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.

BUS 100 Introduction to Business (3)
ECON 101 Introduction to Contemporary Economic Issues (3)
PHIL 203 Professional Ethics (3)
MGMT 333 Organizational Behavior (3)

In addition students must select two courses from one of the following disciplines:


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


ENTR 201 Principles of Entrepreneurship (3)
ENTR 301 Intermediate Entrepreneurship (3)

Financial Management (6 credit hours)

ACCT 201 Principles of Financial Accounting (3)
FINC 332 Financial Management (3)

Human Resource Management

HR 205 Human Resource Management (3)
PSYC 203 Social Psychology (3)

Management Accounting

ACCT 205 Managerial Accounting (3)
ACCT 401 Advanced Managerial Accounting (3)


MRKT 200 Principles of Marketing (3)
MRKT 329 International Marketing (3)
MRKT 355 Advertising and Promotion (3)

Organizational Change & International Management

MGMT 301 Change Management (3)
BUS 321 International Business  (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 business and even on a personal level.

Program Requirements

Students must complete six courses (18 credit hours) for the 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 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)

Up to two non-economic but related courses at the 300-level or above can be taken instead of two courses from the above in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and the department chair.

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 are able to 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 disciplines 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 business. The minor is for those who want to pursue careers in business, government, and/or educational institutions.

Learning Outcomes

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.


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.

The following three courses are core courses for the human resource management minor.

HR 305 Human Resource Management (3)
HR 325 Work and Well-being (3)
MGMT 333 Organizational Behavior (3)

Students must also complete three of the courses listed below.

ECON 304 Economics of Labor (3)
HR 389 Special Topics in Human Resource Management (3)
HR 470 Internship in Human Resource Management (3)
IR 342 International Human Rights (3) [S]
IR 345 Conflict Resolution (3) [S]
HR 344 Managing Conflict (3)
MGMT 303 Management and Leadership Development (3) 
PLSC 302 Public Policy (3) [S]
PLSC 306 Global Political Economy (3) [S]
PSYC 203 Social Psychology (3) [S]
SBSA 341 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3) [S]
SBSA 372 Anthropology of Business (3) [S]