Minors

Minors in the College of Business and Economics

Students may elect to complement their major with a minor, defined as specialization in a discipline outside their chosen major. Students choosing to add a minor in one of the following areas should consult an academic advisor in the appropriate discipline.

The College oversees the following Minors:

  • Business Administration (for non-business majors)
  • Economics
  • Human Resource Management

The minor in business administration is designed for students majoring in any of AUK’s degree programs (BA, BE, or BS) except the BBA degree programs in Accounting, Economics, Finance, Management, and Marketing.

The minor in human resource management is designed for students majoring in any of AUK’s degree programs. 
 

General Degree Requirements for a Minor

Students may pursue one minor only. All AUK minor programs consist of a minimum of 18 credit hours, at least 9 credit hours of which must be taken in residence at AUK. No more than 9 credit hours earned from the major or general education requirements may apply towards any one minor.


 
Minor in Business Administration

Program Purpose

This minor is designed to provide non-business majors the opportunity to complement their undergraduate education with an understanding of business administration.

Program Requirements

The program requires students to complete six courses (18 credits) comprised of four core courses and two electives. The program may be completed in three consecutive semesters. Commencing in the student’s junior year, the four core courses provide students with a balanced and integrated exposure to key functional areas in business and ways of thinking about, and analyzing, the world from a responsible business perspective. The two electives provide students the opportunity to develop knowledge in or explore a specific aspect of business of their choice.

The program requires students to complete six courses (18 credit hours). Ideally, the courses must be selected from the twelve courses (36 credit hours) designated as BBA core courses. Notwithstanding this, at least 2 courses (6 credit hours) must be from the upper-level courses in business designated 300 or above with prefix ACCT; BEAL; BUS; ECON; ENTR; HR; MGMT; and MRKT. 
  
BBA Core Courses 
  
Lower-Level Courses (Total Credits) 
 
ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
ACCT 205 Managerial Accounting (3)
BUS 209 Quantitative Methods of Business (3)
ECON 200 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)
FINC 232 Financial Management (3)
MGMT 201 Principles of Management (3)
MRKT 200 Principles of Marketing (3)
Upper-Level Courses (Total Credits)    12 
 
BEAL 401 Legal & Ethical Issues in Business (3)
BUS 321 International Business Management (3)
ENTR 313 Managing Entrepreneurial Ventures (3)
MGMT 346 Production & Operations Management (3)

 

Minor In Economics

Program Purpose

A minor in economics acquaints students with economic knowledge that will be complementary to business and non-business majors. In a vastly transforming and globalizing world, an economics minor improves our understanding of economic, political, and social events and the context in which they develop. It also enhances one’s analytical and decision-making competence in the realm of busi- ness and even on a personal level. 
 

Program Requirements

Students must complete six courses (18 credit hours) for the minor. In terms of the University program requirements, students may pursue one minor only. All AUK minor programs consist of a minimum of 18 credit hours, at least 9 credit hours of which must be taken in residence at AUK. No more than 9 credit hours earned from the major or general education requirements may apply towards any one minor.

The following two courses (6 credit hours) are core courses for the economics minor:

ECON 200 Principles of Microeconomics (3)
ECON 201 Principles of Macroeconomics (3)

In addition, students must choose, in consultation with their academic advisor, four courses (12 credit hours) from among the following:

ECON 302 Quantitative Methods for Business & Economics (3)
ECON 304 Economics of Labor (3)
ECON 305 International Economics (3)
ECON 310 Intermediate Microeconomics (3)
ECON 312 Intermediate Macroeconomics (3)
ECON 315 Managerial Economics (3)
ECON 351 Money and Banking (3)
ECON 363 Environmental & Resource Economics (3)
ECON 369 Short Course (1-3)
ECON 389 Special Topics (3)
ECON 405 Comparative Economic Systems (3)
ECON 409 Economic Development (3)
ECON 429 Environmental & Energy Policy (3)
ECON 452 Econometrics (3)
ECON 485 Seminar in Economics (3)

Notwithstanding the electives offered above, students may opt to pursue at most 2 courses (6 credit hours) in two non-economic related courses at the 300-level or above. These courses may include at most two of the following: 

BUS 389 Special Topics in Business (3)
BUS 489 Interdisciplinary Honors Seminar (3)
PLSC 302 Public Policy (3) [S]
PLSC 306 Global Political Economy (3) [S]
ELEG 400 Environmental Aspects of Energy Systems (3)
ELEG 412 Renewal Energy Systems (3)
ENGR 330 Engineering Economics (3)
ENVS 310 Environmental Ethics (3) [S]
ENVS 320 Global Environment Policy (3) [S]
IR 309 Dynamics of Globalization (3) [S]
IR 339 International Organizations (3) [S]
IR 405 Comparative Economic and Political Systems (3)
 

Minor In Human Resource Management

Program Purpose

This interdisciplinary minor seeks to develop well-rounded graduates with personal qualities and skills that extend beyond familiarity with current HR practices to include a sound understanding of social, behavioral, and political sciences. It seeks to develop graduates who can think critically, act ethically, and meet the challenges of an ever-changing environment.

The minor is structured with a small core—comprised of courses in Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, and Work and Well-being—embedded in a selection of electives reflecting a traditional liberal arts and interdisciplinary curriculum. The electives include courses from such disci- plines as economics, international relations, political science, psychology, and the behavioral sciences.

Because an interdisciplinary background is especially appropriate for positions in HR, this minor is ideal for students majoring in one of the social science programs as well as those majoring in busi- ness. The minor is for those who want to pursue careers in business, government, and/or educational institutions. 
 
Program Requirements

Students wanting to earn a minor in human resource management are required to take six courses (18 credit hours) comprised of three required core courses and three electives.

Upon completion of the minor in human resource management the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss the importance of thinking systematically and strategically about managing human assets.
  2. Explain how cultures frame options open to human resource managers around the world.
  3. Formulate, implement, and evaluate human resource policies and procedures.
  4. Demonstrate understanding of theories and practices affecting employee motivation and control.
  5. Critically discuss and assess contemporary issues confronting human resource policy formulation and implementation in private, public, for profit, and not-for-profit organizations.

Students are required to complete the following three core courses (9 credit hours):

MGMT 201 Principles of Management (3)
MGMT 333 Organizational Behavior (3)
HR 305 Human Resource Management (3)
In addition, students must complete three courses (9 credit hours) designated 300 or above with the prefix HR; BUS; ECON; MGMT; PLSC; PSYC; and SBSA.) 

Students may upon advisement pursue other upper-level courses offered at AUK.