Pursue your passions with a foundation in business

The Business Administration Minor equips you with the skills to pursue your interests. Whether you want to lead an engineering department or open an art studio, in as little as three semesters you can gain critical business fundamentals to advance your interests. 

Your Path to Career Success

Develop indispensable business skills and start your career with the tools employers seek.  Receive a comprehensive overview of business skills in courses that focus on:

  • Foundations: Receive perspective on the global business environment with fundamentals like business ethics and accounting
  • Skills: Develop an array of business skills that support every profession such as finance, management or marketing
  • Interests: Explore your own interests with courses on business inclusion, contemporary business issues or with education abroad opportunities, and have the option to earn an Undergraduate Certificate in Business-to-Business Selling, or Entrepreneurship or Music Business at the same time

This course listing is provided through the Colorado State University catalog and is updated each summer. New or modified courses offered for spring or summer may not be included, but you can find complete course information via the class schedule on RAMweb. Offerings are subject to change and the University reserves the right to make changes in catalog information when necessary and to correct errors. Always consult with an academic advisor to stay informed of curriculum details.


View the Business Minor Checklist (PDF)

Students must satisfactorily complete the total credits required for the minor. Minors and interdisciplinary minors require 12 or more upper-division (300- to 400-level) credits.

Additional coursework may be required due to prerequisites.

Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.000 in courses used to satisfy the minor. 

Required Courses:
ACT 205
Fundamentals of Accounting
BUS 220
Ethics in Contemporary Organizations (GT-AH3)
FIN 200
Personal Finance and Investing (GT-MA1)
or FIN 305
Fundamentals of Finance
MGT 305
Fundamentals of Management
or MKT 305
Fundamentals of Marketing
Select one group from the following:
Group A: Select 3 courses (9 credits) from the following not previously taken:
BUS 205
Legal and Ethical Issues in Business
BUS 405A
Contemporary Business Topics: Entrepreneurship
BUS 405B
Contemporary Business Topics: International Business
CIS 200
Business Information Systems
FIN 200
Personal Finance and Investing (GT-MA1)
or FIN 305
Fundamentals of Finance
MGT 305
Fundamentals of Management
or MKT 305
Fundamentals of Marketing
MKT 330
Business Customer Relationships
REL 360
Real Estate Principles
Group B: Business-to-Business Selling (9 credits) 1
MKT 330
Business Customer Relationships
MKT 362
Professional Selling
MKT 363
Sales Management
Group C: Entrepreneurship (9-10 credits) 1
Select one course from the following:
BUS 405A
Contemporary Business Topics: Entrepreneurship
MGT 340
Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
Select one course from the following:
ENGR 422
Technology Entrepreneurship
MGT 420
New Venture Creation
MGT 424/IDEA 424
Design Thinking in Social Entrepreneurship
MGT 455/IDEA 455
Designing for Defense
Select one course from the following (3-4 credits):
AM 373
Apparel Design and Retail Entrepreneurship
AREC 328
Small Agribusiness Management
AREC 428
Agricultural Business Management
Biomedical Design Practicum: Capstone Design I
CBE 451
Chemical and Biological Engineering Design I
CIVE 402
Senior Design Principles
ECE 401
Senior Design Project I
LEAP 310
Creative Industries Career Management
Engineering Design Practicum: I
MGT 330
Creativity, Innovation, and Value Creation
MGT 360
Social and Sustainable Venturing
Group D: Music Business (9 Credits) 1
BUS 361
Principles of Music Marketing
BUS 362
Making Money in Music
BUS 363
Concerts and Live Events
Program Total Credits:

1Completing this Group may satisfy a certificate – contact a Business Minor Advisor.