Vanderbilt Business Experience

The Undergraduate Business Minor Program

Launched in the fall of 2017, the Undergraduate Business Minor is an opportunity for students to pursue a program that is “Uniquely Vanderbilt.” With elective course options from each of the four undergraduate schools (Blair School of Music, College of Arts and Sciences, Peabody College, and the School of Engineering) and fundamentals courses taught by the Owen Graduate School of Management, this trans-institutional program is designed to complement the strong liberal arts education.

The Business Minor requires 16.5 credit hours of mandatory and elective course work. Courses are distributed into three categories:

Fundamentals (Mandatory courses, 7.5 credit hours)

Fundamentals consist of five (5) half-semester courses, all of which are required to earn the minor. The courses are taught by Owen faculty and designed to give a broad perspective and introduction to basic business language and techniques. Four of these courses require prerequisites.*

  • Essentials of Financial Reporting (prerequisite: Microeconomics)
  • Principles of Finance (prerequisite: Statistics, Microeconomics, Essentials of Financial Reporting)
  • Organizational Behavior 
  • Principles of Marketing (prerequisite: Statistics)
  • Managing Operations (prerequisite: Statistics, Microeconomics)

*Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to satisfy the Microeconomics prerequisite. For more details on prerequisites, consult the University’s course catalog.

Business Pathways (Elective courses, 6 – 9 credit hours)

The Undergraduate Business Minor offers seven (7) pathways, or collections of courses, through which students can pursue their academic interests. Business Pathways courses may count up to nine hours as electives toward the minor. The seven pathways are:

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ethics
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Marketing & Advertising
  • Operations
  • Organizational Effectiveness
  • Strategy

For details on the courses included in each pathway, click here.

Business in Society (Elective courses, 0 – 3 credit hours)

These electives represent business-related disciplines in the liberal arts tradition. Students may count a maximum of three (3) credit hours from Business in Society courses towards their elective requirement for the minor. For a list of courses in this category, click here.

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