative mindset and an action-oriented perspective, while taking calculated risks. It also equips students to apply this way of thinking and set of behaviors in new and existing organizations, whether for profit or not-for-profit. The minor has students acquire basic business concepts in the introductory courses in accounting, economics, and marketing. It also includes courses in how to develop and present a business plan for funding and how to engender creativity and innovation in new or existing organizations.  Students complete the minor with two electives from a lengthy list that allows them to tailor the minor to their specific interests. (7 courses/21 credit hours)

Risk Management & Insurance Minor
Be it an individual, business or non-profit organization, every entity is exposed to "Risks" from potential causes of loss that can negatively impact the entity's operations, reputation, financial results or even its survival.  The Risk Management and Insurance minor provides students with a fundamental understanding of the effect of risks, especially pure risks, on individuals and organizations and how to plan, lead and control the resources and activities of an organization in order to manage and finance its risk of loss cost effectively.  The program includes a foundation course in risk management as well as electives in insurance company operations, various types of insurance, the use of derivatives and other skills related courses.
(5 courses/18 credit hours)

Health Care Management Minor (for business majors)
Health Care Management Minor (for non-business majors)
This minor allows students to build expertise in the management issues specific to one of the largest and fastest growing industries in the nation.  Students will gain a foundation in the health care delivery system, health care economics and insurance principles.  Beyond that, students can gain additional expertise in the health care aspects of a particular business discipline or take courses in other colleges that tend to emphasize societal issues, public health, or other specific applications. (6 courses/18 credit hours)

International Business Minor
The international business minor is relevant for any student interested in global affairs, business or otherwise.   The minor does not emphasize bottom lines but rather the rich similarities and differences in how people go about their business around the world.  Hence, the minor focuses on principles that have universal applicability, along with region-specific discussions of political, legal, economic and cultural dimensions of the various countries that make up the region.  The minor provides comprehension of internationalization, which will make the student a better global citizen.  Students take courses in economics and international business, including electives in Understanding Business in Europe, Understanding Business in East Asia, and Understanding Business in North America, among other choices.   (6 courses/18 credit hours)

Business Law Minor
The business law minor gives students the basic vocabulary and foundational thinking of the business disciplines through introductory accounting and economics. It then gives students an introduction to basic ethical and legal issues that surround business activities and transactions. The minor is useful for students who think that they may seek a law degree in the future, or students who just are concerned about the basic legal issues that will affect them in their personal and professional lives.  (6 courses/18 credit hours)

Marketing Minor
The marketing minor is an excellent complement to non-business majors.  Having a general understanding of who your customers are, what they are looking for, and then determining how position a product or service in the competitive marketplace can make the student much more valuable in any organization in their chosen field.  Students will take prerequisite courses in accounting, economics, statistics, and then transition into marketing courses.  The marketing courses include Introduction to Marketing Management and then two marketing electives from course offerings such as international marketing, consumer behavior, sales, retailing, and marketing research.  (7 courses/21 credit hours)

Management Information Systems Minor (for non-business majors)
Management Information Systems Minor (for business majors)
MIS is the study of how technology can be used to solve business problems and create new business opportunities.  MIS is different than computer science in that MIS focuses on how people, business processes and technology interact to meet an organization's goals.   In MIS, the attention is more on how companies use the technology to meet their needs.   Computer science answers the question:  How can we make technology work better? while MIS answers the question:   How can we help people work smarter using technology?  Organizations need people who understand both the business and technology, as well as people who can help make the most of existing and future technology. 

The MIS minor complements every major, including business majors, since nearly every industry and profession uses technology in some way.  Most business majors can add an MIS minor without taking any extra classes above the already required set.  For non-business majors, an MIS minor can also be easily added and in most cases, the courses can be used as electives within your curriculum.  An MIS minor is an excellent fit for pharmacy, science, education, communications studies, arts administration majors and more. (6 courses/18 credit hours)

For more information, contact your academic advisor.